TITLE: Chief of Programs
FOCUS AREAS: education reform, equity and access, and student and parent engagement, education policy
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PROFILE: Fanelli is the foundation's chief of programs. From December 2013, Sophie Fanelli was the education program director at the Stuart Foundation. Prior to that, she worked as a Stuart senior program officer for education for three years. Fanelli’s bio on the Stuart Foundation website shares:
Sophie Fanelli joined the Stuart Foundation in October 2012. She plays a key role in advancing the Foundation’s goal to provide opportunities for students to be engaged, learn, and achieve in schools through the development of effective education systems. Previously, she served as Director of Research & Policy at Institute for Democracy, Education, and Access (IDEA) at UCLA where she oversaw public policy and legislative efforts focused on education reform, equity and access, and student and parent engagement. She also managed IDEA’s annual Educational Opportunity Report series and online database that created new opportunity and outcome indicators to examine the quality and distribution of educational opportunities across California public schools. Her range of experience also includes work with the American Civil Liberties Union of Southern California where she focused on advancing education equity through policy advocacy, the rights of at risk youth, and advocacy for the homeless. Sophie has also participated in several education research projects nationally and internationally.
Sophie received her Master’s Degree in Political Science and Juris Doctorate, both from Faculte de Droit d’Aix-en-Provence in France, and a Masters in Legal History and Political Science from Universita La Sapienza, in Rome, Italy. Sophie also conducted studies and research at the University of Texas at Austin as a Foreign Lawyer Fellow.
Fanelli has served on the board of directors for the Gay-Straight Alliance Network and was a senior research fellow with the American Civil Liberties Union of Southern California. She has also led education workshops related to the California budget.