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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 Commitment 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 CEO, Fortune School of Education

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
CEO, Hastings Fund

Board Member
Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

President and Chief Executive Officer
mcastrejon@ccsa.org

(In Memorium)
Board Member

Member Council

Malka Borrego

Chair

Casey Taylor

Vice Chair

Alameda County

Hae-Sin Thomas, Education for Change
Phone: (510) 568-7936
hthomas@efcps.net

Butte County

Casey Taylor, Achieve Charter School
Phone: (530) 872-4100
ctaylor@achievecharter.org

Contra Costa County

Vacant

Fresno County

James Bushman, University High School
Phone: (559) 278-8263
jbushman@csufresno.edu

Los Angeles County

Vacant

Los Angeles Unified

Malka Borrego, Equitas Academies
Phone: (213) 201-0440
mborrego@equitasacademy.org

Los Angeles Unified

Oliver Sicat, Ednovate
Phone: (213) 454-0599
osicat@ednovate.org

Los Angeles Unified

Vacant

Orange County

Anthony Saba, Samueli Academy
Phone: (714) 619-0215
asaba@samueliacademy.org

Riverside and San Bernardino Counties

Debbie Tarver, Desert Trails Preparatory Academy (DPTA) and LaVerne Elementary Preparatory Academy (LEPA)
Phone: 760-963-1861
Debbie.tarver@dtpacademy.com

Sacramento County

Jim Scheible, St. Hope Public Schools
Phone: (916) 275-9589
jscheible@sthopepublicschools.org

San Joaquin County

Anthony Solina, Aspire Public Schools
Phone: (209) 466-6630
Anthony.solina@aspirepublicschools.org

San Diego County

Vacant

San Diego Unified

Nicole Assisi, Thrive Public Schools
Phone: (619) 839-9543
nassisi@thriveps.org

Santa Clara County

Frances Teso, Voices College-Bound Language Academies
Phone: (408) 791-1609
fteso@voicescharterschool.com

Member Council Open Positions

North

Chris Topham, Sebastopol Independent Charter School
Phone: (707) 246-8282
ctopham@sebastopolcharter.org

South

Mary Galvin, Ventura Charter School of Arts and Global Education
Phone: (805) 648-5503 x 1001
mary@venturacharterschool.org

Member Council School Type and Other Positions

Charter Management Organizations (CMOs)

Marcia Aaron, KIPP LA Schools
Phone: (213) 489-4461, ext. 101
maaron@kippla.org

Charter Support Organization Representative

Jeff Rice, A-Plus+
Phone: (530) 478-7726
jeffrice@jps.net

Conversion Schools Representative

Vacant

Independent Study Schools Representative

Vacant

Innovative Schools Representative

Vacant

Single, Site-Based Schools Representative

Monique Daviss, El Sol Santa Ana Science and Arts Academy
Phone: (714) 654-9621
mdaviss@elsolacademy.org

Meet the CCSA Team

Executive Team

President and Chief Executive Officer
mcastrejon@ccsa.org

Interim, Senior Vice President, Organizing
916-245-6173
jartis-wright@ccsa.org

Interim Senior Vice President, Communications
916-250-1687
ebertelli@ccsa.org

Interim Senior Vice President, Regional Advocacy
619-343-3716
mdurfee@ccsa.org

Senior Vice President, Government Affairs
916-250-1671
cmarquez@ccsa.org

Senior Vice President, School Performance, Development & Support
510-344-7299
erobitaille@ccsa.org

Senior Vice President, Legal Advocacy, and General Counsel
619-343-3726
rsoto@ccsa.org

CCSA Staff

Managing Director, School Performance, Accountability and Research 
213-634-3870 
eabshere@ccsa.org

Managing Regional Director, Southern California
213-634-3937
fcadame@ccsa.org

Director, Political Engagement
916-250-1621
jahola@ccsa.org

Senior Litigation Counsel
213-634-4453
paltmann@ccsa.org

Parent Organizer, Los Angeles
213-306-5945
aalvarado@ccsa.org

Regional Manager, Orange County/ San Diego
619-343-3718
manderson@ccsa.org

Director, Regulatory Affairs
916-250-2827
rantoine@ccsa.org

Director, Grants and Evaluation
213-634-4340
larino@ccsa.org

Parent Organizer, Los Angeles
213-634-4271
amacias@ccsa.org

Deputy Chief Operating Officer
619-343-3711
dassisi@ccsa.org

Interim Vice President, Communications
510-344-7286
jcain@ccsa.org

Director, Operations and Information Technology
213-634-4540
ecastillo@ccsa.org

Director, School Development, Los Angeles
213-634-3734
jcofresi@ccsa.org

Director, Regional Advocacy, Greater Los Angeles
213-545-0846
ccopolillo@ccsa.org

Regional Director, Greater Sacramento and Northern California Counties
916-407-5534
mcuellar@ccsa.org

Regional Director, Bay Area
916-407-0595
mdaigh@ccsa.org

Director, Board Engagement and Leadership Development
916-250-2075
gdavis@ccsa.org

Deputy Chief of Staff
213-634-0604
fdelcarpio@ccsa.org

Director, Regional Advocacy, Los Angeles
213-634-4445
kdellaquila@ccsa.org

Senior Managing Director, Data, Operations and IT
916-573-1709
gdeschutter@ccsa.org

Director, Operations, Civic Affairs
916-250-1690
rdriver@ccsa.org

Director, Regional Advocacy, Los Angeles
213-340-7241
lfigueroa@ccsa.org

Managing Director, Organizing, Los Angeles
213-419-8985
afraser@ccsa.org

Manager, School Development, Northern and Central California
916-435-1982
agarcia@ccsa.org

Aaron Guerrero
Senior Manager, Digital Communications 
916-750-2745 
aguerrero@ccsa.org 

Director, Human Resources and Special Projects 
(213) 212-2383
cgutierrez@ccsa.org

Vice President, Regional Advocacy, Northern California 
510-344-7234 
hharmssen@ccsa.org

Vice President, School Performance, Development & Support
510-344-7296
wharrington@ccsa.org

Managing Regional Director, Greater Los Angeles
213-634-4434
chorton@ccsa.org

Director, Data Services & Architecture
213-634-0351
mkennedy@ccsa.org

Senior Advisor, Constituent Advocacy
916-250-1518
lkerr@ccsa.org

Coordinating Youth Organizer, Sacramento
916-407-1268
zlarson@ccsa.org

Research Analyst
(213) 306-5917
elawther@ccsa.org

Senior Manager, Community Development
213-344-2597
wlee@ccsa.org

Parent Organizer, Sacramento
(916) 577-4948
mlopez@ccsa.org

Managing Regional Director, Northern and Central California
510-344-7229
alupercio@ccsa.org

Managing Director, Government Affairs
916-250-1677
mlynch@ccsa.org

Regional Director, Projects, Southern California
213-634-0349
kmartin@ccsa.org

Manager,  Diversity, Outreach and Community Development
510-770-6764
ssmauney@ccsa.org

Managing Director, Knowledge Management
415-534-8130
amiller@ccsa.org

Director, Parent Organizing, Southern California
213-634-3762
fnavarro@ccsa.org

Director, Media Relations & Public Affairs
916-750-2696
bparmely@ccsa.org

Director, Parent Organizing, Southern California
213-634-4488
pphillips@ccsa.org

Vice President, Special Education
619-343-3723
gplate@ccsa.org

Director, Alumni Organizing, Bay Area
510-344-7247
aratliff@ccsa.org

Director, Political and Strategic Affairs
916-250-1689
jregalado@ccsa.org

Director, School Development, Southern California
619-343-3731
jcook@ccsa.org

Regional Director, Greater Los Angeles
213-529-0669
jrudolph@ccsa.org

Senior Manager, Organizational Health and Special Projects
916-312-3898
ssensenbach@ccsa.org

Manager, Diversity, Outreach and Community Development, Southern California
213-344-2619
mstarnes@ccsa.org

Senior Director, Accounting and Special Projects
916-250-1403
etan@ccsa.org

Regional Director, Central Valley
etorres@ccsa.org

Vice President, Legal Advocacy, and Executive Director, Charter Schools Legal Defense Fund
619-343-3725
jumansky@ccsa.org

Director, Accounting and Expense Management
213-634-4074
curibe@ccsa.org

Director, Accounting and Payroll
323-440-0723
luribe@ccsa.org

As a member of the Finance team, Merriet manages CCSA's accounting, including month and year-end closing.

Managing Regional Director, San Francisco Bay Area
510-344-7228
pwalsh@ccsa.org

Director, Parent Organizing, Northern California
510-925-1933

Managing Director, School Development
510-344-7293
jwilson@ccsa.org