Director, Charter Schools
Innovation and Charter Schools Division
Los Angeles, CA
José Cole-Gutiérrez serves as Director for the Charter Schools Division of the Los Angeles Unified School District. The Charter Schools Division is responsible for leading the team that authorizes and oversees the district’s existing 198 charters serving about 100,000 students. Prior to joining LAUSD, Mr. Cole-Gutiérrez served as general manager for the Los Angeles region of the California Charter Schools Association. He served for nearly seven years as Academic Programs Director for PUENTE Learning Center in Los Angeles before joining the Association. During his tenure at PUENTE, José taught in and managed programs serving approximately 2,000 children, youth, and adults daily. Prior to joining PUENTE Learning Center, José was an adjunct professor at Cypress College, where he taught interdisciplinary ethnic studies courses. Active in community and civic life, José volunteers in various capacities, including service as a board member for Advance!, a college counseling and preparation program.