Myrna Castrejón to Lead California Charter Schools Association
After launching Great Public Schools Now, Castrejón will now lead association representing California’s charter school community
October 1, 2018 (Los Angeles, CA)- The Board of Directors of the California Charter Schools Association announced today that it has chosen Myrna Castrejón as the organization’s new president and CEO. She will be stepping down as executive director of Great Public Schools Now at the end of the year to assume this new role.
Myrna joined GPSN after a 13-year stint at CCSA in leadership roles ranging from leading regional growth and advocacy to heading up government affairs and serving as the acting CEO for the organization. She then joined GPSN as the founding executive director in early 2016, helping to launch the organization, recruit the board of directors, staff the organization, and shepherd its initial grant making.
During Myrna’s tenure, GPSN replicated and expanded high-performing schools, strengthened the teacher pipeline, increased parent advocacy and voice, and strengthened community engagement to build a constituency for quality and equity across LA’s most impacted neighborhoods. GPSN’s work has now reached more than 35,000 parents.
GPSN also supported the replication of two high performing L.A. Unified schools that opened their doors to students this fall. GPSN supported the district’s efforts to replicate Diego Rivera Learning Complex Public Service Community School and King/Drew Magnet High School of Medicine and Science, two long-time, high-performing schools. The successor schools opened this fall, University Pathways Medical Magnet Academy and University Pathways Public Service Academy.
In addition, GPSN has offered grants to educational organizations to help recruit and retain teachers for hard-to-staff positions, adding hundreds of new teachers and school leaders from LA’s own communities to serve its students well.
“It was a difficult decision to leave GPSN, an organization I have been deeply honored to build and lead,” Castrejón said. “But I am eager and ready to help grow and evolve the work of thousands of educators around the state who are working their hardest every day to lead passionately on behalf of their students. This was the proverbial offer I couldn’t refuse.”
“We were fortunate that a deeply committed leader like Myrna agreed to launch and lead GPSN during this formative time,” said GPSN Board Chair Bill Siart. “GPSN has accomplished much during her tenure, and we know she will bring her passion and dedication to impact hundreds of thousands of students around the state. We fully support her decision and know that her leadership at CCSA will be a powerful voice for children throughout California.”
GPSN will conduct a search for a new executive director over the coming months. With Myrna set to assume her new role in January 2019, both organizations are committed to pursuing a seamless transition.