Director, California Education Learning Lab
Lark Park is the director of the California Education Learning Lab. Lark was a senior advisor for policy in the Office of Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. until October 2018, where she worked on higher education, workforce development and childcare/early learning issues since 2015. Between 2011 and 2015, Lark served as a deputy legislative affairs secretary in the Governor’s office, focusing on health and human services issues. Between 2002 and 2010, Lark worked for the California State Legislature, primarily as a policy consultant. She has worked in business and technology journalism, management and technology consulting, and also served as a writer in the White House during the first Clinton administration. She holds a Master of Arts in English from Georgetown University, and a Bachelor of Arts in English from the University of California, Berkeley. Since June 2017, she has served on the University of California Board of Regents.
Research Analyst, California Education Learning Lab
Tristan Stein is a research analyst for the California Education Learning Lab. He was educated at the University of Southern California and Harvard University, where he received a PhD in History. After completing his doctoral studies, Tristan worked as a postdoctoral research associate at the University of Kent, in the United Kingdom. As a graduate student and early career researcher, he had the opportunity to teach both introductory and advanced courses, as well as online classes.
Following his transition from academia to policy, Tristan served as a research fellow at the California Research Bureau, where he worked on topics including K-12 and higher education, workforce development, health policy, and immigration. He also worked on policy issues relating to California higher education as a contract consultant for the Office of Planning and Research.
Program Analyst, California Education Learning Lab
Beth Hotchkiss graduated from Cal Poly-San Luis Obispo in 2017 with a Bachelor’s degree in Civil Engineering. As a program analyst for the California Education Learning Lab, Beth is working to bring student perspectives into the development of the program. Prior to this position, Beth served as an AmeriCorps VISTA where she supported a variety of initiatives to improve student retention, inclusion, and diversity at Cal Poly.