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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

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.

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

Director, Executive Services
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
In this role, she is responsible for overseeing the Association's operational functions, including data, operations, IT, conference and membership. Laura also leads strategic initiatives related to diversity, equity, access and inclusion.

Elizabeth Robitaille, Ed.D.

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

CCSA Staff

Erin Abshere

Managing Director, School Performance, Accountability and Research
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

Director, Political Engagement
916-250-1621
jahola@ccsa.org
Joanne works across the state to build a strong political and civic infrastructure that supports high quality charter schools. This includes managing and growing our local PACs, build out our CharterNation network of charter school parents and staff, fundraising, and mobilizing the charter school community around elections.

Vanessa Alessi

Manager, Digital Engagement
213-314-5542
valessi@ccsa.org
Vanessa leads CCSA's digital content development and strategies that foster engagement within our community. She is responsible for managing CCSA and our sister organization, CCSA Advocates' respective social media channels.

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.

Aida Alvarado

Parent Organizer, Los Angeles
213-306-5945
aalvarado@ccsa.org
As a parent organizer for CCSA Families, Aida builds parent teams at charter schools to advocate for public school choices for all families in Los Angeles.

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.

Romel Antoine

Director, Regulatory Affairs
916-250-2827
rantoine@ccsa.org
Romel works on the Association's statewide and federal advocacy efforts regarding regulatory actions through coordination with state agencies, boards and commissions.

Leigh Arino de la Rubia

Director, Grants and Evaluation
213-634-4340
larino@ccsa.org
Leigh is responsible for the management of CCSA's development activities and internal performance management. 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 Strategy
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 Operations Team, 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

Director, School Development, Los Angeles
213-634-3734
jcofresi@ccsa.org
Josue manages the development process for new schools working toward authorization in the greater Los Angeles area. This includes outreach, technical support, project management, and petition development guidance.

Christopher Copolillo

Director, Regional Advocacy, Greater Los Angeles
213-545-0846
ccopolillo@ccsa.org
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
916-407-0595
mdaigh@ccsa.org
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.

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

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

Erika Flores

Manager, Advocacy and Policy
213-631-3447
eflores@ccsa.org
Erika supports the statewide Regional Advocacy team, specifically with regard to policy making, advocacy, growth and support of local advocacy councils.

Maria Flores

Lead Organizer, Los Angeles
213-634-4077
maflores@ccsa.org
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.

Alix Fraser

Managing Director, Organizing, Los Angeles
213-419-8985
afraser@ccsa.org
Alix leads the Los Angeles Parent Organizing Team in an effort to organize charter school families to wield significant political power in their communities.

Angel Garcia

Manager, School Development, Northern and Central California
916-435-1982
agarcia@ccsa.org
Angel manages the development process for new schools working toward authorization in greater Northeast and Central Valley regions. This includes outreach, technical support, project management, and petition development guidance.

Richard Garcia

Director, Communications, Los Angeles
213-634-4190
rgarcia@ccsa.org
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
hgrider@ccsa.org
Hilary leads the Conference and Events Team from planning stages to onsite execution of the annual California Charter School Conference which brings together more than 3,500 attendees. She works with internal teams on meetings and events for CCSA.

Aaron Guerrero

Senior Manager, Digital Communications
aguerrero@ccsa.org
916-750-2745
Aaron leads CCSA's messaging for digital media as well as our paid social media advertising strategy and campaigns.

Willow Harrington

Vice President, School Performance, Development & Support
510-344-7296
wharrington@ccsa.org
Willow directs CCSA's non-academic accountability efforts, guiding CCSA's advocacy on issue of operations, fiscal and governance best practice in collaboration with other teams across the Association. Willow also oversees the work of the School Development Team and plays a key leadership role in ensuring that the School Development & Support Team, the School Performance, Accountability & Research Team, and the Knowledge Management Team function effectively as a coherent whole focused on charter school quality.

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

Senior Manager, Media Relations
916-250-1686
cheim@ccsa.org
Caity is responsible for managing all media requests for CCSA, as well as planning and executing strategic communications activities in support of CCSA's advocacy efforts on behalf of charter schools across the state. In particular, she provides specific communication strategy and support to schools in Northern and Central California, as well as the Bay Area. Caity also develops key collateral for members and the public, and provides media relations support to the conference team, special education team, facilities team, and legal team.

