Myrna Castrejon

Senior Vice President, Government Affairs, California's Charter Schools Association

Los Angeles, California

As the senior vice president, government affairs, Myrna leads California Charter Schools Association (CCSA) advocacy, strategy and policy agenda, and provides political and strategic advice to key stakeholders. Myrna has served with CCSA in various key leadership roles since its founding in late 2003, heading the local advocacy, quality, school development, and research and evaluation portfolios.

She worked on the state-funded Urban Education Partnership with Los Angeles Unified School District where she helped to develop eight innovative early education service centers in the most high-need areas of Los Angeles. She served as vice president of School and Family Networks for the Los Angeles Alliance for Student Achievement and the director for family engagement for the Los Angeles Annenberg Metropolitan Project.

Myrna spearheaded parent and community engagement efforts at the El Paso Collaborative for Academic Excellence, a K-16 systemic reform initiative in El Paso, Texas. She served for 10 years at the Southwest Industrial Areas Foundation and its statewide Alliance Schools Initiative to develop parent, teacher and community capacity to transform low-performing schools into high achieving centers for community-wide change. She served as President of the National Board of Parents for Public Schools, a network of twenty-four local organizations that support public education reform.

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Posted Sep. 21, 2020

Advocating for My Students Requires Being Political on My Own Time

With election season upon us, like clockwork, the collective efforts to stifle the political opinions of educators has begun. Navigating this climate requires a nuanced…

By Lindsey Jensen

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Posted Sep. 23, 2020

We Must Vote for the Candidates Who Will Implement the Right Policies for Our Kids

I first met Shennell McCloud when she was Director of Recruitment, and then as Director of Advocacy for KIPP New Jersey, a charter school network…

By Laura Waters

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Posted Sep. 22, 2020

I Hope I Never Lose Another Student to Suicide

“I’m going to end it!” Unsure of what I heard, I questioned back, “End what?”  Her response was, “My life!” This brief encounter led to…

By Jill Miesner

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