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President and CEO

Jed Wallace

President and Chief Executive Officer
916-250-1637
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
510-344-7292
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.

Lee Condon

Senior Vice President, Communications
213-634-3735
lcondon@ccsa.org
Lee leads the team responsible for internal, external and online communications, media relations, video, social media, and website.

Danny Corwin

Senior Vice President, Development
dcorwin@ccsa.org
213-634-4251
Danny is responsible for securing financial support in the form of grants from private foundations, individuals, corporations and government agencies in order to sustain the programs and operations of the Association.

Sara Mattingly deLeeuw

Chief Financial Officer
213-634-4248
sdeleeuw@ccsa.org
Sara is responsible for the fiscal management of the organization and oversees all financial operations including accounting and controls systems, budgeting, and financial reporting.

Kerry Flanagan

Chief of Staff
619-343-3722
kflanagan@ccsa.org

Sharon Hicks

Executive Assistant
916-250-1653
shicks@ccsa.org
Sharon is the Executive Assistant to Jed Wallace and coordinates the work of the Association's Leadership Team.

Carlos Marquez

Senior Vice President, Government Affairs
916-250-1671
cmarquez@ccsa.org

Laura McGowan-Robinson, Ed.D.

Chief Operating Officer
213-634-4399
lmcgowan@ccsa.org
Laura oversees the operational functions of CCSA, including Data, operations and IT, conference and membership. Laura also oversees strategic initiatives related to diversity, equity, access and inclusion.

Elizabeth Robitaille, Ed.D.

Senior Vice President, Achievement and Performance Management
510-344-7299
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
619-343-3726
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.

Tyler Whitmire

Senior Vice President, Organizing
twhitmire@ccsa.org
916-250-1629 Tyler leads the team responsible for building an educated, empowered, and active base of charter parents and teachers

CCSA Staff

Erin Abshere

Senior Accountability Researcher
213-634-3870
eabshere@ccsa.org
Erin serves as the Senior Accountability Researcher for the Achievement and Performance Management Team. In her role, she supports the development of metrics for the CCSA accountability framework, conducts research on accountability and monitors the accountability landscape at a state and national level for implications for our members.

Fátima Cristerna Adame

Managing Regional Director, Southern California
213-634-3937
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

Manager, Political Engagement, Northeast/Central Region
916-250-1621
jahola@ccsa.org
The manager of political engagement works regionally growing and managing local PACS, building our CharterNation network of charter school parents and staff, fundraising and mobilizing the charter school community around elections.

Phillipa L. Altmann, Esq.

Senior Litigation Counsel
213-634-4453
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
619-343-3718
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
213-634-3983
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.

Romel Antoine

Manager, Regulatory Affairs
916-250-2827
rantoine@ccsa.org
The Manager, Regulatory Affairs will assist in implementation of all of CCSA's regulatory efforts. Manager, Regulatory Affairs will coordinate regulatory strategy discussions and assist in deciding positions on charter school regulations and charter school items at state regulatory agencies, ensuring CCSA is advocating for charter schools' best interests in Sacramento.

Leigh Arino de la Rubia

Director, Grants
213-634-4340
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
213-634-4271
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.

Deputy Chief Operating Officer
619-343-3711
dassisi@ccsa.org
Daniel works with our COO to provide leadership for our membership, conference, diversity, data, operations, and information technology efforts.

Steven Baratte

Managing Director, Communications, Southern California
619-343-3729
sbaratte@ccsa.org
Steven is responsible for planning and executing strategic communications efforts to support CCSA advocacy on behalf of charter schools in Southern California, including developing key collateral for members and the public and media outreach.

Emily Bertelli

Vice President, Communications
916-250-1687
ebertelli@ccsa.org
Emily manages the operations of CCSA's Communications team and leads communications in support of CCSA's advocacy priorities including accountability, growth and legislative initiatives.

Jared Cain

Managing Director, Digital Communications
510-344-7286
jcain@ccsa.org
Jared leads CCSA's digital strategy and team, cultivating engagement and redeveloping the organization's online presence through web assets, social media and email marketing programs.

Erica Castillo-Araujo

Director, Operations and Information Technology
213-634-4540
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.

Josue Cofresi

Manager, School Development, Los Angeles
jcofresi@ccsa.org
213-634-3734
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.

Christopher Copolillo

Director, Regional Advocacy, Greater Los Angeles
As part of the Regional Advocacy team, Chris 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. Chris works closely with charter operators and local elected officials to maximize the positive impact of charter schools in the region.

Maxwell Daigh

Regional Director, Bay Area
Max Daigh leads charter school policy and member engagement across the Bay Area, with a focus on Oakland and Alameda county. In this role, Max works closely with charter school leaders, community organizations, and local elected officials to maximize the positive impact of charter schools in the region.

