Board of Directors


Board Directors

The Board of Directors is the school’s governing body and consists of parents elected by the school community, a teacher representative, and appointed members from outside  the school community. The Board is legally required by our school’s non-profit status and is responsible for setting policy for the school, overseeing school governance, and ensuring the financial stability of the school.

In the past two years, we have focused on creating a strategic plan, exploring building expansion possibilities, negotiating labor contracts and changing our enrollment policy to support diversity.

2019-20 Regular Board Meeting Dates

  • Tuesday, August 20, 2019, 6:30pm
  • Tuesday, September 17, 2019, 6:30pm
  • Tuesday, October 15, 2019, 6:30pm
  • Tuesday, November 19, 2019, 6:30pm
  • Tuesday, December 17, 2019, 6:30pm
  • Tuesday, January 21, 2020, 6:30pm
  • Tuesday, February 18, 2020, 6:30pm
  • Tuesday, March 17, 2020, 6:30pm
  • Tuesday, April 21, 2020, 6:30pm
  • Tuesday, May 19, 2020, 6:30pm
  • Tuesday, June 16, 2020, 6:30pm

2019-20 Special Meeting Dates

  • Board Retreat – TBD




Meet our board members

Joe B Adams, President [email protected]

Joe is a litigation attorney at a law firm in downtown San Francisco. He has a daughter in 4th grade, and a son in 3rd grade at CACS. Joe and his wife, Sarah, love the outdoors, good food, and traveling. Joe is an avid cyclist and advocate for the bicycling community.

Kate Maselli Zimman, Vice President | [email protected]

Kate has spent over 15 years working in public education. She began her career as a physics and biology teacher with an emphasis on curriculum development, project-based learning, and alternative assessment strategies. She coaches math and science teachers in curriculum development and classroom management, and works with schools to implement practices toward closing their achievement gap. Kate holds a master’s degree in Education from Harvard University with a focus in Teaching & Learning, and a bachelor’s degree in Physics from Bowdoin College. Kate is a San Francisco native and has a daughter in 6th grade, and a son in 3rd grade at CACS.

Judy Lewenthal Daniel, Vice President [email protected]

Judy is a content strategist, digital content marketer, and brand storyteller. She has deep experience defining and implementing strategic plans and creating engaging communication programs. She is a content strategist at UCSF, Web Services where she supports groundbreaking, live-saving research and care — one website at a time. A Bay Area native, Judy loves her Bernal Heights neighborhood, where she lives with her husband and boy/girl twins — both of whom attend the 6th grade at CACS. She is happiest after a Saturday Alemany Farmers Market haul, playing outside, and enjoying a meal with friends.

Alison Lee, Secretary | [email protected]

Alison has spent nearly 10 years working in K-12 education at both Teach For America and AltSchool. She’s passionate about affecting systemic change in schools around the country and, at the same time, is also excited to be a part of a stand-alone charter school community. Alison is inspired by the hands-on, project-based approach at CACS and believes that this will prepare students for a successful future. She lives in the CACS neighborhood and is a third-generation San Francisco resident. In her spare time, she can be found exploring the city’s museums, running in Golden Gate Park, hanging out in the local wine country, or searching for whales off the coast.

Justin Amirault, Treasurer [email protected]

Justin has over 15 year of corporate finance and capital-raising experience. Currently, Justin finances renewable energy projects throughout the United States and is passionate about securing our nation’s renewable energy future. Justin, his wife Becca, 3rd-grade daughter, and Kindergarten daughter treasure the love, values, and community of CACS. He has a BA in Economics from Colby College, and an MBA from UC Berkeley.

Deniz Bahar |

Deniz has 20+ years of supply chain experience in apparel fashion industry, where she specialized in apparel product development and sourcing around the world. Currently, Deniz works with the Executive MBA program at the University of San Francisco (USF). Deniz is passionate about continuous learning and supporting teachers & staff at CACS. Deniz holds an MBA from University of San Francisco, and a mechanical engineering degree from Istanbul Technical University. She has two daughters: a 6th grader at CACS, and a recent CACS graduate now in 9th grade.

Melanie Brooks, Development Chair | [email protected]Melanie2

As Development Chair, Melanie manages all things fundraising at CACS, including the Annual Fund and Annual Gala Auction. Now in her 3rd term as a CACS board member, she previously served for four years as the Fundraising and Auction chair on the board of directors for Laurel Hill Nursery School. Before parenthood brought her to school fundraising, Melanie studied Merchandising at the Louise Salinger Academy of Fashion, and worked in event management and graphic design. In her spare time, Melanie can be found hanging out with her two favorite CACS students (7th and 5th grade), and their dad, and enjoying her favorite things: exploring San Francisco, fantastic food, great music, and cheering on the Giants!

Lillian EditedLillian Cardona |

Lillian was born and raised in San Francisco. She has been in the legal field for over 20 years as a legal secretary and has two middle school children at CACS. She is excited about the project- based learning at CACS and is eager to help the school grow forward with more outreach in the community. Lillian enjoys spending time with family, watching movies, and is an avid local sports fan of the teams she grew up with.

Caroline Goodman

Caroline is a native of San Francisco and attended Golden Gate Elementary School in 1960. Born and raised in the Fillmore district with her mother, father, and two sisters, she is a proud mother of two daughters and three grandchildren. Caroline holds an AA Associates Degree in Business from City College of Sacramento. She worked as an executive director for healthcare services. Caroline has a strong passion for working with seniors and kids, and advocates on their behalf with community leaders (to enhance services and activities) through her work as a community neighborhood program coordinator at Friendship Village complex 1 and 2, in San Francisco, located in District 5.

Gina Griffiths, Staff Representative | [email protected]

Gina has a diverse background in education and previous work experience with youth that spans 11 years. Her varied interactions as teacher, tutor, coach, and nanny have helped her understand and appreciate each child as an individual with unique strengths and challenges. She earned her teaching credential and Masters degree in Education from the University of Southern California in 2010. During her student teaching at CACS she fell in love with the school, the students, and the staff. She is happy in her role as a teacher in the K/1 loop. Previously Gina lived in Seattle, so naturally she enjoys foggy mornings, hiking, and lots of coffee.

Logan Mc Dougal | [email protected]

Logan is a father of three current or former CACS students: a 10th grade, an 8th grade, and 6th grade. He and his wife, Merilee, spend most of their time either managing their children or working (which, for Logan, is in technology operations). Logan has a broad business background across both functions and industries, as well as in a variety of countries.

Jack Shay [email protected]

An occasional advisor to San Francisco startups on building and scaling product development functions, Jack has served as an officer at two SF technology companies (CrowdFlower, a platform for data science teams; and Reso, a family activity-booking app) for the past four years, and has been a technical product-management leader for the last 10 years at companies including OpenTable and Ticketmaster. Prior to his return from New York in 2007, Jack worked as a strategy consultant for Booz Allen Hamilton specializing in organizational design and including a long-term engagement with a for-profit education concern. Jack received an MBA from Columbia University, and a bachelor’s of science from Georgetown’s School of Foreign Service. In his spare time, Jack enjoys hunting for obscure wines, and tending to a sustainably grown reef aquarium.


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