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 Nov. 20, 2020

I’m Thankful for the Activists Who Are Knocking Down Doors and Taking Their Seats at the Table

Picture this—it’s Thanksgiving, the whole family’s waiting to eat but as usual, dinner is delayed and hangriness is a whole ass mood—but no one can…

By Tanesha Peeples

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Posted Nov. 24, 2020

Let’s Get Back to Grace and Gratitude This Thanksgiving

Living through a pandemic is rough. It’s an experience that we are all wanting to come to an end. It has caused businesses to shut…

By Shawnta S. Barnes

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Posted Nov. 23, 2020

One Memphis Mom (and Grandma) Has a Thanksgiving Message for Joe Biden

Sarah Carpenter, executive director of Memphis Lift, spent much of the 2020 primary season bringing her message—her plea—for liberation from failing schools to all who were…

By Erika Sanzi

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