The California Education Policy Fund

About Us

The California Education Policy Fund (CEPF) is housed and managed as a sponsored project of Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors (RPA). RPA has engaged Capitol Impact, LLC, a Sacramento-based education consulting firm with deep knowledge and expertise in statewide education reform, policy, strategy, research and project management to provide management support to the Fund. In addition to working with RPA to ensure successful implementation of the grant program, Capitol Impact provides targeted technical assistance to further leverage the reform-oriented work of grantees as well as encourages collaboration amongst grantees.

As of spring 2013, CEPF has selected and funded two cohorts of grantees for a total of 17 grantees. 

CEPF is intended to support a balanced ecosystem of nonprofit organizations working to improve the conditions for education policymaking in the state of California, with an emphasis on underserved students.  CEPF invests in high-performing, action-oriented advocacy and organizing groups as well as groups that focus on research, policy analysis, and information sharing.

CEPF is currently directing its funding to organizations focused on policies and practices that enhance Deeper Learning, the set of higher-order skills that K-12 students will need to succeed in twenty-first-century work and civic life. For more information on Deeper Learning, click here.  

Program Management

Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors

The CEPF is housed and managed as a sponsored project of Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors (RPA).  RPA is a nonprofit with a proven track record in managing complex, multi-million dollar philanthropic projects focusing on a variety of donor interests including education, human services, the environment, arts, health and economic development.

One of the world’s largest philanthropic advising firms, RPA operates four offices in the U.S., including two in California (Los Angeles and San Francisco).  In 2012, RPA advised on and/or facilitated over $281M in giving, of which approximately $49M was allocated to support educational programs. 

RPA Senior Vice President Judy Belk, Director of Sponsored Projects Jane Levikow and Senior Philanthropic Advisor Joanne Greenstein manage the CEPF program.  For more information on Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors, please visit www.rockpa.org.

Capitol Impact, LLC

RPA has engaged Capitol Impact, LLC., a Sacramento-based education consulting firm with deep knowledge and expertise in statewide education reform, policy, strategy, research and project management to provide management support to CEPF.  Capitol Impact has been a close working partner and counsel to The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation and other major educational funders and organizations throughout the state. 

As part of its role with CEPF, Capitol Impact serves as the Fund’s program officer, ensuring successful implementation of the grant program. In partnership with RPA, Capitol Impact also provides targeted technical assistance to further leverage the reform-oriented work of awarded grantees. Capitol Impact Principals include Jay Schenirer, Christopher Cabaldon and Rick Miller. For more information on Capitol Impact, please visit www.capitolimpact.org.

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Ten grantees have been selected for CEPF's 2013 Cohort. Read the press release announcement for more information.