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Information about current Advisory Commission on Charter Schools members, including their terms of appointment and biographies.

Commissioners

Name Representing Initial Appointment Term Expires
Jared Austin Parents or Guardians of Charter School Students 11/09/2017 12/31/2022
Stephanie Farland Representative of the State Superintendent of Public Instruction N/A N/A
Andrea Fazel Teachers 01/01/2021 12/31/2022
Gayle Garbolino-Mojica County Office of Education Superintendents 01/19/2018 12/31/2022
Erika Jones Teachers 01/09/2020 12/31/2022
Dr. Derek King Charter Schools 01/01/2022 12/31/2023
Dr. Wesley Sever District Superintendents 11/04/2015 12/31/2022
Matt Taylor Charter Schools 01/01/2021 12/31/2022
Mike Walsh Governing Boards of School Districts 01/09/2020 12/31/2023

Biographies

Jared Austin

Represents: Parents or Guardians of Charter School Students

As a California State University of Sacramento graduate, Jared Austin began his teaching career in the Vacaville Unified School District. Mr. Austin soon advanced into school administration in Vacaville, then in Sacramento. Currently, Mr. Austin is the Executive Director and Co-Founder of Kairos Public Schools, in Vacaville, California. Mr. Austin believes in getting scholars to take responsibility for their community. This belief is modeled through his own actions.

Additionally, Mr. Austin has served as an adjunct professor in Touro University’s Educational Leadership Department. He has also received multiple honors for achievements in leadership and innovation.

Currently, Mr. Austin serves on the Vacaville Public Education Foundation Board and supports many educational non-profit organizations in Solano County. He was appointed to the Advisory Commission on Charter Schools (ACCS) in November of 2017. His current term expires on December 31, 2022.

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Stephanie Farland

Represents: State Superintendent of Public Instruction

Ms. Farland is the Director of the California Department of Education, Charter Schools Division.

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Andrea Fazel

Represents: Teachers

Andrea Fazel has taught English, Law, Social Science, and College & Career Readiness for 19 years in both comprehensive public high schools and independent charter high schools in the Bay Area, Sacramento, and Ventura County. In 2016, she was recognized nationally as the Street Law Educator of the Year.

She has served as a school leader in multiple capacities, including developing and leading her school’s Senior Project, serving on her school’s Steering Committee, taking on department lead roles, and leading the development and implementation of her school’s new College and Career Readiness curriculum. She is a member of her school’s Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Committee, and an Induction Mentor. Overall, she advocates for increased student voice and civic engagement, and building structural support that will equip students for success in college and beyond.

In addition to her teaching experience, she earned her J.D. at the University of California, Davis, King Hall School of Law, and is a member of the California Bar. As program director for a non-profit organization, she has worked with schools and organizations throughout California to develop and implement training materials and curriculum to support LGBTQ+ safe and inclusive learning environments for all families, students, and staff.

She was born and raised in the Bay Area and earned her Bachelor of Arts in English and American Literature from the University of California, Santa Cruz. She went on to earn her teaching credential and Master’s in Education from the Stanford Teacher Education Program (“STEP”).

Ms. Fazel lives in Santa Cruz.

Ms. Fazel was appointed to the ACCS in December of 2020. Her current term expires December 31, 2022.

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Gayle Garbolino-Mojica

Represents: County Office of Education Superintendents

Gayle Garbolino-Mojica was elected to Placer County Superintendent of Schools on June 6, 2006, and is currently serving her fourth term.

Ms. Garbolino-Mojica is a graduate of the University of California, Davis. She received her teaching credential from Cal Poly San Luis Obispo and an Administrative Credential and Master’s Degree in Educational Administration and Leadership from California State University, Sacramento. Ms. Garbolino-Mojica was a teacher, assistant principal, and program specialist with the Western Placer Unified School District, and principal and subsequently superintendent of the Colfax Elementary School District.