Gary Davis

Director, Board Engagement and Leadership Development
916-250-2075
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

Managing Director, Human Resources and Special Projects
213-634-0604
fdelcarpio@ccsa.org
Fiorella is the Human Resources lead for CCSA and CCSA Advocates. Areas of focus include new hire recruitment, on-boarding efforts, internal diversity, CCSA-wide professional development internal communications and payroll-related matters.

Keith Dell'Aquila

Director, Regional Advocacy, Los Angeles
213-634-4445
kdellaquila@ccsa.org
As part of the Regional Advocacy team, Keith 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. Keith works closely with charter operators and local elected officials to maximize the positive impact of charter schools in the region.

Kate Dove

Director, Special Education
213-634-4551
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.

Zoe Downing

Manager, Data Projects
As part of the Operations team, Zoe is helping to build our charter parent outreach program "Charter Nation" as well as maintain our ongoing data quality efforts.

Richard Driver

Director, Operations, Civic Affairs
916-250-1690
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

Vice President, Regional Advocacy
619-343-3716
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.

Carson Eades

Director, Legislative Advocacy
916-250-1682
ceades@ccsa.org
The Director, Legislative Advocacy will direct CCSA's legislative advocacy strategy, coordinate grassroots advocacy, conduct legislative tracking and policy research.

Christian Entezari

Senior Manager, Data & Analytics
213-634-4309
centezari@ccsa.org
Christian Entezari manages the research, data and analysis for our field and organizing programs.

Sara Erickson

Managing Director, Organizing
In this role Sara leads the LA Organizing team and guides the CCSA Families team operations and special projects across the state.

Maria Flores

Parent Organizer, Los Angeles
maflores@ccsa.org
213-634-4077
As a parent organizer for CCSA Families, Maria builds parent teams at charter schools to advocate for public school choices for all families in Los Angeles.

Richard Garcia

Director, Communications, Los Angeles
rgarcia@ccsa.org
213-634-4190
Richard leads the communications support for CCSA Advocates with a particular focus on campaign communications efforts at the local and state levels.

Sara Garcia

Manager, Political Engagement, Bay Area
sgarcia@ccsa.org
510-344-7240
The manager of political engagement engages the charter community in political work, including mobilizing charter-school families around elections, building our database of charter school parents and teachers, fundraising, campaign volunteering, and growing and managing our local PACs.

Hilary Grider

Director, Conference and Events
916-407-0895, ext 2353
hgrider@ccsa.org
Hilary is a key member of our Conference Team that provide logistics, communications and programming support to CCSA's Annual Charter School Conference. She also assists with planning around for other meetings and events for CCSA.

Aaron Guerrero

Manager, Digital Content and Social Media
aguerrero@ccsa.org
916-750-2745
Aaron is responsible for leading CCSA's social media strategy so that external stakeholders galvanize around the charter movement. In addition, Aaron supports the overall digital strategy of CCSA by driving the development of online campaigns and best practices in digital content creation.

Alicia Harger

GIS Research Analyst
aharger@ccsa.org
213-634-0648
Alicia supports 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 supporting data requests that come in through our datarequest.org system.

Hilary Harmssen

Managing Regional Director, San Francisco Bay Area
510-344-7234
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.

Willow Harrington

Managing Director, School Development
510-344-7296
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.

Vivian Haun

Manager, Special Education
213-349-1486
vhaun@ccsa.org
Vivian is a part of the Special Education Statewide Advocacy Team and supports work that includes technical assistance to schools, special education advocacy at the local and state levels, special education data collection, and engagement with SELPAs and charter school authorizers in ensuring quality options for charter schools.

Caity Heim

Manager, Communications
916-250-1686
cheim@ccsa.org
Caity is responsible for planning and executing strategic communications activities in support of CCSA's advocacy efforts on behalf of charter schools across the state. Caity also develops key collateral for members and the public, and provides media relations support.

Denise Hernandez

Manager, Strategic Partnerships
dhernandez@ccsa.org
213-634-4610
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
213-634-4454
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

Managing Regional Director, Greater Los Angeles
213-634-4434
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.

Amy Blumberg James

Director, Legislative Affairs
916-250-1684
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

Senior Managing Director - Operations, Data and Analytics
619-343-3721
mjawlik@ccsa.org
Under the Operations team, Matt leads the team responsible for data, analytics, operations, and political engagement and other activities. In this role, he oversees a portfolio of projects and programs to help further CCSA's mission and vision.

Allison Kenda

Managing Director, Achievement and Performance Management
619-343-3732
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.

Laura Kerr

Senior Advisor, Constituent Advocacy
916-250-1518
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.

Jaimie King

Manager, Email and Digital Engagement Programs
Jaimie is leading the implementation of CCSA's digital engagement strategies, establishing newsletters and content offerings for the organization's external audiences.

