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Who We Are

Our Vision

Building great public schools of joy and rigor that prepare all California students for success in college, career, community, and life.

Our Mission

To meet parent, educator, and community need for great public school options by supporting and advocating for high quality non-profit charter schools and sharing their success throughout California’s public schools.

Our Mission Commits Us to Equity, Opportunity and Access.

As part of California’s public school family, CCSA embraces its history of being an advocacy organization advancing issues of social justice and civil rights. Our members and the teachers and administrators who serve in their schools value diversity in culture, gender, race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, religion, age, disability, and perspective. While we seek to grow a movement that serves all students, all families, and all communities, we work with a special spirit of urgency to provide our most historically underserved and vulnerable students with the high quality public education they deserve. We join in common cause with those fighting both inside and outside of public education for greater equity, opportunity, and access for all.

Our Governance

Board of Directors

CCSA Board Chair
President and Chief Executive Officer, Green Dot Public Schools California

Board Member
Director, Walton Education Coalition

Board Secretary
CEO, Great Public Schools Now

Treasurer
Managing Director, Doris & Donald Fisher Fund

Board Member
Executive Director, Granada Hills High School

CCSA Board Member
Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Equitas Academy Charter Schools

Board Member
Executive Director, The Classical Academies

Board Member
Executive Director, Charles and Helen Schwab Foundation

Board Member
Superintendent, Achieve Charter School

Board Member
CEO, Silicon Schools Fund 

Board Member
Vice President, Wonderful Education

President and Chief Executive Officer
mcastrejon@ccsa.org

(In Memoriam)
Board Member

Charter School-Type Seats

Large Charter Management Organization “CMO”

Marcia Aaron
KIPP SoCal
(213) 489-4461, ext. 101

Small/Growing Network/CMO

Jared Austin
Kairos Public Schools
(916) 417-9414

Single Site

Monique Daviss
El Sol Arts and Science Academy of Santa Ana
(714) 543-0023

Nonclassroom-Based Charter School

Mary Cox
CORE Butte Charter
(530) 809-4152

Nonclassroom-Based Charter School

Kathleen Hermsmeyer
Springs Charter Schools
(760) 716-7112

Support Organization

Jeff Rice
APLUS+
(530) 432-3609

Serving Black Students with Excellence

Open

Regional Seats

Northern California - Butte/Sutter/Glenn Counties

Casey Taylor
Achieve Charter School (Member Council Chairperson)
(530) 872-4100

Northern California - Sacramento/Yolo Counties

Jason Sample
Gateway Community Schools
(916) 286-5129

Northern California - Shasta/Lassen/Humboldt Counties

Ben Claassen
Shasta Charter Academy
(530) 245-2600

Northern California - Placer/El Dorado/Nevada Counties

Jillayne Antoon
Rocklin Academy Family of Schools
(916) 600-6484

Greater Los Angeles Area - Ventura/Santa Barbara Counties

Mary Galvin
Ventura Charter School of Arts and Global Education
(805) 648-5503 x 1001

Greater Los Angeles Area - Los Angeles USD

Oliver Sicat
Ednovate
(213) 454-0599

Greater Los Angeles Area - Los Angeles USD

Open

Greater Los Angeles Area - Los Angeles County

Farnaz Golshani Flechner
Environmental Charter School
(310) 214-3408 x 3408

Central Valley - San Joaquin/Stanislaus Counties

Anthony Solina
Aspire Public Schools
(209) 466-663

Central Valley - Fresno/Madera/Merced Counties

Open

Central Valley - Kern/Tulare/Kings Counties

Open

Southern California - San Bernardino County

Debbie Tarver
Desert Trails Preparatory Academy
(760) 987-9434

Southern California - Orange County

Anthony Saba
Samueli Academy
(714) 619-0215

Southern California - Riverside County

Alex Lucero
Real Journey Academies
(909) 888-8458 x 2001

Southern California - San Diego County

Kevin Humphrey
Guajome Schools
(760) 631-8500

Southern California - San Diego USD

Cheryl James-Ward
e3 Civic High School
(619) 546-0000

Bay Area - San Mateo/Santa Clara/Santa Cruz/San Benito/Monterey

Frances Teso
Voices College Bound Language Academies
(408) 791-1609

Bay Area - Contra Costa/Solano Counties

Jim Scheible
Clayton Valley Charter High School
(925) 334-6753

Bay Area - Mendocino/Sonoma/Napa/Marin Counties

Chris Topham
Sebastapol Independent Charter School
(707) 246-8282

Bay Area - Alameda/San Francisco Counties

Open

Meet the CCSA Team

Executive Team

CCSA Staff

Vice President, School Performance, Accountability, and Research
eabshere@ccsa.org

