William Haft

Vice President of Authorizer Development

Phone: 312.376.2323

William Haft is Vice President for Authorizer Development at NACSA. He originally joined NACSA in 2002, leaving the law firm of Hogan & Lovells where he was practicing education law and general litigation, to serve as NACSA’s Deputy Director from 2002 to 2005. After consulting for several years, William rejoined NACSA in 2009 to start the Authorizer Development Division which provides direct services to improve authorizer practices. Under William’s leadership, Authorizer Development has, among other things, managed the evaluation of nearly 500 charter school applications across the country including in post-Katrina Louisiana; conducted comprehensive formative evaluations of authorizers responsible for overseeing roughly 50% of the nation’s charter schools including in Arizona, Texas, California, and Florida; developed performance frameworks for more than a dozen state and local authorizers; and provided comprehensive start-up support to new authorizers in Washington State, Mississippi and Hawaii. William has also consulted on charter schools with the U.K. Department for Education and New Zealand’s Ministry of Education. William holds a B.A. from Carleton College, a J.D. from Harvard Law School, and an M. Ed (Administration) from Arizona State University. He taught middle school for eight years and has served on several charter school boards and currently serves on the governing board of a start-up CMO.

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