Steve Boilard 

Executive Director, Center for California Studies (ret.)

Steve Boilard is the executive director of the Center for California Studies at Sacramento State.

Prior to coming to Sacramento State in 2012, Steve spent 14 years with the California Legislative Analyst’s Office, where he directed the office’s work related to higher education. Steve holds a master’s degree in Government from Sacramento State, and a Ph.D. in political science from University of California at Santa Barbara.


Terra Thorne

Director, California EPFP


Terra is the director of California EPFP for the Center for California Studies and EdInsights. She also leads professional learning opportunities for the CSU Student Success Network, an independent community of practice facilitated by EdInsights. Previously, Terra worked at the Center for California Studies as the interim director of the Judicial Fellowship Program and the director of The LegiSchool Project, a civic education program that creates opportunities for students and state leaders to meet and share ideas on the problems affecting Californians. She holds a bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice from Seattle University, and a master’s in Public Policy & Administration from Sacramento State.


Andrea Venezia

Executive Director, EdInsights

Associate Professor of Public Policy and Administration, Sacramento State University

In her role at EdInsights and in Sacramento State’s Department of Public Policy, Andrea’s work focuses on improving student readiness for, and success in, some form of postsecondary education—particularly for students who are traditionally underserved. Before she joined Sacramento State, Andrea worked at WestEd and oversaw a line of work focused on such issues as high school reform, state and federal policy with regard to college and career readiness, and community college readiness and success. Prior to joining WestEd, she was Senior Policy Analyst at the National Center for Public Policy and Higher Education. Before that, she directed Stanford University's Bridge Project, the first large-scale national study that documented state policy barriers inhibiting student progression from high school to college. Prior to those positions, Andrea worked in a variety of state, federal, and nonprofit organizations, including the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board, the Charles A. Dana Center at the University of Texas at Austin, the U.S. Department of Education, the National Education Goals Panel, and the American Institutes for Research. She has authored, co-authored, and co-edited numerous reports, chapters, articles, and books, including Supporting the College Dream by Corwin Press (2016) and From High School to College (2004) published by Jossey-Bass. She received a bachelor’s degree in English from Pomona College, a master’s in administration and policy analysis in higher education from Stanford University, and a Ph.D. in public policy from the Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs at the University of Texas at Austin.