Gail Yen

As Senior Policy and Research Analyst, Gail Yen manages the organization's policy agenda. She analyzes state, regional, local, and intergovernmental higher education and workforce policies and conducts research on issues aligned with the organization's policy priorities. Additionally, she assists with building and maintaining strategic partnerships.

Prior to joining California Competes, Gail served as the Health Policy Associate for Children Now, where she was responsible for conducting bill analysis and analyzing health budget and policy proposals. She also served as an Assembly Fellow in the California State Legislature, where she worked in the office of Assemblyman Richard Gordon to staff legislation, implement policies, and analyze a wide range of issues in education, health, and child welfare.

Gail earned a Master’s in Education Policy from University of Washington and a bachelor's degree in Sociology and Psychology from Union College.

What motivates you to advance California Competes's mission?

As a former foster youth, I saw education as my way out of the child welfare system. I was fortunate to have my sister and a few K-12 teachers that served as mentors to ensure my educational success. However, I realize that this is not the case for everyone, especially foster youth. As a result, I am dedicated to ensuring that all underserved youth have the educational opportunity they deserve to become successful adults.

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