In addition to dedicated professional staff and board members, our vision requires efforts from a broad coalition of authorizers, superintendents, and state and local advocacy organizations, as well as public officials, civic leaders, funders, and others. Ultimately, we strive to share knowledge and build community so we can tackle challenges together.
NACSA’s staff of professionals has broad and deep experience in the charter school movement and education reform. In addition to providing guidance and consulting assistance to authorizers, we routinely advise policymakers, researchers, and school reform advocates on authorizer practices and related aspects of charter school policy. NACSA is headquartered in Chicago and currently has staff based in California, Minnesota, New York, Pennsylvania, Texas, West Virginia, and Washington D.C. who lead state, regional, and national projects.
Board of Directors
NACSA’s Board of Directors is comprised of a revered group of education advocates who have been on the forefront of the reform movement and who represent a diverse portfolio of educational institutions, districts, school boards, and not-for-profits. NACSA President & CEO, Greg Richmond, served as founding chairman of the Board in 2000, and stepped up to become NACSA’s President in 2005. The NACSA Board of Directors meets six times annually to oversee strategic planning, organizational leadership and finances.
National Advisory Board
The National Advisory Board consists of leaders from across the country who are dedicated to giving all children the opportunity for a better education. Members of the National Advisory Board work with NACSA to advance excellence and accountability in the charter school sector through effective charter school policy and thoughtful charter authorizing practices.
Join us in our mission to ensure that all children have access to quality public schools.
NACSA Members–including school districts, education agencies, independent boards, universities, and not-for-profits–work to increase the number of great charter schools across the nation, and some must make tough decisions to close poor-performing schools.
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. They also advocate for policy that supports quality authorizing.
Through the Fellowship Program, graduate students who are committed to improving educational outcomes for students have the opportunity to directly impact the quality of the charter school sector. The Fellowship provides hands-on experience to enhance students’ understanding of critical issues impacting education reform and expand their skill sets to prepare them to be change agents and effective leaders within the charter school sector.
NACSA is able to develop quality authorizing environments that result in a greater number of quality schools, thanks to the generous support of donors.