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.

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.

Matthew Jawlik

Senior Managing Director, Finance
619-343-3721
mjawlik@ccsa.org
As part of the Finance & Development team, Matt plays a key role in budgeting, the annual independent audit process, and compliance reporting to various regulatory entities. Other responsibilities include oversight of accounts payable, accounts receivable, and the month and year-end closing process as well as the implementation of a new contract management system.

Max Kennedy

Director, Data Services & Architecture
213-634-0351
mkennedy@ccsa.org
As part of the Operations team, Max analyzes, manages and enhances the technological and data environments for the Association's various programs. Max's expertise as a Salesforce administrator lends itself to increasing internal staff's productivity in service of charter school communities.

Laura Kerr

Senior Advisor, Constituent Advocacy
916-250-1518
lkerr@ccsa.org
Laura oversees grassroots advocacy efforts on behalf of the Association, including coordination and execution of Legislative visits, Advocacy Month, Constituent Advocacy, Back to Session, and Rattle the Capitol.

Jennifer Kress

Research Analyst
213-432-1728
jkress@ccsa.org
Jennie contributes to the research initiatives and analysis of the School Performance, Accountability, and Research (SPAR) team, with a focus on analyzing and understanding the academic contributions of charter schools across the state.

Zoe Larson

Parent Organizer, Sacramento
916-407-1268
zlarson@ccsa.org
As a parent organizer for CCSA Families, Zoe builds parent teams at charter schools to advocate for public school choices for all families in Sacramento.

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.

William Lee

Senior Manager, Community Development
213-344-2597
wlee@ccsa.org Will leads CCSA's engagement strategies for our CharterNation community as well as our engagement analytics, insights and reporting. He is responsible for leveraging best practices in digital so that we can build a robust online community of action-oriented individuals.

Andy Linares

Parent Organizer, Los Angeles
213-286-1810
alinares@ccsa.org
As a parent organizer for CCSA Families, Andy builds parent teams at charter schools to advocate for public school choices for all families in Los Angeles.

Carmen Loera

Manager, Youth Organizing
510-344-7254
cloera@ccsa.org
Carmen manages the Youth Organizing program in Los Angeles. She supervises Youth Organizers in building teams at charter high schools, lifting youth voice to advocate for educational equity, and partners with parent organizers to build an intergenerational movement for education justice for all families.

Adan Lupercio

Managing Regional Director, Northern and Central California
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
916-250-1677
mlynch@ccsa.org
Michelle works on the Association's statewide and federal advocacy efforts regarding regulatory actions through coordination with state agencies, boards and commissions.

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.

Kamaal Martin

Regional Director, Projects, Southern California
213-634-0349
kmartin@ccsa.org
Kamaal directs work in Southern California to support our Charter Leader Advocacy Councils, Workgroups, Growth Cohorts and implementation of local grants. He is a member of our Regional Advocacy team which collaborates with local charter leaders to build an infrastructure to advocate for local and state policy objectives.

Sharon Smith Mauney

510-770-6764
ssmauney@ccsa.org
As a part of the Diversity in Leadership Team, Sharon collaborates with CCSA teams to align diversity, equity and inclusion programmatic goals and outcomes. She also assists with the development and implementation of outreach strategies to increase the pipeline of charter school leaders of color.

Malcolm McFarland II

Regional Director, Bay Area
916-407-1042
mmcfarland@ccsa.org
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.

Gregory McGinity

Senior Vice President, Civic Affairs
213-314-9723
gmcginity@ccsa.org
In this role, Gregory 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. Gregory is also the Executive Director, CCSA Advocates.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Jessica Newburn

Director, School Quality Support
jnewburn@ccsa.org
213-262-4457
As the Director, School Quality Support, Jessica helps schools improve their performance and utilize alternative measures, where appropriate, to identify success in increasing student learning. Jessica provides early notification and support to charter schools regarding CCSA's accountability initiatives, plays a key role in Multiple Measure Reviews, and collaborates closely with other key CCSA teams supporting school quality.

