California EPFP Fellows come from a variety of organizations and bring different perspectives to our discussion of educational leadership and policy. This page reflects the names and positions of each Fellow at the conclusion of their fellowship year, and may not reflect their current information. 

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Current Fellows (2019-20)


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Aixle Aman

Senior Director, Policy and Community Impact, Leadership for Educational Equity
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Sara Arce

Vice President of Policy & Advocacy, The Campaign for College Opportunity
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Rody Boonchouy

Associate Superintendent, Davis Joint Unified School District
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Naomi Castro

Director, Career Ladders Project
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Jason Constantouros

Senior Fiscal and Policy Analyst, Legislative Analysts's Office
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Mariane Doyle

Director, William S. Hart Union High School District


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Laila Fahimuddin

Policy Consultant, California State Board of Education
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Eric Felix

Assistant Professor, Community College Leadership, San Diego State University


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Luis Enrique Flores

Senior Research Analyst, Merced Community College District
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P. Marcell Gilmore

Educational Research Assessment Analyst, Mount San Antonio College
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Michael Marion

Bureau Chief, California State Bureau for Private Postsecondary Education
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Mark Martin

Principal Consultant, California State Assembly Budget Committee
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Hanna Melnick

Research Analyst and Policy Advisor, Learning Policy Institute 
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Jennifer Orlick

Director Strategy, Accountability and Innovation, Campbell Union High School District


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Marcela Ramirez-Stapleton

Director, Cross-Cultural Center, UC Irvine
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Ria Sengupta Bhatt

Project Director, ProjectAttain
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Wendy Smith

Guided Pathways Regional Coordinator, CCC Chancellor's Office
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Mary Virnoche

Professor and Chair, Dept. of Scoiology, Humboldt State University
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Kristin Wright

Director, Special Education, California Department of Education
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Elisa Wynne

Deputy Staff Director, California State Senate Commitee on Budget and Fiscal Review

2018-19 Fellows


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Brianna Bruns

Director of Policy and Advocacy, California EDGE Coalition

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Margaret Garcia

Associate Dean of Undergraduate Studies
California State University, Los Angeles
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Therese Grande

Student Life Coordinator, Golden West College
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Michelle Hall

Director of Assessment and Program Improvement, College for Educational Studies, Chapman University
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John Hetts

Senior Director of Data Science, Education Results Partnership
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Marianne Hew

Coordinator of Curriculum and Assessment, Fremont Union High School District


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Jacob Jackson

Research Fellow, Higher Education Center, Public Policy Institute of California
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Hayin Kimner

Senior Program Director of State and Local Networks, The Opportunity Institute


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Nadia Leal-Carrillo

Policy and Program Director, Success Center, Foundation for California Community Colleges
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William Nelson

Director of Secondary Education, Monterey Peninsula Unified School District
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Sara Pietrowski

Policy Consultant, California State Board of Education
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Daryton Ramsey

Director of the Regional Systems of District and School Support, Ventura County Office of Education
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Laura Szabo-Kubitz

Associate California Program Director The Institute for College Access & Success (TICAS)
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Kathleen Schock

Deputy Director of College Next, California College Guidance Initiative
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Socorro Shiels

Superintendent, Sonoma Valley Unified School District
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Samantha Thompson

Early Education Program Manager, Merced County Office of Education, Early Education Department


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Ravneet Tiwana

Senior Research Associate, Office of Instititonal Effectiveness, San Jose State University
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James Todd

Vice President of Student Services, Modesto Junior College
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Linda Vasquez

Senior Public Affairs Director, Campaign for College Opportunity
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Natalie Wheatfall-Lum

Senior Policy Analyst, The Education Trust-West

2017-18 Fellows


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David Adler

Director of Innovation, ReContext Data Solutions

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Aimee Arreygue

Associate Director, Educational Partnerships, California State University, Long Beach
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Manuelito Biag

Associate, Networked Improvement Science, Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching
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Kasey Blackburn-Jiron

Director, HealthPATH Programs, Alameda Health System
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Elisabeth Davidson

Principal, Spring View Middle School
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Misty Padilla Feusahrens

Special Assistant, Assembly Speaker Anthony Rendon, California State Legislature
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LeAnn Fong-Batkin

Education Programs Consultant, Teaching and Learning Support Branch, California Department of Education
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Saleem Shakir-Gilmore

Director of Student Access Programs, California State University, East Bay
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Laura Gutmann

Performance Assessment Research Assistant, Stanford Center for Assessment, Learning and Equity (SCALE)
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Jennifer Johnson

Deputy Legislative Secretary, Office of Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr.
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Jenel Lao

Interim Director of Undergraduate Programs & Lecturer, School of Education, University of California, Irvine
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Kate Mahar

Dean of Institutional Effectiveness, Shasta College
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Bernadette Muscat

Interim Associate Dean, College of Social Sciences,
California State University, Fresno

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Lizette Navarette

Vice President,
Community College League of California
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Christopher Nellum

Senior Director, Higher Education Research and Policy,
The Education Trust-West
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Eric Peterson

Teacher and Counselor, Vista Murrieta High School, Concordia University
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Paola Santana

Senior Director, Education and Workforce Development, Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce
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Sabrina Sencil

Research Analyst, Cosumnes River College
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Sujie Shin

Director of Research and Strategy, California Collaborative for Educational Excellence
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Maritza Urquiza

Finance Budget Analyst, Department of Finance

2016-17 Fellows


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Martha Alvarez

Legislative Advocate, Association of California School Administrators

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Melissa Chabran

Associate, Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching
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Natasha Collins

Senior Fiscal and Policy Analyst, Legislative Analyst’s Office
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Ben Daley

Chief Academic Officer, High Tech High
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Alison De Lucca

Executive Director, Southern California College Access Network (SoCal CAN)
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Daisy Gonzales

Principal Consultant, Appropriations Committee, California State Assembly
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Alex Graves

Policy Analyst, California State University Chancellor’s Office
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Darcie Harvey

Policy Consultant, College Futures Foundation

Senior Policy Analyst, Higher Education Policy Institute

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Valerie Lundy-Wagner

Associate Research Director, Jobs for the Future
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Anna Maier

Research and Policy Associate, Learning Policy Institute
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Claudia L. Martinez

Interim Executive Director, Educator Programs and California Subject Matter Projects, University of California, Office of the President
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Laura Metune

Vice Chancellor for External Relations, California Community Colleges Chancellor's Office
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Miles J. Nevin

Director of the Superintendent-President’s Office, Long Beach City College

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Christian OsmeƱa

Principal Program Budget Analyst, California Department of Finance
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Laurie Scolari

Director, Our Children, Our Families Council
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C. Rob Shorette II

Executive Director, California State Student Association
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Elisha Smith Arrillaga

Director, Career Ladders Project
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David Ulate

Executive Director, Institutional Research and Planning, Foothill-De Anza Community College District
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Tish Young

Dean of Sciences and Engineering, Diablo Valley College