Laura McGowan-Robinson, Ed.D.

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Laura McGowan-Robinson is Chief Operating Officer for the California Charter Schools Association. 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.

Prior to joining CCSA, Laura was a Building Excellent Schools Fellow. As a fellow, she founded Crown Preparatory Academy in 2010 and became Executive Director. Laura shaped her career around the goal of opening an outstanding urban school and providing equitable, quality education for all students. Crown Prep is a middle school located in South Los Angeles. In 2013, Crown Prep embarked upon an unprecedented partnership with LAUSD to co-operate 24th Street Elementary school as a result of the parent trigger. Through this partnership, 24th Street operates the K-4 and Crown Prep operating grades 5-8. This resulted in the third parent trigger in California and the first partnership between a single-site charter school and LAUSD.

Laura brings to the Senior Vice President, Regional Advocacy role the same tenacity and commitment to advocating for policy reform at the local and state levels.

Laura holds a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, a Master of Education degree in Instructional Leadership and English from the University of Illinois at Chicago, and a Doctorate in Educational Leadership for Social Justice at Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles.

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