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.

Javier Orduño

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

Brittany Parmely

Director, Media Relations & Public Affairs
916-750-2696
bparmely@ccsa.org
Brittany coordinates media relations and public affairs strategies for CCSA, while also supporting advocacy efforts on behalf of charter schools in the Bay Area and across the state.

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.

Omar Pichardo

Parent Organizer, Los Angeles
213-349-1529
opichardo@ccsa.org
As a parent organizer for CCSA Families, Omar builds parent teams at charter schools to advocate for public school choices for all families in Los Angeles.

Gina Plate

Vice President, Special Education
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.

Khrystyna Platte

Manager Conference and Events
916-312-2943
kplatte@ccsa.org
Khrystyna is a member of our Conference and Events Team that provides logistics, communications and programming support for the annual California Charter School Conference. She also assists with planning for other meetings and events for CCSA.

Janine Ramirez

510-224-9807
jramirez@ccsa.org
Janine Ramirez leads charter school policy and member engagement across the Bay Area, with a focus on Santa Clara county. In this role, Janine works closely with charter school leaders, community organizations, and local elected officials to maximize the positive impact of charter schools in the region. Janine also works closely with members of the Charter Community of Silicon Valley (CCSV) to implement local strategic priorities.

Alan Ratliff

Director, Alumni Organizing, Bay Area
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

Director, Political and Strategic Affairs
916-250-1689
jregalado@ccsa.org
As Political Director, Jacob leads the Association in assessing the political climate for charter public schools in California and researching candidates seeking local and state office. Jacob also recommends endorsements to the organization's Board of Directors, supports the procurement and management of political consultants, and deploys human and financial resources in facilitation of the organization's electoral priorities.

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.

Natasha Robinson

916-407-0683
nrobinson@ccsa.org
As a parent organizer for CCSA Families, Natasha builds parent teams at charter schools to advocate for public school choices for all families in Sacramento.

Jennifer Rowland

Manager Data Operations
619-345-0138
jrowland@ccsa.org
As part of the Operations Team, Jennifer provides operational support in data and various projects for our organization.

Jason Rudolph

Regional Director, Greater Los Angeles
jrudolph@ccsa.org
213-529-0669
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.

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.

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.

Martinique Starnes

Manager, Diversity, Outreach and Community Development, Southern California
213-344-2619
mstarnes@ccsa.org
As a part of the Diversity in Leadership Team, Martinique collaborates with CCSA teams to align diversity, equity and inclusion programmatic goals and outcomes. She also assists with the development and implementation of outreach strategies to increase the pipeline of charter school leaders of color.

Esther Tan

Director, Accounting and Special Projects
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.

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.

Enrique Torres

Regional Director, Central Valley
916-432-8242
etorres@ccsa.org
Enrique Torres leads charter school policy and member engagement across the Central Valley. In this role, Enrique works closely with charter school leaders, community organizations, and local elected officials to maximize the positive impact of charter schools in the region.

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

Director, Accounting and Expense Management
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

Director, 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.

Alicia Vazquez

GIS Research Analyst
avazquez@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.

Manuel Vasquez

Parent Organizer, Oakland
916-864-3910
mvasquez@ccsa.org
Manuel will play a key role in identifying, training, and developing parents as organizers from across Oakland to be leaders in their communities.

Nohely Velasco

Operations Support Coordinator
213-340-7233
nvelasco@ccsa.org
As a member of the Operations Team, Nohely provides daily internal operational support to Association staff in various capacities.

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

Director, 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 Director, 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 the Bay Area such as 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

Director, Parent Organizing, Northern California
rwillis@ccsa.org
510-925-1933
Rachel leads the Northern California organizing team.

Judith Wilson

Managing Director, School Development
510-344-7293
jwilson@ccsa.org
Judy leads the School Development and Support Team to provide developing schools with the technical and strategy support as they prepare for authorization and opening.

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.

Jay Artis Wright

Director, Parent Organizing, Sacramento
916-245-6173
jartis-wright@ccsa.org
Jay is building and leading a team of Sacramento organizers who help parents become leaders in their communities, uniting them into a powerful voice for excellent schools.

Chris Yarrison

Senior 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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