Staff

Office of the Executive Director

Dr. Elisha Smith Arrillaga

Dr. Elisha Smith Arrillaga

Deputy Director, Chief of Staff

Prior to joining Ed Trust–West, Elisha served as a Director at the Career Ladders Project at the Foundation for…

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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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Ryan J. Smith

Ryan J. Smith

Executive Director, Ed Trust-West & Vice President, The Education Trust

Ryan J. Smith is currently the Executive Director of The Education Trust–West, a research and advocacy organization focused on…

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External Relations

Anthony P. Chavez

Anthony P. Chavez

External Relations Associate

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

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Jelena Hasbrouck

Jelena Hasbrouck

Assistant 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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Mariah Cochran

Mariah Cochran

Communications Associate

Mariah joins ETW with a range of experience in communications for community change and engagement. Mariah is passionate about…

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Raquel Simental

Raquel Simental

Director of External Relations & Communications

An Oakland native, Raquel joins Ed Trust – West with an extensive skill set in public policy work, advocacy,…

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Research & Policy Analysis

Carrie Hahnel

Carrie Hahnel

Deputy Director of Research and Policy

Carrie is deputy director of research and policy at The Education Trust­–West, an advocacy organization committed to closing opportunity…

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Dr. Christopher Nellum

Dr. Christopher Nellum

Senior Director of Higher Education Research and Policy

Prior to coming to Ed Trust–West, Chris served as the Policy and Research Director at Young Invincibles where he…

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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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Leni Wolf

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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Natalie Wheatfall

Natalie Wheatfall

Senior Policy Analyst

Natalie comes to Education Trust-West with a legal background.  As a practicing attorney, Natalie has experience in various areas…

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Theresa Chen

Theresa Chen

Assistant Director of Research and Policy

Theresa has over 10 years of experience in research, data and policy in the public and nonprofit sectors. Most…

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Practice

Mayra A. Lara

Mayra A. Lara

Senior Practice Associate

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

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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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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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Government Relations

Brian Rivas

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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Planning, Grants & Administration

Erika Oseguera

Erika Oseguera

Grants & Special Projects Associate

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

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Margaret (Margie) Canto

Margaret (Margie) Canto

Operations Coordinator

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

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Rachel Emmons-Bradley

Rachel Emmons-Bradley

Director of Operations and Planning

Rachel comes to us from Teach for America with an eight year run in operations and strategy across various…

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Ed Trust—West Staff Contact

The Education Trust—West

1814 Franklin St, Suite 220

Oakland, CA, 94612

Tel: 510.465.6444

Fax: 510.465.0859

For general inquiries about The Education Trust—West, please contact Margie 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.