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Transition Advisory Team Members

List of members, their roles, and policy working team assignments in A Blueprint For Great Schools report from the Transition Advisory Team dated August 9, 2011.

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Co-chairs

  • Linda Darling-Hammond, Charles E. Ducommun Professor of Education, Stanford University.
  • David Rattray, Senior Vice President of Education and Workforce Development, Los Angeles Area  Chamber of Commerce; President, UNITE LA.

Accountability and School Improvement

Co-chairs

  • David Rattray, Senior Vice President of Education and Workforce Development, Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce; President, UNITE LA.
  • Russ Rumberger, Vice Provost for Education Partnerships, UC Office of the President.

Members

  • Abigail Garcia, Teacher, Animo Leadership Charter High School, Inglewood.
  • Willie Pelote, Assistant Director, Political Action Department, AFSCME International.
  • James Ramos, Member, State of California Board of Education; Chairman, San Manuel Band of Mission Indians; Board Member, San Bernardino Community College District.
  • David Sanchez, President, California Teachers Association.
  • Jack Scott, Chancellor, California Community Colleges.

Support

  • Chelsey Rask, Senior Policy and Program Coordinator, Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce.

Curriculum and Assessment

Co-chairs

  • Linda Darling-Hammond, Charles E. Ducommun Professor of Education, Stanford University.
  • Patricia Gándara, Professor, UCLA Graduate School of Education and Information Sciences; Co-Director, UCLA Civil Rights Project (Proyecto Derechos Civiles).

Members

  • Martha Fluor, President, California School Boards Association.
  • Donald Gill, Superintendent, Antioch Unified School District.
  • Charles McMinn, Co-Founder and Former CEO, Covad Communications.
  • Barbara Nemko, Superintendent of Schools, Napa County.
  • Jeff Patterson, Teacher, Antelope Valley High School.
  • Barry Schuler, Former Chairman and CEO, America Online.
  • Shelly Spiegel-Coleman, Executive Director, Californians Together.

Support

  • Justina Cross, Fellow, Center for Nonprofit and Public Leadership, Haas School of Business, University of California, Berkeley

Early Childhood/Preschool

Co-chairs

  • Catherine Atkin, President, Preschool California.
  • Ted Lempert, President, Children Now.

Members

  • Sonia Martin-Solis, Teacher, Hillcrest Drive Elementary School, LAUSD.
  • Alex Rooker, Government Affairs Director, Communications Workers of America, Local 9400.
  • Diane Watson, Former Member of Congress, California’s 33rd District.
  • Kristin Wright, Chair, California Advisory Commission of Special Education.

Support

  • Sonia Rivera, Education Policy and Public Affairs Manager, Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce.

Education Supports and Parent/Community Involvement

Co-chairs

  • Tim Sbranti, Mayor, City of Dublin; Teacher, Dublin High School.
  • Toni Yancey, Professor, UCLA School of Public Health.

Members

  • Jay Hansen, Chief Strategy Officer, California Medical Association.
  • Ann Johnston, Mayor, Stockton.
  • Diane Levitt, Executive Director, Safe Cities Foundation.
  • Bill Lloyd, President, SEIU California State Council.
  • Hydra Mendoza, School Board Member, San Francisco Unified School District.
  • Jennifer Peck, Executive Director, Partnership for Children and Youth.
  • Suzan Solomon, Board Member, Newhall School District; Vice President for Education, California State PTA.
  • Jai Sookprasert, Assistant Director, Governmental Relations, California School Employees Association.
  • Carl Wong, Former Superintendent of Schools, Sonoma County.

Support

  • Jason Spencer, Legislative Representative, California Department of Education.

Educator Quality

Co-chairs

  • Liane Cismowski, Vice Principal and Teacher, Mt. Diablo High School.
  • Linda Darling-Hammond, Charles E. Ducommun Professor of Education, Stanford University.

Members

  • Art Delgado, Superintendent, San Bernardino City Unified School District.
  • James Dierke, Principal, Visitacion Valley Middle School.
  • Marty Hittelman, President, California Federation of Teachers.
  • Maureen Kindel, Chair, Loyola Marymount University School of Education Board.
  • Gregg Solkovits, Secondary Vice President, United Teachers of Los Angeles.

Support

  • Shelly Masur, Trustee, Redwood City School District.

Facility/Construction Reform

Chair

  • Cesar Diaz, Legislative Director, State Building and Construction Trades Council of California.

Members

  • Cruz Bustamante, Former Lieutenant Governor, State of California.
  • Ted Dutton, President and Co-founder, School Facility Advisors.
  • Aram Hodess, Commissioner, California Apprenticeship Council, Division of Apprenticeship Standards; Business Manager, UA Plumbers and Steamfitters Local 159.
  • Richard Jackson, Professor, UCLA School of Public Health; Former Public Health Officer, State of California.
  • Bob Linscheid, Member, CSU Board of Trustees.
  • Jose Pérez, Chair, California Utilities Diversity Council; Publisher, Latino Journal.

Support

  • Kathleen Moore, Director, School Facilities Planning Commission, California Department of  Education.

Finance Reform and Efficiency

Co-chairs

  • Mike Kirst, President, State of California Board of Education; Emeritus Professor of Education and  Business Administration, Stanford University.
  • Chris Steinhauser, Superintendent, Long Beach Unified School District.

Members

  • William Barr, Lecturer, University of California, Berkeley Graduate School of Education; Former Superintendent of Schools, Monterey County.
  • Dennis Cima, Senior Vice President of Education and Public Policy, Silicon Valley Leadership Group.
  • Linda Galliher, Vice President and Co-Founder, School Facility Advisors.
  • Mat Holton, Superintendent, Chaffey Joint Union High School District.
  • Molly Munger, Co-Director, Advancement Project Los Angeles.
  • Lillian Taiz, Professor of History, CSU Los Angeles; President, California Faculty Association.

Support 

  • Steve Schultz, Senior Associate, Glen Price Group.

Resource

  • Gerry Shelton, Chief Consultant, California State Assembly Education Committee.

Higher Education and Secondary Alignment

Members

  • William Barr, Lecturer, University of California, Berkeley Graduate School of Education; Former  Superintendent of Schools, Monterey County.
  • Patricia Gándara, Professor, UCLA Graduate School of Education and Information Sciences; Co-Director, UCLA Civil Rights Project (Proyecto Derechos Civiles).
  • Jay Hansen, Chief Strategy Officer, California Medical Association.
  • Russ Rumberger, Vice Provost for Education Partnerships, UC Office of the President.
  • Lillian Taiz, Professor of History, CSU Los Angeles; President, California Faculty Association.

Support

  • Alma Salazar, Vice President of Education and Workforce Development, Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce.

Institutional Development

Co-chairs

  • Mike Hanson, Superintendent, Fresno Unified School District.
  • David Rattray, Senior Vice President of Education and Workforce Development, Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce; President, UNITE LA.

Members

  • Yvonne de la Peña, Program Director, California Fire Fighter Joint Apprenticeship Committee.
  • Jo Dutton, Vice President, School Facility Advisors.
  • Dave Long, Former Secretary of Education, State of California.
  • Chet Pipkin, Chairman of the Board, Belkin International, Inc.
  • Diana Rodriguez, Board Member, Sacramento City Unified School District.

Support

  • Patrick McNamara, Senior Associate, Glen Price Group.
  • Glen Price, President, Glen Price Group.

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