Advancement Project California The Best Resistance is Our Collective Success

Emma Watson

Policy & Research Analyst

Emma serves as a Policy and Research Analyst within the Educational Equity team. Her work primarily focuses on Early Care and Education policies with a special attention to access and quality. Her research also helps to inform the K-12 Watercooler Network work. Emma comes to the Advancement Project with a dedication to facilitating systemic change that positively influences the welfare and educational opportunities of communities around her. Previously, she was the Luskin Leadership Fellow at the Partnership for Los Angeles Schools, a non-profit organization that works in-district to support and build capacity of 18 traditional Los Angeles Unified District schools located in Boyle Heights, South LA and Watts. At the Partnership, Emma supported systems change efforts and co-wrote a policy brief on designing an equitable unified enrollment in Los Angeles. Previously, Emma served as a Family Advocate at Early Head Start, a federally funded early education program that provides services to low-income families’ age zero to three. In this role, she loved developing relationships with enrolled parents and children to allow her to better adapt services to meet their needs. She received her Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and a minor in Public Affairs from UCLA where she volunteered for UCLA UniCamp, a student run camp for youth in the Los Angeles area. Emma completed her Master of Public Policy at the UCLA Luskin School of Public Affairs with an emphasis in education policy, non-profit management and quantitative methods. She finds herself most happy when she is in a place of service whether through working with the community or teaching yoga, this is when her heart is most full.