President and CEO
President and Chief Executive Officer
916-448-0995, ext 301
Jed serves as the President and CEO of the California Charter Schools Association.
Senior Vice President, Organizing
213-244-1446, ext 215
Allison leads the team responsible for building an educated, empowered, and active base of charter parents and teachers
Senior Vice President, Civic Affairs
In this role, Gary works to develop strategic relationships with community organizations, elected and appointed officials, and others in the private and non-profit sectors to help advance the policy and advocacy work of CCSA.
Gary is also the Executive Director, CCSA Advocates.
Senior Vice President, Government Affairs
916-448-0995, ext 304
Myrna leads CCSA's advocacy, strategy and policy agenda, and provides political and strategic advice to key stakeholders.
Chief Financial Officer
213-244-1446, ext 208
As a member of the Association's Executive Team, Danny leads staff responsible for core financial and accounting systems, financial planning, and treasury. He is also responsible for securing financial support in the form of grants from private foundations, corporations and government agencies in order to sustain the programs and operations of the Association.
Chief of Staff
916-448-0995, ext 305
Sharon is the Executive Assistant to Jed Wallace and coordinates the work of the Association's Leadership Team.
Senior Vice President, Regional Advocacy
213-244-1446, ext 202
Laura manages the regional advocacy work across the state, working with teams in the Bay Area, Los Angeles, Northeast and Central Valley, and Southern California to maximize the impact of our policy and advocacy work at the local and state levels.
Senior Vice President, Achievement and Performance Management
213-244-1446, ext 209
Elizabeth leads the team responsible for assessing the achievement of California charter schools, exploring key areas of strength and weakness for the charter school movement, and providing data analyses to support CCSA’s strategic initiatives.
Senior Vice President, Legal Advocacy, and General Counsel
Ricardo oversees the Legal Team, provides general legal counsel to the Association and advises the Association in relation to legal strategies targeted to support the Association's statewide and regional advocacy efforts, the membership, the charter school community, and the Association's initiatives and strategic objectives.
Senior Vice President, Communications and Knowledge Management
213-244-1446, ext 510
Peri Lynn leads the team responsible for internal, external and online communications, media relations, video, social media, and website as well as the team responsible for providing technical assistance and training to members and developers.
Fátima Cristerna Adame
Regional Director, Inland Empire
Fátima leads charter school policy and member interest in San Bernardino and Riverside Counties. She works closely with Charter School Operators, community organizations, and local elected officials to maximize the positive impact of charter schools in the region.
Joanne Ahola, is a Parent Organizer, with a focus on identifying and training parent leaders at selected charters schools in the Northeast & Central Valley region. She is a parent at Golden Valley Charter School in Orangevale.
Phillipa L. Altmann, Esq.
Senior Litigation Counsel
213-244-1446, ext 245
Phillipa's key areas of responsibility include working on trial court litigation and appellate opportunities on behalf of CCSA and the charter school community.
Managing Director, Civic Affairs
213-244-1446, ext 236
Joni manages the operations of the Civic Affairs team and ensures the implementation of the strategic plan. Additionally, she engages with charter leaders in key regions to develop local political committees of charter leaders. She is also an employee of CCSA Advocates.
Managing Regional Director, Statewide Advocacy, Los Angeles
866-411-2272, ext 247
Sarah Angel manages the team responsible for charter school policy, member advocacy and parent engagement in Los Angeles. In this role, Sarah provides an array of services for existing charter schools and supports teams developing new charter schools.
Leigh Arino de la Rubia
213-244-1446, ext 217
Leigh is responsible for the management and coordination of CCSA's development and fundraising activities. Her major responsibilities include writing grant proposals and reports, conducting research on funding prospects, tracking progress of measurable outcomes and working collaboratively with CCSA staff across the state.
Daniel Assisi, Ed.D.
Managing Director, Data, Operations and Information
213-244-1446, ext 211
As part of the Office of the President team, Daniel oversees the Data, Operations and IT team tasked with helping further CCSA's mission and vision through the continuous improvement of internal data management and collaboration practices, operations, technology infrastructure, and related support services for the Association staff.
Nicole Virga Bautista
Senior Manager, Government Affairs
916-448-0995, ext 314
Nicole manages the Capitol Advocacy Leaders network, which seeks to build meaningful relationships between legislators and a charter school liaison in their community. Additionally, Nicole oversees grassroots advocacy efforts including leading the planning and execution of CCSA's annual Advocacy Day.
