e3 Civic High school, a public charter high school located in the San Diego Central Library, has named Dr. Cheryl James-Ward as its CEO and chief engagement and innovation officer. James-Ward, a Carmel Valley resident, served as chief impact officer and principal of the school prior to the new position.
Ward began her professional career as a software engineer for NASA Jet Propulsion Lab in Pasadena. Her educational experiences include junior high math teacher, math and science director for Cal State Long Beach University Upward Bound Program, as well as vice principal, principal, and director of academic initiatives for the Long Beach Unified School District. She has been a consultant for schools and school districts throughout California and China and a tenured professor of 11 years for San Diego State University.