Who We Are
Our Mission: The Association of California School Administrators is the driving force for an equitable, world-class education system, and the development and support of inspired educational leaders who meet the diverse needs of all California students.
The Association of California School Administrators is the largest umbrella organization for school leaders in the United States, serving more than 17,000 California educators.
ACSA’s top priority is advocating for public school students in kindergarten through grade 12, as well as adult learners. Our mission is to be the driving force of education in California and beyond.
Administrators in California had long talked of forming an umbrella organization that encompassed their varied professional functions. Formed in July, 1971, ACSA became the first operative united administrator organization in the nation.
Since ACSA’s inception, administrator associations in 39 states have moved toward some form of consolidated or umbrella organization. ACSA is the only association in the nation that encompasses the broad spectrum of the management/leadership team.
ACSA serves administrators in 19 regions throughout California, each made up of local charters.
2018-2019 Board of Directors
Assistant Supt, Ed. Services, Orcutt UESD, R-13
Superintendent, Azusa USD, R-15
Superintendent, Victor Valley UHSD, R-12
Vice President for Legislative Action
Superintendent, Sundale UESD., R-11
Assistant Supt, Ed. Services, Dublin USD, R-6
- Charlie Hoffman
Superintendent, Shasta Trinity ROP/Bella Vista ESD, R-1
- Christine McCormick
Director, Student Services, Sutter County Supt of Schools, R-2
- Daniel Hernandez
Principal, Sacramento CUSD, R-3
- Timothy Gill
Director, Student Support Serv., Kelseyville USD, R-4
- Jay Spaulding
Assistant Supt., H.R., South San Francisco USD, R-5
- Parvin Ahmadi
Superintendent, Castro Valley USD, R-6
- Denise Wickham
Deputy Supt., Personnel, Ceres USD, R-7
- Juan Cruz
Superintendent, Franklin-McKinley SD, R-8
- Ana Boyenga
Assistant Supt., Educational Services, Atwater ESD, R-9
- Barbara Martinez
Principal/Director of Safe Schools, Pacific Grove Adult Ed., PGUSD, R-10
- Blanca G. Cavazos
Superintendent, Taft UHSD, R-11
- Ted Alejandre
Superintendent, San Bernardino Co. Supt. of Schools, R-12
- Craig W. Helmstedter
Superintendent, Ocean View SD, R-13
- Victor C. Thompson
Director, Student Support Services, Los Angeles COE, R-14
- Sue Kaiser
Asst. Supt., Ed Services, Monrovia USD, R-15
- Angel Barrett
Principal, Stagg Street Elementary, LAUSD, R-16
- Rafael Plascencia
Principal, Marjorie Veeh Elementary, Tustin USD, R-17
- Joe Austin
Career Education Specialist, Poway USD, R-18
- Michael R. McCormick
Superintendent, Val Verde USD, R-19
Board Directors At-Large
- Lori Allred, Executive Associate
- Suzanne Caffrey, Executive Associate
- Adelita Dizdarevic, Governance Assistant
- Leslie McMenamy, Human Resources Manager
- Dr. John Roach, NASS Executive Director
- Dr. Wesley Smith, ACSA Executive Director
- Scarlett Vanyi, Chief Operations Officer
- Dr. Marguerite Williams, Sr. Director, Equity and Diversity
- Vacant, General Services Clerk
Marketing and Communications
- Emily Agpoon, Communications Coordinator
- Naj Alikhan, Senior Director, Communications
- Michelle Carl, Editorial Content Specialist
- Tatia Davenport, Senior Director, Marketing
- Michael Kelly, Communications Specialist
- Stephen Long, Design and Organizational Brand Coordinator
- David Loyola, Senior Marketing Data Analyst
- Celisse Mueller, Partner and Sponsor Specialist
- Tracy Olmedo, Communications Associate
- Cary Rodda, EdCal Editor
- Darcy Totten, Communications Content Specialist
- Vacant, Writer
- Margaret Arthofer, Senior Director, Educational Services
- Danelle Bowron, Educational Services Coordinator
- Jeannette Carpenter, Educational Services Assistant
