Nelson Smith 

Senior Advisor 

nelsons@qualitycharters.org
Phone: 304.876.1177

Nelson Smith is Senior Advisor to the National Association of Charter School Authorizers. He served as the first President and CEO of the National Alliance for Public Charter Schools; Executive Director of the District of Columbia Public Charter School Board; Vice President for Education and Workforce Development at the New York City Partnership; and Director of Programs for the Improvement of Practice at the U.S. Department of Education. He has taught at the Harvard Graduate School of Education, and in 2010 was given a Career Achievement Award from New Schools Venture Fund. In 2015, he was inducted into the National Charter Schools Hall of Fame. His series on statewide school-turnaround efforts, for the Thomas B. Fordham Institute, is called Redefining the School District in America.

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