President & CEO
California Charter Schools Association
Jed Wallace serves as the President and CEO of the California Charter Schools Association, a membership organization supporting the state’s 750 charter schools serving approximately 276,000 students. Before beginning his tenure at the Association, Mr. Wallace served as the Chief Operating Officer of High Tech High, where he oversaw all operational and financial aspects of the organization during a period when High Tech High grew from one school serving 400 students into 8 schools serving over 3000 students, became the first charter school organization in California authorized to credential its own teachers, secured California’s first Statewide Benefit Charter, developed over $70M in new school facilities and opened the HTH Graduate School of Education.
Mr. Wallace began his career in public education as a teacher at Hooper Avenue Elementary School, a 2000-student school in South-Central Los Angeles that had among the lowest test scores of any public school in California. Serving there for seven years, he established a school-within-the-school that reduced teacher and student transiency and significantly improved results on state-mandated tests. The model was exported across the school and became the basis for a charter school application. Mr. Wallace later worked in the Office of the Superintendent at San Diego City Schools, coordinating the District’s response to NCLB and overseeing special projects. He was also responsible for the oversight of the District’s 22 charter schools and led efforts to develop a new Charter School Policy and template MOU. These documents have been cited as models by the National Association of Charter School Authorizers. He served as an Associate Resident for the inaugural cohort of the Broad Foundation’s Residency in Urban Education and was a Recipient of the James Irvine Foundations Fund for Leadership Advancement. Mr. Wallace received a Bachelor’s degree in the Science of Foreign Service from Georgetown University, an MFA in playwriting from UCLA, and an MBA from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University.