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President and CEO

Jed Wallace

President and Chief Executive Officer
916-448-0995, ext 301
jed@ccsa.org
Jed serves as the President and CEO of the California Charter Schools Association.

Executive Team

Gary Borden

Senior Vice President, Civic Affairs
415-613-4022
gborden@ccsa.org
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.

Danny Corwin

Chief Financial Officer
213-244-1446, ext 208
dcorwin@ccsa.org
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.

Kerry Flanagan

Chief of Staff
858-337-6117
kflanagan@ccsa.org

Sharon Hicks

Executive Assistant
916-448-0995, ext 305
shicks@ccsa.org
Sharon is the Executive Assistant to Jed Wallace and coordinates the work of the Association's Leadership Team.

Laura McGowan-Robinson

Senior Vice President, Regional Advocacy
213-244-1446, ext 202
lmcgowan@ccsa.org
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.

Elizabeth Robitaille, Ed.D.

Senior Vice President, Achievement and Performance Management
213-244-1446, ext 209
erobitaille@ccsa.org
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.

Ricardo Soto, Esq.

Senior Vice President, Legal Advocacy, and General Counsel
619-807-1034
rsoto@ccsa.org
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.

Peri Lynn Turnbull, APR

Senior Vice President, Communications and Knowledge Management
213-244-1446, ext 510
plturnbull@ccsa.org
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.

Tyler Whitmire

Senior Vice President, Organizing
twhitmire@ccsa.org
(916) 448-0995, ext 334
Tyler leads the team responsible for building an educated, empowered, and active base of charter parents and teachers

CCSA Staff

Fátima Cristerna Adame

Regional Director, Inland Empire
(909) 200-0533
fcadame@ccsa.org
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

Trainer, Organizing
(916) 502-5044
jahola@ccsa.org

As a parent organizer for CCSA Families, Joanne builds parent teams at charter schools to advocate for public school choices for all families across the Sacramento area.

Phillipa L. Altmann, Esq.

Senior Litigation Counsel
213-244-1446, ext 245
paltmann@ccsa.org
Phillipa's key areas of responsibility include working on trial court litigation and appellate opportunities on behalf of CCSA and the charter school community.

Michelle Anderson

Regional Manager, Orange County/ San Diego
213-244-1446, ext 521
manderson@ccsa.org
As part of the Regional Advocacy team, Michelle leads policy and advocacy efforts to support member schools' interests across Orange and San Diego Counties in the areas of charter school authorization, growth, renewals, funding equity and facilities advocacy. Michelle works closely with charter operators and local elected officials to maximize the positive impact of charter schools in the region.

Joni Angel

Managing Director, Civic Affairs
213-244-1446, ext 236
jangel@ccsa.org
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.

Sarah Angel

Managing Regional Director, Greater Los Angeles
866-411-2272, ext 247
sangel@ccsa.org
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

Director, Grants
213-244-1446, ext 217
larino@ccsa.org
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.

Aldo Macias Arrellano

Parent Organizer, Los Angeles
(213) 408-5276
amacias@ccsa.org
As a parent organizer for CCSA Families, Aldo builds parent teams at charter schools to advocate for public school choices for all families in Los Angeles.

Daniel Assisi, Ed.D.

Managing Director, Data, Operations and Information
213-244-1446, ext 211
dassisi@ccsa.org
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.

Jennie Bartkowiak-Shin

Director, School Development, Los Angeles
(213) 244-1446, ext 206
jbartkowiak@ccsa.org
Jennie manages the development process for new schools working toward authorization in Los Angeles, Ventura, and Santa Barbra counties. This includes outreach, technical support, project management, and petition development guidance.

Emily Bertelli

Director, Media Relations and Public Affairs
412-559-8571
ebertelli@ccsa.org
Emily is responsible for leading media relations in support of CCSA's advocacy work. In addition, Emily provides support to the Northern California regional team as well as in support of charter school growth and accountability efforts and initiatives.

Coron Brinson

Parent Organizer, Oakland
312-217-3777
cbrinson@ccsa.org
As a parent organizer for CCSA Families, Coron builds parent teams at charter schools to advocate for public school choices for all families in Oakland.

Shawn Brown

Managing Director, Parent Organizing
(916) 546-6453 sbrown@ccsa.org
Shawn manages the team of parent organizers in the Bay and Sacramento areas.

