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Associate Business Affiliates

Adams Silva & McNally LLP

We are a California education law firm providing the most experienced and responsive legal representation to school districts across California. We serve as general counsel for school districts, and in that capacity handle a variety of matters, including, but not limited to: Labor & Employment, Student issues, Special Education, Governance, and Litigation. ASM seeks to establish lasting partnerships with a solution-focused approach to best serve the interests of our clients.

Contact: Ric Silva

website Web Site email Email website (760) 266-4249

Aeries Software

We are the most widely used student information system in California. Since 1995, we have earned a reputation for scalability, dependability and cost effectiveness. 530 California school districts and educational agencies utilize our SIS. We service millions of students, parents and educators. Aeries SIS is simply the center of your solution.

Contact: Scott Knuckles

website Web Site email Email website (888) 487-7555

Alliance Building Solutions

Alliance Building Solutions, Inc. (ABS) specializes in Energy Performance Contracting which is a method that leverages energy savings to create a self-funding project to address unfunded facility and maintenance needs. ABS brings years of experience solving complex challenges for municipalities.

Contact: Jake Torres

website Web Site email Email website (949) 554-9051

Alliance of Schools for Cooperative Insurance Programs

We are a member-owned, non-profit, public agency JPA offering Property & Liability coverage, Workers’ Compensation and Health Benefits to California public schools. An Owner Controlled Insurance Program for school construction projects is also available to reduce costs and for safer construction projects. While affordable, member-focused broad coverage is provided, we believe it is more important to partner with our school members to create safer learning environments. Therefore, a host of loss control, training and risk management services are provided to our members at no additional cost.

Contact: Nancy Anderson

website Web Site email Email website (562) 404-8029

ATI Architects and Engineers

We are a full service Architecture firm with in-house Engineering capabilities, serving the California Education Marketplace. ATI is known for its new school design, remodel, modernization, wholesale replacement, and additions as well as its Emily classroom buildings, a family of DSA pre-approved prototypical designs featuring single story, back-to-back and two-story optional floor plans.

Contact: Phillip Caires

website Web Site email Email website (925) 648-8800

AVID

We are a college and career readiness system centered on engaging professional learning that shows educators how to increase student engagement, promote classroom collaboration, and activate deeper levels of learning in their classrooms with practical, immediately useful tools and instructional strategies. AVID helps educators shift their beliefs about teaching and learning, allowing them to cultivate a growth mindset both for themselves and their students.

Contact: Melissa Cole

website Web Site email Email website (858) 380-4726

A-Z Bus Sales, Inc.

We are the largest and longest serving school bus dealer, representing the industry's highest quality school buses! Bluebird, MicroBird & Collin

Contact: Brandon Bluhm

website Web Site email Email website (951) 781-1800

Balfour Beatty

Balfour Beatty is a full-service construction management, program management, CM multi-prime, lease-leaseback, CM-at-risk, design-build, and general contracting firm that specializes in the construction of educational facilities throughout California. With over $4B in K-12 projects, Balfour Beatty has consistently ranked as a top three Educational Builder in California within the past five years by Engineering News Record (ENR)!

Contact: John Bernardy

website Web Site email Email website (949) 502-4000

Ball Frost Group, LLC.

The Ball/Frost Group, LLP is a legislative services and governmental relations firm representing school districts, county offices of education and education related associations. We possess more than 60 years of combined experience in assessing the potential effects of issues before the California legislature and executive branch and advocating on behalf of our clients. Our work spans across issues and includes public education funding and programs, behavioral and mental health, early childhood, teacher and administrator preparation and development and fiscal policy.

Contact: Andrea Ball

website Web Site email Email website (916) 616-3116

Best Best & Krieger, LLP

We provide comprehensive and cost-effective legal solutions for school districts, county offices of education, community colleges and universities. A full service law firm, BB&K provides unparalleled breadth and depth of experience in all areas of general and special counsel representation.

Contact: Ashley Fernandez

website Web Site email Email website 951-826-8287

Caldwell Flores Winters, Inc.

We provide Planning, Financial Advisory and Program Implementation services to school districts throughout California.

Contact: Rosa Perez

website Web Site email Email website (510) 596-8170

California School Employees Association

We are the largest classified school employee union in the United States. CSEA members perform a wide range of essential work in our public schools and community colleges, including security, food services, office and clerical, maintenance and operations, transportation, academic assistance and paraeducation services, library and media services, computer services and more.

