CAPPS - Avocacy and Communication Professional Development

California Association of Private Postsecondary Schools

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2520 Venture Oaks Way, Ste 170
Sacramento, CA 95833

CAPPS Executive Director

Robert Johnson

Robert Johnson has been the Executive Director of the California Association of Private Postsecondary Schools (CAPPS) since 1998. Robert’s responsibilities include working closely with his Board of Directors and membership in representing the Association and the Private Postsecondary Education Sector to Policy Makers and the Public. He has worked with Governors, State and Local Legislators, Boards, Commissions, as well as State regulatory bodies such as the Department of Consumer Affairs (DCA) on matters relating to the Private Postsecondary Education Sector. He administers the Independent Coalition of Educators Political Action Committee (ICEPAC) and the CAPPS 501C3 Foundation. Robert is 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 affect their institutional readiness.

Before assuming his position as Executive Director of CAPPS, Robert managed public sector economic development and job training programs in California, including extensive work on Military Base closures. He also worked with Federal and State officials in crafting National Job Training Legislation.

Robert has been an active member of the California State Bar Association since 1980 and has offices in both Sacramento and Southern California.

CAPPS Board of Directors

Executive Members

  • Yasith WeerasuriyaPresident
    Yasith Weerasuriya 
    Stanbridge College, Inc. 
    (949) 794-9090

  • Matthew JohnstonVice President
    Matthew Johnston 
    Santa Barbara Business College 
    (805) 339-6370
  • Sai YounisSecretary
    Sal Younis
    (925) 207-0814


  • Lisa FuerstFardad Fateri
    President & Chief Executive Officer
    International Education Corporation
    (949) 872-6675


  • Lisa FuerstLisa Fuerst 
    Vice President
    Success Education Colleges
    (626) 251-1078

Legislative Advocate

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

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