Dr. Elisha Smith Arrillaga
Interim Co-Executive Director of The Education Trust-West
Prior to joining Ed Trust–West, Elisha served as a Director at the Career Ladders Project at the Foundation for California Community Colleges. She worked with alternative high schools and colleges across the state and led initiatives to develop pathways to college and career for California students by aligning the work of school districts, employers, community colleges, and community-based organizations. Dr. Smith Arrillaga has more than fifteen years’ experience working with nonprofit and government organizations, and she has also taught and consulted on strategic planning, grant making, and evaluation at several organizations, including the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation and the Office of the Chief Statistician of the United States. In 2016, Elisha was selected in the inaugural cohort of the California Education Policy Fellowship Program (EPFP) a professional development program that aims to strengthen education policymaking in California. She was also recently named to the California Advisory Task Force on Alternative Schools. She holds a Ph.D. in Public Affairs from Princeton, an M.S. in Survey Methodology from the University of Maryland at College Park, and a B.A. in Mathematics from Smith College.