Thuy Wong Steps into CEO Role at CharterSAFE

October 2, 2018

  • Print
Earlier this summer, Thuy Wong was named the new president and CEO of CharterSAFE, California's largest insurance and risk management provider exclusively serving charter public schools. The organization has played a critical role in the growth of the charter school movement by expanding the capacity of school leaders so they can focus on high-quality teaching, school programs and operations. Wong transitioned into the role as the nonprofit's founder and long-time charter advocate, Bob Coontz, announced his retirement.

"Though Bob's retirement is bittersweet, his mentorship, guidance and trust through the years made this a smooth transition," said Wong. "I look forward to building upon his outstanding work to guide CharterSAFE into its next chapter alongside California's charter school movement."

Coontz is a veteran and fixture within the California - and national - charter school movement. As the then CFO of CCSA, he founded CharterSAFE in 2004 with charter school leaders, growing the organization from 63 charter public school members to more than 265 members encompassing 875+ school sites - its owners - in operating safe, high-quality charter schools.

Wong is an insurance and risk management expert with deep ties to the California charter school sector. A charter school alumna of The Preuss School UCSD, she is proud to lead a nonprofit with a singular focus on serving as a partner for charter school leaders across the state to keep schools safe.

Today, on the cusp of its 15th anniversary year, CharterSAFE continues to provide its holistic insurance and risk management program to its members. As the 2018-19 school year continues, the organization is focused on raising awareness around issues impacting school safety such as sexual abuse prevention, providing free HR consulting and issue resources for school leaders, hosting regional workshops in October, and more.*

In addition, and in honor of Coontz' legacy, the organization is currently soliciting applications for its Bob Coontz CharterSAFE Safety Grant Program, available for CharterSAFE members. The grants award $2,500 to $5,000 for member schools that demonstrate innovative projects in loss control and related onsite hazards. With an application deadline of November 19, member schools are encouraged to apply today!*

For more information about CharterSAFE and its pooled insurance and risk management program, visit

*CharterSAFE October workshops are free for any charter public schools in California. Contact Whitney Delano to sign up for a regional workshop or to obtain grant information.