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2 EDCAL February 15, 2016 New faces on ACSA staff reflect strategic plan goals As ACSA continues to implement its strategic plan and align resources and assets to accomplish our mission and objectives, there have been a number of staff changes. Most recently, Martha Alvarez has come on board as a legislative advocate in the Governmental Relations Department. Alvarez joins the ACSA team from her position as director of governmental relations for San Diego Unified School District, the state’s second largest school district. She has considerable experience in education policy and fiscal matters. Alvarez has served in the California State Treasurer’s office, and was named Employee of the Year in 2011. She received her bachelor’s and master’s degrees in Educational Administration from Stanford University. Previously EdCal reported that former Los Angeles Unified School District chief of external affairs Edgar Zazueta had been named one of two directors in GR, along with Adonai Mack, who was promoted from within. In addition, Sarah Monte has been hired in GR as a policy Alvarez analyst for Policy Affairs and Strategy. Monte served an internship with ACSA a few years ago. Christy Sinclair is the department’s new legislative assistant. The ACSA Communications Depart­ ment is proud to welcome Michael Kelly as a communications specialist. He has hit the ground running, reporting and producing education feature stories for ACSA News. Kelly comes to ACSA with eight years of experience in TV news. He spent the last three years as a sports anchor/reporter for WJXT-TV in Jacksonville, Fla., the No. 1 rated station in that market. Kelly is a graduate of the prestigious University of Missouri Journalism School. He won an Emmy Award for outstanding reporting in 2013. Check out his work in the Newsroom section at www.acsa.org. Another important personnel aquisition has been Tony Baldwin, who had been contracting with ACSA and is now the fulltime director of ACSA In