December 15, 2009 On December 15, the California Charter Schools Association announced that Jed Wallace, the Chief Operating Officer at the nationally-renowned High Tech High charter school organization based in San Diego, was selected by its Board of Directors to serve as its President and Chief Executive Officer.
Previously, Wallace served as a classroom teacher at Hooper Avenue Elementary School in the Los Angeles Unified School District for seven years from 1993 to 2000. After finishing his seven years as a classroom teacher, Wallace 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," a nationally-recognized program created by businessman and philanthropist Eli Broad, designed to train talented individuals to serve in some of the nation's largest school districts.
To follow, Wallace was hired by San Diego Unified School District to serve as the District's Charter School Authorizer. At San Diego Unified, Wallace performed oversight responsibilities for the District's charter schools, which grew from 17 to 25, serving over 10,000 students during his tenure.
As Chief Operating Officer for High Tech High, Wallace implemented several unique initiatives that have served as innovative models for the public school system.
Wallace, who will be based in Sacramento, will begin his duties starting on February 1, 2009. Handling his duties until then will continue to be interim Chief Executive Officer and Chief of Staff Peter Thorp. Thorp, former Executive Director of nationally-recognized Gateway Charter High School in San Francisco, was previously Chairman of the Association's Board of Directors.