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CCA Board

Board of Directors

Cesar Chavez Academy Denver is a free, Denver Public School-authorized charter school and, as such, has its own governing Board of Directors. The Board consists of seven members: four community members and three parent representatives. The Board functions to provide long term, high level strategic planning and guidance for the success of the school, and to charge the Executive Director to execute these plans as well as the vision and mission statement of the school.

***CCAD is looking for a highly-motivated individual to serve on our school board. If you are interested in serving on the Board, please download and complete an application, and then email it to 

The Board meets at 5:30 p.m. on the third Tuesday of each month at CCAD. The agenda is published prior to the meeting and posted on the front doors of the school at least 24 hours prior to each meeting. Anyone wishing to comment at the board meeting must sign up in the CCA Front Office no later than 5:00 pm on the day of the monthly meeting. View the CCA-D Board Policies below.


Marlene Chavez

Marlene has worked for a major telecommunications company for 20+ years. Her work experience includes performance management, job performance improvement coaching, process analysis and improvement and process development and implementation. Her daughter attended CCAD when it opened in 2009; 2nd grade through 8th grade. Marlene joined the School Accountability Committee in 2011. She began serving on the CCAD Board of Directors in July 2012 as a parent member and Board Secretary. Marlene is an active volunteer for 3 Denver-based non-profit organizations. She coaches volleyball at Denver North High School. Marlene is a Colorado native who enjoys golfing, traveling and spending time with her family. She also enjoys watching her daughter play volleyball and performing with high school and community choirs.


Vice President:

Allegra Matus

Allegra is currently a Human Resources and Accounts Payable Manager at the Colorado Charter School Institute, the state's only non-district charter school authorizer. She earned a bachelor's degree in Human Resources Management from the Eli Broad College of Business at Michigan State University in 2009 and also recently obtained her certification as a Professional in Human Resources (PHR). Allegra is a Michigan native that moved to Denver in 2010 and currently resides in the Cesar Chavez Academy neighborhood. 




Matthew Herzog
Matt is an Accounting Director with MPLX, a wholly owned subsidiary of Marathon Petroleum Company. He has over ten years of experience in corporate accounting and finance with Denver-based publicly traded companies. His professional background also includes ten years in law enforcement in Virginia and the US Army. Matt has served as the Finance Committee Chair at Stargate Charter School in Thornton since 2012. Matt earned a bachelor’s degree in accounting from George Mason University of Virginia and is a licensed Certified Public Accountant in Colorado. Matt and his wife Calley live in Broomfield with their daughters Lizz & Anna.


Community Members: 


Sanjay Patel

Sanjay currently works as a technology strategist for CableLabs in Louisville CO. He’s had extensive experience in finance, marketing and corporate strategy with both startups and Fortune 500 companies. Sanjay is originally from Kenya, immigrating to the Chicago area before moving to Colorado. He and his wife live in the Cesar Chavez Academy neighborhood after spending 19 years north of Denver in Thornton. Sanjay has a B.S. in Finance, an MBA from Northwestern University and is a former CPA.

Erica St. James


Matthew Urkoski

Matt is a Senior Manager with CliftonLarsonAllen, a national professional services firm. Matt has been with CLA since 2010. His experience includes a specific focus on customized outsourcing services, process management and improvement, public management and organizational planning. In addition to providing consulting for many districts and municipalities at CLA, Matt also serves as CLA’s State and Local Government group’s Business Operations leader. Matt currently lives in the Baker neighborhood in Denver. 


Erica St. James

Erica is a Senior Business Analyst at the municipality for the City of Commerce City.  She earned her degree in Marketing at Regis University in 2008.  She has worked in the corporate world for over ten years now and has experience in Information Technology software implementation and solutions and has experience as a financial analyst.  Erica is a Colorado native and currently lives in Northfield.