A warm welcome to the inaugural cohort of the California Education Policy Fellowship Program (EPFP), which was recently launched by the Center for California Studies in partnership with the Education Insights Center (EdInsights) at Sacramento State.
This new Fellows program is different from the Capital Fellows Program, although it shares the goal of strengthening leadership and staff capacity in California. The EPFP is a professional development initiative for midcareer leaders in education policy. It is designed to build strong networks of professionals that work across the K12 –postsecondary education boundary, and to connect the state policymaking community with regional education practitioners. Education Policy Fellows participate in a nine-month program to explore education priorities, strategies for improving student learning and success, and challenges through the K-16 education continuum.
Fellows meet regularly in different parts of the state throughout the year long program. For this first intensive weekend at Cal Poly Pomona, Fellows engaged in rich dialogues led by some of the top education policy leaders in California, including Pat Callan of the Higher Education Policy Institute, former State Senator Gary Hart, Carl Cohn of the California Collaborative for Educational Excellence, and Lisa Cardoza, who is the chief of staff for the president of Sacramento State.
The California Fellows join a national network of approximately 300 current Fellows and more than 3,000 alumni from 17 other EPFP sites across the country, led by the Institute for Educational Leadership. The California program’s curriculum is built around the three pillars of the national EPFP program: policy, leadership, and networking.
Applications for the 2017-18 cohort will be accepted starting this spring.
EPFP 2016-17 Cohort
Martha Alvarez Legislative Advocate, Association of California School Administrators
Melissa Chabran Associate, Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching
Natasha Collins Senior Fiscal and Policy Analyst, Legislative Analyst’s Office
Ben Daley Chief Academic Officer, High Tech High
Alison De Lucca Executive Director, Southern California College Access Network (SoCal CAN)
Daisy Gonzales Associate Director, Policy Analysis for California Education (PACE) at Stanford
Alex Graves Policy Analyst, California State University Chancellor’s Office
Darcie Harvey Policy Consultant, College Futures Foundation
Senior Policy Analyst, Higher Education Policy Institute
Valerie Lundy-Wagner Associate Research Director, Jobs for the Future
Anna Maier Research and Policy Associate, Learning Policy Institute
Claudia L. Martinez Deputy Director, Office of Diversity and Engagement, University of California, Office of the President
Laura Metune Chief Consultant, Assembly Committee on Higher Education
Miles J. Nevin Director of the Superintendent-President’s Office, Long Beach City College
Christian Osmeña Principal Program Budget Analyst, California Department of Finance
Angelica Ramirez Dean of Academic Affairs, Los Angeles City College
Laurie Scolari Director, Our Children, Our Families Council
Rob Shorette II Executive Director, California State Student Association
Elisha Smith Arrillaga Director, Career Ladders Project
David Ulate Executive Director, Institutional Research and Planning, Foothill-De Anza Community College District
Tish Young Dean of Sciences and Engineering, Diablo Valley College