Sierra Abukins
McGowan Building 300D
(831) 647-6606

Sierra Abukins brings diverse experience from her work in the education, government, nonprofit, and advocacy sectors to her role. Before joining the Institute, she was a member of the founding team of Innovate Public Schools, an education advocacy nonprofit that builds the power of low-income parents of color to push for high-quality and equitable public schools. During her tenure, Innovate grew from a 10-person staff with a $2 million budget to 40 staffers and a nearly $10 million budget, with Sierra securing 100-plus media placements and overseeing the development and launch of 10 major research reports. Drawing on her days as a reporter, producer, and anchor, Sierra loves telling good stories and helping others to find their voice. She is fluent in Spanish and has studied in Cuba, lived and worked in Mexico, and traveled widely. Sierra holds a BA in history, with a minor in Latin American studies, from Lewis and Clark College and has done follow-on studies in digital marketing.