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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.

Danny Corwin

Chief Financial Officer
213-634-4251
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
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.

Senior Vice President, Regional Advocacy
213-634-4399
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
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.

Peri Lynn Turnbull, APR

Senior Vice President, Communications and Knowledge Management
619-343-3728
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
916-250-1629 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

Regional Director, Inland Empire
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 Infrastructure Development
916-250-1621
jahola@ccsa.org

Joanne works with our charter school leaders and families across the state to facilitate their engagement in local election work. This is part of our local civic and political infrastructure building in support of high quality public charter schools.

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.

Micheal Anadon

Deputy Political Director
916-250-2419
manadon@ccsa.org
Micheal Anadon works to consolidate CCSA Advocate's internal resources in strategic campaigns. He leans upon his years of campaign experience to make sure CCSA Advocates is in the best possible position to represent charter student's interests in the political realm.

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.

Sarah Angel

Managing Regional Director, Greater Los Angeles
213-634-3658
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.

Romel Antoine

School Development Manager, Northeast Region
916-250-2827
rantoine@ccsa.org
Romel manages the development process for new schools working toward authorization in California's North East region. This includes outreach, technical support, project management, and petition development guidance.

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.

Managing Director, Data, Operations and Information
619-343-3711
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.

Steven Baratte

Manager, 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

Director, Media Relations and Public Affairs
916-250-1687
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.

Shawn Brown

Managing Director, Parent Organizing
916-250-1615
sbrown@ccsa.org
Shawn manages the team of parent organizers in the Bay and Sacramento areas.

Jared Cain

Director, Digital Communications
510-344-7286
jcain@ccsa.org
Jared leads CCSA's digital strategy development and implementation of the organization's online presence including websites, social media and bulk email 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.

Ana Beatriz Cholo

Manager, Communications, Los Angeles
213-634-4115
acholo@ccsa.org
Ana provides communications strategy, content and support for CCSA's advocacy efforts on behalf of charter schools and the overall growth of high quality schools in the Los Angeles region. She also supports charter school parents in advocating for their children and all children's right to attend a high quality public school in their neighborhood.

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.

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

Director, Special Projects and Staff Relations
213-634-0604
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
213-634-4248
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, 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

Special Education Advisor
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

Managing Regional Director, Southern California
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

Manager, Government Affairs
916-250-1682
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.

Claire Elowitt

Manager, Regional Advocacy, Greater Los Angeles
213-244-1446, ext 452
celowitt@ccsa.org
As part of the Regional Advocacy team, Claire 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. Claire works closely with charter operators and local elected officials to maximize the positive impact of charter schools in the region.

Christian Entezari

Manager, Data & Analytics
213-634-4309
centezari@ccsa.org
Christian Entezari manages the data operations for our Southern California field programs and our internal electoral database.

Brittany Erway

berway@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 Oakland.

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, Elections Communications
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

Parent Organizer, San Jose
sgarcia@ccsa.org
510-344-7240 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
213-634-4470
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
213-634-4442
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.

Ivy Greene

Parent Organizer, Los Angeles
213-793-4897 ext. 2352
igreene@ccsa.org
As a parent organizer for CCSA Families, Ivy builds teams of parent leaders who advocate to protect and expand charter schools for all families in Los Angeles.

Hilary Grider

Manager, Conference/Events
916-407-0895, ext 2353
hgrider@ccsa.org
Hilary Grider 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 event planning around Advocacy Day in Sacramento.

Cynthia Gutierrez

Manager, Staff Relations
cgutierrez@ccsa.org
213-634-4304
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
916-250-1681
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.

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.

Joe Harrington

Director, Strategic Partnerships
510-344-7261
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
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.

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

Director, Regional Advocacy, 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.

Tracy Ikemire

Parent Organizer, Sacramento
916-250-1529
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
916-250-1684
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

Managing Director, Data and Analytics
619-343-3721
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
510-344-7233
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. Andre works closely with charter operators and local elected officials to maximize the positive impact of charter schools in the region.

Keri Kanetsky

Manager, School Partnership Development
213-634-3991
kkanetsky@ccsa.org
Keri 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.

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

Managing Regional Director, Northeast and Central Valley
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.

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

Manager, Community Data
vlaurel@ccsa.org
510-344-7223
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
213-634-4230
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.

Kevin Lima

Parent Organizer, Los Angeles
klima@ccsa.org
213-286-1830 ext. 2351
As a parent organizer for CCSA Families, Kevin builds teams of parent leaders who advocate to protect and expand charter schools for all families in Los Angeles.

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, Santa Clara County
alupercio@ccsa.org
510-344-7229
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
213-634-4232
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
619-343-3727
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, facilities and general counsel support.

Esmeralda Marcial

Parent Organizer, Los Angeles
213-634-4264
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.

Elyce Martinez

Research Analyst, Achievement and Performance Management
213-634-4493
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
213-634-4621
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

Parent Organizer, Sacramento
916-750-2537 ext. 2354
amercado@ccsa.org
As a parent organizer for CCSA Families, Adolfo builds teams of parent leaders who advocate to protect and expand charter schools for all families in Sacramento.

Elizabeth Mercado

Parent Organizer, Richmond
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
510-344-7283
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.

Courtney S. Miller

Director, Constituent Advocacy
916-250-1661
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.

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.

Amisha Motipara

Manager, Membership
916-250-1647
amotipara@ccsa.org
Amisha helps coordinate the Association's membership operations and customer service.

Michelle Murphy

School Development Manager, Central Valley
916-250-3255
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
213-634-3762
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
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, Alumni 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 Advisor, 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.

Alan Ratliff

Manager, 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, School Partnership Development
510-344-7291
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.

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.

Clayton Rosa

Director, Regional Advocacy, Los Angeles
213-634-4377
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.

Jeff Sands

Regional Director, Central Valley
916-250-2884
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
213-634-4020
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.

Yannell Selman

Director, Parent Organizing, Northern California
510-344-7246
yselman@ccsa.org
Yannell manages the team of parent organizers in northern California.

Jonathan Slakey

Research Analyst
213-634-0652
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
916-250-1403
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

Manager, Political Data and Analytics
510-344-7260
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
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.

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

Regional Director, Alameda County
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

Manager, School Development, Bay Area
510-344-7295
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
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

Regional Director, Los Angeles
ewheaton@ccsa.org
213-634-4347
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
213-634-4623
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.

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.

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