Sophie Fanelli joined the Stuart Foundation in October 2012. Previously, she served as Director of Research & Policy at the Institute for Democracy, Education, and Access (IDEA) at UCLA where she oversaw public policy and legislative efforts focused on education reform, equity and access, and student and parent engagement. She also managed IDEA’s annual Educational Opportunity Report series and online database that created new opportunity and outcome indicators to examine the quality and distribution of educational opportunities across California public schools. Her range of experience also includes work with the American Civil Liberties Union of Southern California where she focused on advancing education equity through policy advocacy, the rights of at risk youth, and advocacy for the homeless. Sophie has also participated in several education research projects nationally and internationally.
Sophie received her Master’s Degree in Political Science and Juris Doctorate, both from Faculte de Droit d’Aix-en-Provence in France, and a Masters in Legal History and Political Science from Universita La Sapienza, in Rome, Italy. Sophie also conducted studies and research at the University of Texas at Austin as a Foreign Lawyer Fellow.