213-244-1446, ext 203
As member of the Office of the President, Erica provides internal operational support to Association staff by managing our internal help desk and related vendors. Additionally, Erica oversees a significant part of our new employee onboarding process and of our internal data quality efforts.
Manager, Strategic Events
916-448-0995, ext 332
Barbara works directly on the planning and execution of CCSA's Annual Conference, Advocacy Day and other events and ensures they reflect the strategic objectives of CCSA. Barbara is primarily focused on expanding the pool of registrants through outreach and marketing campaigns as well as streamlining event logistics and communications.
Director, Board Engagement and Leadership Development
866-411-2272, ext 329
Gary works with charter school leaders and board members throughout the state to develop a local civic infrastructure that supports high quality charter schools. This includes leadership training and development, along with the establishment of local programs to sustain this effort.
Fiorella Del Carpio
Lead Director, Family and Community Engagement, Los Angeles
Fiorella engages with the community around education issues, working to build relationships with parents, principals, local leaders and wide variety of community-based organizations throughout Los Angeles. The goal of CCSA Families is to educate, empower and mobilize families to hold our leaders accountable for ensuring every child has access to a high-quality public education.
Sara Mattingly deLeeuw
Managing Director, Finance and Development
213-244-1446, ext 234
As the manager of the Finance team, Sara provides oversight to ensure appropriate internal controls and bookkeeping in alignment with GAAP. She also leads CCSA's budgeting processes, prepares internal financial statements, and coordinates with an external firm to fulfill tax and audit requirements.
Director, Teacher Engagement
213-244-1446, ext 235
Keith leads CCSA's work to elevate the voice of charter school teachers in policy and political debates across the state. He is also an employee of CCSA Advocates.
Special Education Advisor
Kate works with the Special Education Statewide Advocacy team to provide charter schools with information and support on a variety of special education topics. She also leads special education data collection and analysis efforts to help strengthen the position of charter schools as well as identify and replicate successful special education models for improving academic outcomes of students with special needs in charter schools throughout the state.
Manager, Research and Operation
916-448-0995, ext 328
Richard maintains compliance with all lobbying reporting requirements for CCSA. In addition, he works with staff and outside consultants to provide research support for the Civic/Political Affairs team.
Managing Regional Director, Southern California
Miles manages the team responsible for charter school policy and member interests in San Diego, San Bernardino, Riverside, Orange and Imperial Counties. Additionally, he leads the information and advocacy program in San Diego County with nearly 100 charter schools in the County and over 40 authorized by San Diego Unified School District.
Coordinator, Government Affairs
916-448-0995, ext 308
Carson provides support to the Government Affairs team, ensuring efficient operations, and assists with legislative and regulatory tracking and policy research. He also assists with event planning, including Advocacy Day and supporting the Capitol Advocacy Leaders network.
Danyela Souza Egorov
Regional Director, Santa Clara County
916-448-0995, ext 432
Danyela leads charter school policy and member interest in Santa Clara County. She works closely with charter school leaders, community organizations, and local elected officials to maximize the positive impact of charter schools in the region.
Director, Interactive Technology
916-448-0995, ext 406
Meagan manages the Association's online presence in order to provide valuable information and high quality service experiences to our members and other website visitors.
Director, Media Relations
Emily is responsible for leading media relations, social media and video activities in support of CCSA's advocacy work. In addition, Emily provides support to the Northeastern and Central Valley regional teams.
Director, Special Projects, Regional Advocacy
Kimberly facilitates project management and strategic planning for the Regional Advocacy team. She manages team-wide strategic planning across our four geographic regions and creates the systems, infrastructure, and vision for executing key initiatives. Kimberly provides coordination and support with quarterly regional meetings, policy campaigns, major events, data and goal tracking. Her mission is to ensure that the Regional Advocacy team members are connected locally and across the state.
Norman A. Gonzales
Manager, School Development, Northeast and Central Valley
(916) 448-0995 ext 335
Norman manages the development process for new schools working toward authorization in California's Northeast and Central Valley. This includes outreach, technical support, project management, and petition development guidance.
