Lupita Cortez Alcalá is the Director of Education Policy & Outcomes at WestEd. She has over 20 years of experience championing better educational outcomes for the children and adults of California and over a decade of experience in government affairs for pre- K-12 and higher education. Most recently, she co-led the development of the Master Plan for Early Learning and Care for the Newsom Administration. Prior to joining WestEd she served as the first Latina Chief Deputy Superintendent, for the California Department of Education. She has served in numerous leadership roles including as Executive Director of the California Student Aid Commission, becoming a prominent voice in the statewide discussion on college affordability and financial aid reform. Lupita also served as member and Chair of the California Commission on the Status of Women and Girls.