André-Tascha Lammé

Director, Data Systems
916-250-1652
atlamme@ccsa.org
As part of the Data, Operations and IT team (DOIT) on the Office of the President, André-Tascha manages a variety of internal data, technology and operations projects and systems for the association's different areas of work.

Venessa Laurel

Managing Director, Data Services
vlaurel@ccsa.org
510-344-7223
As part of the Operations team, Venessa manages a variety of internal data, technology and operations projects and systems for the Association's different areas of work. This includes Salesforce administration, and our charter parent outreach program "Charter Nation", among other efforts.

Ellen Lawther

Research Analyst
elawther@ccsa.org
213-634-0639
Ellen contributes to the research initiatives and analysis of the Achievement and Performance Management team, fulfilling external and cross-team data requests. She engages in high level research that reports on charter school performance, with a particular focus on responding to data and research requests that come in through our datarequest@ccsa.org system.

Michelle Low

Director, Regulatory Affairs
916-250-1677
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, Bay Area
alupercio@ccsa.org
510-344-7229
Adán leads charter school policy and member engagement across the Bay Area, with a focus on Santa Clara County. In this role, Adán works closely with charter school leaders, community organizations, and local elected officials to maximize the positive impact of charter schools in the region.

Michelle Lynch

Managing Director, Government Affairs

Allison Magill

Senior Legal Counsel
619-343-3727
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, and general counsel support.

Malcolm McFarland II

Regional Director, Bay Area
Malcolm McFarland II leads charter school policy and member engagement across the Bay Area, with a focus on Contra Costa County and West Contra Costa. In this role, Malcolm works closely with charter school leaders, community organizations, and local elected officials to maximize the positive impact of charter schools in the region.

Snow Mendoza

Director, Membership
213-634-4621
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.

Adolfo Mercado

Regional Manager, Northern California
916-750-2537 ext. 2354
amercado@ccsa.org
As Regional Manager, Adolfo supports charter school renewals, new school authorization, and the collective advocacy efforts of the Northern California team from Shasta to Sacramento County.

Elizabeth Mercado

Director, Parent Organizing, Northern California
510-344-7239
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.

Aron Michalski

Director, Bay Area Facilities
510-344-7263
amichalski@ccsa.org
Aron 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.

Alice Miller

Managing Director, Knowledge Management
415-534-8130
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

Senior Advisor, Policy
916-250-1663
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.

David Montes

Director, Political Giving
(213) 282-2143
dmontes@ccsa.org
David Montes is CCSA's Director, Political Giving. David is responsible for researching, engaging and managing CCSA's individual donors that support CCSA Advocates.

Denise Morgan

Legal Secretary
916-750-2737
dmorgan@ccsa.org
Denise is responsible for a variety of tasks in support of CCSA's legal team. She assists CCSA attorneys in preparing litigation related documentation, appellate briefs, and legal memoranda.

Brittany Murphy

Parent Organizer, Richmond
bmurphy@ccsa.org
510-344-7259
As part of the Organizing team, Brittany build parent teams at charter schools to advocate for public school choices for all families in Richmond.

Michelle Murphy

Regional Director, Central Valley and Central Coast
916-250-3255
mmurphy@ccsa.org
Michelle is the Regional Director for the Central Valley and Central Coast, a region that spans from San Joaquin to Kern County and Ventura Counties. In this role, Michelle works with members to advocate for critical issues facing charter schools, including new school authorization, charter renewal, facilities, and special education.

Frank Navarro

Director, Parent Organizing, Southern California
213-634-3762
fnavarro@ccsa.org
Frank manages a team of Los Angeles parent organizers who help parents become leaders in their communities, uniting them into a powerful voice for excellent schools. He oversees the organizing work in LAUSD Board districts 1, 5, and 7.

Carlyn Obringer

Director, Knowledge Management
510-344-7282
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.

Jesus Javier Orduno

Parent Organizer, Los Angeles
213-282-3198 ext. 2350
jorduno@ccsa.org
As a parent organizer for CCSA Families, Jesus builds teams of parent leaders who advocate to protect and expand charter schools for all families in Los Angeles.

Carmen Ortega

Parent Organizer, Oakland
510-344-7254
cortega@ccsa.org
As part of the Organizing team, Carmen builds parent teams at charter schools to advocate for public school choices for all families in Oakland.

Arquimides Pacheco

Manager, Youth Organizing, Los Angeles
213-634-3957
apacheco@ccsa.org
Arquimides manages the Alumni Organizing program in Los Angeles. He supervises alumni organizers in building teams at charter high school and college campuses, lifting youth voice to advocate for educational equity, and partners with parent organizers to build an intergenerational movement for school choice for all families.

Peter Phillips

Director, Parent Organizing, Southern California
213-634-4488
pphillips@ccsa.org
Peter manages the team of parent organizers in the Southern California area.

