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California Association of Private Postsecondary Schools

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  • 31st Annual Conference

Robert Johnson

Robert Johnson has been the Executive Director of the California Association of Private Postsecondary Schools (CAPPS) since 1998. Robert’s responsibilities include representing the CAPPS membership specifically; and generally, the private, for-profit higher education sector in working with the Governor, State Legislature and various regulatory bodies such as the Department of Consumer Affairs (DCA). He administers the Independent Coalition of Educators Political Action Committee (ICEPAC) and supervises the contract lobbyist employed by CAPPS. He is the principal CAPPS liaison to such agencies as EdFund and the Student Aid Commission. Robert is also responsible for implementing sector capacity building programs, and spends much of his time advising member schools on business, regulatory, accrediting, and legal matters that may effect their institutional readiness.

Before assuming his position as Executive Director of CAPPS, Robert managed public sector economic development and job training programs in California. He worked extensively with local, State and Federal officials on crafting the Job Training Partnership Act and its successor legislation.

Robert has been an active member of the California State Bar Association since 1980 and has practiced law in a number of areas.

  • Robert JohnsonRobert W. Johnson
    555 Capitol Mall, Suite 705
    Sacramento, CA 95814
    (916) 447-5500
    (888) 92-CAPPS - CA Only
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CAPPS Board of Directors

Executive Members

  • Dan LevinsonPresident
    Dan Levinson 
    (858) 735-4191 
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  • John HansonImmediate Past President 
    John Hanson 
    Regional Director of Operations 
    Pima Medical Institute 
    (619) 425-3200 
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  • Yasith WeerasuriyaVice President
    Yasith Weerasuriya 
    President/CEO 
    Stanbridge College, Inc. 
    (949) 794-9090  
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  • Matthew JohnstonSecretary
    Matthew Johnston 
    President 
    Santa Barbara Business College 
    (805) 339-6370 
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  • Kate CareyTreasurer
    Kate Carey
    Vice President and General Counsel 
    American Career College / West Coast University 
    (949) 783-4017 
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Members

  • Lisa FuerstFardad Fateri
    President & Chief Executive Officer
    International Education Corporation
    (949) 872-6675
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  • Lisa FuerstLisa Fuerst 
    Vice President
    Success Education Colleges
    (626) 251-1078 
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  • Konstantin GourjiKonstantine Gourji
    CEO
    Gurnick Academy of Medical Arts
    (650) 685-6616 
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  • DeWayne JohnsonDeWayne Johnson
    Campus President
    Westwood College - Los Angeles
    (213) 637-1376 
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  • Lynelle LynchLynelle Lynch 
    President
    Bellus Academy
    (858) 248-4450
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  • Al MedroAl Medro 
    Vice-President
    Platt College San Diego
    (619) 265-0107
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  • Charles MugrdechianCharles Mugrdechian 
    Director of Operations & Compliance 
    National Polytechnic College 
    (323) 728-0952 
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  • Mike PerryMike Perry
    CEO 
    San Joaquin Valley College
    (559) 734-9000
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  • Rick WoodRick Wood
    Vice President, Compliance
    Select Education Group 
    (559) 392-0987  
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  • Sai YounisSal Younis 
    President 
    Pinnacle College-Alhambra 
    (626) 284-0050 
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  • Michael ZimmermanMichael Zimmerman
    Director of Operations
    MTI College
    (916) 339-4360
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Legislative Advocate

  • Matt BackMatt Back
    Matt Back Government Relations
    1215 K Street, Suite 1010
    Sacramento, CA 95814
    P: (916) 947-7880
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General Counsel

  • Keith ZakarinKeith Zakarin
    Duane Morris LLP
    750 B Street, Suite 2900
    San Diego, CA 92101
    P: (619) 744-2200
    F: (619) 744-2201
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