David Patterson

Area No. 3 Term Expires: 2020



Previously Board President: 2016

Dr. Patterson has over three decades of experience creating, managing and helping others develop high performing schools in California and nationally.

Dr. Patterson currently serves as the Director of CARSNet (Charter Authorizers Regional Support Network). CARSNet is a statewide federally funded program through the Alameda County Office of Education that is designed to improve the capacity of charter authorizing agencies and their staff to conduct rigorous application reviews, and provide high quality monitoring and oversight of charter schools. Immediately previously Dr. Patterson served as the Director of the Charter Schools Office for the Alameda County Office of Education. Dr. Patterson has also served as Special Projects Director for Gateway Community Charters in Sacramento as well as the Superintendent for Athlos Academies, which operates innovative classroom-based schools in multiple states. He is the founder of the Rocklin Academy Family of Schools and is Executive Director Emeritus. Rocklin Academy schools include three high performing Core Knowledge elementary charter schools and a college preparatory middle-high school. Prior to opening the Rocklin Academies, Dr. Patterson was the Director of Governmental Relations for the California Network of Educational Charters, the predecessor of the California Charter School Association, representing charter schools before the legislature, the State Board of Education, CDE and the Governor’s Office. Prior to serving as Director of Governmental Affairs Dr. Patterson served for ten years at the California Department of Education where he became the Department’s point person for charter schools.

Elected in 2012, Dr. Patterson is currently serving his second term on the Placer County Board of Education. He has also served many years as an elected school board member in Del Paso Heights and Rocklin.

He is a recognized expert in traditional and charter school law and policy, school reform and an acknowledged leader in state and national political and legislative activities. The California Charter Schools Association recognized Dr. Patterson as the recipient of the Hart Vision Award for Charter School Leader of the Year in 2012 and 1998 for outstanding leadership and excellence in education.

Dr. Patterson has a Doctorate in Education and Policy from USC, a Masters in Higher Education Administration from George Washington University and a BA in Political Science from UCLA. His wife Kathy is a math teacher at Rocklin High School and their three adult sons are graduates of Rocklin Unified School District Schools.