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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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

At Education Trust–West, Andy works closely with his colleagues to drive high-impact campaigns to achieve meaningful policy victories that…

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Communications

Mariah Cochran
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Mariah Cochran

Senior 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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Stephanie Ong

Stephanie Ong

Director of Communications

Stephanie is a communications professional with over twenty years of experience leading strategy for nonprofit organizations, electoral campaigns, and…

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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

Senior 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

Research & 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 Muñoz
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Yvonne Muñoz

Higher Education Policy Analyst

Yvonne Muñoz is a Higher Education Policy Analyst at the Education Trust–West. She contributes to research and analysis of…

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Dr. Christopher Nellum
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Dr. Christopher Nellum

Deputy Director, Research & Policy

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

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Carolina Ramirez

Carolina Ramirez

Research & Data Analyst

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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Abby Ridley-Kerr

Abby Ridley-Kerr

Research & Data Analyst

Abby Ridley-Kerr joins The Education Trust–West to support the Research and Policy Analysis team. She comes to Ed Trust–West…

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Natalie Wheatfall-Lum
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Natalie Wheatfall-Lum

Director of P-16 Education Policy

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

Associate Director of P-16 Research

Since joining The Education Trust–West in 2013, Leni has led and contributed to research and policy analysis in various…

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Educator Engagement

Dr. Mayra A. Lara

Dr. Mayra A. Lara

Associate Director of Educator Engagement

At a young age, Dr. Mayra A. Lara immigrated to the United States from Mexico with her parents and…

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Rachel Ruffalo

Rachel Ruffalo

Director of Educator Engagement

Rachel Ruffalo’s career in education spans more than twenty years of serving as a teacher, new school developer, school…

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Planning, Grants & Administration

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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Brittney Jackson
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Brittney Jackson

Development Associate

Brittney Jackson was born and raised in Oakland, CA. She attended Oakland public schools K-12 and graduated from Oakland…

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Erika Oseguera
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Erika Oseguera

Director of Planning, Grants, and Administration

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

580 2nd Street, Suite 200

Oakland, CA 94607

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 Jason Mandell at (213) 500-9142.

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 the Practice Team at x338 or x328