Erica Castillo-Araujo

Manager, Operations and Information Technology
213-244-1446, ext 203
ecastillo@ccsa.org
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.

Barbara Ching

Manager, Strategic Events
bching@ccsa.org
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.

Josue Cofresi

Manager, School Development, Los Angeles
jcofresi@ccsa.org
213-244-1446 ext 295
Josue manages the development process for new schools working toward authorization in Los Angeles, Ventura, and Santa Barbra counties. This includes outreach, technical support, project management, and petition development guidance.

Gary Davis

Director, Board Engagement and Leadership Development
866-411-2272, ext 329
gdavis@ccsa.org
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

Director, Special Projects and Staff Relations
213-256-5912
fdelcarpio@ccsa.org
Fiorella manages internal staff communication and bolsters various cross-team efforts with her skills as a project manager.

Sara Mattingly deLeeuw

Managing Director, Finance and Development
213-244-1446, ext 234
smattingly@ccsa.org
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.

Keith Dell'Aquila

Director, Teacher Engagement
213-244-1446, ext 235
kdellaquila@ccsa.org
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.

Robin Doran

Director, Bay Area Communications
(415) 688-1965
rdoran@ccsa.org
Robin is responsible for planning and executing strategic communications efforts to support CCSA's parent organizing efforts and the Bay Area Regional Advocacy team including developing key collateral for members and the public, email communications, media outreach and social media.

Kate Dove

Special Education Advisor
818 429-4091
kdove@ccsa.org
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.

Richard Driver

Director, Operations, Civic Affairs
916-448-0995, ext 328
rdriver@ccsa.org
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.

Miles Durfee

Managing Regional Director, Southern California
858-663-1587
mdurfee@ccsa.org
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.

Brigette Dutra

Special Education Coordinator
bdutra@ccsa.org
Brigette assists the Special Education team with policy research and statewide advocacy. She also updates and creates special education resources on all aspects of special education for the CCSA website in addition to providing charter schools with information and support on a variety of special education topics.

Carson Eades

Coordinator, Government Affairs
916-448-0995, ext 308
ceades@ccsa.org
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.

Meagan Fox

Director, Interactive Technology
916-448-0995, ext 406
mfox@ccsa.org
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.

Percilla Frizzell

Parent Organizer, Sacramento
916-633-3136
pfrizzell@ccsa.org
Percilla Frizzell is the Parent Organizer for our state Capitol in the city of Sacramento. She joins us with a long history of education advocacy in northern California and brings her indigenous and inter-generational model of organizing communities.

Richard Garcia

Director, Elections Communications
rgarcia@ccsa.org
(213) 806-9211
Richard leads the communications support for CCSA Advocates with a particular focus on campaign communications efforts at the local and state levels.

Sara Garcia

Parent Organizer, San Jose
sgarcia@ccsa.org
(916) 448-0999, ext. 444
As a parent organizer for CCSA Families, Sara builds parent teams at charter schools to advocate for public school choices for all families in San Jose.

Emily Gold

Parent Organizer, LA

egold@ccsa.org
As a parent organizer for CCSA Families, Emily builds parent teams at charter schools to advocate for public school choices for all families in Los Angeles.

Kimberly Gray

Director, Special Projects, Regional Advocacy
213-244-1446, ext 221
kgray@ccsa.org
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.

Cynthia Gutierrez

Manager, Staff Relations
cgutierrez@ccsa.org
(213) 244-1446, ext 270
Cynthia drives the maintenance and improvement of a variety of internal staff relations programs such those intended to ensure essential internal communication.

Nicole Gutierrez

Manager, Constituent Advocacy
ngutierrez@ccsa.org
(916) 448-0995, ext 378
Nicole supports CCSA's constituent advocacy activities in Sacramento, with a focus on the CAL Network. She also supports the Government Affairs team on special projects to improve the policy environment for charter schools in California.

Hilary Harmssen

Managing Regional Director, San Francisco Bay Area
650-796-2483
hharmssen@ccsa.org
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.

Joe Harrington

Director, Strategic Partnerships
916-448-0995, ext 410
jharrington@ccsa.org
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.

Willow Harrington

Managing Director, School Development
916-448-0995, ext 412
wharrington@ccsa.org
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.

Allison Hendrick

Regional Manager, Greater Los Angeles
213-244-1446, ext 259
ahendrick@ccsa.org
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.

