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The Education Trust—West
1814 Franklin St, Suite 220
Oakland, CA, 94612
Tel: (510) 465-6444
Fax: (510) 465-0859
- For general inquiries about The Education Trust—West, contact Brenda Santos at ext. 300.
- For information on job opportunities or internships, visit our career opportunities page.
- For media inquiries, contact Eric Wagner at ext. 318.
- For information about research and policy analysis, including data inquiries contact Leni Wolf at ext. 310.
- For government affairs, please contact Melissa San Miguel at ext. 324.
- For information about our practice work with schools and districts, contact Jeannette LaFors at ext. 320.
Executive Director, The Education Trust—West
Dr. Arun Ramanathan is the Executive Director of the Education Trust—West (ETW), California’s leading policy, research and advocacy organization focused on closing achievement and opportunity gaps for low-income students and students of color. During his tenure as Executive Director, ETW has built a reputation as a driving force for educational equity. Arun has been a teacher and paraprofessional in New England and California and has also worked in large urban school districts as a Research Director, Executive Director of Government Relations, and Chief Student Services Officer where he had responsibility for ten departments and a budget of $350 million. His work on education policy has been published in an array of journals including the Teachers College Record and the Phi Delta Kappan and his editorials have been published in a wide array of newspapers including the Los Angeles Times, the San Francisco Chronicle and the San Jose Mercury News. Arun received his bachelor’s degree from Dartmouth College, his M.Ed. from Boston College, and his Ed.D. from the Harvard Graduate School of Education. His family immigrated to the U.S. in 1976 and he began his schooling as an English Learner. He is married to Indelisa Carrillo, a longtime teacher and they have two daughters in a Spanish immersion elementary school in Oakland Unified.
Senior Advisor, The Education Trust—West & Former Superintendent, San Jose Unified School District
Email or call: (510) 465-6444 x316
Dr. Linda Murray is currently serving as Superintendent-in-Residence for the Education Trust-West (ETW) and is responsible for helping lead the practice work of the organization in California. The work is centered around high school reform to ensure that all California graduates are college and work ready. Prior to joining ETW, Linda served as Superintendent of Schools for the San Jose Unified School District for eleven years from 1993–2004. In 1998, under her leadership, the district raised its graduation requirements to meet the UC/CSU entrance requirements, and since then the district has demonstrated major successes, particularly for poor students and students of color. In addition, in 2002, the district adopted, as part of its mission, creating a college going culture in all schools K-12. Not only are San Jose students academically prepared, students and families are involved in programs and activities throughout elementary, middle and high schools that are designed to help them prepare for a college future.
Director of Equity Initiatives, The Education Trust—West
Email or Call: (510) 465-6444 x320
Jeannette has nearly twenty years of experience in the education sector. She obtained a B.A. from Stanford University in American Studies and went on to get her M.A. in Education, also from Stanford. She taught high school for six years in Belmont, CA and held multiple leadership positions during this time. She then returned to Stanford to get her Ph.D. in Education Administration & Policy Analysis. While at Stanford she conducted extensive research in teaching quality policies and instructional leadership. Over the course of her career she served as a program coordinator for Advancement Via Individual Determination (AVID), mentored student teachers, reviewed national history standards, led various school and district professional development efforts, and advised numerous student groups. In 2004 she became Vice-President of Instruction for Envision Schools where she oversaw curriculum and instruction, knowledge management, school accountability, teacher and leader professional development, and program evaluation and research. Her most recent position was Senior Director of Professional Services at Teachscape, Inc. a privately held instructional improvement company.
Tameka L. McGlawn
Senior Practice Associate, Linked Learning, The Education Trust—West
Email or Call: (510) 465-6444 x341
Dr. Tameka McGlawn, considered a seasoned collaborator and consensus builder, previously served as Dean of Students at Construction Technology Academy where she was instrumental in the development of their data-driven instructional leadership team. She has provided service and leadership to urban learning communities for nearly twenty years. Having served at every academic level (K-20), in a myriad of settings and professional roles, Dr. McGlawn offers a unique perspective on student-centered achievement and equity-based outcomes. Over the course of her career she has served as a Mentor Counselor for San Diego USD, Adjunct Faculty at San Diego State University (SDSU), and designed one of the first comprehensive counseling models at Harriet Tubman Village Charter School. Her actionable research interests where she has facilitated professional development include strategic reform planning, systemic accountability, culturally responsive pedagogy and leadership, and building alliances through innovative community conversations. Tameka is a proud graduate of SDSU’s Community Based Block Master’s Program, and holds an Ed.D. in Educational Leadership from the Rossier School of Education at the University of Southern California.
