President and CEO
President and Chief Executive Officer
Jed serves as the President and CEO of the California Charter Schools Association.
Senior Vice President, Civic Affairs
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.
Senior Vice President, Communications
Lee leads the team responsible for internal, external and online communications, media relations, video, social media, and website.
Senior Vice President, Development
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.
Chief of Staff
Sharon is the Executive Assistant to Jed Wallace and coordinates the work of the Association's Leadership Team.
Senior Vice President, Government Affairs
Chief Operating Officer
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.
Senior Vice President, Achievement and Performance Management
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.
Senior Vice President, Legal Advocacy, and General Counsel
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.
Senior Vice President, Organizing
916-250-1629 Tyler leads the team responsible for building an educated, empowered, and active base of charter parents and teachers
Senior Accountability Researcher
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
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.
Manager, Political Infrastructure Development
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
Phillipa's key areas of responsibility include working on trial court litigation and appellate opportunities on behalf of CCSA and the charter school community.
Regional Manager, Orange County/ San Diego
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.
Managing Director, Civic Affairs
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.
School Development Manager, Northeast Region
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
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
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
Daniel works with our COO to provide leadership for our membership, conference, diversity, data, operations, and information technology efforts.
Managing Director, Communications, Southern California
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.
Vice President, Communications
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.
Managing Director, Digital Communications
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.
Director, Operations and Information Technology
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.
Manager, School Development, Los Angeles
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.
Director, Board Engagement and Leadership Development
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
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.
Sara Mattingly deLeeuw
Managing Director, Finance and Development
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.
Director, Regional Advocacy, Los Angeles
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.
Special Education Advisor
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.
Director, Operations, Civic Affairs
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.
Managing Regional Director, Southern California
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.
Manager, Government Affairs
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.
Manager, Data & Analytics
Christian Entezari manages the data operations for our Southern California field programs and our internal electoral database.
Parent Organizer, Los Angeles
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.
Director, Communications, Los Angeles
Richard leads the communications support for CCSA Advocates with a particular focus on campaign communications efforts at the local and state levels.
Parent Organizer, San Jose
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.
Director, Conference and Events
916-407-0895, ext 2353
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.
Manager, Digital Content and Social Media
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.
Senior Manager, Conference and Events
Cynthia 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.
GIS Research Analyst
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.
Managing Regional Director, San Francisco Bay Area
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.
Managing Director, School Development
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.
Special Education Coordinator
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 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.
Manager, Strategic Partnerships
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.
Parent Organizer, LA
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.
Managing Regional Director, Greater Los Angeles
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
Amy directs the Association's statewide legislative advocacy efforts and works closely with the California State Legislature, CCSA's members and lobbyists.
Managing Director, Data and Analytics
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.
Managing Director, Achievement and Performance Management
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.
Managing Regional Director, Northeast and Central Valley
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.
Director, Data Systems
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.
Director, Community Data
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."
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 firstname.lastname@example.org system.
Director, Regulatory Affairs
Michelle works on the Association's statewide and federal advocacy efforts regarding regulatory actions through coordination with state agencies, boards and commissions.
Regional Director, Santa Clara County
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.
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.
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.
Regional Manager, Northern California
916-750-2537 ext. 2354
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.
Director, Parent Organizing, Northern California
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.
Director, Bay Area Facilities
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.
Managing Director, Knowledge Management
Alice provides charter school leaders with information and training on all charter school issues, including finance, board governance, petition writing, curriculum and facilities.
Senior Advisor, Policy
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.
Director, Political Giving
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 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.
Parent Organizer, Richmond
As part of the Organizing team, Brittany build parent teams at charter schools to advocate for public school choices for all families in Richmond.
Regional Director, Central Valley and Central Coast
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.
Parent Organizer, LA
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.
Director, Knowledge Management
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
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.
Parent Organizer, Oakland
As part of the Organizing team, Carmen builds parent teams at charter schools to advocate for public school choices for all families in Oakland.
Manager, Youth Organizing, Los Angeles
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.
Director, Parent Organizing, Southern California
Peter manages the team of parent organizers in the Southern California area.
Senior Vice President, Regional Advocacy
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.
Director, Youth Organizing
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
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
Director, School Development, Southern California
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.
Senior Advisor of Diversity, Outreach and Community Development
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.
Managing Regional Director, Northern and Central California
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.
Manager, Organizational Health
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.
Director, Regional Advocacy, Greater Los Angeles .
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 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.
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.
Manager, Political Data and Analytics
Mariam directs the analytics work on behalf of CCSA Advocates and CCSA's engagement programs.
Data Analyst, Bay Area Facilities
Jeffrey leads the Facilities Team's collection and enhancement of school facilities related data for the San Francisco Bay Area.
Managing Director, Office of the President
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
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.
As a member of the Finance team, Chris supports CCSA's financial operations in the areas of accounts payable, accounts receivable, payroll and insurance.
Senior Manager, Accounting and Contracts
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.
Senior Manager, Accounting and Payroll
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.
Director, Special Projects, School Development
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.
Senior Manager, Accounting and Financial Reporting
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.
Regional Director, Alameda County
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.
Manager, School Development, Bay Area
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.
Senior Advisor, Facilities
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
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.
Parent Organizer, Oakland
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.
Director, School Development, Bay Area
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.
Events Manager and Research Analyst
Nikole provides administrative support for our web-based and in-person trainings for charter school leaders.
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