Policy&Analytics Advisory Group

The purpose of the Policy & Analytics Advisory Group is to identify how the data system could address research, evaluation, public accountability, and optimization of publicly funded services at the system level.     

Asian Americans Advancing Justice: Liza Chu                                                                                    

Liza Chu is the California Policy Manager for Asian Americans Advancing Justice (AAJC). A nonprofit organization, AAJC advocates for advancing the civil and human rights for Asian Americans and to build and promote a fair and equitable society for all.

California Budget & Policy Center: Kristin Schumacher

Kristin Schumacher is the Senior Policy Analyst for the California Budget & Policy Center, a nonpartisan public policy research group. The California Budget & Policy Center provides independent fiscal policy analysis and public education with the goal of improving public policies affecting the economic and social well-being of low- and middle-income Californians.

California Competes: Su Jin Gatlin Jez

Su Jin Gatlin Jez, Ph.D. is the Executive Director for California Competes. California Competes conducts policy research about California’s higher education system, equity, and the economy. 

California Policy Lab: Evan White

Evan White is the Executive Director of the California Policy Lab at UC Berkeley. The California Policy Lab creates data-driven insights for the public good, partnering with California’s state and local governments to generate scientific evidence that solves California’s most urgent problems, including homelessness, poverty, crime, and education inequality.

California Teachers Association: Efrain Mercado

Efrain Mercado, Jr. is the legislative advocate and liaison coordinator for the California Teachers Association (CTA). Founded in 1863, the California Teachers Association has become one of the strongest advocates for educators in the country. CTA includes teachers, counselors, school librarians, social workers, psychologists, and nurses. These educators in the K-12 school system are joined by community college faculty and education support professionals to make CTA the most inclusive and most powerful voice of educators in the state.

Child Trends: Carlise King

Carlise King is the Executive Director of the Early Childhood Data Collaborative at Child Trends. Child Trends promotes policies and practices that support the development and use of coordinated early childhood data across departments of education, social services, and public health to guide policy.

Children's Data Network: Emily Putnam-Hornstein

Emily Putnam-Hornstein, Ph.D., is the Director of the Children’s Data Network. The Children’s Data Network advances the science of children’s services through a more rigorous use of existing data and are committed to the development of the relationships and infrastructure needed to realize the potential of data to improve outcomes for children.

Children Now: Samantha Tran

Samantha Tran is the Senior Managing Director of Education Policy for Children Now. Children Now is a nonpartisan, whole-child research, policy development, and advocacy organization dedicated to promoting children’s health and education in California.

Education Insights Center: Andrea Venezia

Andrea Venezia, Ph.D., is the Executive Director of the Education Insights Center (EdInsights) at California State University, Sacramento. EdInsights informs and improves policymaking and practice for K-12 education, community colleges, and public universities through policy research, program evaluation, and capacity building.

Education Trust-West: Christopher Nellum

Christopher Nellum, Ph.D., is the Deputy Director of Research & Policy for The Education Trust-West (Ed Trust-West). Ed Trust-West is a civil rights and education equity research and advocacy organization working on educational justice and closing attainment and opportunity gaps.

Educational Results Partnership: James Lanich

James Lanich is the President and CEO for Educational Results Partnership. Educational Results Partnership is a nonprofit organization that applies data science to help improve student outcomes and career readiness throughout the educational system.

GreatSchools.org: Orville Jackson

Orville Jackson is the Senior Director of Data Strategy for GreatSchools.org. A national nonprofit, GreatSchools.org works together to create innovative and impactful resources for families, combining high-quality research with intuitive design.

Policy Analysis for California Education: Heather Hough

Heather Hough, Ph.D., is the Executive Director for Policy Analysis for California Education (PACE). PACE is an independent, non-partisan research center led by faculty directors from statewide higher education institutions. PACE seeks to define and sustain a long-term strategy for comprehensive policy reform and continuous improvement in performance at all levels of California’s education system, from early childhood to postsecondary education and training.

Public Advocates: Rigel Spencer Massaro

Rigel Massaro is the Senior Legislative Counsel for Public Advocates. Public Advocates is a nonprofit law firm and advocacy organization that challenges the systemic causes of poverty and racial discrimination by strengthening community voices in public policy and achieving tangible legal victories that advance education, housing, transportation equity, and climate justice.

Public Policy Institute of California: Jacob Jackson and Hans Johnson

Jacob Jackson, Ph.D., is a Research Fellow at the Public Policy Institute of California (PPIC). The PPIC is a non-profit, nonpartisan think tank, committed to informing and improving public policy in California through independent, objective, nonpartisan research.

Hans Johnson, Ph.D., is the Center Director and Senior Fellow at the Public Policy Institute of California (PPIC). The PPIC is a non-profit, nonpartisan think tank, committed to informing and improving public policy in California through independent, objective, nonpartisan research.

The Institute for College Access & Success: Angela Perry

Angela Perry is a Policy Analyst with The Institute for College Access & Success (TICAS). TICAS is a nonprofit organization that focuses on research, design, and advocacy for student-centered public policies that promote affordability, accountability, and equity in higher education.