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California EPFP Coordinators

Terra Thorne

Director of Statewide Initiatives, Education Insights Center
Sacramento State University
6000 J Street
Sacramento, CA 95819
(916) 278-6906

Terra is the Director of Statewide Initiatives at EdInsights, overseeing the CSU Student Success Network and the California Education Policy Fellowship Program. Her work focuses on capacity building within institutions to help students find success across systems. Prior to joining EdInsights, Terra worked at the Center for California Studies as the Director of LegiSchool, a statewide program centered on providing civic education opportunities to students across California and the Interim Director of the Judicial Fellowship Program. Her passion for education began over a decade ago as an AmeriCorps volunteer working with underserved elementary school students.

Terra holds a Master’s degree in Public Policy and Administration from California State University, Sacramento and a bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice from Seattle University.

Andrea Venezia

Executive Director, Education Insights Center
Sacramento State University
6000 J Street 
Tahoe Hall 3040
Sacramento, CA 95819
(916) 278-4944 

Dr. Venezia earned her Ph.D. in Public Policy from The Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs at The University of Texas at Austin. She has extensive experience in many areas including research, policy development and implementation, public speaking and writing. Her main professional interest is access to postsecondary readiness and success for traditionally underserved students, about which she has published a wide variety of reports, book chapters, journal articles, and other materials. She focuses intensively on the dissemination of applied research to ensure that it is accessible for practitioners and policymakers.

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