California EPFP Leadership Team

Steve Boilard 

Executive Director, Center for California Studies

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.

Jodi Lewis

Co-Director, California EPFP

Communications Director/Policy Analyst, EdInsights

In her research and policy role at EdInsights, Jodi focuses on K-12 and postsecondary policy and initiatives to improve college and career readiness. She promotes opportunities for collaboration within and across K-12 and postsecondary systems and institutions. In her communications role, Jodi helps make EdInsights’ work accessible and relevant to the policymaking community. She helps communicate about issues that are important to state policymakers through relationships, publications, newsletters, websites, and social media. Prior to her work in education policy, Jodi worked in communications and Public Affairs. She received a bachelor’s degree in Political Science and English from Mount St. Mary's University, and a master’s in Public Policy & Administration with a Certificate in Collaborative Governance from Sacramento State.

Terra Thorne

Co-Director, California EPFP

Policy Analyst, EdInsights

Terra is the co-director of California EPFP for the Center for California Studies and a policy analyst at EdInsights. Her research interests focus on college and career readiness and capacity building within institutions to help students find success across systems. Previously, Terra ran a statewide program centered on providing civic education opportunities to students.

Through her work, Terra has gained experience with all three branches of government and works regularly with K-12 educators from around the state. 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.