EDVOICE KEY STAFF
Working Towards a Brighter Future
President and CEO
Bill 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 Minority 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.
Dean Drescher is the Policy Director at EdVoice. Previously, she was a Public Policy Fellow through Leadership for Educational Equity, a nonprofit, nonpartisan political engagement organization. Additionally, Drescher was an assistant principal in New Orleans and an advisor to Kira Orange Jones, a Louisiana state school board member and one of Time Magazine’s 100 Most Influential People. Drescher taught first grade for four years as a Greater New Orleans Teach for America corps member. Drescher is passionate about the role public policy plays in the lives of America’s youngest learners and students with disabilities. Drescher received her master’s in Education Policy & Management from the Harvard Graduate School of Education and her undergraduate degree from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Lexi Lopez is the Communications Manager at EdVoice and assists in the development and implementation of EdVoice's communication strategy. Lexi actively manages EdVoice's social media, website, advocacy campaigns and provides support for all other forms of digital communications, as well as research, editorial support, and coordination of EdVoice and the Institute's communication projects. Before joining EdVoice, she worked as a Marketing and Outreach Coordinator at a law firm and worked with non-profits such as Guide Dogs for the Blind and the California Youth Empowerment Network. In addition, she spent her collegiate years interning for several politicians and advocacy groups at the Capitol and in her home district; as well as joining the NationBuilder team to create RunForOffice.org. Lexi graduated with a B.A. in Political Science and Communications from the University of California at Davis.
Public Policy Fellow
Savannah Campbell is the current Leadership for Educational Equity (LEE) Public Policy Fellow at EdVoice. Prior to the LEE Fellowship, Campbell served with Teach for America—Bay Area, where she taught mathematics and coached new teachers for several years in Richmond and Oakland, CA. Campbell previously has served with the United Nations’ International Labor Organization (ILO) in the Philippines and the Bureau of Labor Statistics in Washington, DC. She believes policymakers should have direct, personal experiences in the communities they serve and is excited to relay her students’ voices and experiences to California’s Capitol. Campbell received her B.S. in Industrial and Labor Relations from Cornell University.