Greg Richmond has served as NACSA’s President and CEO since 2005. During his tenure, the organization has worked with school systems and authorizers nationwide to improve authorizing practices and create excellent schools, most notably in New Orleans, New York, Los Angeles, Georgia, Missouri, Wisconsin, Colorado, Hawaii, Indiana, New Jersey, Tennessee, Hawaii, and Minnesota.
Prior to joining NACSA, Greg served in a variety of roles at Chicago Public Schools, including as 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. Greg also established the nation’s first district-funded capital loan fund for charter schools and developed model accountability and monitoring practices. Under then-district CEO Arne Duncan, Greg led Chicago’s Renaissance 2010 Initiative, working with charter schools, contract, and traditional district schools.
In 2011, Greg was appointed to lead the newly formed Illinois State Charter School Commission by former Governor Pat Quinn. 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.