Managing Regional Director, San Francisco Bay Area
Hilary manages the team responsible for charter school policy and member advocacy efforts across 17 counties in Northwestern California, which includes San Francisco, Alameda, San Mateo, Sonoma, Humboldt, Monterey, and San Luis Obispo counties, among others. In this role, Hilary provides an array of services for existing charter schools and supports teams developing new charter schools.
Director, Strategic Partnerships and Special Projects
916-448-0995, ext 410
Joe is responsible for leading CCSA's group purchasing programs and related efforts to increase member schools' access to cost effective, relevant products and services. As a member of the Office of the President team, Joe also manages cross-collaborative initiatives in support of CCSA's strategic priorities.
Managing Director, School Development
916-448-0995, ext 412
Willow leads the School Development and Support Team to provide developing schools with the technical and strategy support as they prepare for authorization and opening.
Manager, Regional Advocacy, Greater Los Angeles
213-244-1446, ext 259
As part of the Regional Advocacy team, Allison leads policy and advocacy efforts to support member schools' interests across Los Angeles, Ventura and Santa Barbara Counties in the areas of charter school authorization, growth, renewals, funding equity and facilities advocacy. Allison works closely with charter operators and local elected officials to maximize the positive impact of charter schools in the region.
Regional Manager, Policy & Advocacy, Los Angeles
213-244-1446 ext 257
As part of the Regional Advocacy team, Cassy leads policy and advocacy efforts to support member schools' interests across Los Angeles, Ventura and Santa Barbara Counties in the areas of charter school authorization, growth, renewals, funding equity and facilities advocacy. Cassy works closely with charter operators and local elected officials to maximize the positive impact of charter schools in the region.
Amy Blumberg James
Director, Legislative Affairs
(916) 448-0995 ext 336
Amy directs the Association's statewide legislative advocacy efforts and works closely with the California State Legislature, CCSA's members and lobbyists.
Director, Data Projects
(213) 244-1446 ext 515
As part of the Office of the President team, Matt oversees a portfolio of new and existing internal data projects to help further CCSA's mission and vision.
Managing Director, Achievement and Performance Management
(866) 411-2272 ext 512
Allison is directly responsible for research efforts to assess and support improved achievement in California charter schools. Allison also plays a key role in helping design systems to assist schools, particularly those at risk of not meeting minimum accountability standards, in pinpointing areas of concern and facilitating access to high quality resources.
(213) 244-1446 ext 256
As part of the Office of the President team, Max's primarily responsibility is to oversee our internal data systems and their interactions to ensure all teams have the latest data to accomplish their goals. Additionally, Max plays a significant role in scoping and implementation of new data projects.
Managing Regional Director, Northeast and Central Valley
Laura provides an array of services for existing charter schools and supports charter developers who are interested in opening up new charter schools in the Sacramento region, which includes Vacaville, Redding, Stockton, Grass Valley, Placerville, Chico, Elk Grove and all points in between.
Managing Director, Strategic Events
916-448-0995, ext 402
Candice oversees the planning and execution of CCSA's Annual Conference, Advocacy Day and other events and ensures they reflect the strategic objectives of CCSA. Candice is primarily focused on the long-term planning and sustainability of events including programming enhancement as well as registration, exhibit and sponsorship growth.
Manager, Community Data
(916) 448-0995, ext 436
As part of the Office of the President Team, Venessa is responsible for overseeing the operational and data components of our charter parent outreach program, "Charter Nation."
(213) 244-1446, ext 240
Steve is responsible for planning and executing strategic communications efforts to support CCSA's advocacy work, including developing key collateral for key stakeholders and the public, email communications, media outreach and social media.
Director, Regulatory Affairs
916-448-0995, ext 321
Michelle works on the Association's statewide and federal advocacy efforts regarding regulatory actions through coordination with state agencies, boards and commissions.
Director, Advocacy Communications
(213) 244-1446, 248
Jason is responsible for planning and executing strategic communications efforts to support CCSA's parent organizing efforts and the LA Regional Advocacy team including developing key collateral for members and the public, email communications, media outreach and social media.
Allison provides general legal support related to the Association's advocacy efforts, membership needs, and strategic objectives. Allison's specific focus areas include charter school authorization and oversight issues, special education, facilities and general counsel support.