Gina Plate

Senior Vice President, Regional Advocacy
619-343-3723
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.

Alan Ratliff

Director, Youth Organizing
510-344-7247
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, Special Projects
510-344-7291
fread@ccsa.org
Fiona coordinates a variety of operations on the statewide organizing team, including project and large-scale event management, budgeting, organizer recruitment, and other special projects

Jacob Regalado

Political Director
916-250-1689
jregalado@ccsa.org

Jennifer Reiter-Cook

Director, School Development, Southern California
jcook@ccsa.org
619-343-3731
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.

Alfredo Rubalcava

Senior Advisor of Diversity, Outreach and Community Development arubalcava@ccsa.org
Alfredo collaborates with CCSA cross-teams to align diversity programmatic goals and outcomes, assist with developing outreach strategy based on regional priorities for charters, leaders, influential community Civil Rights organizations and elected officials. He also serves as on the ground support in developing facilitating trainings and building relationships with various constituencies.

Jason Rudolph

Director, Regional Advocacy, Greater Los Angeles
As part of the Regional Advocacy team, Jason 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. Jason works closely with charter operators and local elected officials to maximize the positive impact of charter schools in the region.

Jeff Sands

Managing Regional Director, Northern and Central California
916-250-2884
jsands@ccsa.org
Jeff works with school leaders, elected officials, and community members to support quality school choice for families from Redding to Ventura by overseeing collective action and advocacy strategies to address funding, authorization, facilities and other critical issues facing schools.

Sarah Sensenbach

Manager, Organizational Health
916-312-3898
ssensenbach@ccsa.org
As a member of the Office of the President team, Sarah manages CCSA's Organizational Health efforts to ensure CCSA remains an outstanding place to work.

Jennie Shin

Director, Regional Advocacy, Greater Los Angeles
jshin@ccsa.org
213-377-0974
As part of the Regional Advocacy team, Jennie 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. Jennie works closely with charter operators and local elected officials to maximize the positive impact of charter schools in the region.

Jonathan Slakey

Research Analyst
213-634-0652
jslakey@ccsa.org
Jonathan contributes to the research initiatives and analysis of the Achievement and Performance Management team, with a focus on analyzing data that focuses on the positive academic contributions of charter schools across the state. He has a particular focus of engaging in analysis of statewide data that inform the metrics of the CCSA accountability framework.

Esther Tan

Manager, Accounting
916-250-1403
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

Managing Director, Data & Analytics
510-344-7260
mtejeda@ccsa.org
As part of the Operations team, Mariam leads the data & analytics work on behalf of CCSA Advocates and CCSA's engagement programs. In this role, she directs a number of projects and oversees our internal political operations.

Jeffrey Thompson

Data Analyst, Bay Area Facilities
510-344-7269
jthompson@ccsa.org
Jeffrey leads the Facilities Team's collection and enhancement of school facilities related data for the San Francisco Bay Area.

Rosaline Top

Managing Director, Office of the President
916-250-1638
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
619-343-3725
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.

Chris Urias

Coordinator, Accounting
213-349-1478
curias@ccsa.org
As a member of the Finance team, Chris supports CCSA's financial operations in the areas of accounts payable, accounts receivable, payroll and insurance.

Cindy Uribe

Senior Manager, Accounting and Contracts
213-634-4074
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

Senior Manager, Accounting and Payroll
213-634-4068
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

Director, Special Projects, School Development
213-634-3741
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

Senior Manager, Accounting and Financial Reporting
213-634-4067
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

Managing Regional Manager, San Francisco Bay Area
510-344-7228
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

Regional Manager, Bay Area
510-344-7295
hwang@ccsa.org
Helen supports the development of charter school policy and member engagement across the Bay Area. Helen is responsible for the development and ongoing support of local advocacy councils in key strategic regions in the Bay Area.

Nicolas Watson

Senior Advisor, Facilities
619-343-3724
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.

Ebony N. Wheaton

Director, Facilities, Los Angeles
ewheaton@ccsa.org
213-634-4347
Ebony leads CCSA's facilities policy and advocacy work in the Los Angeles Area, providing support and assistance to charter schools seeking high quality public and private facilities options, and working to secure equitable facilities funding for Los Angeles charter schools.

Rachel Willis-Henry

Parent Organizer, Oakland
rwillis@ccsa.org
510-925-1933
As a parent organizer for CCSA Families, Rachel builds parent teams at charter schools to advocate for public school choices for all families in Oakland.

Judy Wilson

Director, School Development, Bay Area
510-344-7293
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
510-344-7279
nwilson@ccsa.org
Nikole provides administrative support for our web-based and in-person trainings for charter school leaders.

Chris Yarrison

Manager, Data Projects
213-328-0138
cyarrison@ccsa.org
Chris analyzes political data, runs operations for our field programs, and manages a wide range of data projects.

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