Ms. Garbolino-Mojica promotes public education on a statewide level as a Commissioner with the Advisory Commission on Charter Schools for the State Board of Education and Chair of the Fiscal Crisis Management Assistance Team Board. She chairs the California County Superintendents Educational Services Association Federal Task Force and is their representative to the national Association of Educational Services Agencies Federal Advocacy Committee. She is the past Treasurer of the California County Superintendents Association.

Regionally, Ms. Garbolino-Mojica advocates for public education and Placer County through her work on the Valley Vision Executive Board, the Greater Sacramento Economic Council Board, and the Align Capitol Region Board of Directors. She is past President of KidsFirst, and a member of Class XIV of the American Leadership Forum-Mountain Valley Chapter.

Ms. Garbolino-Mojica has been awarded a Paul Harris Fellow from the Rotary Club in Auburn, California and awarded the California County Superintendents Executive Leadership Award. She is a recipient of the Sacramento Business Journal’s “Women Who Mean Business” Award and the Athena Leadership Award from the Roseville Chamber of Commerce for professional excellence and community service, and for actively assisting women in their attainment of professional excellence and leadership skills.

Ms. Garbolino-Mojica is the daughter of former Roseville Mayor Gina Garbolino and retired Superior Court Judge James D. Garbolino, and has two sons – Jack and Max.

Ms. Garbolino-Mojica was appointed to the ACCS in January of 2018. Her current term expires on December 31, 2022.

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Erika Jones

Represents: Teachers

Dedicated Los Angeles Unified School District elementary teacher and civil rights advocate, Erika Jones serves on the board of the 310,000-member California Teachers Association representing educators from the Greater Los Angeles area and the United Teachers Los Angeles (UTLA).

She has taught for 14 years from kindergarten through fifth grade. Within that time, she has been part of multiple school plan writing teams and is a national professional development trainer specializing in classroom management, culturally responsive teaching, racial equity, and supporting school communities. She also co-chairs UTLA’s Racial Justice Taskforce collaborating with community organizations, students, parents, and educators.

Born in New York and raised in Kentucky, Ms. Jones has lived in California since 1990. For two years before her teaching career began, she worked in public relations and coordinated a school assembly program focused on educating children about being environmentally conscious.

She holds a Bachelor’s Degree in International Business from Mount St. Mary’s University in Los Angeles, and earned her teaching credential and a Master’s Degree in Curriculum and Instruction from California State University, Northridge. She also holds a credential in Administration. Ms. Jones completed the Harvard Kennedy School Executive Education Program: Leadership, Organizing, and Action – Leading Change, and represented California’s educators as a member of Governor Gavin Newsom’s California Charter School Policy Task Force.

Ms. Jones lives in Los Angeles.

Ms. Jones was appointed to the ACCS in January of 2020. Her current term expires on December 31, 2022.

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Dr. Derek King

Represents: Charter Schools

Dr. Derek King currently holds the position of Superintendent for Excelsior Charter Schools. In education, Dr. King has held the positions of Assistant Superintendent, Principal, Director, and Classroom Teacher.

Dr. King is a very active member of our broader community having served on several community service, military, and educational boards/committees. Dr. King was elected to the Victor Valley Union High School District Trustee board to which he served as both Clerk and Vice President. Dr. King holds a Bachelor’s degree, two Master's degrees, and a Doctorate in Education.

Forever busy, Derek is a sought-after public speaker on the topics of equity in education, business-community partnerships, parent advocacy, community service, school choice, faith in education, and resiliency. Dr. King believes that economic and social marginalization is cured through equitable access, hard work, personal responsibility, healthy social interaction, and the refusal to accept excuses. “If I could convince a child of one thing it would be that success is guaranteed as long as it’s all you’re willing to accept.”

Dr. King was appointed to the ACCS in November of 2021. His current term expires on December 31, 2023.