Denise Hernandez

Manager, Strategic Partnerships
dhernandez@ccsa.org
(213) 244-1446 ext. 226
Denise is responsible for the day-to-day management and growth of CCSA's Vendor Membership program, which features businesses and nonprofits demonstrating their commitment to the charter movement. The Manager encourages CCSA Vendor Members to connect with California charters, helping them to meet their school-specific product, service and content needs.

Giovany Hernandez

Parent Organizer, LA
ghernandez@ccsa.org
As a parent organizer for CCSA Families, Giovany builds parent teams at charter schools to advocate for public school choices for all families in Los Angeles.

Cassy Horton

Director, Regional Advocacy, Greater Los Angeles
213-244-1446 ext 257
chorton@ccsa.org
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.

Tracy Ikemire

Parent Organizer, Sacramento
(916) 448-0995 ext 268
tikemire@ccsa.org
As a parent organizer for CCSA Families, Tracy builds parent teams at charter schools to advocate for public school choices for all families across the Sacramento area.

Amy Blumberg James

Director, Legislative Affairs
(916) 448-0995 ext 336
ablumberg@ccsa.org
Amy directs the Association's statewide legislative advocacy efforts and works closely with the California State Legislature, CCSA's members and lobbyists.

Matthew Jawlik

Managing Director, Data and Analytics
(213) 244-1446 ext 515
mjawlik@ccsa.org
As part of the DOIT team in the Office of the President, Matthew directs the team responsible for data, analytics and operations of political, engagement and other activities. In this role, he oversees a portfolio of projects and programs to help further CCSA's mission and vision.

Andre Jones

Regional Director, West Contra Costa
(916) 448-0995 ext 379
ajones@ccsa.org
As part of the Regional Advocacy team, Andre leads policy and advocacy efforts to support member schools' interests in West Contra Costa in the areas of charter school authorization, growth, renewals, funding equity and facilities advocacy. Adan works closely with charter operators and local elected officials to maximize the positive impact of charter schools in the region.

Allison Kenda

Managing Director, Achievement and Performance Management
(866) 411-2272 ext 512
akenda@ccsa.org
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.

Max Kennedy

Director, Organization Data Systems
(213) 244-1446 ext 256
mkennedy@ccsa.org
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.

Laura Kerr

Managing Regional Director, Northeast and Central Valley
916-230-7496
lkerr@ccsa.org
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.

Candice Lamarche

Managing Director, Strategic Events
916-448-0995, ext 402
clamarche@ccsa.org
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.

Andre-Tascha Lamme

Senior Manager, Data Projects
916-448-0995, ext 380
atlamme@ccsa.org
As part of the Data, Operations and IT team (DOIT) on the Office of the President, Andre manages a host of data, technology and operations projects to further the association's broad portfolio of engagement activities.

Venessa Laurel

Manager, Community Data
vlaurel@ccsa.org
(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."

Steve Levin

Director, Communications
slevin@ccsa.org
(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.

Michelle Low

Director, Regulatory Affairs
916-448-0995, ext 321
mlow@ccsa.org
Michelle works on the Association's statewide and federal advocacy efforts regarding regulatory actions through coordination with state agencies, boards and commissions.

Adan Lupercio

Regional Director, Santa Clara County
alupercio@ccsa.org
(916) 448-0995, ext 517
Adan leads charter school policy and member interest in Santa Clara County. He works closely with charter school leaders, community organizations, and local elected officials to maximize the positive impact of charter schools in the region.

Jason Mandell

Director, Advocacy Communications
(213) 244-1446, 248
jmandell@ccsa.org
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 Magill

Legal Counsel
619-252-9222
amagill@ccsa.org
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.

Esmeralda Marcial

Parent Organizer, Los Angeles
(213) 408-5113
emarcial@ccsa.org
As a parent organizer for CCSA Families, Esmeralda builds parent teams at charter schools to advocate for public school choices for all families in Los Angeles.

Carlos Marquez

Political Director
(916) 448-0995, ext 330
cmarquez@ccsa.org
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.

Elyce Martinez

Research Analyst, Achievement and Performance Management
(866) 411-2272 ext 237
emartinez@ccsa.org
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.

Snow Mendoza

Director, Membership
213-244-1446, ext 241
smendoza@ccsa.org
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.

Elizabeth Mercado

Parent Organizer, Richmond
404-207-6997
emercado@ccsa.org
As a parent organizer for CCSA Families, Elizabeth builds parent teams at charter schools to advocate for public school choices for all families in Richmond.