- Elaine Cervantez, Administrative Assistant
- Christina Cruz, Educational Services Assistant
- Michael Dawson, Senior Administrative Clerk
- Mary Gomes, Educational Services Executive
- Marianne Magalona, Administrative Assistant
- Rhonda Morgan, Educational Services Associate II
- Kimberly Rhoden, Educational Services Assistant
- Tracy Robinson, Educational Services Executive
- Joan Ruzic, Senior Administrative Clerk
Governmental Relations (Federal)
Governmental Relations (State)
- Martha Alvarez, Legislative Advocate
- Iván Carrillo, Legislative Advocate
- Cathy McBride, Legislative Advocate
- Sarah Monte, Political Affairs and Advocacy Strategist
- Laura Preston, Legislative Advocate
- Vacant, Legislative Assistant
- Kristy Tinsley, Legislative Assistant
- Edgar Zazueta, Senior Director, State Governmental Relations
- Carlota Cabrera, Member Relations Supervisor
- Margarita Cuizon, Senior Director, Member Services and Support
- Joanne Godfrey, Office Manager and Legal Team Support
- Stephanie Llamas, Member Relations Specialist, Serving members P-Z
- Cynthia Peralta-Melendez, Member Relations Specialist, Serving members H-O
- Janis Rawlins, Membership Exhibits Coordinator
- Simon Wong, Member Services Specialist, Serving members A-G
- Marc Ecker, Mentor Program Director (Field)
Member Assistance & Legal Support Team
Membership Recruitment Team
- Debbie Burke, Member Recruiter, Region 18
- Lillie Campbell, Membership Recruiter, Region 3
- Michael Dennis, Membership Recruiter, Region 14
- Penny Fraumeni, Membership Recruiter, Region 15
- Sherman Garnett, Membership Recruiter, Region 12
- Ann Kilty, Membership Recruiter, Region 10
- Pat Lasarte, Membership Recruiter, Region 19
- Bob Lee, Membership Recruiter, Region 7
- Charlene Lemons-Shivers, Membership Recruiter, Region 16
- Vacant, Membership Recruiter, Region 4
- Felton Owens, Membership Recruiter, Region 5
- Alice Petrossian, Membership Recruiter, Region 13
- Ruscel Reader, Membership Recruiter, Region 11
- Anne Welsh-Treglia, Membership Recruiter, Region 17
Committees & Councils
Leadership Training: 2018-19 Leadership Manual
ACSA's effectiveness in shaping education policy at both the state and federal level lies in its grassroots strength. To that end, ACSA is structured with issue-focused committees and job-alike councils made up of education leaders. Following are descriptions of each of ACSA's committees and councils, as well as their purpose within the organization and contact information if you would like to learn more.
Purpose: To identify and study issues in the areas of higher education, administrator preparation and licensing, professional development providers, and legislation for the purpose of building collaboration and informing policy. To work collaboratively to identify issues and concerns of higher education and K-12 public education, professional preparation and development, and partnerships among school districts, institutions of higher education, and professional development providers. To influence and contribute to the education research agenda. To identify issues and make recommendations regarding increasing diversity and membership in the ranks of education administrators and professors of educational administration.
Purpose: To assist co-administrators (vice-principals, assistant principals, deans, coordinators, etc.) in their role as instructional leaders within their schools and communities. To promote networking and increase communication among co-administrators. To provide access to professional development and mentoring experiences. To increase awareness of the co-administrator's role and the importance of that role.
Purpose: To build the capacity in equity leadership and cultural proficiency of all educators within the organization and throughout the state of California to effectively eliminate all equity gaps.
