The California Education Policy Fellowship Program


The California Education Policy Fellowship Program (EPFP) is a professional development initiative that aims to strengthen education policymaking in California.

National EPFP

The California EPFP is part of an established national program sponsored by the Institute for Educational Leadership (IEL), a Washington, DC-based non-profit. The three curricular pillars of the national program are:

PolicyFellows learn about specific policy issues; policymaking and implementation processes; the interface of local, state, and national policies; and the practices effective leaders use to function in the policy environment.

LeadershipFellows develop familiarity with different types of leadership, explore their potential as leaders, and learn from interactions with proven leaders.

Networking. Fellows learn to establish mutually beneficial relationships with colleagues, expand their range of strategies for developing and using influence, and build a larger, more diverse range of professional resources and contacts.


California EPFP

California EPFP is jointly administered by the Education Insights Center and the Center for California Studies at Sacramento State to support the development of a new generation of skilled, informed education leaders who can develop and implement effective policy. The program brings together approximately 20 professionals over the course of an academic year to explore critical topics related to the national program’s three pillars: policy, leadership, and networking. California EPFP is tailored to address particular challenges in the state through its focus on 1) connecting Pre-K-12, and postsecondary education and 2) connecting state policy development and local implementation needs. These connections will be supported through the selection of Fellows, networking opportunities, the curriculum and speaker series, and the applied projects that Fellows complete.

California EPFP is supported by the State of California and generous grants from The Rosalinde and Arthur Gilbert Foundation, The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation and College Futures Foundation.


For a peek inside some of our previous sessions, check out our blog posts on EPFP.


The 2019-20 application period is now closed.

If you would like to be notified when the 2020-21 period opens, please contact Terra Thorne.



California EPFP 2019–20

Seminar 1: October 18-20, 2019, Kellogg West, Pomona

Seminar 2: February 7-9, 2020, Asilomar, Pacific Grove

Washington Policy Seminar (Optional): March 22-25, 2020, Washington, DC

Seminar 3: May 1-3, 2020, Granlibakken, Tahoe

For more information, contact:
Terra Thorne, California EPFP Director



Current Fellows