Gail Yen is the Senior Policy & Research Analyst at California Competes: Higher Education for a Strong Economy, a higher education research, policy, and advocacy organization focused on the intersection of equity and the workforce. In her role, she manages the organization’s policy agenda, 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 analyses 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 Assemblymember Richard Gordon to staff legislation, implement policies, and analyze a wide range of issues in child welfare, education, and health.
Gail is a former foster youth who grew up in the Los Angeles County foster care system, and she holds a Master of Education Policy from the University of Washington and a BA in Sociology from Union College.