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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 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 Memoriam)
Board Member

Member Council

Casey Taylor

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

Jim Scheible, Clayton Valley Charter High School
Phone: (925)-524-7100
jim.scheible@claytonvalley.org

Fresno County

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

Los Angeles County

Vacant

Los Angeles Unified

Vacant

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

Vacant

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

Senior Vice President, Civic Affairs
gmcginity@ccsa.org

Senior Vice President, Legal Advocacy, and General Counsel
rsoto@ccsa.org

Chief External Affairs Officer
lvizcaino@ccsa.org

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

Director, Regional Advocacy, Greater Los Angeles
ccopolillo@ccsa.org

Director, Northern California Local Advocacy
mcuellar@ccsa.org

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

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

Director, Regional Advocacy, Los Angeles
kdellaquila@ccsa.org

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

Interim Senior Vice President, Regional Advocacy
mdurfee@ccsa.org

Director, Legislative Advocacy
ceades@ccsa.org

Managing Director, Data and Analytics
centezari@ccsa.org

Director, Political and Strategic Affairs
afraser@ccsa.org

Senior Director, Conference and Events
hgrider@ccsa.org

Director, Digital Communications
aguerrero@ccsa.org 

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

Managing Regional Director, Greater Los Angeles
chorton@ccsa.org

Deputy Chief Financial Officer
mjawlik@ccsa.org

Director, Data Services & Architecture
mkennedy@ccsa.org

Senior Director, Data Services
vlaurel@ccsa.org

Associate Director, Research
elawther@ccsa.org

Director, Marketing and Business Analysis
wlee@ccsa.org

Manager, Youth Organizing
cloera@ccsa.org

Director, Central Valley Local Advocacy
mlopez@ccsa.org

Managing Regional Director, Northern and Central California
alupercio@ccsa.org

Regional Director, Projects, Southern California
kmartin@ccsa.org

Director, Bay Area Local Advocacy
amichalski@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
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

Senior Director, Financial Reporting and Analysis
etan@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

Associate Director, Data and Analytics 
avazquez@ccsa.org 

Regional Director, Bay Area
hwang@ccsa.org

Senior Advisor, Facilities
nwatson@ccsa.org

Vice President, School Development
jwilson@ccsa.org