Alice Miller

Managing Director, Knowledge Management
916-448-0995, ext 407
amiller@ccsa.org
Alice provides charter school leaders with information and training on all charter school issues, including finance, board governance, petition writing, curriculum and facilities.

Colin Miller

Vice President, Policy
916-448-0995, ext 303
cmiller@ccsa.org
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.

Courtney S. Miller

Director, Constituent Advocacy
916-448-0995, ext 376
csmiller@ccsa.org
Courtney Miller is CCSA's Director of Constituent Advocacy, responsible for building a strong network of charter leader-advocates and coordinating our leaders' advocacy presence in the Capitol. Courtney is responsible for strengthening the Capitol Advocacy Leaders program, training and supporting the network of 120 charter leaders assigned to advocate on behalf of our charter priorities and the families we serve. In addition to directing the CAL program, Courtney is also the key staff lead for Advocacy Day, a day of lobbying in the Capitol attracting 500 charter advocates in the Spring, and mobilizing leaders' responses to urgent Action Alerts at the height of the legislative session that let legislators know how legislative proposals will impact our schools' operations and ultimately their success.

Amisha Motipara

Manager, Membership
916-448-0995, ext 373
amotipara@ccsa.org
Amisha helps coordinate the Association's membership operations and customer service.

Michelle Murphy

School Development Manager, Central Valley
916-448-0995, ext 375
mmurphy@ccsa.org
Michelle manages the development process for new schools working toward authorization in California's Central Valley. This includes outreach, technical support, project management, and petition development guidance.

Frank Navarro

Parent Organizer, LA

fnavarro@ccsa.org
As a parent organizer for CCSA Families, Frank builds parent teams at charter schools to advocate for public school choices for all families in Los Angeles.

Carlyn Obringer

Director, Knowledge Management
916-448-0995, ext 416
cobringer@ccsa.org
Carlyn provides technical assistance by responding to inquiries and by creating web-based resources for schools, the general public and Association members.

Peter Phillips

Director, Parent Organizing, Southern California
213-244-1446 , ext 291
pphillips@ccsa.org
Peter manages the team of parent organizers in the Southern California area.

Gina Plate

Senior Advisor, Special Education
619-212-9918
gplate@ccsa.org
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.

Christopher Ponzi

Digital Organizer
310-525-8125
cponzi@ccsa.org
Christopher recruits and mobilizes parents, teachers and community members through online social media and email campaigns to support great options for all students.

Alan Ratliff

Manager, Alumni Organizing, Bay Area
916-448-0995 ext. 523
aratliff@ccsa.org
As a alumni organizer for CCSA Families, Alan builds alumni teams to advocate for public school choices for all families in Oakland.

Fiona P. C. Read

Manager, School Partnership Development
(916-448-0995 ext. 522
fread@ccsa.org
Fiona 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.

Jennifer Reiter-Cook

Director, School Development, Southern California
jcook@ccsa.org
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.

Clayton Rosa

Director, Regional Advocacy, Los Angeles
213-244-1446, ext 269
crosa@ccsa.org
Director, Regional Advocacy, Greater Los Angeles. As part of the Regional Advocacy team, Clayton leads policy and advocacy efforts to support member schools' interests across Los Angeles County in the areas of charter school authorization, growth, renewals, funding equity and facilities advocacy. Clayton works closely with charter operators and local elected officials to maximize the positive impact of charter schools in the region.

Amy Sandoz

Director, Organizational Health
213-244-1446, ext 246
asandoz@ccsa.org
Amy manages internal staff communication and bolsters various cross-team efforts with her skills as a project manager.

Jeff Sands

Regional Director, Central Valley
916-448-0995, ext 325
jsands@ccsa.org
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.

Emily Scheines

Manager, School Partnership Development
213-244-1446, ext 205
escheines@ccsa.org
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.

Alison Schoenbeck

Director, Legal and Facilities Data Development
213-244-1446, ext 502
aschoenbeck@ccsa.org
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.

Yannell Selman

Director, Parent Organizing, Northern California
305-310-4800
yselman@ccsa.org
Yannell manages the team of parent organizers in northern California.

Jonathan Slakey

Research Analyst
213-244-1446, ext 297
jslakey@ccsa.org
Jonathan contributes to the research initiatives and analysis of the APM team, fulfilling external and cross-team data requests. He is particularly focused on responding to data and research requests that come in through our datarequest.org system.