Contact: Brandy Benton

website Web Site email Email website (408) 433-1346

California Schools VEBA

The California Schools Voluntary Employees Benefits Association (VEBA) provides health care benefits for education, municipal, and public agency employees that are effective, affordable, and of the highest quality and value.

Contact: Heather Simonson

website Web Site email Email website 619-481-3652

California Sheet Metal/HVAC Industry

We provide high quality technical education to men and women who seek a rewarding career in the sheet metal and HVAC industry through our joint apprenticeship programs. The contractor members of the California Association of Sheet Metal and Air Conditioning Contractors (CAL SMACNA) and the craftperson members of the Sheet Metal, Air Rail and Transportation Unions' (SMART) work together to design, construct and maintain advanced HVAC systems for schools that place a premium on energy efficiency and enhanced indoor air quality. Our goal is to create and ensure a learning environment that is healthy, high performing and comfortable for students and teachers alike. Our pool of contractors and professional craftpersons will make all of the difference when it comes to delivering work on education facilities that is safe, on-time and within budget.

Contact: Dion Abril

website Web Site email Email website (916) 492-6091

California State Pipe Trades

We train thousands of plumbers, steamfitters, sprinklerfitters, welders and HVACR technicians in union sponsored and State and Federal Government accredited programs throughout California.

Contact: Carl Cimino

website Web Site email Email website (408) 453-6330

California Statewide Electrical JATC

We provide a career for highly skilled craftspeople. Electrical workers receive their training through local joint apprenticeship training centers utilizing a standardized education program supported by the National Electrical Contractors Association (NECA) and International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW). This model education partnership produces a highly skilled and trained workforce equipped to meet the demands of the customer.

Contact: Jenny Fothergill

website Web Site email Email website (925) 828-6322

Capitol Advisors Group, LLC

We are a team of experts in California education policy, finance, legislative strategy, and public affairs. Over the course of our collective careers, we have been helping schools, professional associations, industry/private sector interests, and non-profit organizations succeed in achieving important outcomes for students, educators, and the future of California. No team is more effective in building successful strategies to achieve your goals and priorities in the K-12 education sector. Our services include government relations and advocacy, State budget expertise, fiscal advising, State Board of Education waivers, school facilities eligibility compliance, OPSC/State Allocation Board representation, strategic consulting and public affairs, communications strategies, and issue management.

Contact: Kevin Gordon

website Web Site email Email website (916) 443-7468

Citi

With the largest global footprint of any US financial institution and over 50 municipal securities professionals including a full-service municipal bond underwriting, sales and trading desk in CA, Citi is both a global and a local firm.

Contact: Victor Andrade

website Web Site email Email website (213) 486-7144

CliffordMoss

We are here to help you tell your story. If your goal requires community, political, or electoral success, they can deliver. The apporach combines significant winning political experience with fresh thinking innovative tools, and a spirited belief that people support what they help create. Their services: political strategy, election feasibility/planning, public information, and effective ground and online campaigns. CliffordMoss. What's your story? Let us help you tell it.

Contact: Bonnie Moss

website Web Site email Email website (510) 757-9023

Colbi Technologies, Inc.

We provide Account-Ability software for school building programs. Account-Ability provides problem-solving tools to develop your plan, reporting tools to track implementation against your plan, and internal control tools to adjust your plan for a successful completion of your building program.

Contact: Julie Williams

website Web Site email Email website (714) 505-9544

Davis Demographics

We provide consulting services and software tools for comprehensive demographic studies, facility planning support, and demographic master planning. We enhance our extensive analytical capabilities through the use of our custom SchoolSite® software add-on for Esri ArcGIS (the world’s premier computer-mapping program, used by 95 percent of cities and counties in the U.S.). Growth management insight, student forecasting, school boundary redistricting, facility site analysis and need analysis, customized demographic analytics and reporting.

Contact: Ken Ward

website Web Site email Email website (951) 270-5211

DLR Group

We are an integrated design firm providing architecture, engineering, planning and interiors services. We are a nationally recognized expert in K-12 school facilities design and have completed over 2,000 school projects in the last 10 years. This totals 18 million square feet with a construction value to $6.5 Billion, including over 350 projects throughout California.

Contact: Khary Knowles

website Web Site email Email website (213) 800-9400

Extron

For over 35 years, Extron has been a leader in the development of innovative AV solutions for the education market. This includes PoleVault Digital classroom AV systems, VoiceLift Pro microphone systems, TeamWork and ShareLink collaboration systems, StudioStation recording solutions, and GlobalViewer software for network based AV resource management and campus communications. Our unique Classroom Technology Grant Program provides increased visibility and expanded access to AV technology by supplying selected pilot classrooms with advanced audio video solutions.