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Dr. Wesley Sever

Represents: District Superintendents

Wesley Sever, Ed.D., is the Superintendent of Kingsburg Elementary Charter School District. He received a Master’s in Educational Leadership from California University, Fresno, and finished his Doctorate in Education from the University of California, Davis.

Dr. Sever began his experiences as a Bilingual Spanish Tutor, then taught fourth, seventh, and eighth grades before becoming an administrator. Dr. Sever spent 14 years in Sanger Unified School District working as a vice principal and then as principal. During his time in Sanger, Dr. Sever's school was named a California Distinguished School and a National Blue Ribbon School. Dr. Sever was also a finalist for the Fresno County Administrator of the Year.

In 2009, Dr. Sever received national recognition when he was presented with the Terrel H. Bell Award for excellence in educational leadership. Just before coming to the Kingsburg Elementary Charter School District, Dr. Sever served as an Assistant Superintendent of Curriculum and Instruction.

Dr. Sever has been a member of the Association of California School Administrators (ACSA) since 2001. He served as the Region IX ACSA president in 2015, the Area Curriculum and Instruction representative in 2013, and was the ACSA Region IX Public Relations Representative in 2014.

Dr. Sever was appointed to the ACCS in November of 2015. His current term expires on December 31, 2022.

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Matt Taylor

Represents: Charter Schools

Matt Taylor is the Superintendent of River Charter Schools – a charter management organization serving scholars in Yolo County. Matt has spent the last two decades in education, focused on improving educational outcomes for all learners. He earned his Master's Degree in Public Policy from Pepperdine University and a Master's in Educational Leadership from the Broad School of Management. He has worked with California schools for years, most recently at the Fortune School of Education. Matt was previously the Administrator of the Evaluation, Research and Analysis Unit at the California Department of Education and the Director of Research at the California Charter Schools Association.

Matt helps educate the next generation of school leaders and teachers as an Adjunct Professor at William Jessup University. As a leader who focuses on data driven decision making, he currently serves as the President of the California Educational Research Association.

Matt has the privilege to serve his local education community as the President of the Yolo County Board of Education, representing the community of West Sacramento and serves as Treasurer of the California County Boards of Education.

As the proud parent of three students who have attended both charter public schools and traditional public schools, Matt is a firm believer in public education.

Mr. Taylor was appointed to the ACCS in January of 2020. His current term expires December 31, 2022.

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Mike Walsh

Represents: Governing Boards of School Districts

Mike Walsh is the co-founder and Chief Executive Officer of Beacon Results, an organizational growth and change management firm founded in 2005 that works primarily with school districts and nonprofits to help them develop and align their strategic plans. He has both a Bachelor of Arts and Master of Arts degree in Organizational Management and Organizational Leadership from Ashford University.

Since 2000, Mr. Walsh has served as a Leadership Facilitator for several student-based organizations including the California Association of Student Councils, Rotary Youth Leadership Awards, and the National Student Leadership Conference at the University of California, Berkeley, an annual Career Exploration Camp for students considering careers in medicine, engineering, and communications.

In addition to his work through Beacon, in 2018 he served as the President of the California School Boards Association (CSBA), a group representing nearly 1,000 California school districts and county offices of education. A 10-year veteran Trustee of the Butte County Office of Education, Mr. Walsh was elected to CSBA’s Delegate Assembly in 2010 and elected to the organization’s Board of Directors in 2011. During his time at CSBA, Mr. Walsh has served ably on numerous committees, including chairing the Legislative Committee and on the Executive Committee as Vice President, President-elect, President, and the Immediate Past-President.

He also served as Executive Director of the Oroville Economic Development Corporation and completed a three-year term as a member of the Butte Community College Foundation Board of Directors. In addition to his service to state school boards, Mr. Walsh has also served on major committees of the National School Boards Association and has written and published multiple articles focused on equity and improving outcomes for underserved student groups.

Mr. Walsh was appointed to the ACCS in January of 2020. His current term expires on December 31, 2023.

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