Executive Director, Granada Hills High School
Brian Bauer is the Executive Director of Granada Hills Charter High School, an independent public school located in the San Fernando Valley of Los Angeles. Mr. Bauer began his career at Granada as the school's principal in 2000. While principal, Mr. Bauer led the faculty and community through the politically charged process to become a fiscally independent conversion charter school. Nearly every employee - teacher, classified and administrator -- as well as almost 2000 parents signed Granada's petition for independence. When the school was granted independent charter status in 2003 by a reluctant Los Angeles Unified Board of Education, Mr. Bauer was appointed Executive Director. Granada Hills Charter is the largest charter school in the nation.
As Executive Director, Mr. Bauer is responsible for the school's instructional, operational, and financial programs that involve over 4200 students, over 190 teachers and 150 classified employees, and $35 million in revenue. He oversees all of the school's significant business and operational services, including payroll, general ledger, cafeteria, building and grounds, and human resources, all of which are handled in-house.
Mr. Bauer began his teaching career in LAUSD in 1991. After teaching ESL, English, and Spanish at Bell and Manual Arts High Schools, Mr. Bauer served as Assistant Principal at Locke and Franklin High Schools. He has worked as a leadership coach with six charter school leaders through the California Charter School Association (CCSA) and has advised the Los Angeles Mayor's Partnership School Organization. Mr. Bauer has served on the California State Board's Advisory Commission on Charter Schools (ACCS) since 2008 and currently serves as the ACCS chair. He has been President (since its founding in 2004) of the Special Education Improvement Authority for Los Angeles, a Joint Power Authority that includes the leading conversion and start-up charter schools/organizations advocating higher quality special education options within the LAUSD and other state SELPAs. He is Chair of CCSA's Member Council as well as Chair of the CEO Council of the LAUSD Charter Operated Programs for Special Education. In 2008, Mr. Bauer was named California's Charter Leader of the Year.
He received his BA from Yale, a Masters from CSUDH and UCLA, and is writing his PhD dissertation at UCLA. Between his teaching and administrative assignments, Mr. Bauer spent over two years in Colombia, South America as a Fulbright Scholar, and during the 2007 summer, was on a special educational leadership project in Brazil under the auspices of the U.S. State Department and the Fulbright Association.
Mr. Bauer serves as a trustee on several education, community service, and family philanthropic Boards. He presently resides in Los Angeles. In his "free" time, Mr. Bauer plays paddle tennis at the beach and is an avid traveler.