Practice Associate, The Education Trust—West
Email or Call: 510-465-6444 x314
Amber has worked as a teacher, researcher, and advocate in the education sector for the past fifteen years and is a dedicated champion of education equity. She started her career in education as a special education teacher in Los Angeles, and has taught students from a variety of backgrounds in all grades and subjects. Amber has designed and implemented innovative inclusion programs, project-based curricula, and teacher professional development. In addition, she directed a parent leadership and training initiative in South Seattle and worked as a research assistant focused on diversity and school/community partnerships at the University of Washington. Most recently, Amber completed an Education Pioneers Yearlong Fellowship at the Pahara Institute and is currently a member of the Education Pioneers Bay Area Alumni Board. She holds a B.S. in Journalism from Boston University and is completing a Ph.D. in Education Leadership and Policy Studies at the University of Washington.
Research and Policy Analysis
Director of Research and Policy, The Education Trust—West
Email or Call: (510) 465-6444 x312
Prior to joining ETW, Carrie worked for the KIPP Foundation, most recently as Director of Research and Evaluation. Over the course of her five years at KIPP she was instrumental in promoting the use of data for strategic decision-making in KIPP’s 82 schools, launching a large-scale longitudinal study with Mathematica Policy Research, developing key school performance metrics, and managing all internal research and assessment efforts. She previously worked in research and evaluation for Citizen Schools, a national afterschool provider headquartered in Boston, MA, and in program coordination and policy analysis for Americans for the Arts, an arts advocacy organization in Washington, DC. She also participated in AmeriCorps VISTA, supporting afterschool, tutoring, and arts education programs in schools in Riverside, CA. Carrie holds a B.A. from Carleton College and an Ed.M. from Harvard Graduate School of Education.
Senior Research Analyst, The Education Trust—West
Email or Call: (510) 465-6444 x339
Orville received his B.A. in Psychology from the University of California, Berkeley, and his Ph.D. in Experimental Psychology from Harvard University. During that time he worked for a year as a Teaching Assistant at Alliance for Collaborative Change in Berkeley. In 2007 Orville joined Envision Schools in San Francisco as Knowledge Manager where he supported the CMO’s data-driven instruction, using SPSS, Excel, VBA and R. His most recent position was as a consultant for The Bridgespan Group, conducting research on nonprofit measurement and evaluation for clients. Orville currently serves on the Board of Directors for Partners in School Innovation.
Data & Policy Analyst, The Education Trust—West
Email or Call: (510) 465-6444 x310
Leni’s work in education policy began as a bilingual Teach For America corps member in Phoenix, after which she taught at a high-performing charter school in Minneapolis. During her time at the University of Wisconsin’s La Follette School of Public Affairs, she worked as an Education Specialist at the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction (DPI) and as a Research Affiliate at the Wisconsin Center for Education Research’s Value-Added Research Center. Most recently, Leni and her colleagues produced a report for the DPI titled “Student Mobility Patterns and Achievement in Wisconsin” that described mobility-related trends in Wisconsin and suggested that mobility is a negative factor in students’ achievement on standardized assessments. Other research she has conducted has focused on charter school accountability, pay-for-performance systems, summer learning loss, and farm-to-school programs. A Minnesota native, Leni received her B.A. in Government and Hispanic Studies from Connecticut College.
Director of External Relations, The Education Trust—West
Email or Call: (510) 465-6444 x328
Valerie came to The Ed Trust—West with a deep background in government affairs, non-profit management, and education administration at the national, state and local levels. With an expertise in education equity, state legislative policy and K-12 governance, she is a former director with the National Association of Latino Elected and Appointed Officials (NALEO)-- where she worked with hundreds of elected officials across the country. In addition to her work nationally, Valerie has a wide-range of experience at both the state and local levels in California. She previously served as an aide to the chair of the California Assembly Committee on Higher Education, and as chief of staff to a member of the Los Angeles Unified School District Board of Education. As an education practitioner, Valerie also held student affairs positions at various 2- and 4-year colleges and universities. She holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Southern California and a master's degree from California State University, Long Beach.
