As a child performer, Kami Cotler is best known for her work as “Elizabeth”, the youngest daughter on the 1970’s television drama, “The Waltons”. She was a cast member for 10 years and then went off to college, receiving her B.A. and teaching credential from the University of California at Berkeley. Kami began her teaching career in a small rural district in Virginia, where she taught in an interdisciplinary, alternative program for at-risk high school students. Returning to Los Angeles in 2001, she joined the faculty of Environmental Charter High School, a public charter school. Seeking a quality elementary school for her son, she became involved with the founding of Ocean Charter School, a K-8 arts-integrated charter, and served as its founding co-director. Ms. Cotler then rejoined ECHS to help establish Environmental Charter Middle School-Gardena, where she was founding principal for four years. Her previous board experience includes serving on the boards of the American Montessori Society and Goethe International Charter School. Kami Cotler is currently the Director of Strategic Initiatives at Environmental Charter Schools, a growing network of free public schools in the underserved communities of south Los Angeles.