SoCal Grantmakers’ Education Funders Group invites you to join us for a 2023 Education Forecast on Policy and Practice. We will hear from education policy experts Heather Hough, Executive Director at Policy Analysis for California Education, and Anne Vasquez, CEO of EdSource, about the challenges and threats currently facing public education and the vision for school transformation to better meet student needs in the wake of the pandemic. Given the ever-changing education policy landscape, this will be a timely discussion for education funders to be informed on what key issues will impact public education in the coming year.
This convening is also an opportunity for participants to share trends and emerging issues that they are seeing and their funding strategies.
About the Education Funders Group
The Education Funders Group brings philanthropic funders together quarterly to learn about issues, trends, and needs in the field of education to inform individual and collective grantmaking. Over the years, the group has explored a variety of topics, including early childhood education, after-school programming, parent engagement, blended learning, linked learning, STEM, implementation of the common core, and college access/college success.
Executive Director, Policy Analysis for California Education
Heather Hough is the executive director of PACE. Her research and analytic approach explores how a wide range of data on student outcomes—including academic, health and well-being, and experiential—can inform our collective understanding of student success, teacher and system performance, and the efficacy of programs and policies. She is committed to strengthening the impact of research on local- and state-level policymaking and implementation, with a particular focus on policy coherence, system alignment, and continuous improvement. Hough has worked in a variety of capacities to support policy and practice in education, including as the founding director of the research partnership between PACE and the CORE Districts; as an improvement advisor at the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching; and as a researcher at the Public Policy Institute of California, the Center for Education Policy Analysis at Stanford University, and the Center for Education Policy at SRI International. She has served on many statewide committees and work groups, and is currently a member of the advisory board for the Cradle-to-Career Data System. Hough received her BA in public policy and her PhD in education policy from Stanford University.
Anne Vasquez is the CEO of the nonprofit newsroom EdSource, an influential and growing organization recognized as one of the most authoritative sources of education reporting in a state with the nation’s largest systems of public education. Prior to joining EdSource, Vasquez was an executive at Tribune Publishing, where she served as senior vice president of strategic initiatives and chief digital officer. She previously was managing editor of the South Florida Sun Sentinel when the newsroom won its first Pulitzer Prize, the Gold Medal for Public Service. Vasquez began her career at The Miami Herald, San Jose Mercury News and The Boston Globe. She has been a passionate champion of diversity and inclusion, early in her career as the editor of one of the country’s first race & demographics teams and later as an executive. She also teaches a course about narrative storytelling at the University of Southern California. Anne lives in Los Angeles with her husband and two children.