Senior Director, Southern California Local Advocacy
fcadame@ccsa.org

Managing Director, Northern California Local Advocacy
jahola@ccsa.org

Deputy Chief Advocacy Officer
jangel@ccsa.org

Director, Regulatory Affairs
rantoine@ccsa.org

Vice President, Policy and Public Affairs
jartis-wright@ccsa.org

Vice President, Digital Strategy
jcain@ccsa.org

Senior Director, Operations & Information Technology
ecastillo@ccsa.org

Senior Director, School Development, Los Angeles
jcofresi@ccsa.org

Managing Director, Bay Area Local Advocacy
jcolly@ccsa.org

Senior Director, Greater Los Angeles Local Advocacy
ccopolillo@ccsa.org

Director, Northern California Local Advocacy
mcuellar@ccsa.org

Vice President, Civic and Political Affairs
gdavis@ccsa.org

Director, School Quality Support
sdaviss@ccsa.org

Managing Director, Human Resources and Special Projects
fdelcarpio@ccsa.org

Managing Director, Greater Los Angeles Local Advocacy
kdellaquila@ccsa.org

Senior Director, Operations, Civic and Political Affairs
rdriver@ccsa.org

Senior Director, Bay Area Local Advocacy
mdurazo@ccsa.org

Vice President, Southern California Local Advocacy
mdurfee@ccsa.org

Director, Legislative Advocacy
ceades@ccsa.org

Director, Political and Strategic Affairs
afraser@ccsa.org

Director, Greater Los Angeles Local Advocacy
jgonzalez@ccsa.org

Senior Director, Conference and Events
conference@ccsa.org

Director, Digital Communications
aguerrero@ccsa.org 

Vice President, Northern California Local Advocacy  
hharmssen@ccsa.org

Vice President, Greater Los Angeles Local Advocacy
chorton@ccsa.org

Deputy Chief Financial Officer
mjawlik@ccsa.org

Director, Data Services & Architecture
mkennedy@ccsa.org

Senior Director, Data Systems Administration
vlaurel@ccsa.org

Associate Director, Research
elawther@ccsa.org

Director, Marketing and Business Analysis
wlee@ccsa.org

Director, Greater Los Angeles Local Advocacy
cloera@ccsa.org

Director, Central Valley Local Advocacy
mlopez@ccsa.org

Managing Director, Central Valley Local Advocacy
alupercio@ccsa.org

Jeff Macedo
Sr. Director, Communications

Director, Southern California Local Advocacy
kmartin@ccsa.org

Director, Bay Area Local Advocacy
amichalski@ccsa.org

Vice President, Government Affairs
cmiller@ccsa.org

Director, Parent Organizing, Southern California
fnavarro@ccsa.org

Vice President, School Quality Support
jnewburn@ccsa.org

Director, Greater Los Angeles Local Advocacy
jorduno@ccsa.org

Vice President, Special Education and Regulatory Affairs
gplate@ccsa.org

Associate Director, Community Engagement
fprieto@ccsa.org

Vice President, Political and Strategic Affairs
jregalado@ccsa.org

Senior Director, School Development, Southern California
jcook@ccsa.org

Director, Media Relations and Research
atintocalis@ccsa.org

Vice President, Legal Advocacy, and Executive Director, Charter Schools Legal Defense Fund
jumansky@ccsa.org

Director, Accounting and Expense Management
curibe@ccsa.org

Director, Human Resources and Special Projects 
cvarona@ccsa.org

Regional Director, Bay Area
hwang@ccsa.org

Senior Advisor, Facilities
nwatson@ccsa.org

Vice President, School Development
jwilson@ccsa.org