Regional Director, Alameda County
(916) 448-0995 ext. 317
Aida leads charter school policy and member interest in Alameda County. She works closely with charter school leaders, community organizations, and local elected officials to maximize the positive impact of charter schools in the region.
(916) 448-0995, ext 330
Carlos leads the political and electoral work on behalf of CCSA Advocates, including the identification and cultivation of candidates, candidate and ballot initiative campaign expenditure activity, technical assistance, and long-term strategy development at both state and local levels in California.
Research Analyst, Achievement and Performance Management
(866) 411-2272 ext 237
Elyce contributes to the research initiatives and analysis of the APM team, fulfilling external and cross-team data requests, working as point person for the Self-Assessment Portal, and supporting GIS analyses.
213-244-1446, ext 241
Snow helps coordinate the Association's membership operations and customer service. He manages the day-to-day components of CCSA's membership systems, tracks membership trends and gauges member satisfaction.
Director, Knowledge Management
916-448-0995, ext 407
Alice provides charter school leaders with information and training on all charter school issues, including finance, board governance, petition writing, curriculum and facilities.
Vice President, Policy
916-448-0995, ext 303
Colin works to ensure charter schools have a favorable legislative, budget and regulatory environment at the state level through liaison with state agencies, boards and commissions and as a partner with our legislative advocates. Colin also works with Association staff and membership to interpret and implement legislative and regulatory actions of the state and to represent members concerns in Sacramento.
Manager, Technical Assistance
916-448-0995, ext 416
Carlyn provides technical assistance by responding to inquiries and by creating web-based resources for schools, the general public and Association members.
Senior Advisor, Special Education
Gina leads the Association's Special Education team, which provides information and guidance to charter schools surrounding a variety of special education issues. The team works to strengthen the charter school movement by focusing on state and SELPA-level special education policy issues and doing in-depth advocacy work with groups of charter schools.
School Development Manager, Southern California
866-411-2272, ext 503
Jennifer manages the development process for new schools working toward authorization in the greater San Diego and Inland Empire areas. This includes outreach, technical support, project management, and petition development guidance.
Cecilia (Cia) Salinas
Manager, Community Data and Operations
213-244-1446, ext 214
Cecilia (Cia) Salinas provides data and operational support to the advocacy, parent organizing and data teams.
Director, Special Projects and Staff Relations
213-244-1446, ext 246
Amy manages internal staff communication and bolsters various cross-team efforts with her skills as a project manager.
Regional Director, Central Valley
916-448-0995, ext 325
Jeff Sands is the regional director for the Central Valley, a region that spans from Stanislaus to Kern County. In this role, Jeff works with members to advocate for critical issues facing charter schools, including new school authorization, charter renewal, facilities, and special education.
Manager, School Partnership Development
213-244-1446, ext 205
Emily develops strategic statewide partnerships with the charter school community, which are aligned with the priorities of the Civic Affairs team. She also manages our "Charter Nation" program.
Director, Legal and Facilities Data Development
213-244-1446, ext 502
Alison is responsible for the identification, procurement, review, synthesis and analysis of data for CCSA's Legal and Facilities Teams. She manages the Association's legal and facilities databases, and provides advocacy and litigation support. Alison also coordinates development of the Legal Library, and publications and presentations for the Legal Defense Fund and the Legal Advisory Committee.
Parent Organizer, Richmond
As a parent organizer with CCSA Families, Yannell trains and mobilizes the charter community on important educational issues and works to build relationships with parents, school leaders, elected officials and a broad range of community leaders in Richmond.
Director, Membership Services
916-448-0995, ext 405
Brianna develops systems and strategies to ensure the Association is providing the membership infrastructure and services to enroll, retain and support its members.
(916) 448-0995, ext 331
Matt provides analytical expertise to shape and direct charter school research within CCSA, coordinates major research projects, and authors original research reports to position CCSA as the leader in answering key questions about charter school performance.
Director, Strategic Communications
213-244-1446, ext 509
Dannie is responsible for planning and executing strategic communications efforts to support CCSA's Government Affairs efforts and advocacy work including developing key collateral for members and the public, email communications, media outreach and social media.
Director, Special Projects
916-448-0995, ext 311
Rosaline works to assess the efficacy and impact of Association programs and overall progress toward completion of the organization-wide strategic objectives.
