Success Stories

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Best seen through case studies, Capitol Impact has years of experience successfully collaborating with partners to develop, launch, refine and market their best ideas.


Digital Innovation

  • The CORE Districts empower educators with meaningful data and research that gives them a 360-degree view of students’ strengths and challenges. Districts and counties turn to CORE for their easy to understand data dashboard and analytics. CORE’s research partnership with Policy Analysis for California Education (PACE) builds an evidence base for innovation, influences policy and practice and informs teaching and learning.
  • Work-based learning places students into professional environments to further their learning beyond the classroom. However, it is costly to manage and has not been made widely accessible to students in high school and community college. To expand access to these opportunities, Capitol Impact partnered with the Foundation for California Community College to build LaunchPath. LaunchPath offers regions a tool to scale work-based learning from guest speakers to internships and can be customized to regional needs. Since its debut, the tool has been adopted by dozens of K12 and community college districts.
  • The pathway movement expanded rapidly in recent years, but there were no forms of quality assurance and recognition. Capitol Impact partnered with Linked Learning Alliance, IDEO, and Substantial to design a user-friendly, tiered quality assurance and recognition platform. The Certification tool now serves as a unifying platform for the field, and hosts over 600 pathway teams from various states in the US, as well as Canada and India.


Policy Advancement


National and State Impact

  • Launched as a small policy and communications project on behalf of the James Irvine Foundation, the Linked Learning Alliance became the leading hub organization to support the development of career pathways in California and beyond in just 8 years. During that time, the Legislature invested nearly $2 billion to expand it as the signature high school redesign, and the White House and US Department of Education sought its expertise, advancements achieved by Capitol Impact without lobbying.
  • As a result of its strategic partnerships, the CORE Districts are nationally renowned for expertise on continuous improvement, social-emotional learning, cross-district collaboration, data infrastructure, and student academic growth.


Social Impact


Informed Decision-Making

  • Across the nation, legislative staff plays an increasingly crucial role in state policymaking. To maximize their effectiveness, the California Legislative Staff Education Institute provides specially tailored education and relationship-building programs to legislative staff from both houses and both parties. The Institute assembles policy-focused legislative staff “cohorts” and connects them to stakeholders impacted by state policies. Funding is provided by the Legislature and foundation partners, supporting cognitive reference points that inform legislative deliberation and create a culture of mutual trust and understanding.

Philanthropy Services

  • One way Capitol Impact advances leaders is by spotlighting their work, especially for policymakers and influencers. The James Irvine Foundation Leadership Awards recognize Californians who are advancing innovative solutions to critical issues, awarding recipients with $250,000 and the ability to share their approach with a wide audience.


Management & Incubation


Staffing and Operations

  • Alliance for Regional Collaboration to Heighten Educational Success (ARCHES) is a statewide association of regional collaboratives working to eliminate opportunity gaps and improve college and career readiness for California students. ARCHES’ collaboratives are composed of K-12 educators and leaders, higher education professors and administrators, parents, business leaders, and community stakeholders. Capitol Impact provides Program Management for ARCHES and its collaborative initiatives.

Design and Implementation

  • California has the 5th largest economy in the world but is expected to need an additional one million career-ready college graduates by 2025 to meet employers’ needs. The California Chamber Network is a statewide network of employer associations working to address the talent pipeline deficit by advancing youth employment opportunities to students. The network launched in 2015 through a partnership between The CalChamber and Education and Capitol Impact on behalf of the Linked Learning Alliance. The initiative has received national recognition and includes six chambers spanning Northern, Central, and Southern California. Current and former Chamber cohorts include California, Chico, Fresno, Los Angeles, Oxnard, Riverside, Sacramento Metro, and San Jose.

Our Partners

Alliance of Regional Collaboratives to Heighten Educational Success (ARCHES)

The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation

California County Superintendents Educational Services Association

California Education Partners

The California Endowment

California Forward

The California HealthCare Foundation

CORE Districts

The California Wellness Foundation

California Acceleration Project

California Chamber of Commerce

California Collaborative on District Reform

California State University

California Workforce Development Board

Californians for Justice

Cambridge Education

Campaign for College Opportunity

Career Ladders

Children Now

Clovis Unified School District

Council for a Strong America

Early Edge California

Ed Trust-West

EdInsights Center


Educational Results Partnership

Educators for Excellence – Los Angeles

EdVoice Institute


The Evelyn and Walter Haas, Jr. Fund

Foundation for California Community Colleges

Fresno Unified School District

Garden Grove Unified School District




The James Irvine Foundation

John Gardner Center for Youth

JPMorgan Chase

Linked Learning Alliance

Long Beach Unified School District

Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce

Los Angeles Unified School District


New America Foundation

New America Media

Oakland Unified School District

Parent Revolution

Partnership for Children and Youth

Policy Analysis for California Education (PACE)

Preschool California

Public Advocates

Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors

Sacramento Unified School District

The Sacramento Valley Foundation

San Francisco Unified School District

Sanger Unified School District

Santa Ana Unified School District


S.D. Bechtel, Jr. Foundation

Spitfire Strategies

Stuart Foundation

U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation

West Contra Costa School District


West Hills Community College District
The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation