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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
Founder, Chief Executive Officer/Superintendent, Granada Hills Charter School

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

President and Chief Executive Officer

Board Member
CEO, Silicon Schools Fund 

Board Member
Executive Director, Youth Policy Institute’s Charter Schools

Board Member
Chief Legal Officer, Summit Public Schools

Board Member
Superintendent/CEO, Gateway Community Charter Schools

Board Member
Superintendent, Achieve Charter School

(In Memoriam)
Board Member

CCSA Member Council

Member Council: Charter Type Representatives

Large Charter Management Organization “CMO”

Maricela Guerrero
Rocketship Public Schools

Small/Growing Network/CMO

Sebastian Cognetta
Allegiance STEAM Academy - Thrive
(626) 831-2531

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
(626) 797-7704

Dashboard Alternative School Status

Skip Hansen
(661) 272-1225

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


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

Brenda Olshever
MATES (MeadowsArts & Technology Elementary School)
(805) 495-7037

Greater Los Angeles Area - Los Angeles USD


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

Tera Napier
Sherman Thomas Charter Schools
(559) 674-1192

Central Valley - Kern/Tulare/Kings Counties


Southern California - San Bernardino County

Alex Lucero
REAL Journey Academies
(818) 599-6567

Southern California - Orange County

Collin Felch
Vista Charter Public Schools
(650) 888-2030

Southern California - Riverside County

Jason Watts
Scholarship Prep Charter Schools
(951) 703-5032

Southern California - San Diego County

Kevin Humphrey
Guajome Schools
(760) 631-8500

Southern California - San Diego USD

Helen V. Griffith
The Preuss School UC San Diego
(858) 822-3000

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

Sherry Segura
The Foundation for Hispanic Education
(408) 585-5022

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

President and Chief Executive Officer

Chief Equity, People and Culture Officer

Chief Advocacy Officer and General Counsel

Chief External Affairs Officer

CCSA Staff

Vice President, Southern California Local Advocacy

Manager, Government Affairs

Managing Director, Member Marketing

Senior Director, Operations, Data, and Information Technology

Vice President, Northern California

Associate Director, Southern California Local Advocacy

Associate Director, Santa Clara County Local Advocacy

Vice President, Civic and Political Affairs

Senior Director, School Quality

Managing Director, Human Capital

Vice President, Greater Los Angeles Local Advocacy

Senior Director, Operations, Civic and Political Affairs

Managing Director, Bay Area Local Advocacy

Vice President, Local Advocacy Member Relations and Support

Senior Director, Legislative Advocacy

Associate Director, Central Valley Local Advocacy

Senior Director, Greater Los Angeles Local Advocacy

Director, Bay Area Local Advocacy

Manager, Communications and Digital Media

Director, Data Services & Architecture

Associate Director, Greater Los Angeles Local Advocacy

Managing Director, School Performance, Accountability, and Research

Senior Director, Marketing Technology

Senior Director, Greater Los Angeles Local Advocacy

Sr. Director, Communications

Vice President, Government Affairs

Paralegal/Director, Legal Advocacy

Senior Director, Greater Los Angeles Local Advocacy

Vice President, School Quality Support

Director, Southern California, Local Advocacy

Managing Director, School Development

Associate Director, Greater Los Angeles Local Advocacy

Manager, Digital Communications

Managing Director, Northern and Central Valley Local Advocacy

Managing Director, School Performance, Accountability and Research

Managing Director of Development

Associate Director, Southern California Local Advocacy

Senior Director, Media Relations and Editorial Content Strategy

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

Senior Director, Accounting

Managing Director, Human Resources

Senior Advisor, Facilities

Vice President, School Development & Membership

Senior Director, Conference & Events