(Board Term 2013-2014)
Director, Charter Schools Division of Los Angeles Unified School District
José is passionate about helping all youth have access to a high quality public education, especially given the transformative impact education has had on his own life. He currently serves as Director for the Charter Schools Division of the Los Angeles Unified School District. In his role, José is responsible for leading the team striving to foster high quality educational options through exemplary charter school authorizing. LAUSD is the largest school district authorizer of charter schools in the country with about 250 schools serving over 130,000 students.
Prior to joining LAUSD, José served as general manager for the Los Angeles region of the California Charter Schools Association where he supported the development of quality charter schools and increased accountability measures, and collaborated with districts to enhance policy and practice. He served for nearly seven years as Academic Programs Director for PUENTE Learning Center in Los Angeles before joining the Association. During his tenure at PUENTE, José taught in and managed the academic programs serving approximately 2,000 children, youth, and adults daily. Prior to joining PUENTE Learning Center, he served as an adjunct professor at Cypress College, where he taught interdisciplinary ethnic studies courses.
José earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in History from Stanford University with honors in Education and a Masters in Education from the Harvard University Graduate School of Education. Active in community and civic life, José volunteers in various capacities, including service as a board member for NACSA, Advance!, a college counseling and preparation program, and as an advisory board member for the Center on Educational Governance at USC and the Charter and Autonomous School Leaders Program at CSU Dominguez Hills. He and his wife Jennifer are the proud parents of six beautiful children.