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 a policy and regulatory climate that ensures every student in Texas has access to ever-improving public school options. 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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Jennifer Acevedo
Data & Research Analyst
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Bryce Adams
Vice President of Advocacy
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Renelle Bedell
Director of Operations
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Kara Belew
Senior Director of Regulatory Affairs
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Mallory Chesser
Development Writer
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Starlee Coleman
Chief Executive Officer
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Katrina Corte
Special Events Manager
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Brandon Garcia
Director of Legislative Affairs
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Laurel Garcia
Director of Continuing Education
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Rebecca Gieskes
Managing Director of Advocacy
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Elizabeth Gunter
Development Project Manager
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Ryan Hecker
Managing Director, Charter Schools Now
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Natalie Kaharick
Chief Operating Officer
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Taylor Kerr
Advocacy and Communications Project Manager
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Ariele Kinney
Director of Regional Advocacy, Dallas
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London Lawrence
Director of Regional Advocacy, Central Texas
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Nadia D. Luna
Vice President of Member Engagement
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Ila Mar
Digital Director
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Shreé Medlock
Vice President of Strategic Engagement
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Amy Miller
Director of Grassroots Engagement, CSN
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Chelbi Mims
Director of Regional Advocacy, Southeast Texas
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Julia Takada Mitchell
Senior Director of Donor Relations
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Crystal Rios
Director of Regional Advocacy, South TX
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Jessica Shopoff
Director of Policy
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Tara Speegle
Director of Regional Advocacy, West Texas
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Brian Whitley
VP of Communications

Board of Directors

Chuck Cook, Chair
Responsive Education Solutions
Chris Barbic, Vice Chair
The City Fund
Kathleen Zimmermann, Treasurer
NYOS Charter School
George Pedraza, Secretary
John Armbrust 
Austin Achieve Public Schools
Fatih Ay 
Harmony Public Schools
Richard Baumgartner 
Rise Academy
Eddie Conger 
International Leadership of Texas
Dr. Jennifer Goodman 
Odyssey Academy
Joe Hoffer 
Schulman, Lopez, Hoffer & Adelstein, LLP
Virginia Lannen 
Pegasus School of Liberal Arts and Sciences
Christopher Mayes 
Beatrice Mayes Institute
Sehba Ali 
KIPP Public Charter Schools
Julia Wright 
MeyerPark Charter School
Cynthia Trigg 
Evolution Academy
Brent Wilson 
Life School
Dr. Jeff Cottrill 
IDEA Public Schools

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