Kisheen (KW) Tulloss
Director, Family and Community Engagement, LA and Fellows Program
KW engages with the community around education issues, working to build relationships with parents, principals, local leaders and wide variety of community-based organizations throughout Los Angeles. The goal of CCSA Families is to educate, empower and mobilize families to hold our leaders accountable for ensuring every child has access to a high-quality public education.
Julie Ashby Umansky, Esq.
Vice President, Legal Advocacy, and Executive Director, Charter Schools Legal Defense Fund
213-244-1446, ext 501
Julie monitors litigation affecting California charter schools and advises the Association on how certain court decisions impact the California charter school movement. She manages the appellate advocacy agenda and the Association's Legal Services Loan Program which allows schools to fund legal challenges to unfair and illegal district practices. In coordination with the other members of the Association's Legal Advocacy Team, Julie also develops legal advocacy strategies to help resolve collective issues facing charter schools, including charter authorizing issues and Prop. 39 facilities issues.
Manager, Accounting and Contracts
213-244-1446, ext 231
As a member of the Finance team, Cindy manages CCSA's accounts payable, including payments to vendors and contractors as well as employee expense reimbursements. She also processes all cash receipts and provides assistance with governmental reporting requirements including issuance of 1099s.
Manager, Accounting and Payroll
213-244-1446, ext 216
As a member of the Finance team, Liliana manages CCSA's accounts receivable, including membership dues and reimbursements under the Resource Sharing Agreement with CCSA Advocates. She also holds internal human resources responsibilities and serves as the liaison for payroll with our partner professional employer organization.
Manager, Accounting and Financial Reporting
(213)244-1446, ext 278
As a member of the Finance team, Merriet manages CCSA's accounting, including month and year-end closing. She also prepares schedules for external audits and tax returns and assists with the organization's budgeting process and internal financial reporting.
Special Projects Manager, School Development
Karla manages the High Quality Grant Program and other key school development support systems for the School Development and Support team.
Senior Advisor, Facilities
866-411-2272, ext 513
Nicolas leads the Association's facilities policy and advocacy work across the state, including identifying and developing short and long-term facilities options through local school districts, and other local agencies, advocating for state and local facilities funding, and assisting with private facilities options for charter schools.
Manager, Teacher Engagement
916-448-0995, ext 443
Joseph Weinstein-Carnes works to elevate the voice of charter school teachers in policy and political debates in the Bay Area. He is also an employee of CCSA Advocates.
Ebony N. Wheaton
Regional Manager, Los Angeles
213-244-1446, ext 260
As part of the Regional Advocacy team, Ebony leads policy and advocacy efforts to support member schools' interests across Los Angeles, Ventura and Santa Barbara Counties in the areas of charter school authorization, growth, renewals, funding equity and facilities advocacy. Ebony works closely with charter operators and local elected officials to maximize the positive impact of charter schools in the region.
Director, Statewide Organizing
(916) 448-0995, ext 334
Tyler implements the parent organizing model for CCSA through direct support of Directors of Family and Community Engagement and through the development of intensive organizer trainings. During election season, Tyler develops and executes field campaigns to support CCSA Advocates-endorsed candidates.
Manager, School Partnership Development
213-244-1446, ext 226
Onika develops strategic statewide partnerships with the charter school community, which are aligned with the priorities of the Civic Affairs team. She also manages our "Charter Nation" program.
Director, Special Projects, Statewide Advocacy
866-411-2272, ext 414
Judy facilitates project management and strategic planning for the Statewide Advocacy team -- from supporting team-wide strategic planning across our four geographic regions, to creating the systems, infrastructure, and vision to make key initiatives run smoothly, including quarterly regional meetings, policy campaigns, major events, and data and goal tracking.
Events Manager and Research Analyst
Nikole provides administrative support for our web-based and in-person trainings for charter school leaders.
Senior Analyst, Achievement and Performance Management
866-411-2272, ext 279
Dominic Zarecki is responsible for analyzing and reporting data on CCSA's academic accountability framework. He also conducts relevant and methodologically rigorous analyses to assess and support improved achievement of California charter schools.
GIS Data Analyst
213-244-1446, ext 251
Sheila will support the research initiatives and analysis of the APM team while also taking lead on developing the G.I.S. capacity of the team in support of CCSA strategic priorities and cross-team requests.
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