Tyler Williams

Operations Associate

Tyler Williams (they/them) joins EdTrust-West as an Operations Associate with a background in higher education and student affairs operations at the California State University, East Bay. At EdTrust-West, they support general office operations, financial reporting, and the implementation of equity and justice initiatives within organizational systems and practices. Tyler believes in aligning internal operations with the value-driven work we do externally. With a passion for equity, belonging, and inclusion, Tyler brings an accessibility lens to our internal operations here at EdTrust-West.

Tyler earned a bachelor’s in human development at California State University, East Bay. As a California native and the parent of an early learner, education justice is a top priority for Tyler.


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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.