PLUS Fellows 2018-2019

                    2018 - 2019 PLUS PROJECTS + FELLOWS 






 


IDENTIFYING FACTORS AFFECTING TEACHER RETENTION IN OUSD

Client: Oakland Unified School District - Talent Division

Oakland Unified School District is interested in understanding the various factors that impact teacher retention in their school district.

PROJECT FELLOW: 

CHRIS KAISER-NYMAN

MPP Candidate 2020, Goldman School of Public Policy

Chris is a Sacramento native who has made his way back to California to obtain a Master's in Public Policy. Most of his work experience has involved coordinating direct social services to low-income communities particularly those vulnerable to chronic illnesses. He is interested in leveraging data to help marginalized communities identify and solve issues across health, education, criminal justice, housing, and beyond.


DOCUMENTING AND ALIGNING HEALTH & WELLNESS PROGRAMS IN OUSD

Client: Oakland Unified School District - Office of Health & Wellness

Oakland Unified School District is interested in assessing health and wellness programs across the district and finding ways to better align these programs.

PROJECT FELLOW: 

IRENE FARNSWORTH

MPP Candidate 2020, Goldman School of Public Policy

Irene Farnsworth is a current Master of Public Policy Candidate at the University of California, Berkeley Goldman School of Public Policy. She is passionate about fighting for racial justice and health equity, and looks forward to using her experience and skills to analyze the effectiveness of the Health and Wellness programs at Oakland Unified School District with the PLUS fellowship. Irene brings nearly four years of experience as a social impact consultant in the Bay Area, with skills in project management, data visualization, and qualitative and quantitative research methods.  


MAPPING AND STRATEGY DEVELOPMENT FOR SFUSD SCHOOL BUS HISTORIC RIDERSHIP

Client: San Francisco Unified School District - Policy & Operations / Transportation Department

SFUSD is interested in examining their historic school bus ridership in order to inform current and future recommendations for school bus operations.

PROJECT FELLOW: 

JULIAN HAYES

MPP Candidate 2020, Goldman School of Public Policy

Julian is a current Master's in Public Policy Student at the Goldman School of Public Policy (GSPP). He has spent a total of 7 years working in schools: 5 years as a bilingual teacher and 2 years as an instructional coach. His reason for attending GSPP is to gain the skills needed to eliminate childhood poverty, neighborhood trauma, and youth joblessness in his community. Through the PLUS Fellowship, Julian hopes to gain concrete skills in quantitative analysis and school operations.


YOUNG PEOPLE, SCHOOLS, AND PUBLIC HOUSING DEVELOPMENT IN THE BAYVIEW: DOCUMENTING A DECADE OF COLLABORATION

Clients: Urban Strategies Council, local affordable housing developers, and CC+S

Urban Strategies Council, local affordable housing developers, and CC+S are interested in a deep-dive documentation of the collaboration between young people, schools, and public housing development, including impacts and outcomes.

PROJECT FELLOW: 

TERREN WING

MPP Candidate 2020, Goldman School of Public Policy

Terren Wing is a Master of Public Policy candidate at the Goldman School of Public Policy with an interest in how effective housing policy can create equal access to opportunity. Prior to graduate school, she worked in both local government and the non-profit sector, focusing on affordable housing and homelessness. 

 


DOCUMENTING PARENT ENGAGEMENT IN LCAP AND OTHER COMMUNITY INITIATIVES

Clients: The California Endowment & Healthy Richmond Hub

The California Endowment & Healthy Richmond Hub are working together to document the extent of parent engagement in LCAP and other community initiatives.

PROJECT FELLOWS: 

DIANA CASANOVA

MA Candidate 2019, Graduate School of Education

Diana Casanova is a second year Masters student with UC, Berkeley's Graduate School of Education. Her research interests include family-school partnerships, education reform, organizing schools for improvement, and civic capacity.

SARAH FERRELL

MPH/MSW Candidate 2021, School of Public Health and School of Social Welfare

Sarah Ferrell is a first year MPH/MSW concurrent student. She is interested in the intersection between health and education and seeks to implement public health programming that is directed by the priorities of the community, through authentic co-creation and power sharing. Prior to relocating to the Bay Area, Sarah worked for over three years in DC supporting schools to more equitably engage families. She also tutored middle schoolers and supported local community organizers advance towards economic and racial justice in the District.


EVALUATING Y-PLAN EFFECTIVENESS & STRATEGIZING FOR THE FUTURE

Clients: The California Endowment - South Sacramento Y-PLAN

The California Endowment - South Sacramento Y-PLAN is interested in evaluating Y-PLAN's effectiveness in Sacramento and determining strategies for future collaboration.

PROJECT FELLOW: 

JOSH POLLACK

MBA 2021, Haas School of Business

Josh Pollack is a first year MBA student at Haas. He served for 5 years working on federal education policy at the U.S. Department of Education before working as a high- and middle-school math teacher in high need schools in New Orleans and Sacramento. He lives in Sacramento with his wife Margaret and new puppy Otis!