Sheree Bishop

Digital Communications Intern

Sheree (she/they) joins The Education Trust–West as a Digital Communications Intern. She currently holds a B.A. in Communications from San Francisco State University. Sheree has an extensive history of public speaking, voiceover, and audio production projects, found on KSFS Radio, TED, NPR One, and KQED’s award-winning podcast, Rightnowish. They completed their K-12 education in the public school systems in Jamaica, Canada, and the United States. Having been taught at majority BIPOC, underfunded schools in Jamaica and Canada, and then at predominantly white, highly funded schools in the U.S., she found a deep issue with the difference in resources and the complacency of policymakers and communities in letting students of color be equipped only with bare necessities. In the U.S., they participated in the AVID program, one of many seeking to break this complacency and actively close the opportunity gap for higher education. Throughout her internship, she hopes to make meaningful strides to inform the public of the gaps in access to education, resources, and safe and inclusive learning environments. Moreover, they hope to show people what they can do to help make education equitable for all.

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Karla Fernandez

Communications Manager

Karla Fernandez (she/her/hers) joins Ed Trust–West as a Communications Manager with over 11 years of experience advancing social impact initiatives.

Karla started her career as a teacher at Chicago Public Schools and UIC College Prep. After teaching, Karla joined United Friends of the Children to support LA County’s youth in foster care as a college counselor. Through Leadership for Educational Equity, Karla also served as a Policy Advisor Fellow for the office of a Los Angeles Unified School Board Member. She solidified her interests in policy analysis and quantitative research during her time with the Price Center for Social Innovation, the Housing Authority of the City of Los Angeles, and the USC Presidential Working Group on Sustainability. Before joining The Education Trust–West, Karla was the Associate Director for the Southeast Los Angeles (SELA) Collaborative, a network of nonprofits advocating for communities in SELA.

Karla holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Anthropology from the University of Chicago, a Master of Public Policy from the USC Price School of Public Policy, and a Graduate Certificate in Policy Advocacy from the USC Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism. Karla is based out of southern California and is passionate about using data analysis, communications, and digital strategies for policy advocacy and social justice efforts.