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 to provide targeted technical assistance to support grantee efforts and encourage collaboration and coordination amongst grantees.

CEPF is tasked with supporting a balanced ecosystem of nonprofit organizations focused on education policy reform implementation and advocacy on state and local levels, with an emphasis on disadvantaged students.  CEPF invests in high-performing, action-oriented organizations focused on high-quality policy implementation, local organizing and advocacy groups as well as nonprofits that focus on research, policy analysis and information sharing. To date, CEPF has selected and funded three cohorts of grantees for a total of 21 grantees. 

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 2013, RPA advised on and/or facilitated over $160M in giving, of which approximately $33M was allocated to support educational programs. 

RPA Vice President, 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 technical assistance and content expertise 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 SchenirerChristopher Cabaldon and Rick Miller. Sasha Horwitz manages the day-to-day operations of CEPF. For more information on Capitol Impact, please visit www.capitolimpact.org.