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Jason Willis

As the Director of Strategy & Performance in the Comprehensive School Assistance Program (CSAP) at WestEd, Jason Willis oversees and guides CSAP’s performance and accountability practice that includes supporting state, regional, and local education agencies to align their policies, strategies, and accountability practices to achieve more equitable education outcomes for students.

The performance and accountability practice provides this support through capacity building, facilitation of professional learning networks, policy implementation strategies, and analysis of financial data including the effective use of resources. Currently, California is a primary focus to support implementation of the Local Control Funding Formula (LCFF) law.

Previously, Willis was the Assistant Superintendent of Community Engagement & Accountability for the San Jose Unified School District where he managed the implementation of a five-year strategic plan. Prior to San Jose, Willis was the Chief Financial Officer at Stockton Unified School District and Budget Director at Oakland Unified School District.

Willis has advised states, national education organizations, and commissions on the formation of funding and accountability systems including New Jersey, Maryland, Louisiana, the Data Quality Campaign, the National Governor’s Association, the California Community Colleges Chancellor’s Office and the National Equity and Excellence Commission. Willis currently sits on the Technical Working Group advising the first national study on the impact of weighted student funding systems.

Willis received a master’s degree in education policy and finance from Teachers College, Columbia University and a bachelor’s degree from The Catholic University of America in Washington, DC. Willis is also a graduate of The Broad Residency in Urban Education.