Leaders Alumni

Alumni from the NACSA Leaders Program are equipped with the knowledge, skills and abilities to manage the challenges authorizers face in aligning their agency’s policies and practices with NACSA’s Principles & Standards for Quality Charter School Authorizing and advocate for policy that supports quality authorizing.

Cohort 7, Current Leaders

Tamara Baysinger

2018 NACSA Leader

Director, Idaho Public Charter School Commission

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Aracely Chastain

2018 NACSA Leader

Coordinator, Orange County Department of Education

 

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Brian Dickey

2018 NACSA Leader

Indianapolis Mayor’s Office

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Janet Dinnen

2018 NACSA Leader

Director of Data & Communications, Colorado CSI

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Cohort 6

Joseph Escobedo

2017 NACSA Leader

“It is important authorizers support charter schools in the same ways we would support students attending any other public school. These are our students in our community and when all students succeed, so does our city.”

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K.C. Holder

2017 NACSA Leader

“People learning contribute. Authorizers are constantly listening to the positive things happening in schools and using that knowledge to best serve their communities and schools.”

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Ryan Marks

2017 NACSA Leader

“As authorizers, we have an exciting opportunity to open a wide range of schools that produce amazing outcomes for kids across a wide variety of educational models and geographies.”

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Debra Odom

2017 NACSA Leader

“A great education is the economic equalizer. As authorizers, we can increase the quality of education our students receive and change the economic forecast for our cities.”

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Cohort 5

David Frank

2016 NACSA Leader

Executive Director, NYSED Charter School Office

 

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Rich Haglund

2016 NACSA Leader

General Counsel and Chief Operating Officer, Achievement School District

 

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Lauren Lannuccilli

2016 NACSA Leader

Manager of Accountability, School District of Philadelphia

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Shenita Johnson

2016 NACSA Leader

Deputy Director, Illinois State Charter School Commission

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Cohort 4

Tess Stovall

2015 NACSA Leader

Director of Charter School Accountability and Policy, Tennessee State Board of Education

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Drew Allsopp

2015 NACSA Leader

Director of Policy, Rhode Island Office of the Lt Governor

 

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Robert Compton

2015 NACSA Leader

Assistant Superintendent of Academic Services, South Carolina Public Charter School District

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Jarett Fields

2015 NACSA Leader

Education Policy Analyst, Milwaukee Common Council

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Cohort 3

  • Bonnie Holliday, Executive Director, State Charter Schools Commission of Georgia
  • Joshua Halsey, Executive Director, Washington State Charter School Commission
  • Mary Bradley, Executive Director, Chicago Public Schools, Office of Innovation and Incubation
  • Colleston Morgan, Jr., Chief Strategy Officer, Orleans Parish School Board
  • Mark Michael, Director of Office of School Sponsorship at the Ohio Department of Education
  • Jennifer Nagourney, Executive Director, Charter School Office of the Delaware Department of Education
  • Kristin Hines, Director, Office of Education Innovation, Office of Mayor Gregory A. Ballard
  • Harry Lee, Chief Strategy Officer, iLearn Schools
  • Sagar Gokhale, Managing Director of Impact at City Year Chicago
  • Dana Reed, Assistant Superintendent for Performance Standards, South Carolina Public Charter School District
  • Loretta White-Khaalid, Executive Administrative Officer, Charter and Contract Schools Office of Prince George’s County Public Schools

Cohort 2

  • Darlene Chambers, Ph.D., Executive Director, Ohio Alliance for Public Charter Schools
  • José Cole-Gutiérrez, Director, Charter Schools Division, Los Angeles Unified School District
  • Nora Meah, Talent Business Partner, Swipely
  • Natasha Howard, Managing Director of Program, SUNY Charter Schools Institute
  • Adrienne Woods, Director, Office of Charter Schools at the University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee
  • Ethan Hemming, Executive director of the Colorado Charter School Institute
  • Jennifer Lopez, Managing Director of Strategic Growth, Generation Teach
  • Robert Kimball, Sr. Director of Operations & Policy, Grand Valley State University Charter Schools Office
  • Daree Lewis, Program Officer, Robin Hood Foundation
  • Kisha Verdusco, Director of Charter Schools, Detroit Public Schools

Cohort 1

  • Carly Bolger, Consultant
  • Steve Canavero, Ph.D., State Superintendent for Public Instruction, Nevada Department of Education
  • John H. Carwell, Jr., Education Associate, Delaware Department of Education
  • Gail Ann Greely, Director II, CARSNet–Charter Authorizers Regional Support Network, Alameda County Office of Education
  • David Greenberg, Director of Charter School Authorizing, Audubon Center of the North Woods
  • Molly McGraw Healy, Director of Charter School Authorizing, University of St. Thomas
  • Roger McKeague, Executive & Attorney
  • Joel E. Medley, Head of Charter School, NC Virtual Academy
  • Kathy Padian, Partner, TenSquare
  • Amy Ruck-Kagan, Vice President of Authorizer Engagement & Advancement, NACSA