December 15, 2009 A Message to the Membership:
Board Chair Rick Piercy announces Jed Wallace as CEO
I am thrilled to announce that after an extensive national search, the Association's Board of Directors unanimously selected High Tech High's Chief Operating Officer, Jed Wallace, as the new President and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the California Charter Schools Association. Wallace will assume the duties as head of the Association from former leader Caprice Young and interim CEO Peter Thorp on February 1st, 2009 and will be based in Sacramento.
The Association's Board selected Jed based on his commitment to advancing quality within the Movement and his proven track record within both the traditional and charter public school systems. We believe he will represent the interests of the membership well and continue to spearhead positive change within the California charter movement.
As Chief Operating Officer for High Tech High since 2004, Jed oversaw all operational management duties for the charter school organization as it grew from educating 600 students to more than 2,800 students today. He also achieved the following outstanding results during his tenure:
- Expanded High Tech High's staff from 50 teachers and employees to more than 300 today;
- Led efforts to develop more than $70 million in school facilities projects for High Tech High and secured more than $60 million in philanthropic support;
- Spearheaded outreach efforts that tripled the attendance rate of low-income students;
- Established LEA status for High Tech High in order to establish legal autonomy to deliver special education services;
- Created an innovative program to credential High Tech High teachers on-site which has certified approximately 70 new teachers to date, mostly in math, science and engineering;
- Secured approval from State Board of Education to operate the first "Statewide Benefit Charter" allowing the organization to open more schools without securing additional district approvals.
"I am honored to have been chosen by the Association's Board of Directors to continue building on Caprice Young's legacy and to take the California charter school movement to new heights," said Jed. "My passion for charter schools has been strongly shaped by my experiences and challenges faced as a classroom teacher within the traditional system, as well as my desire to always put the needs of students first."
Jed previously served from 1993 to 2000 as a classroom teacher at Hooper Avenue Elementary School in the Los Angeles Unified School District. After finishing his seven years as a classroom teacher, Jed attended the Kellogg School of Management, where he received his M.B.A. in statistics and organizational behavior. He was also selected to the inaugural cohort of the prestigious "Broad Foundation Residency in Urban Education." Subsequently, Jed garnered experience as an authorizer working for San Diego Unified School District's then-Superintendent Alan Bersin. During his tenure, the number of charter schools in San Diego grew from 17 to 25, serving over 10,000 students. For more details on Jed's background and the media release, please visit the virtual press kit on myschool.org.
Please join me in welcoming Jed to the Association at our 16th Annual Charter Schools Conference in Long Beach, California March 10-13th.
I hope you have a restful and joyous holiday season. Thank you for all that you do for California's public school children.
California Charter Schools Association Board Chair
President / CEO of the Lewis Center for Educational Research