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Phone: (310) 695-5481

Our Staff

Patricia Lozano

Executive Director

Patricia Lozano

Executive Director

Patricia Lozano is the executive director of Early Edge California.

Prior to joining Early Edge California, Lozano served as a senior program officer at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and worked on their national early learning strategy. In California, Lozano has spearheaded projects at UCLA’s Center for Improving Child Care Quality, First 5 LA, and the RAND Corporation, and developed research and evaluation projects to find evidence-based best practices for teachers to work with dual language learners. As a former teacher and associate director at a child development center, Patricia is passionate about supporting the needs of early childhood educators and improving quality for young children. She holds a Bachelor of Arts from Los Andes University in Colombia and a Masters in Psychology (M.A.), Child Development Concentration, from California State University, San Bernardino.  

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Email: plozano@earlyedgecalifornia.org

 

Carolyne Crolotte

Senior Policy Analyst

Carolyne Crolotte

Senior Policy Analyst

Carolyne Crolotte is senior policy analyst to Early Edge California. She comes to the organization with over ten years of experience in Early Childhood Education, having worked primarily supporting Dual Language Learner students and teachers in the classroom.

She most recently worked as a Site Supervisor/Academic Coordinator at Maple Bear International School, a Dual Immersion English/Portuguese Canadian school located in the northeast of Brazil serving children ages 1 through grade 5. Prior to this, she served as English Language Learner Specialist for Los Angeles Universal Preschool (LAUP, now Child360). In this position, she worked providing technical assistance and developing and delivering trainings to classroom teachers on how to best serve and meet the needs of children from various home language backgrounds in their classrooms.

Preceding this role, Carolyne was Content Specialist – English Language Learner for Pearson Education. There, she was responsible for developing online and face-to-face trainings targeted for Pre-K through 12th grade teachers on how to support the English Learners in their classrooms using strategies from the SIOP Model (Sheltered Instruction Observation Protocol).

Carolyne has a passion for early childhood education and for advocating for the rights and needs of dual language learners and their families. She is thrilled about being a part of the important work of Early Edge California.

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Email: ccrolotte@earlyedgecalifornia.org

Yasmin Grewal-Kök

Senior Policy Analyst

Yasmin Grewal-Kök

Senior Policy Analyst

Yasmin Grewal-Kök comes to Early Edge with expertise in a broad range of early childhood research and policy issues as well as over a decade of advocacy experience.

As Senior Policy Analyst, Yasmin leads Early Edge California’s policy agenda to advance the capacity of California’s early childhood workforce to provide high-quality, developmentally-appropriate, and linguistically-responsive care and instruction to young children throughout the state. Prior to obtaining her graduate degree in early childhood education, Yasmin was a civil rights attorney. She represented children in foster care and worked collaboratively with child welfare agency leadership, social policy experts, and local stakeholders to improve state foster care systems. Yasmin’s research has focused on the need for effective multi-systems collaboration to promote the educational outcomes of high-risk young children. She has also had the privilege of being a teacher’s assistant in a dual language kindergarten classroom. She received her BA from Duke University, JD from Berkeley Law at the University of California, and MEd in Early Childhood Education from the University of Hawai’i.

Contact

Email: ygrewalkok@earlyedgecalifornia.org

 

Stephanie Wayland

Operations Manager

Stephanie Wayland

Operations Manager

Stephanie Wayland is the Operations Manager at Early Edge California. For the past ten years, she has overseen operations and organizational development for several growing companies, primarily in the entertainment industry. 

As a longtime resident of California, Stephanie is passionate about Early Edge California’s mission to promote quality early education in California. She brings her talents and experience in implementing effective growth strategies to the nonprofit sector. In her spare time, Stephanie volunteers as a Court Appointed Special Advocate for children in the foster care system in Los Angeles County. She holds a BA from The College of William and Mary.

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Email: swayland@earlyedgecalifornia.org

 

Trish Morrison

Administrative and Project Coordinator

Trish Morrison

Administrative and Project Coordinator

Trish Morrison is the administrative and project coordinator at Early Edge California. 

She is a project and office management professional with a demonstrated history of working in nonprofit organizations. She holds a Master of Public Administration degree from Franklin University, and a BA from Cleveland State University.

Prior to joining the Early Edge team, Trish worked at the American Film Institute and Battelle for Kids, a national nonprofit with a focus on education initiatives. She’s excited to work closely with policy advocates in ensuring all children in California have access to high-quality Early Learning opportunities.

Contact

Email:  pmorrison@earlyedgecalifornia.org

 

 

Anna Ioakimedes

Policy Analyst

Anna Ioakimedes

Policy Analyst

As Early Edge California’s Policy Analyst, Anna Ioakimedes supports the work of Senior Analysts and the Executive Director. Anna comes to EECA with over a decade in policy and advocacy for women’s and children’s issues, including experience in political consulting and both domestic and international nonprofit organizations.  

She most recently worked as an analyst in the California Department of Social Services’ Children and Family Services’ Division, where she conducted legislative analysis, case review and research into the causes of severe child abuse and neglect. 

In her research, Anna was struck by the role that quality care in early childhood plays in preventing child abuse and neglect and strengthening families.  She is thrilled to help play a role in bringing improved options for high-quality early education to all California families.
 
Anna holds a BA from the University of California, Riverside and a Master of Public Policy from the University of Southern California.  She lives in Davis, California.
 

Contact

Email:  aioakimedes@earlyedgecalifornia.org

 

Consultants

Jon Youngdahl

Strategic Consultant, Labor

Jon Youngdahl

Strategic Consultant, Labor

Jon Youngdahl is owner and strategic consultant with Youngdahl Strategies, a sole proprietor consulting company located in Sacramento, California.

Youngdahl Strategies has a mission of building partnerships, designing strategies and winning campaigns. Jon consults with organizations, labor unions and businesses in California and nationally on program development and on building campaigns—including issue, legislative, initiative and electoral—that are focused on creating a more just and equitable society. Jon brings over 10 years of work on early childhood education issues, including serving as Fundraising Chair and then 2-year President of the Board of Directors of the Seward Child Care Co-op in South Minneapolis; serving as 2-year Fundraising Chair of the School for Friends child care center in Washington, DC; working on early childhood education issues for six years from February 2007 – January 2013 for SEIU International in Washington, DC, as the National Political Director and Chief of Staff; and advocating on early childhood education policy and coalition building for three and a half years from February 2013 – July 2016 as the Executive Director of the SEIU California State Council in Sacramento, CA.

Contact

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Email: jon@youngdahlstrategies.com

 

Patti Herrera

Consultant

Patti Herrera

Consultant

Patti Herrera is the Director of Governmental Relations at School Services of California Inc. She serves school districts by advocating for public policies that maintain and advance the interests of K-12 public school students, as well as providing timely information to K-12 field practitioners across the disciplines on legislative and regulatory proposals that will affect their daily work. 

Prior to joining SSC, Patti led the Governmental Relations Division as the Chief Governmental Relations Officer for the Riverside County Superintendent of Schools. Patti also spent more than a decade on policy development relating to public school facilities at Murdoch, Walrath & Holmes and the Coalition for Adequate School Housing, where she specialized in the State School Facility Program. Through her work in public education policy making and advocacy, Patti has worked and developed relationships with key policymakers and staff in the State Capitol and relevant state agencies. Patti graduated cum laude from University of California, Davis, with degrees in International Relations and Chinese and Russian History. Patti is pursuing her Doctorate of Education at the University of California, Davis.

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Email: pattih@sscal.com

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