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Compass Charter Schools is governed by a California nonprofit public-benefit corporation and has an independent Board of Directors who meet regularly to oversee the school’s management, operation, activities, and affairs. The Board of Directors defines, composes, and revises (as needed) the policies of the school and ensures compliance with its agreements and applicable laws and regulations.

All regularly-scheduled board meetings begin at 5 PM PST, unless otherwise noted on the agenda. Committee meetings are held on a monthly and/or by-monthly basis, as noted on their agenda. Compass Charter Schools utilizes Board On Track to post our agendas and minutes; please visit Board on Track to access all of our Board of Directors and Committee Meeting information.

Board of Directors

Matthew Brown | Board Member
Matt Brown is the Chief Operating Officer of TEACH Public Schools, a charter management organization in Los Angeles. Matt believes that education inequality is the civil rights issue of our time. He strives to close the educational gap by developing & leading high performing charter schools that serve the historically disadvantage and those that traditional schools failed to educate. Matt’s schools produce learners that are equipped with the knowledge, skills, and fortitude to advocate for themselves and their community through leadership and action.

Matt brings a breadth of professional expertise in both law and the education realm including positions at The University of Michigan Law School, Southern Minnesota Regional Legal Services, Alliance College Ready Public Schools and Public Policy Charter School. Matt holds a Bachelors of Arts degree from St. Cloud State University and a law degree from the University of Michigan Law School, and Master’s degrees in Teaching and Charter & Autonomous School Leadership (CASLA) from the University of Southern California and California State University Dominguez Hills, respectively.

To contact Matthew, please send him an email mbrown@compasscharters.org

Joe Cummings

Joe Cummings | Board Member
Joe Cummings started in the recruiting and staffing industry in 1988 as an Account Manager; placing his candidates to his developed client base on a direct hire basis. He learned the temporary placement side of the business while at the same firm. He moved on to Royal Associates / Royal Staffing Services in August of 1989. He had various job titles during his tenure at Royal; Personnel Supervisor, Outside Sales/Account Manager, Branch Manager and Vice President of Branch Operations. He purchased the company, which was founded May 1967, in July 2004. Royal has two locations: the corporate office is in Sherman Oaks and another branch is in Westlake Village, California.

Expanded the company operations internationally with clients in Dublin, Ireland. He trains the staff on recruiting methods, interviewing, establishing comp plans, on boarding as well as recruiting and placement.

Joe has over 28 years’ experience within the recruiting and staffing industry. His personal network has developed throughout the United States, Ireland, the European Union and the United Kingdom.

To contact Joe, please send him an email jcummings@compasscharters.org

Kathy Granger

Kathy Granger | Board Treasurer
Kathy Granger, Ed.D., currently serves as the Superintendent of Mountain Empire Unified School District located in southeastern San Diego County.

Kathy earned her Bachelor’s degree in Mathematics from the University of the South. Her teaching career began in East LA working as a middle school math teacher for Los Angeles Unified School District. Several years later she moved to the Walnut Valley Unified School District where she served as teacher, instructional coach and curriculum coordinator. During this time, she earned her Master’s degree in Educational Management through Chapman University.

Kathy continued her career path by serving as both site and district office level administrators for West Covina USD and Burbank USD. Kathy returned to Walnut Valley USD in 2008 where she served as Assistant Superintendent of Human Resources. She completed her Doctorate in Educational Leadership and School Improvement at La Sierra University in 2009. Kathy joined Mountain Empire USD in December 2013.

Kathy and her husband, Rob have four grown children and four grandchildren.

To contact Kathy, please send her an email at kgranger@compasscharters.org

Matt Koblick

Matt Koblick | Board Chair
Matt Koblick was raised in Los Angeles and attended Indiana University, Bloomington’s Kelly School of Business. Over the past 20 years he has established himself as a successful entrepreneur and sales professional. The last 7 years, he has dedicated himself to the software consulting industry.

Matt has diverse experience as an individual contributor and as a board member, serving non-profits such as the Guardians, Laurel Palms HOA, Toastmasters and the Harmony Project.

Matt, his wife and two young children live in Studio City, CA.

To contact Matt, Please send him an email at mkoblick@compasscharters.org

Lisa Robotham

Lisa Robotham | Board Secretary and Parent Representative
Lisa Robotham has four (4) kids. Two (2) are grown and college graduates and two (2) are attending CCS. She has been on numerous athletic boards and has worked six (6) years at elementary brick and mortar schools. She was a Dance Teacher early in life for 10 years and that is where she developed her desire to work with children and parents. She also worked in the home mortgage industry for over 10 years and had various jobs in the manufacturing industry. She finally finished her education in 2009, earning her much-desired associates degree by taking classes online at Ashford University. She sells Avon and lives in Palmdale, CA.

To contact Lisa, please send her an email at lrobotham@compasscharters.org

John Vargas | Board Member
For nearly a decade, John Vargas has held key leadership positions in public education since cofounding Global Education Academy, a successful public charter school serving disadvantage youth in South Los Angeles. He has served as lead administrator for numerous charter schools and continues to support scholar achievement in his new role as CEO of EdVantage Education Group, a newly formed nonprofit organization, focused on supporting and improving charter schools through a partnership model of collaboration.

John has served in public office since 2009, when he was elected to the Hawthorne School District Board of Trustees. Here John focused on creating policy to ensuring the academic and social success of the District’s 9,000 scholars. Currently, John serves on the El Camino Community College District Board of Trustees (since 2013), holding the distinction of being the first Latino to ever serve on the Board. John focuses on fiscal stability and increasing access to the District’s successful program for all scholars.

John’s life of service has extended to numerous nonprofit boards, including the National Association of Latino Elected and Appointed Officials (NALEO), where he currently serves as Board Vice-President, working to increase the level of Latino civic engagement nation-wide at all levels.

John holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science from UCLA and a Masters Degree in Linguistics from Cal State University Long Beach.

To contact John, please send him an email jvargas@compasscharters.org