Board of Directors


John Gray, President

Sacramento, CA

President, School Services of California, Sacramento. Former director of fiscal services for the Fresno Unified School District, Audit Supervisor for the Ticor Title Insurance Company and Auditing Officer for Union Bank in Los Angeles. Also former consultant for the Fiscal Crisis Management Assistance Team (FCMAT). Member of the California Association of School Business Officials, and the Institute of Internal Auditors.

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Jo Anne Wallace,  Vice President

San Francisco, CA

Vice President & General Manager, KQED Public Radio. Former director of administration and planning in the National Public Radio News division. Former program manager of WGBH-FM in Boston, general manager of KPFA-FM in Berkeley, and station manager of WYSO-FM in Yellow Springs, Ohio. Served as a member of the NPR Board of Directors from 1998 to 2004, and its vice chair in 2002. Currently on the board of directors of the Station Resource Group focusing on station-based strategic issues.

philip perez

Philip Pérez, Finance Committee Chairperson

Santa Fe Springs, CA

District Superintendent, Little Lake City School District. He was formerly Deputy District Superintendent for Instructional Services, Riverside Unified School District and principal, Revere Elementary School.

joel montero

Joel Montero, Nominating Committee Chairperson

Petaluma, CA

Chief Executive Officer, Fiscal Crisis and Management Assistance Team. With 38 years of service in public sector institutions in a variety of roles, Montero’s experience includes being superintendent of a medium-sized unified school district; assistant superintendencies in curriculum and instruction, business, and personnel; school principal, assistant principal, and classroom teacher.

kenneth hall

Kenneth F. Hall, Immediate Past President

Carmichael, CA

Executive in Residence, University of Southern California and Field Project Director, School Business Management Program, Rossier School of Education, USC; Founder and Chairman Emeritus, School Services of California, Inc.; Member, University of Redlands Board of Trustees; Member, Education Advisory Committee, Public Policy Institute of California

The above board members constitute the Executive Committee of EdSource’s Board of Directors. 

ramon baez

Ramon Baez

Menlo Park, CA

Senior Vice President for Customer Advocacy, Hewlett Packard Enterprise Company; Former Vice President of Information Technology Services and CIO, Kimberly-Clark Corp; Former CIO, Thermo Fisher Scientific, Inc.; Former CIO, Honeywell’s Automation and Control Solution group; Former CIO of Electronic Systems Sensor sector, Northrop Grumman.

ramona bishop

Ramona Bishop

Vallejo, CA

Superintendent, Vallejo City Unified School District; Former Associate Superintendent for Educational Services, Twin Rivers Unified School District; Former Superintendent, Del Paso Heights School District.

Susanna Cooper

Susanna Cooper

Sacramento, CA

Managing Director, Wheelhouse: The Center for Community College Leadership and Research and Senior Fellow, Stuart Foundation. Formerly senior education policy advisor to Senate President pro Tempore Darrell Steinberg.  Previously a visiting journalism fellow at the Public Policy Institute of California and writer, editor and editorial board member at the Sacramento Bee.

Sue Cross

Sue Cross

Los Angeles, CA

Founder and principal of Cross Strategy.  Formerly senior vice president for The Associated Press for business development and partnerships; vice president of The Associated Press for the Western U.S. and Los Angeles bureau chief, where she established one of AP’s first multimedia desks. Served on numerous nonprofit boards, including the Sociedad Interamericana de Prensa and The California Endowment Health Journalism Fellowships at the University of Southern California.

Helen Hutchison

Helen Hutchison

Oakland, CA

President of the League of Women Voters of California Education Fund.  She has been the Government Director and then as the Second Vice President for Advocacy and Program in 2008. While serving the state League, she has been active in strategic planning, initiative and referendum reform, human resources, training, legislation, ballot measures, and redistricting.  She has been a member of the League of Women Voters since 1969.

Terri Jackson

Terri Jackson

Vacaville, CA

Terri Jackson brought years of experience both in teaching and association involvement to her first term as CTA Board member for District C. She was re-elected and her second term of office representing Alameda and Contra Costa counties will end June 25, 2016. Jackson has taught for 30 years and is currently a sixth-grade history and math teacher at Stewart Elementary School in the West Contra Costa Unified School District. She is an active member of United Teachers of Richmond, where she has served as faculty representative, elementary director, vice president and president.

As a CTA State Council representative, Jackson served on the Political Involvement Committee as a member and later, vice chair. She was also chair of CTA’s Educational Change Workgroup. Like some of her colleagues, Jackson was inspired to become a teacher after having “very strong high school teachers” as a student in Great Britain. Jackson is a graduate of California State University, Fullerton, and Pepperdine University.

Harold Levine

Harold Levine

Davis, CA

Former Dean, School of Education, UC Davis. Formerly Department Chair, Department of Education, UCLA, and Associate Provost of Education Initiatives, University of California Office of the President.

Dianna MacDonald

Dianna MacDonald

Sacramento, CA

President-Elect, California State PTA.MacDonald is the California State PTA President-elect for the 2015-2017 term. Dianna has served PTA at the local, regional and state levels in various roles including serving as the state family engagement advocate, vice president for Education and as a leadership mentor. Her work has focused on early childhood education, military families and closing the achievement gap.  She has served as a Cloverdale Unified School District  school board trustee since 2008 and is a California School Boards Association delegate assembly member.

Cindy Petersen

Cindy Petersen

Sacramento, CA

Superintendent/CEO, Gateway Community Charters. Has worked in charter schools in a variety of roles, including teacher, principal and program director.  Past-president Region 3, and State Board Director, Association of California School Administrators (ACSA).

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