Klarissa Cervantes is currently a Fellow at the Albert Shanker Institute in Washington, D.C. She is a M.A. candidate in Education Transformation at Georgetown University. She has a B.A. in Sociology and Political Science from the University of California, Merced. She has worked as a Hispanic Media Intern for the office of Senator Harry Reid, and was a Campaigns and Election Intern at the National Education Association. She also worked as a Research Associate for the Young People of Color Project at the Blum Center for Developing Economies, University of California, Merced.