Who We Are

Our Mission

The Texas Public Charter Schools Association (TPCSA) is committed to making sure every child in Texas has access to a high-quality public school that will set them on the path to future success. Working as complements to ISDs, public charter schools in Texas are preparing the workforce of the future - more students to and through colleges, universities, and technical training programs. Public charter schools are accountable to taxpayers and are doing their part to help the state meet its academic goals so that all Texas children can thrive.

TPCSA's mission is to support and advocate for public charter schools to ensure every family has the ability to choose a high-quality public school. We are committed to informing the public and policymakers about the value of charter schools and advancing policies that will enable public charter schools to serve students well.


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Starlee Coleman

Chief Executive Officer

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Michelle Aguilar

Public Policy Fellow

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Autumn A. Arnett

VP of Communications

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Connor Cook

Research and Data Project Manager

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Katrina Corte

Special Events Manager

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Brandon Garcia

Director of Outreach & Advocacy, Central Texas

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Elizabeth Gunter

Development Project Manager

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Tamoria Jones

Senior Attorney

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Natalie Kaharick

Chief Operating Officer

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Nadia D. Luna

Director of Membership

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Timothy Mattison, Ph.D

Director of Policy and Research

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Shreé Medlock

Vice President of Strategic Engagement

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Janie Muñoz

Operations and Events Manager

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Erin Tholen

Chief of Staff

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Lindsey Upson

Communications Project Manager

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Brian Whitley

VP of Policy & Advocacy

Board of Directors

Tom Castro, Chair
El Dorado Capital
Chris Barbic, Vice-Chair
Senior Education Fellow
Kathleen Zimmermann, Treasurer
NYOS Charter School
Stacy Alton
Leadership Prep School
John Armbrust
Austin Achieve Public Schools
Fatih Ay
Harmony Public Schools
Richard Baumgartner
Rise Academy
Eddie Conger
International Leadership of Texas
Lori Fey
Outside Insight, LLC
Dr. Jennifer Goodman
Odyssey Academy
JoAnn Gama
Idea Public Schools
Virginia Lannen
Pegasus School of Liberal Arts and Sciences
Joe Hoffer
Schulman, Lopez, Hoffer & Adelstein, LLP
Yvette Ostolaza
Sidley Austin LLP
Sehba Ali
KIPP Public Charter Schools
George Pedraza
Wells Fargo Public Finance
Brent Wilson
Life School