Staff

Office of the Executive Director

Dr. Christopher Nellum
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Dr. Christopher Nellum

Interim Executive Director

Dr. Christopher Nellum (he/him/his) is the interim Executive Director of The Education Trust–West, a nonprofit education equity organization focused…

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External Relations

Clara Medina Maya

Clara Medina Maya

External Relations Associate

Clara E. Medina Maya (they/them/theirs) is an unapologetically queer and undocumented education justice advocate. They join the Education Trust-West…

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Communications

Mariah Cochran
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Mariah Cochran

Communications Manager - Digital Media Specialist

Mariah (she/her/hers) joins the Education Trust–West with a range of experience in communications for social change and community engagement.…

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Isabella Gordillo

Isabella Gordillo

Communications Associate

Isabella Gordillo (she/her/hers) joins the Education Trust-West team as Communications Associate. Prior to this role, she has worked in…

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Mariel Matze

Mariel Matze

Communications Manager - Public Relations Specialist

Mariel (she/her/hers) joins The Education Trust–West with a background in K-12 education and expertise in writing, storytelling, press relations,…

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Stephanie Ong

Stephanie Ong

Director of Communications

Stephanie Ong (she/her/hers) is a communications professional with over twenty years of experience leading strategy for nonprofit organizations, electoral…

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Government Relations

Brian Rivas
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Brian Rivas

Senior Director of Policy and Government Relations

Brian (he/him/his) has been working to improve educational opportunity for disadvantaged students in California for nearly twenty years. His…

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Manny Rodriguez

Manny Rodriguez

Senior Legislative Associate

As a first generation son of immigrants, Manny (he/him/his) strongly believes in equity and has a passion for supporting…

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Research & Policy Analysis

Denise Castro

Denise Castro

Policy Analyst

Denise Castro (she/her/hers) is a Policy Analyst at The Education Trust—West. Denise joins The Education Trust—West with experience in…

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Hana Ma

Hana Ma

Senior Policy Analyst

Hana (she/her) leads The Education Trust - West’s early learning portfolio and contributes to research and analysis of policies…

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José Muñoz

José Muñoz

Research & Data Analyst

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

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Yvonne Muñoz
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Yvonne Muñoz

Higher Education Senior Policy Analyst

Yvonne Muñoz (she/her/hers) is a Higher Education Policy Analyst at the Education Trust–West. She contributes to research and analysis…

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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

Senior Research & Data Analyst

Abby Ridley-Kerr (she/her/hers) joins The Education Trust–West to support the Research and Policy Analysis team. She comes to Ed…

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Natalie Wheatfall-Lum
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Natalie Wheatfall-Lum

Director of P-16 Education Policy

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

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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 (she/her/hers) has led and contributed to research and policy analysis in…

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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 (she/her/ella) immigrated to the United States from Mexico with her parents…

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Jana Luft

Jana Luft

Senior Educator Engagement Associate

Jana Luft (she/her/hers) joins the Education Trust–West as a Senior Educator Engagement Associate. She brings experience as a teacher,…

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Rachel Ruffalo

Rachel Ruffalo

Director of Educator Engagement

Rachel Ruffalo’s (she/her/hers) career in education spans more than twenty years of serving as a teacher, new school developer,…

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Planning, Grants & Administration

Margaret Canto

Margaret Canto

Operations Coordinator

Margaret (she/her/hers) has an extensive background in administrative operations and executive support and has worked in both the public…

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Brittney Jackson
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Brittney Jackson

Development Associate

Brittney Jackson (she/her/hers) was born and raised in Oakland, CA. She attended Oakland public schools K-12 and graduated from…

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Erika Oseguera
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Erika Oseguera

Director of Planning, Grants, and Administration

Erika (she/her/hers) comes to Ed Trust–West with over 12 years of operational support experience in the private and non-profit…

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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 Stephanie Ong at (415) 786-5568.

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 work with schools and districts contact the Educator Engagement team at x338 or x328