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.
Steve O'Mara - Director of External and Political Affairs
Steve O’Mara is the Director of External and Political Affairs for EdVoice, coordinating community engagement, political action and advocacy in support of the policy priorities of the entire EdVoice organization. Before joining EdVoice as a communications associate in 2005, O’Mara 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. O’Mara graduated with high honors from the University of California at Berkeley.
Erika Miner, Office Manager
As the Office Manager, Erika Miner oversees day to day operations and acts as the liaison for all administrative activities. Miner most recently worked as a Recruiting Coordinator for Direct Technology and has previously served as an Administrative Assistant for the City of Sacramento Parks Maintenance Department. Miner graduated from California State University, Sacramento with a B.S. in Recreation, Parks, and Tourism Administration.
Alejandro Sandoval, Policy and Communications Assistant
As the Policy and Communications Assistant, Alejandro provides research and analytical support to the CEO and Institute Director. As an aid to the Director of External and Political Affairs, Sandoval works to mobilize our grassroots network for critical advocacy opportunities. Alejandro graduated from the University of California, Davis as a Sociology and Chicano Studies Double Major in and has recenlty earned his Masters Degree in Educational Leadership and Policy Studies from California State University, Sacramento.