Contact: Anthony Cortes

website Web Site email Email website (714) 491-1500 x6014

Fieldman, Rolapp & Associates, Inc.

We are a California-based financial advisory (municipal advisor) that serve school districts and other public agencies. Fieldman, Rolapp & Associates was founded in 1966 and assist with all forms of debt including General Obligation Bonds, Certificate of Participation and Community Facilities Districts.

Contact: Deanne Coats

website Web Site email Email website (949) 660-7326

Fit Fiends

Fit Fiends is a health and fitness mobile application that rewards healthy eating and physical activity through an interactive companion character that the user is tasked with caring for. The healthier a user eats and the more physically active they are the more points they earn for their companion character. These points can be used to customize the character,used within the games, or be redeemed for prizes.

Contact: Ryan Cabral

website Web Site email Email website (562) 673-7453

Geary Pacific Corporation

We are an HVAC distributor serving the Western United States since 1961. We have 26 locations in 7 states. We distribute Bard Manufacturing Wall Mount HVAC equipment for the Modular Building Industry and specialize in HVAC design and comfort for School Facilities. www.gearypacific.com

Contact: Suzanne Miller

website Web Site email Email website (714) 279-2950 x 1024

Hanna Brophy, MacLean, McAleer, and Jensen, LLP

We specialize in workers’ compensation defense. Since 1943, employers throughout California have looked to Hanna Brophy in legal representation. With offices located all throughout California, seasoned partners and experienced associates blend their expertise in the representation of our clients. Each office enjoys a regional reputation among judges and opposing counsel as a solid, aggressive legal representative of employers and insurance carriers.

Contact: JP Navarro

website Web Site email Email website (510) 409-6448

HMC Architects

We as one of California's leading educational design firms for over 75 years, HMC Architects strives to improve education by providing innovative solutions in comprehensive master planning, architecture, energy efficiencies, technology solutions, community engagement, asset management, financial planning and DSA close-out. Together, let's create the best educational environments for students. Contact our Practice Leader, Tom Cavanagh at 800-350-9979.

Contact: Rebekah Roth

website Web Site email Email website (714) 381-1614

Hoonuit, formerly DecisionInsite

We provide the nation's school district leaders with the technology, enrollment forecasts and expertise they need to understand how enrollment impacts their District - past, present and future.

Contact: Nicole Stumpf

website Web Site email Email website (877) 204-1392 x1012

Isom Advisors

We are a full-service planning, campaign, and financial advisory firm that serves California school districts. Our team has worked with both large and small school districts throughout the state and continues to be a leader in this industry. With over 25 years of experience providing innovative solutions and the highest level of service. Our staff has not only been the most active, but the most successful in assisting school districts improve their facilities and their general fund in recent years.

Contact: Jon Isom

website Web Site email Email website (925) 478-7450

Jones Hall

Since the establishment of Jones Hall in 1978, it has been among the leading bond counsel firms in California, providing legal services of the highest quality. With one office located in the financial district of San Francisco near the offices of the national rating agencies of S&P and Moody’s and the offices of numerous bond underwriting firms, Jones Hall is well positioned to provide its clients with the highest level of legal expertise and service. Most Jones Hall attorneys have careers that have spanned decades in the bond industry, with first-hand experience responding to changes in the law, the economy and political climate. For calendar year 2017, Jones Hall ranked number one in the number of successful bond closings among other California Bond Counsel firms, leading over 225 deals with total par amount of over $6.3 billion to a successful close (Source: Thomson-Reuters News Group). A large percentage of the firm’s representations are for California school districts in connection with the calling of general obligation bond elections, the issuance of general obligation bonds and refunding bonds, and the delivery of certificates of participation. On the November 2016 ballot alone, Jones Hall represented school districts on over 50 measures presented to California voters.

Contact: Courtney Jones

website Web Site email Email website (415) 391-5780

KeyAnalytics, a division of California Financial Services

KeyAnalytics provides key professional support and information management software to enable school districts to clearly see options, challenges and obligations of ongoing bond programs and multi-year construction programs. In addition to tracking and standardizing compliant reporting of project revenue and expenditures with minimal additional staff time, KeyAnalytics also provides experienced consulting support to quickly answer district's questions regarding the State School Building Program, developer mitigation expenditure rules, and general municipal bond rules.