- Identify and research issues related to equity and diversity
- Develop strong recruitment and retention policies and practices to grow membership
- Recommend policies, practices, and resources which lead to quality instructional/educational programs and services
- Assist in the development of programs, resources, and materials to help leaders effectively respond to equity issues
- Establish partnerships and communication links
- Assist the board in implementing aspects of the association strategic plan
Staff Liaison: Dr. Marguerite WiIliams, Senior Director, Equity and Diversity
Support Staff: Janis Rawlins, ACSA Member Services
Subject Matter Expert: Margarita Cuizon, ACSA Member Services
Subject Matter Expert: Adonai Mack, ACSA Federal Governmental Relations
Purpose: To identify and study areas of needed legislation impacting ACSA members and public education. To solicit sponsorship requests from ACSA members and sponsor bills improving conditions in California schools. To study proposed legislation and, based upon ACSA's Legislative Platform and additional input from the Board of Directors, establish ACSA's position on state and federal legislation. To assist in the establishment of the ACSA Legislative Platform.
Purpose: To recruit, retain and recognize members. To identify trends and issues with membership categories that may require changes or adjustments. To support and help grow ACSA's Partner4Purpose program in order to further meet the needs of members. To monitor and ensure that region and charter bylaws align with state ACSA bylaws and that region and charters are in compliance with these regulations.
Purpose: To provide leadership, direction, clarification, and understanding of the California State Teachers' and California Public Employees' Retirement Systems to all ACSA members. To actively work with other members of the retirement coalition to protect and enhance the benefits of the CalSTRS and CalPERS. To investigate and to promote legislation that positively impacts or affects members of both systems. To encourage the continued participation, involvement, and service of retired ACSA members in the cause of improving the benefits of the CalSTRS and CalPERS.
Staff Liaison: Alice Petrossian
Staff Liaison: Margarita Cuizon, ACSA Member Services
Support Staff: Janis Rawlins, ACSA Member Services
Subject Matter Expert: Iván Carillo, ACSA State Governmental Relations
Small School District
Purpose: To advocate small school district issues within ACSA. To provide the Legislative Policy Committee information on legislation that would impact small school districts in conformance with ACSA's legislative platform and positions. To provide training and information to support small school district administrators. To facilitate networking between CSBA's Small School District Council and the Small School Districts Association Executive Committee.
Purpose: To identify and study issues relating to urban education. To emphasize the need to improve educational opportunity for children in urban school districts. To identify and articulate the unique concerns of administrators in urban school districts. To recommend solutions and/or courses of action to deal with problems and needs of urban schools.
Staff Liaison: Adonai Mack, ACSA Federal Governmental Relations
Support Staff: Jason Henderson, ACSA Federal Governmental Relations
Subject Matter Expert: Dr. Marguerite WiIliams, Senior Director, Equity and Diversity
Purpose: To identify and study issues relating to adult education. To recommend legislative positions to ACSA and advocate for legislation that advances public adult education statewide. To actively enhance and promote adult education's role with professional organizations, government officials, state agencies, school districts, business, industry, and the community at large. To plan and coordinate professional growth opportunities for administrators of adult education programs.
Purpose: To identify and study issues relating to administrators who work in the area of business services. To promote membership in ACSA by school business officials by enhancing the position and skills of business officials through workshops and conferences. To maintain liaison with other ACSA committees, affiliated organizations, the state Department of Education, and other educational agencies. To serve as a quick response team.
Career Technical Education
Purpose: To support CTE administrators and promote high quality CTE programs that prepare Pre-K through adult students for successful transition to careers and post-secondary education through: legislation, advocacy, professional development, communication, and collaboration.
Staff Liaison: Tony Baldwin, ACSA Information Technology Department
Staff Liaison: Naj Alikhan, ACSA Communications
Support Staff: Tracy Olmedo, ACSA Communications
Support Staff: Chris Booth, ACSA Information Technology Department
Subject Matter Expert: Iván Carrillo, ACSA State Governmental Relations
Purpose: To build and maintain a vibrant and purposeful network of classified leaders, who share a mutual commitment to excellence and are valued as members of their leadership team. To develop and enhance professional growth opportunities for classified educational leaders, promote ACSA membership, and encourage participation in all levels of ACSA.
