PCSD presents at CCSA Conference 2024

PCSD is participating in two sessions at the CCSA Conference in Long Beach.


Facilities: Finding the Right Place, and Building the Right Space
March 19, 2024 | 11:15 am – 12:30 pm

Long Beach Convention Center, Room 202A

This lively, interactive session will prepare school leaders to effectively navigate the requirements encountered on the road to finding, securing and developing school facilities. Zoning, permitting, and occupancy requirements, environmental regulations, and design choices and constraints impact the development process. Learn about existing regulations, recent developments, and statewide trends as you build your facilities strategy. We will consider stick-built vs. modular, cost-saving design features, pandemic considerations when selecting a site, PLAs, CUPs, and more. This panel is ideal for those looking for next-level content.


  • Mary Grace Houlihan, Project Director, Northern California, Pacific Charter School Development (Moderator)
  • John Lemmo, Partner/Attorney, Young, Minney & Corr, LLP
  • Patrick Ontiveros, General Counsel & Director of Facilities, Magnolia Public Schools
  • Richard Berliner, Principal, Berliner Architects

District/Charter Leases - Can't We All Just Get Along?
March 19, 2024 | 3:25 pm – 4:40 pm

Long Beach Convention Center, Room 202B

Understand what to consider when negotiating a long-term ground lease with your local school district. How do I bring the school district to the table and get the best terms? What do I need to include in the lease to build what I need, finance the project, and meet all legal requirements? What should I avoid? Hear from veterans about KIPP, Envision, and Ed for Change projects among others. Join us for a lively discussion and find out!


  • Jennifer Afdahl Rice, Executive Director, Northern California, Pacific Charter School Development
  • Adam Kaye, Director Real Estate, KIPP Public Schools Northern California
  • Monique Daviss, Executive Director, El Sol Science and Arts Academy
  • Sele Nadel-Hayes, Chief Operating Officer, Envision Schools