Bill Lucia - President and CEO
Lucia has served as Executive Director of the State Board of Education and in a number of key staff positions within the California State Legislature, including Chief Consultant of the Assembly Education Committee, senior staff on the Budget and Appropriations Committees, and Chief of Staff and education consultant to the Chairman of the Senate Republican Caucus. He has also served in Senior Analyst roles at the Legislative Analyst's Office and the Department of Finance.
Lucia has worked in various senior education policy roles, including as COO and Director of Policy at EdVoice from March 2008 through March 2010. Prior to joining EdVoice, Lucia served as Senior Vice President for Advocacy and Policy, leading the advocacy and legal defense team at the California Charter Schools Association(CCSA). Before joining CCSA, Lucia worked as Senior Assessment Policy Liaison for Educational Testing Service, and prior to that, spent five years in Washington D.C. working as a senior official in the U.S. Department of Education and in the U.S. Senate.
Lucia earned a Bachelor’s Degree in economics from the University of California, Santa Barbara, and a MA in economics from the University of California, Davis. He also successfully completed Ph.D. coursework and Ph.D. qualification examinations in microeconomic theory, macroeconomic theory, and international economics from the University of California, Davis.
Sarah Lillis - Director of EdVoice Institute for Research and Education and COO
Sarah Lillis is the Director of the EdVoice Institute, overseeing its educational and research efforts. Previously, Lillis served as a program officer at Tides Foundation and in the education programs at the New York Foundation for the Arts. Most recently, at Tides Foundation she provided strategic consulting and advising to other philanthropic institutions and funding collaboratives, as well as developing and implementing donor education and organizing programs. Lillis received a B.A. in Classics from Harvard University and a M.A. from Stanford University’s School of Education.
Gary Davis - Political Director
Most recently Davis worked as Executive Director of the Sacramento State Alumni Association, where he was a part of implementing the CSU grassroots eAdvocacy campaign statewide. Previously he served as Legislative Director to then Assembly Member Darrell Steinberg. His past experience includes serving as a campaign consultant for Gale Kaufman where he worked on state ballot initiatives, legislative races, and local government campaigns. Gary is a former Natomas Unified School District School Board Member and currently serves on the City Council of the City of Elk Grove.
In addition to his role at EdVoice, Davis currently serves on the Advisory Commission on Charter Schools.
Steve O'Mara - Grassroots Manager
O'Mara has previously worked as an Intern with Senator Elaine Alquist and the Senate Sub-Committee on Aging and Long Term Care, as campaign staff for Assemblywoman Loni Hancock, and for the Political Unit at NBC News in Washington D.C. Steve graduated with high honors from the University of California at Berkeley.