Contact: Michael Dodge

website Web Site email Email website (209) 595-0791

Koppel & Gruber Public Finance

We specialize in preparing developer fee studies (FJS and SFNA), Community Facilities District formation and administration, parcel taxes, continuing disclosure, CDIAC bond reporting and arbitrage calculations.

Contact: Lyn Gruber

website Web Site email Email website (760) 510-0290 ext. 303

LPA, Inc

LPA was founded in 1965. Today, the firm has expanded to more than 400 people with four locations in California and two in Texas. We bring together experts in architecture, engineering, interior design, landscape architecture and master planning to collaborate with clients from start to finish. LPA offers a better approach to the design and delivery of K-12 learning spaces. Our mission is to create engaging environments that put 21st century skills at the center of learning and foster the next generation of innovators and achievers. We think beyond the traditional classroom, designing flexible spaces that adapt to changing needs and support a wide range of learning behaviors and activities. We also integrate intuitive, facility-wide technology, so students can satisfy their curiosity and access the information they need wherever they are on campus. Our designs are optimized to accommodate individual differences, promote student leadership and decision-making and increase each learner’s sense of ownership in his or her achievement.

Contact: Katie Nilmeier

website Web Site email Email website 949.701.4291

NECA-IBEW

We are the voice of the $150+ billion industry responsible for bringing power & communications to buildings & communities throughout the U.S. NECA promotes & supports the union electrical contracting industry through advocacy, education, research & standards development. NECA contractors are equipped to meet the demands of their customers through sustainable construction and energy management solutions. The IBEW is a leader in the electrical industry. IBEW electricians are highly skilled & trained in the latest technologies with a focus on quality & safety.

Contact: Janet Siemans

website Web Site email Email website (925) 828-6322

Orbach Huff Suarez & Henderson LLP

We are a leader in the field of public agency representation throughout the state, serviced by offices in Los Angeles, Oakland, Costa Mesa and San Diego. Our public agency representation focuses on matters of construction, real estate, labor and employment, environmental, education, and charter school law.

Contact: Phil Henderson

website Web Site email Email website (510) 999-7908

Parker & Covert LLP

Law Firm for over 40 plus years representing school districts and community college districts.

Contact: Douglas Yeoman

website Web Site email Email website (714) 573-0900

PBK-WLC

In the Fall of 2020, WLC and PBK Architects united to form PBK-WLC, a transformational partnership that maximizes the cultures and capabilities of two industry-leading educational facilities design firms. With over 85 years of combined experience, PBK-WLC has provided our educational clients with award-winning architectural and engineering design solutions in California since 1974. With over 500 planning, design, and engineering professionals across 20 local offices, we embrace a truly unique business culture which prioritizes customer service and transforms our client’s needs and visions into groundbreaking architecture, resulting in functional and inspirational instructional environments.

Contact: Janet Ruppert

website Web Site email Email website 909-987-0909

PreFast Buildings

We offer a wide range of Permanent DSA "PC" Pre-Approved High Performance School Buildings. Prefabricated "in-plant" or precast concrete and structural steel. PreFast Plantcrafted Buildings deliver 21st century learning environments and projected 100 year service life combined with the fastest project completion in the K-12 market. PreFast is celebrating its 2nd Decade this year with NEW DSA PC Pre-Approved Building Styles and Gymnasium Buildings, providing greater flexibility than ever before.

Contact: Brian Gaunce

website Web Site email Email website (650) 375-5840

Sandy Pringle Associates, Inc.

Sandy Pringle Associates, (SPA) provides DSA Project Inspectors. Currently we have oveer 30 Inspectors working in 25 School Districts in the greater Los Angeles area. SPA has been in business since 1984, making us one of the oldest continuously operating Inspection Firms in California. Being one of the oldest DSA firms in the LA area, we have developed a trusting professional relationship with the DSA.

Contact: David Pringle

website Web Site email Email website (310) 787-8811

Schools Excess Liability Fund

We are a not-for-profit, joint powers authority, that has been providing excess liability coverage for California Schools and colleges since 1986.

Contact: Lois Gormley

website Web Site email Email website (916) 553-3203

SchoolsFirst Federal Credit Union

We offer a full range of financial products and services to employees of eligible public and private schools, community colleges, universities, school districts and education foundations throughout the 10 Southern California counties. Immediate family members of existing members are also welcome to join.

Contact: Kristin Crellin

website Web Site email Email website (714) 466-8400

Self-Insured Schools of California - SISC

We provide the best coverage and service to our members while keeping costs affordable and stable.

Contact: Kristy Comstock

website Web Site email Email website (661) 636-4682

Silver Creek Industries, Inc.

