Malia Villarreal
Senior Specialist, Policy & Outreach

Policy & Outreach
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Policy and Advocacy, Statewide Events & Convenings, Communications

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Malia Villarreal is a Senior Specialist in Policy & Outreach for the California AfterSchool Network (CAN). Before joining the CAN team in February 2023, Malia worked at the California Teaching Fellows Foundation for (almost) nine years as the Public and Strategic Development Manager, where she led numerous advocacy, strategic partnership, and workforce development projects and initiatives. Some of her most notable work is finding points of alignment for the out-of-school time workforce with teacher preparation from high school to a credentialed teacher. She has participated in local, statewide, and national out-of-school time, whole child, and teacher diversity advocacy coalitions.

Malia also participated in the California Department of Education Expanded Learning Division Workforce Implementation Committee. Malia received her B.S. degree in Business Administration with an emphasis in Marketing from California State University, Fresno. She is an alum of the White-Riley-Peterson Policy Fellowship.