Director of Strategic Initiatives
Active in the charter school movement since 2003, Kami Cotler is currently the Director of Strategic Initiatives at Environmental Charter Schools. Kami began her education career in a small, rural district in Virginia, where she taught in an interdisciplinary, alternative program for at-risk high school students. Returning to Los Angeles in 2001, she was introduced to the charter world when she joined the faculty of Environmental Charter High School. Seeking a quality elementary school for her son, she became involved with the founding of Ocean Charter School, a K-8 arts-integrated charter, and served as its founding co-director. Ms. Cotler also consulted with start-up charters including the Goethe International Charter School and then rejoined ECS to help establish Environmental Charter Middle School-Gardena, where she was founding principal for four years.