Gary Borden is Senior Vice President, Statewide Advocacy for the California Charter Schools Association. In this role, he is responsible for the Association's regional and local policy and advocacy work across the state of California. He is also responsible for overseeing grassroots and parent organizing work through the CCSA Families brand, and he oversees the discreet policy areas of facilities and special education.
Prior to joining CCSA, Gary began doing public education work, and charter school work more specifically, in 2004 with the Charter Schools Development Center (CSDC), where he provided legal guidance and policy advice to schools and prospective school developers in the form of workshops, written guidance, and individualized consulting services. Gary also worked at the state level on policy and regulatory matters while at CSDC. In this capacity, he helped found CharterVoice, an entity dedicated to political activity on behalf of California's charter public schools.
In 2006, Gary received an appointment by Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger to serve as Deputy Executive Director of the California State Board of Education, where he was responsible for overseeing the Board's staff on all matters of policy under the Board's purview. This work included administration of the state's curriculum and instructional system as well as the assessment and accountability system, among others. Gary served as acting Executive Director for the SBE prior to returning to the private sector in 2008.
Gary has undergraduate degrees in Economics and International Business from the Pennsylvania State University, and a law degree from Georgetown University. Based on the belief that it is important to give of one's volunteer time in addition to working time in the furtherance of public education, Gary current sits on the board of directors of two public charter school organizations.
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