Staff Profile REEd

Renee Newton
Senior Director, Community and School Partnerships

Renee Nolte Newton’s career has spanned the fields of public health and public education working at both county and state agency levels. In 2001, Renee joined the CRESS Center where she directed a statewide health access program administered through the Healthy Start Field Office.

She was named director of the Center for Community School Partnerships (CCSP) in 2005 where she leads a multidisciplinary team in support of school and community partnerships. In this role, Renee worked with state leaders to launch the California Afterschool Network, providing oversight for designing its governance structure, and developing an initial strategic plan that has focused on expanded learning policy and practice straggles.

As Director of CCSP, Renee has been responsible for attracting over $12 million in extramural funding, tripling the size of CCSP staff, and focusing greater emphasis on program evaluation, applied research, technical assistance and dissemination of community school partnership resources. She also served as Interim Executive Director of the CRESS Center from November 2011 through June 2013.

Professional Preparation

  • M.P.A., Specialization: Applied health policy analysis and program evaluation, University of Southern California, 1992
  • B.S., Applied Behavioral Sciences, University of California, Davis, 1989


  • Senior Director, Community School Partnerships, University of California, Davis
  • Director, Center for Community-School Partnerships, University of California, Davis
  • Health Consultant, California Department of Health Services, Sacramento California
  • Health Program Coordinator, Yolo County Health Department, Woodland, California

Selected Projects

  • 2014-2016, S.D. Bechtel Jr. Foundation. Power of Discovery: STEM Capacity Building and Sustainability, $250,000
  • 2014-2016, David and Lucile Packard. Resourcing Professional Learning Across Multiple Contexts for Implementing 21st Century College and Career Readiness Practices, $75,000
  • 2014-2015, Northrup Grumman Foundation. Advancing the Practices of the Common Core State Standards and the Next Generation Science Standards: Supporting Joint Professional Development Among K-12 & Community Based Expanded Learning Systems, $100,000
  • 2014-2015, C.S. Mott Foundation. California After School Newtork Capacity Building, $75,000

Synergistic Activities

  • O’Hara, S., Pritchard, R., Pita, D., Newton, R., Sullivan, L., & Do, U. (In press). Academic language and literacy in every setting (ALLIES+) strengthening the STEM learning ecosystem. In ASTE monograph, Science Teacher Preparation in Content-Based Second Language Acquisition.
  • Newton, R., Bookmyer, J., Pisi, F., (Dec. 2103) Common Core, Common Focus: Leveraging implementation funding with expanded learning programs to support successful transition to the Common Core Standards. ACSA Education Leadership

Professional Collaborators  (within past 48 months)

  • Lisa Lachlan, American Institutes of Research
  • Ann Jaquith, Stanford University
  • Deborah Vandell, University of California, Irvine
(530) 754-4319

Log in