Esther Tan

Manager, Accounting
916-448-0995, ext 377
etan@ccsa.org
As a member of the Finance team, Esther manages CCSA's accounts receivable, including membership dues and reimbursements under the Resource Sharing Agreement with CCSA Advocates. Included in this work is project management of the timetracking and cost allocation process used to bill staff time to CCSA Advocates and our federal grant.

Mariam Tejeda

Manager, Political Data and Analytics
(213) 244-1446, ext 244
mtejeda@ccsa.org
Mariam directs the analytics work on behalf of CCSA Advocates and CCSA's engagement programs.

Jeffrey Thompson

Data Analyst, Bay Area Facilities
(916) 448-0995, ext 409
jthompson@ccsa.org
Jeffrey leads the Facilities Team's collection and enhancement of school facilities related data for the San Francisco Bay Area.

Dannie Tillman

Director, Strategic Communications
213-244-1446, ext 509
dtillman@ccsa.org
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.

Rosaline Top

Managing Director, Office of the President
916-448-0995, ext 311
rtop@ccsa.org
Rosaline is primary staff to CCSA's Member Council. She also oversees full staff communication and staff support activities.

Julie Ashby Umansky, Esq.

Vice President, Legal Advocacy, and Executive Director, Charter Schools Legal Defense Fund
213-244-1446, ext 501
jumansky@ccsa.org
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.

Cindy Uribe

Manager, Accounting and Contracts
213-244-1446, ext 231
curibe@ccsa.org
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.

Liliana Uribe

Manager, Accounting and Payroll
213-244-1446, ext 216
luribe@ccsa.org
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.

Rebecca Velasco

Manager, Special Projects, School Development
213-294-3135
rvelasco@ccsa.org
Focused statewide, Rebecca leads the School Development team's special projects, data management and analysis, and creation of internal systems and infrastructure. She also manages the High Quality Charter Grant Program for the organization.

Merriet Walker

Manager, Accounting and Financial Reporting
213-244-1446, ext 278
mwalker@ccsa.org
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.

Patrick Walsh

Regional Director, Alameda County
(916) 448-0995, ext 519
pwalsh@ccsa.org
As part of the Regional Advocacy team, Patrick leads policy and advocacy efforts to support member schools' interests in Alameda County in the areas of charter school authorization, growth, renewals, funding equity and facilities advocacy. Patrick works closely with charter operators and local elected officials to maximize the positive impact of charter schools in the region.

Helen Wang

Manager, School Development, Bay Area
(916) 448-0995, ext 433
hwang@ccsa.org
Helen supports the development process for new schools working towards authorization in the Bay Area. This includes outreach, technical support, project management, and petition development guidance.

Nicolas Watson

Senior Advisor, Facilities
866-411-2272, ext 513
nwatson@ccsa.org
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.

Joseph Weinstein-Carnes

Director, Bay Area Facilities
jweinstein@ccsa.org
916-448-0995, ext 443
Joey leads CCSA's facilities policy and advocacy work in the San Francisco Bay Area, providing support and assistance to charter schools seeking high quality public and private facilities options, and working to secure equitable facilities funding for Bay Area charter schools.

Ebony N. Wheaton

Regional Manager, Greater Los Angeles
ewheaton@ccsa.org
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.

Aurika Whitaker

Manager, Organization Data
awhitaker@ccsa.org
213-244-1446, ext 292
As part of the Office of the President team, Auri's primary responsibility is to upload and maintain information available to CCSA's staff in our internal databases. Additionally, Auri contributes to the success of all CCSA teams by providing training and support around effective use of our data tools .

Judy Wilson

Director, School Development, Bay Area
917-836-5738
jwilson@ccsa.org
Judy manages the development process for new schools working toward authorization in the Bay Area. This includes outreach, technical support, project management, and petition development guidance.

Nikole Wilson-Ripsom

Events Manager and Research Analyst
213-244-1446
nwilson@ccsa.org
Nikole provides administrative support for our web-based and in-person trainings for charter school leaders.

Dominic Zarecki

Senior Analyst, Achievement and Performance Management
866-411-2272, ext 279
dzarecki@ccsa.org
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.

Sheila Xiao

GIS Data Analyst
213-244-1446, ext 251
sxiao@ccsa.org
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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