Great Public Schools Now Announces Myrna Castrejón As Executive Director

(LOS ANGELES) Great Public Schools Now today announced that Myrna Castrejón will join the non-profit organization as its Executive Director. Castrejón most recently served as Senior Vice President, Government Affairs at the California Charter Schools Association (CCSA). She has served in a variety of leadership roles at CCSA since its founding in 2003.

“I am excited to be part of Great Public Schools Now, and help shape its plans to ensure that every student has the option of a high-quality public school in his or her neighborhood,” said Myrna Castrejón. “I look forward to building a strong working relationship with our new Superintendent Michelle King at LAUSD, as we seek to improve education for all students throughout the District.”

“Myrna brings decades of experience in education to Great Public Schools Now, especially the ways that charter schools have helped to improve educational outcomes for students in need,” said Bill Siart, Chairman of Great Public Schools Now. “She shares our sense of urgency in bringing more and better educational options to Los Angeles, and we are thrilled that she will be part of the organization’s leadership.”

Prior to joining CCSA, Castrejón served as a consultant to the state-funded Urban Education Partnership/LAUSD where she helped to develop eight innovative early education service centers in the most high-need areas of Los Angeles. She also served as VP 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. Her full biography is attached under separate cover.

 Great Public Schools Now is an independent, non-profit organization working to accelerate the growth of high-quality public schools and significantly reduce the number of students attending chronically low performing schools in Los Angeles. The organization is a collaborative effort of parents, students, teachers, community leaders, foundations and Angelenos dedicated to ensuring all Los Angeles students receive a high- quality K-12 education. For more information, and to sign up for updates, please visit

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