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SBE Announces Appointments

State of California
Arnold Schwarzenegger, Governor
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CALIFORNIA STATE BOARD OF EDUCATION
1430 N Street, Suite 5111
Sacramento, CA 95814
Phone: 916-319-0827
Fax: 916-319-0175

May 7, 2009
For Immediate Release

Contact: Regina Wilson
916-319-0693
951-823-7659 cell

State Board of Education Announces Appointments

The State Board of Education announces the following appointments to its advisory committees:

Advisory Commission on Charter Schools

Curtis Washington of Brisbane currently serves as a math and science teacher for the San Mateo Union High School District. From 1979 to 1984, he was a management consultant for Touch Ross Company and Renaud E. Moore Associates. Prior to that he was a mechanical engineer for United Airlines where he was responsible for operational procedures. Washington received a bachelor of science degree from Princeton University and a masters degree in business administration from Stanford University.

African American Advisory Committee

Mikara Solomon Davis of Los Angeles currently serves as a senior policy analyst for the Los Angeles Unified School District and a leadership consultant for the Knowledge Is Power Program. From 2006 to 2007, Davis served as a principal coach at the Ralph Bunch Elementary and Jefferson Elementary schools in Compton Unified School District. Prior to that Davis was the principal at Ralph Bunch Elementary school. Davis received a bachelor of arts degree from the University of Virginia and a masters degree in education administration from Columbia University.

Dr. Eric Gravenberg of El Dorado Hills is the president of the Gravenberg Group and has been selected as the first national coordinator of the African American Male Initiative for the African American CEOs and community college presidents. From 2003 to 2008, he served as vice-president of enrollment education and student academic services at Alliant International University. From 1996 to 2003, he served as the associate vice president for enrollment and student affairs for California State University, Sacramento. Dr. Gravenberg received a bachelor of arts degree from California State University, Chico, a masters degree from California State University, Sacramento, and a doctorate from Columbus University, New Orleans.

Anthony “Tony” Harris of Alameda is the president of the Campbell Harris Security Equipment Company. From 2001 to 2006, Harris was the vice-president of marketing and strategic development and implementation for the Calpine Corporation. From 1992 to 1997, he served as the vice president of the national account services and western regional sales for PG&E Service Corporation. Harris is the current chair of the National Advisory Board for the National Society of Black Engineers. Harris received a bachelor of arts degree from Purdue University and a masters degree in business administration from Harvard Business School.

Dr. Deborah Keys of Fairfield serves as an administrator for the Oakland Unified School District (USD). From 2002 to 2005, Dr. Keys was the executive director for the Middle School Network for the same school district. From 1999 to 2002, she served as an educational program consultant for the California Department of Education, Curriculum Frameworks and Instructional Resources Division. Dr. Keys received her bachelor of arts degree from the University of California Berkley, two masters degrees and a doctorate in education from the University of San Francisco.

Ray King of San Diego is the president of the Urban League of San Diego County, a non-profit organization that sponsors youth education programs and advocates on behalf of disadvantaged communities of color. From 1982 to 2007, King was the general manager of operations for the Port of Oakland. King received his bachelor of arts degree from the University of Bridgeport, a masters degree in public administration from the University of Hartford and a masters degree in business administration from Stanford University.

James Lanich of Sacramento is the director of the California State University Center to Close the Achievement Gap. Lanich also serves as the president of the California Business for Education Excellence and the executive director for Just for the Kids-California. Lanich received his bachelor of science degree from the University of California, Irvine, a masters degree from California State University, Los Angeles and a doctorate in education from the University of Southern California.

Dr. Sylvia Rousseau of Inglewood is a professor of clinical education at the University of Southern California, Rossier School of Education. Dr. Rousseau also serves as the interim executive director for the Greater Crenshaw Educational Partnership. From 2001 to 2005, she was the superintendent of the District 7, Los Angeles Unified School District. From 2001 to 2005, she was a principal at Santa Monica High School in the Santa Monica Unified School District. Dr. Rousseau received her bachelor of arts degree from the University of Cincinnati, a masters degree from California State University, Los Angeles and a doctorate in education from Pepperdine University.

Robert Schwartz of Los Angeles is the chief academic officer for the Inner City Education Foundation Public Schools. From 2001 to 2007, Schwartz served as the principal and teacher for View Park Preparatory High and Middle School. Prior to that Schwartz was a department chair at the Los Angeles Unified School District. Schwartz received his bachelor of arts degree from Binghamton University and a masters degree in education policy from the University of Southern California.

Glenn Singleton of San Francisco is the president of the Pacific Educational Group Inc. and also is an adjunct professor at San Jose State University. From 1987 to 1992, he was the director of undergraduate admissions, western region at the University of Pennsylvania. Singleton received his bachelor of arts degree from the University of Pennsylvania and his masters degree in administration and policy analysis from Stanford University. This position has no salary.

Dr. Gail Thompson of Rialto is a professor with Claremont Graduate University. From 2001 to 2008, she served as assistant and associate professor for Claremont Graduate University. From 1999 to 2001, she served as an assistant professor at California State University, San Bernardino. Dr. Thompson received her bachelor of arts degree from the University of Southern California and a masters degree and doctorate from Claremont Graduate University. This position has no salary.

Steven Winlock of Sacramento is Associate Superintendent for the Elk Grove Unified School District. From 1989 to 1995, he was the director of elementary education and parent volunteer partnerships in the Elk Grove Unified School District. From 1987 to 1989, he served as Director of the Administrator Training Center for the California School Leadership Academy. Prior to that, Winlock was the principal for the severely handicapped for the Folsom-Cordova Unified School District. Winlock received his bachelor of arts degree and masters degree from California State University, Sacramento and a doctorate in education from the University of Southern California. This position has no salary.

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