Staff

Office of the Executive Director

Dr. Elisha Smith Arrillaga
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Dr. Elisha Smith Arrillaga

Executive Director

Dr. Elisha Smith Arrillaga serves as the Executive Director of The Education Trust–West, a research and advocacy organization focused…

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Keena Walters

Keena Walters

Executive Assistant

Keena has worked in various roles in the education system both inside and outside the classroom. According to those who…

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External Relations

Anthony P. Chavez
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Anthony P. Chavez

External Relations Manager

Raised in the farm worker movement his grandfather founded, Anthony grew up participating in United Farm Workers’ marches, picket…

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Allyson Osorio
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Allyson Osorio

External Relations Manager

Allyson Osorio is the daughter of immigrant parents from Central America who fled their respective countries due to political…

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Andy Wong
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Andy Wong

Director of External Relations

Before joining Ed Trust–West, Andy served as the Engagement Director at Giffords – the gun violence prevention organization founded by…

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Communications

Mariah Cochran
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Mariah Cochran

Communications Associate

Mariah joins the Education Trust–West with a range of experience in communications for social change and community engagement. With…

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Jelena Hasbrouck
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Jelena Hasbrouck

Director of Communications

Jelena comes to ETW with a background in relationship-building roles in communications, advocacy and social work. A former youth…

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Government Relations

Brian Rivas
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Brian Rivas

Senior Director of Policy and Government Relations

Brian has been working to improve educational opportunity for disadvantaged students in California for nearly twenty years. His career…

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Manny Rodriguez

Manny Rodriguez

Legislative Associate

As a first generation son of immigrants, Manny strongly believes in equity and has a passion for supporting community-based…

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Research & Policy Analysis

Hana Ma

Hana Ma

Senior Policy Analyst

Hana joins ETW with experience in education policy, philanthropy, youth development, social work, and law. Prior to joining ETW,…

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José Muñoz

José Muñoz

Senior Research and Data Analyst

Before joining the Ed Trust–West team, José taught statistics as a Summer Bridge instructor while simultaneously working on his…

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Yvonne Munoz
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Yvonne Munoz

Higher Education Policy Analyst

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Dr. Christopher Nellum
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Dr. Christopher Nellum

Senior Director of Higher Education Research and Policy

Dr. Christopher Nellum is the Senior Director of Higher Education Research and Policy at The Education Trust—West, a civil…

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Carolina Ramirez

Carolina Ramirez

Part-Time Qualitative Researcher

Carolina supports The Education Trust—West’s qualitative research. Her work focuses on the undergraduate experiences of marginalized students and is…

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Rhina Torres

Rhina Torres

Quantitative Research Intern

Since Rhina joined The Education Trust-West, she has supported  the organization’s data research and analysis in the areas of K-12 and…

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Natalie Wheatfall-Lum
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Natalie Wheatfall-Lum

Senior Policy Analyst

Since Natalie joined The Education Trust—West in 2014, she has supported the organization’s policy research, analysis, and position development,…

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Leni Wolf
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Leni Wolf

Senior Research & Policy Analyst

Since joining The Education Trust-West in 2013, Leni has contributed to research and policy analysis in various areas including…

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Tyler Wu
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Tyler Wu

Higher Education Policy Analyst

Tyler is a recent graduate from George Washington University with a Master’s in Higher Education Policy & Finance. As…

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Practice

Sarah Feldman

Sarah Feldman

Director of Practice

Dr. Sarah Feldman joins the Ed Trust-West team with a wealth of experience in the practice of education. Dr.…

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Dr. Mayra A. Lara

Dr. Mayra A. Lara

Senior Practice Associate

Dr. Mayra Lara joins the ETW team after ten years of classroom teaching experience in the Los Angeles Unified…

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Rachel Ruffalo

Rachel Ruffalo

Senior Practice Associate

Rachel helps inform, focus, and coordinate ETW’s work on closing achievement and opportunity gaps, working with schools and districts…

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Planning, Grants & Administration

Elizabeth Calmeyer

Elizabeth Calmeyer

Manager of Operations and Talent

Elizabeth has more than ten years’ experience working in both the fields of education and the environment. Most recently,…

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Margaret Canto

Margaret Canto

Operations Coordinator

Margaret has an extensive background in administrative operations and executive support and has worked in both the public and…

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Erika Oseguera
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Erika Oseguera

Grants & Special Projects Manager

Erika comes to Ed Trust – West with over 12 years of operational support experience in the private and…

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Ed Trust—West Staff Contact

The Education Trust—West

1814 Franklin St, Suite 600

Oakland, CA, 94612

Tel: 510.465.6444

Fax: 510.465.0859

For general inquiries about The Education Trust—West, please contact Margaret Canto at x300.

For information on job opportunities or internships, visit our career opportunities page.

For media inquiries, contact Jelena Hasbrouck at (408) 833-4039.

For information about research and policy analysis, including data inquiries contact Leni Wolf at x310.

For government affairs, contact Brian Rivas at (916) 761-9060.

For information about our practice work with schools and districts contact Sarah Feldman x339.