California Education Policy Fellowship 2016-17 Cohort

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.

California EPFP is supported by generous grants from The Rosalinde and Arthur Gilbert Foundation and The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation.

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