President and CEO
Greg Richmond has served as NACSA’s President and CEO since 2005. During his tenure, the organization has directly assisted school systems and authorizers around the country, including those in New Orleans, New York, Los Angeles, Georgia, Missouri, Wisconsin, Colorado, Hawaii, Indiana, New Jersey, Tennessee, Hawaii, and Minnesota, to improve authorizer practices and develop quality charter schools.
From 1994 to 2005, Richmond served in a variety of roles at Chicago Public Schools, including Chief Officer for New School Development, where he established the district’s Charter Schools Office. Under his leadership, Chicago became the first urban school district in the nation to release an RFP requesting educators and community organizations to start charter schools. Richmond also established the nation’s first district-funded capital loan fund for charter schools and developed model accountability and monitoring practices. Under then-CEO of the district Arne Duncan, Richmond led Chicago’s Renaissance 2010 Initiative, working with charter schools, contract and traditional district schools.
In 2011, Richmond was nominated by the Governor and appointed to lead the newly formed Illinois State Charter School Commission. He serves on several boards and committees, including the Aspen Institute’s Commission on No Child Left Behind and Tulane University’s Cowen Institute for Public Education Initiatives. He has also consulted with the governments of the United Kingdom, Chile, and Abu Dhabi on the development of charter-like schools in those countries.
Richmond holds a B.S. from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and Master of Public Affairs from the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities.