Susan Bonilla

State Director, California

Susan Bonilla joined Council for a Strong America in 2017, bringing nearly 20 years of education and policy experience to the organization.

Prior to becoming the State Director in California, Susan served as the California Assemblywoman of Concord. Much of her work in the state legislature focused on the educational, health, and welfare needs of children and families, with special emphasis on high quality early childhood care, STEM, and revitalizing public education. She also led legislative efforts to reform the K-12 funding formula and eliminate fill-in-the-bubble testing in favor of computer adaptive assessments in order to ensure student success and workforce readiness in California

Susan Bonilla brings 20 years of education and policy experience to the organization.  Prior to becoming State Director in California, Susan served as the California Assemblywoman from Contra Costa County. Much of her work in the state legislature focused on the educational, health, and welfare needs of children and families, with special emphasis on high quality early childhood care, STEM, and revitalizing public education.  As Chair of the Education Budget sub-committee Susan led the legislative effort to reform K-12 public school funding system establishing the Local Control Funding Formula. Susan also authored legislation ending No Child Left Behind standardized testing and establishing new assessments focused on evaluating college and career readiness for California students.  Susan is passionate about her role in CSA and the opportunity to network, activate, and mobilize leaders across California on behalf of kids.

By Susan Bonilla