Executive in Residence
Charter School Growth Fund
Maria Cristina R. Heredia’s work focuses on growing and supporting innovative and effective educational opportunities for students. She has been actively involved with charter schools and education nonprofits in California for over twenty years. She joined the Charter School Growth Fund in 2020 and works in support of small school network development and expansion. Her areas of focus include operations, governance, policy and advocacy.
Maria previously worked with High Tech High (HTH) in the dual role of Chief Operations Officer and General Counsel. As part of a dedicated operations team, she supported the HTH schools in many areas, including strategic planning, board engagement, authorizer and stakeholder relations, and the development of policies and practices that reflect the school’s culture.
Prior to HTH, Maria served as Senior Vice President of Legal Advocacy and General Counsel to the California Charter Schools Association (CCSA). At CCSA, Maria worked to expand advocacy efforts on behalf of California charter schools, while leading an action that significantly increased the facilities available to children attending charter schools in Los Angeles.
Before fully moving into the nonprofit education sector, Maria served charter schools, nonprofits and private companies as an attorney. After gaining hands-on experience as a law partner at Luce Forward LLP, she co-founded California Counsel Group, a law practice focusing on empowerment through education and entrepreneurship.
Maria has enjoyed teaching graduate level classes in education law and policy and has served on the boards of local nonprofits. She is a graduate of Stanford Law School and Harvard University where she earned an AB in American History and Literature.