Melissa San Miguel
External Relations Associate, The Education Trust—West
Email or Call: (510) 465-6444 x324
Melissa San Miguel came to The Education Trust-West from California Forward, a state governance policy organization where she promoted fiscal reforms and local government empowerment. She also worked for the California Department of Education on issues such as early childhood education and foster youth services. Additionally, Melissa coordinated public affairs events for The Commonwealth Club and served as a consultant for the Hispanic Scholarship Fund (HSF). A native of the Bay area, she has previous experience as a freelance writer and reporter for online newspaper Mission Loc@l. Melissa earned a bachelor's degree in political science from UC Berkeley, where she graduated with high distinction as class valedictorian.
Development Officer, The Education Trust—West
Email or Call: (510) 465-6444 x340
Freda Statom brings more than a decade of non-profit fundraising, event planning, and communications experience to The Education Trust—West. Prior to joining ETW, she served as director of Development of KIPP Adelante Preparatory Academy in San Diego, an affiliate of the Knowledge is Power Program charter school network. She has also worked at The AVID Center, the national headquarters for the AVID program, United Way of San Diego, and the California Center for the Arts, Escondido. Freda holds bachelor’s degree in Interdisciplinary Studies from the University of California at Berkeley and a certificate in non-profit fundraising management from The Center of Philanthropy at Indiana University.
External Relations Associate, The Education Trust—West
Email or Call: (510) 465-6444 x318
Eric came to The Ed Trust—West with extensive experience in public affairs and communications. As Manager of Media Relations for NALEO, the National Association of Latino Elected and Appointed Officials, Eric handled all communications activities for the organization. He played an integral role in helping to implement communications strategies for the ¡ya es hora! campaign, the most comprehensive Latino civic engagement effort in history during the 2008 presidential election cycle. Prior to this, he served as Deputy Director of Constituency Services at NALEO where he developed governance training programs to assist Latino elected officials with closing the achievement gap for Latino students. Additionally, Eric spent time in Washington, D.C. He worked as a Public Policy Fellow in the offices of Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton and Representative Charles Gonzalez. Originally from the Chicagoland area, Eric holds master's degrees from the University of Chicago and the University of Miami. He holds a bachelor's degree from North Central College.
Grants and Operations
Director of Planning, Grants and Administration, The Education Trust—West
Email or Call: (510) 465-6444 x322
Tracy has been an independent education consultant in the San Francisco Bay Area for such clients as the Oakland Unified School District and the Marin Education Fund. For nine years, Tracy was general manager and vice president of special projects for a graphic arts publisher. She previously worked in operations, marketing, and strategic planning for a fast-growing specialty retailer. Tracy holds an MBA from the University of California–Berkeley and a bachelor’s from Wesleyan University.
Margaret (Margie) Henke
Executive Assistant, The Education Trust—West
Email or Call: (510) 465-6444 x 342
Margie has an extensive background in administrative operations and executive support and has worked in both the public and non-profit sectors. Before joining ETW, Margie worked at a law firm in San Francisco. Prior to that, she was the Assistant to the Chief Financial Officer, General Counsel, and Director of Communications at CommUnityCare, a non-profit organization that provides healthcare services to the underserved. Her background also includes several years supporting executives and senior staff at the corporate offices at Safeway Inc. and Jack In The Box. She also served in the United States Army and Reserve for several years. Margie holds a B.A. in Business Administration from Columbia College in Columbia, MO.
Office Assistant, The Education Trust—West
Email or Call: (510) 465-6444 x300
Brenda has spent the last several years in various administrative positions in schools and districts in California. Most recently she served as the Administrative Secretary for five years at West County Community High School, a former charter school in Richmond (CA). In addition to her administrative work in schools, Brenda has devoted many hours of her time as a ‘parent volunteer’ at the schools of her three children. Brenda is proud of her three children, all of whom are in college.