Curriculum, Instruction and Accountability Leaders
To identify and study issues and make recommendations on practices, policies, and positions to ACSA's leadership and staff and to state agencies related to curriculum, instruction, assessment, and accountability. To identify and disseminate best practices for administrators who work in the areas of curriculum, instruction, and accountability, to ensure student centered instruction and services, which prepare all students to compete in an international society. To plan, develop, and coordinate professional learning programs, electronic media, and publications related to council business. To maintain liaison with the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC), including nominating WASC commissioners. To review all non-ACSA requests to conduct research using ACSA records. To review all non-ACSA requests to conduct research using ACSA records. To maintain liaison with state agencies and other organizations which impact curriculum, instruction, accountability, interventions, assessment and evaluation. To assist in ACSA membership recruitment.
Purpose: To explore, promote, support, and influence solutions to financial, program, accountability, and legislative issues facing alternative education in the state agencies which impact curriculum, instruction, accountability, interventions, assessment, and evaluation. To assist in ACSA membership recruitment.
Purpose: To identify and study issues related to elementary and preschool administrators. To recommend best practices and policies and to serve as advocates for high quality programs for all elementary and preschool children. To serve as a forum in which elementary and preschool administrators may resolve issues related to their professional efforts. To serve as a representative of elementary and preschool administrators in meeting the goals and priorities of ACSA. To provide representation and leadership from ACSA to NAESP. To assist in the recruitment of elementary and pre-school administrators as ACSA members. To plan and coordinate professional growth opportunities for elementary and preschool administrators.
Purpose: To identify and study issues relating to professionals responsible for personnel, employer/employee relations and other human resources programs. To provide leadership, direction, clarification, and understanding in such areas as personnel practices, employer-employee relationships, fair and equal employment practices, contract management, negotiations, retirement, legislation, credentials, management team concept, individual rights, and staff-related issues. To plan, provide, and encourage in-service training for administrators in this area, and to maintain liaison between ACSA and the American Association of School Personnel Administrators. To assist in the recruitment of personnel, employer/employee relations and other human resources administrators as ACSA members. To promote the training and recruitment of individuals of diverse backgrounds as human resources administrators. To promote the highest standard of ethical conduct, assist local school administrators, and to assure due process to all members of ACSA.
Middle Grades Education
Purpose: To identify and study issues relating to middle grades administrators and to recommend practices and policies that will lead to high quality programs for young adolescents. To strengthen a network for communication among middle grade administrators. To plan, provide, and encourage professional development programs for middle grades administrators. To assist in the recruitment of middle grades administrators as ACSA members. To encourage interaction and support between ACSA, the National Association of Secondary School Principals, the California Department of Education, and other organizations and agencies promoting the interests of middle grades education.
Purpose: To identify and study issues and make recommendations to the ACSA Board of Directors related to secondary education. To recommend practices and policies that will lead to high quality programs for secondary students. To recruit secondary administrators as members and to maintain a liaison between ACSA, National Association of Secondary School Principals (NASSP), California Interscholastic Federation (CIF), and other state agencies relating to secondary education. To plan and coordinate professional development programs for secondary administrators.
Student Services and Special Education
Purpose: To support administrators in the areas of special education, student services, and coordinated youth services by:
- Advocating best practices, policies, and legislation to ensure high quality student programs.
- Improving collaboration and communication between general education, student services, special education, and other support agencies and organizations.
- Facilitating the development and understanding of current trends and financial issues related to their impact on student programs and services.
- Planning and coordinating timely and meaningful professional development offerings for new and experienced school administrators.
- Assisting in ACSA membership recruitment.
Purpose: To identify and study issues related to the role and responsibilities of superintendents and proactively advocate for solutions. To strengthen a network for communication among superintendents. To be proactive in representing the viewpoints and vision of superintendents on critical education issues with a view toward influencing policy and practice at the local, state, and national levels. To plan strategies and practices that will influence the quality of education for all California students. To voice the critical need for stable, sound finance for educating California's children. To represent superintendents in ACSA's relations with the governor's office, Legislature, and state Superintendent of Public Instruction. To plan and coordinate professional development activities for superintendents and activities to enhance professional development of administrators and all school district positions. To encourage the active participation of superintendents and all other management team members in ACSA. To maintain a liaison relationship with AASA and other state organizations and agencies.