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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

CCSA Board Vice Chair
Director, Walton Education Coalition

Board Secretary
CEO, Great Public Schools Now

Board Member
Executive Director, Granada Hills High School

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

Board Member
Executive Director, The Classical Academies

Board Member
CEO, Silicon Schools Fund 

Board Member
Managing Director, Doris & Donald Fisher Fund

Board Member
Superintendent, Achieve Charter School

President and Chief Executive Officer

(In Memoriam)
Board Member

CCSA Member Council

Member Council: Charter Type Representatives

Large Charter Management Organization “CMO”


Small/Growing Network/CMO

Pat Saddler
Leadership Public Schools

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
(530) 432-3609

Serving Black Students with Excellence

Shawn Brumfield
Pasadena Rosebud

Member Council: Regional Representatives

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
(213) 454-0599

Greater Los Angeles Area - Los Angeles USD


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) 466-6630

Central Valley - Fresno/Madera/Merced Counties

Corrie Sands
Aspen Public Schools
(559) 225-7737

Central Valley - Kern/Tulare/Kings Counties


Southern California - San Bernardino County

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

Southern California - Orange County

Kapil Mathur
Orange County Academies of Sciences and Arts
(949) 269-3291

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


Bay Area - Contra Costa/Solano Counties

Jared Austin
Kairos Public Schools
(916) 417-9414

Bay Area - Mendocino/Sonoma/Napa/Marin Counties

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

Bay Area - Alameda/San Francisco Counties

Maya Woods-Cadiz
(510) 893-8701

Meet the CCSA Team

Executive Team

CCSA Staff

Senior Director, Southern California Local Advocacy

Deputy Chief Advocacy Officer

Vice President, Digital Strategy

Senior Director, Operations & Information Technology

Senior Director, School Development, Los Angeles

Managing Director, Bay Area Local Advocacy

Senior Director, Greater Los Angeles Local Advocacy

Vice President, Civic and Political Affairs

Director, School Quality Support

Managing Director, Human Resources and Special Projects

Managing Director, Greater Los Angeles Local Advocacy

Senior Director, Operations, Civic and Political Affairs

Senior Director, Bay Area Local Advocacy

Vice President, Southern California Local Advocacy

Director, Legislative Advocacy

Director, Political and Strategic Affairs

Director, Greater Los Angeles Local Advocacy

Senior Director, Conference and Events

Director, Digital Communications 

Vice President, Northern California Local Advocacy

Deputy Chief Financial Officer

Director, Data Services & Architecture

Senior Director, Data Systems Administration

Director, Marketing and Business Analysis

Director, Greater Los Angeles Local Advocacy

Director, Central Valley Local Advocacy

Sr. Director, Communications

Vice President, Government Affairs

Director, Parent Organizing, Southern California

Vice President, School Quality Support

Director, Greater Los Angeles Local Advocacy

Vice President, Special Education and Regulatory Affairs

Vice President, Political and Strategic Affairs

Senior Director, School Development, Southern California

Director, Central Valley Local Advocacy

Director, Media Relations and Research

Vice President, Legal Advocacy, and Executive Director, Charter Schools Legal Defense Fund

Director, Accounting and Expense Management

Director, Human Resources and Special Projects

Senior Advisor, Facilities

Vice President, School Development & Membership