Melissa Rodriguez is a graduate of San Francisco State University with a Bachelors in Sociology. Melissa’s areas of interest include: behavioral sociology, education, and racial and ethnic relations. During her time at SF State, Melissa served as Vice President of Sigma Pi Alpha, an organization which represents and supports minority groups in academia. Melissa is fluent in Spanish and conversational French. After SF State, Melissa tutored private school students in Spanish, and hopes to further develop her skills for a career in education.
Dr. Rich Malfatti has virtually held every administrative position from assistant principal to superintendent in his 49-year career. Most recently he was Interim Superintendent at Coast USD in Cambria. He has worked in medium sized school districts and in small rural school districts. He has been an Adjunct Professor teaching graduate level courses at Pepperdine University, CSU Northridge and Concordia University since 2003.
Dr. Malfatti earned a bachelor’s degree in English at the University of San Francisco and a master’s degree in Educational Administration from CSU San Francisco. He received a doctoral degree from UC Santa Barbara in Educational Policy. A San Francisco native, he moved to southern California in 1970 after teaching high school English for five years to pursue his administrative career.
Dr, Malfatti is active in ACSA and CALSA. He was President of ACSA Region 13 on two separate occasions in his career and has served on the ACSA State Board of Directors from 1989 – 1992 as well various state committees. He was Chairperson of the ACSA Small School District Committee. He has been a CALSA member since 2005 and has been a mentor to four CALSA protégés. He served as Interim Executive Director of CALSA from August, 2012 to April, 2013 His hobbies include golf, softball, working out, reading and spending time with his grandchildren.
Robert Lopez, Director of Resource Development
Robert’s knowledge and skills got him ranked in the Top 10 Consultants in the Nation while working for a Fortune 250 company. He is consistently able to exceed the goals given to him, and is a team-builder and a gifted problem-solver and negotiator. From 2010 to 2014, Robert worked with a reputable Medicaid billing company in a marketing and client relations capacity. Robert is a Director at California Association Latino Superintendents and Administrators (CALSA), strong supporter of CASBO, CABE and ACSA. In his spare time, he volunteers his time with other leaders in the community organizing leadership events including CALSA, CASCWA, Tulare County Hispanic Leadership Network and Educational Leaders of Monterey County, as well as serving on his local school site council. Robert holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration from California State University, Sacramento and has a strong background in sales, management, and human resources.