Budgeting and Procurement in the Time of COVID

Session Type: Breakout

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Charter schools are facing unprecedented challenges as they seek to procure products and services necessary to safely reopen while facing large budget cuts. In this session, a panel of charter school operations and finance leaders will share their experiences and their school’s approach to meeting COVID-related operations challenges.

Take Away:
To learn how charter schools are responding to procurement-related challenges brought on by the COVID crisis.

Presented by


Ellen Lin, Green Dot Public Schools

Ellen Lin is the Chief Operating Officer for Green Dot Public Schools National, responsible for delivering high quality and cost efficient Human Resources, Technology, and Data services to all Green Dot regions and schools. Prior to her current role, Ellen served as the Vice President of Operational Excellence where she facilitated best practice and knowledge sharing of operations across Green Dot regions and identified organizational wide opportunities for process improvements and cost savings. Ellen received her MBA from the UCLA Anderson School of Business and her BA from Pomona College in Claremont, California.


Cameron Mascoll, Colorado Early Colleges

Cameron earned his bachelor’s degree in accounting from George Mason University. Prior to moving to Colorado, Mascoll acquired ten years of vital experience by serving in governmental financial sector roles in both the northeast and mid-Atlantic regions. Cameron moved to Colorado during the summer of July 2011 to serve as the founding Business Manager and eventually promoted to Director of Finance at Prospect Ridge Academy. Cameron and his finance team received seven years of consecutively clean opinions of external financial audits since founding Prospect Ridge Academy. In 2014, Cameron established a financial consulting company, Mascoll Financial Consulting. Cameron’s first client was the Colorado Department of Education (CDE), becoming a member of the Charter School Support Initiative (CSSI) team. As a member of the CSSI team, Cameron evaluated the financial status of new charter schools that are rewarded a federal grant. Cameron also provides financial consulting, back office financial support, and business services to governmental entities like charter schools, non-profit organizations, and investors of rental properties. 2018 Cameron was the Charter School Operational Excellence reward winner by the Colorado League of Charter Schools. In 2019 Cameron became the Chief Financial Officer for Colorado Early Colleges. Since joining CEC, Cameron successfully acquired in excess of $55 million in bond funds and currently manages an operating budget of $45 million dollars.


Stephen Parmer, Uplift Education

Stephen Parmer is the Director of Procurement at Uplift Education. He worked for a family construction firm from 2000 - 2008 before getting the crazy idea to teach math in inner city Dallas. After 4 years in the classroom he transitioned to the business side of education in the role of Operations Director. Due to his knowledge of network and campus operations he has been tasked with developing processes and procedures for centralized purchasing. He holds a Bachelors in Business Management, and Masters of Education. His core commitments are to his community, family, and ensuring every child has equal access to a quality education.


Catherine Sanwo, Friendship Public Charter School