We design and build high quality, energy efficient, and cost-effective DSA approved school buildings, including the sky®, SCI's high performance building. As a general contractor providing turnkey construction services, SCI employs an integrated project delivery collaborating with architects, engineers, and industry professionals to present clients with innovative and flexible building solutions to suit their needs.

Contact: Suzanne Willis

website Web Site email Email website (951) 943-5393

SitelogIQ

Efficiency Powered by Intelligence - SitelogIQ is dedicated to the idea that an organization’s facilities play a crucial role in its success. Efficient, comfortable, and forward-thinking spaces all help organizations keep overhead costs down, improve productivity, and plan for a sustainable future.

Contact: Bert Johnson

website Web Site email Email website (916) 570-1013

Sodexo School Services

We provide food service management consulting programs for California School Districts.

Contact: BJ Mandelstam

website Web Site email Email website (720) 234-1377

Sports for Learning

We help schools improve attendance, learning loss and student's social and emotional well being. We do this by recruiting local college students who deliver a blended SEL and sports program. We run our programs on site and through a distance learning model. We use data to drive results.

Contact: Chris Murphy

website Web Site email Email website (760) 687-3763

Staples Technology Solutions

Staples Technology Solutions is a distributor of computer products specializing in IT products and solutions like Hands Free Thermal Temperature Scanners, Affordable Robotic UV Disinfection Systems, Chromebooks and Mobile Hot Spots. We are also a great source for laptops, headsets, webcams, whiteboards, lecture capture solutions, antimicrobial keyboards and mice, small office UV protection products, scanners, printers, toner cartridges, monitors, AV/LCD displays, IT installations/break-fix.

Contact: Kevin Totushek

website Web Site email Email website (916) 402-4365

Stifel, Nicolaus & Company

We are the leading public finance firm in California providing bond underwriting services to California school districts. We assist school districts with the issuance of general obligation bonds, Mello-Roos special tax bonds, COPs and leases, and financings for solar and energy projects.

Contact: Bruce Kerns

website Web Site email Email website (415) 364-6839

Stradling, Yocca, Carlson, & Rauth

We are a public finance law firm serving as bond counsel and disclosure counsel throughout California.

Contact: Nicholas Heuer

website Web Site email Email website (415) 283-2249

SVA Architects

SVA Architects was established to serve the educational sector. Our project experience is highlighted by a portfolio of award-winning K-12 work that is innovative, sustainable, and designed to provide future-ready spaces for teaching and learning. Our team of architects, planners, and interior designers are dedicated to the creation of stimulating learning environments that foster collaboration and cultivate a passion for learning. We have three office in California to serve our clients, please visit our website at www.sva-architects.com for more information.

Contact: Judy Cheng

website Web Site email Email website (949) 809-3380

TBWBH Props & Measures

We have 12 years of experience in providing school districts across California with election consulting services, helping raise over $13 billion for local school districts. We’ve had more success than any other firm and maintain over a 90% win rate. In 2016, in partnership with the Districts we serve, TBWB passed every single one of the school bond measures we had on the ballot.

Contact: Joy Kummer

website Web Site email Email website (415) 291-1894 x227

Thoughtexchange

We provide software solutions that bring people together, build trust and make progress on important topics. Whether it's staff, students, parents or whole communities, we help you effortlessly connect with your stakeholders. People can confidentially and independently share their thoughts and consider other points of view. Our patent-pending data analysis gives you the insights to make informed decisions and take action. Learn more at: www.thoughtexchange.com

Contact: Emma Moran

website Web Site email Email website 250-921-5063

TIPS

We are a leading national purchasing cooperative with 4,000 member agencies. “Connecting Members and Vendors”

Contact: Michael Tucker

website Web Site email Email website (832) 752-5978

VALIC

We have more than half a century of experience helping Americans plan for and enjoy a secure retirement. We provide real solutions for real lives by consistently offering products and services that are innovative, simple to understand and easy to use. We take a personal approach to retirement plans and programs, offering customized solutions for individual needs. We are committed to the same unchanging standard of one-on-one service we have delivered since our founding. We can help you live retirement on your terms.

Contact: Charles Dudley

website Web Site email Email website (916) 780-6037

Vanir Construction Management, Inc.

We have been providing quality program, project and construction management services to our education clients for 30+ years. Our progressive growth and quality of service positions us as one of the most respected firms in the industry. We take pride in our ability to provide solutions for success in delivering quality projects and meeting the needs of our clients.

Contact: Bob Fletcher

website Web Site email Email website (916) 575-8888