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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 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

Interim Senior Vice President, Communications
ebertelli@ccsa.org

Senior Vice President, Civic Affairs
gmcginity@ccsa.org

Senior Vice President, School Performance, Development & Support
erobitaille@ccsa.org

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

CCSA Staff

Managing Director, School Performance, Accountability and Research 
eabshere@ccsa.org

Managing Regional Director, Southern California
fcadame@ccsa.org

Director, Political Engagement
jahola@ccsa.org

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

Director, Regulatory Affairs
rantoine@ccsa.org

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

Interim Vice President, Communications
jcain@ccsa.org

Director, Operations and Information Technology
ecastillo@ccsa.org

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

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

Regional Director, Greater Sacramento and Northern California Counties
mcuellar@ccsa.org

Director, Board Engagement and Leadership Development
gdavis@ccsa.org

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

Director, Operations, Civic Affairs
rdriver@ccsa.org

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

Director, Legislative Advocacy
ceades@ccsa.org

Lead Organizer, Los Angeles
maflores@ccsa.org

Managing Director, Organizing, Los Angeles
afraser@ccsa.org

Director, Conference and Events
hgrider@ccsa.org

Senior Manager, Digital Communications 
aguerrero@ccsa.org 

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

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

Vice President, School Performance, Development & Support
wharrington@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

Managing Director, Data Services
vlaurel@ccsa.org

Senior Manager, Business Analysis
wlee@ccsa.org

Manager, Youth Organizing
cloera@ccsa.org

Parent Organizer, Sacramento
mlopez@ccsa.org

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

Managing Director, Government Affairs
mlynch@ccsa.org

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

Director, Bay Area Facilities
amichalski@ccsa.org

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

Director, School Quality Support
jnewburn@ccsa.org

Lead Organizer, Los Angeles
jorduno@ccsa.org

Vice President, Special Education
gplate@ccsa.org

Senior Manager, Community Engagement
fprieto@ccsa.org

Director, Political and Strategic Affairs
jregalado@ccsa.org

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

Senior Director, Accounting and Special Projects
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

Manager, Data and Analytics 
avazquez@ccsa.org 

Regional Director, Bay Area
hwang@ccsa.org

Senior Advisor, Facilities
nwatson@ccsa.org

Director, Facilities, Los Angeles
ewheaton@ccsa.org

Managing Director, School Development
jwilson@ccsa.org