Board of Directors

Our Board

NACSA’s Board of Directors is comprised of notable education advocates who are on the forefront of education reform. Their professional affiliations span a diverse selection of educational institutions, school districts, school boards, and nonprofits.

Scott Pearson 

Board Chair
Executive Director, D.C. Public Charter School Board

Mashea Ashton

Board Vice-Chair
Founder and CEO, Digital Pioneers Academy

Sara Mead

Board Secretary

Robbyn Wahby

Board Treasurer

Steve Canavero, Ph.D.

Board Member
2012 NACSA Leader

José Cole-Gutiérrez

Board Member
2013 NACSA Leader

Patrick Dobard

Board Member

Rick Hess

Board Member

James Merriman

Board Member
Chief Executive Officer, New York City Charter School Center

Greg Richmond

President and CEO


National Advisory Board

Amanda Aragon, Executive Director, NewMexicoKidsCAN
Alison Bagg, Director, Office of Charter Schools and School Redesign, Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education
Chris Barbic, Partner, The City Fund
Chaka Booker, Managing Director, The Broad Center
Sharhonda Bossier, Deputy Director, Education Leaders of Color
Derrell Bradford, Executive Vice President, 50CAN
Dr. Maya Bugg, President & Chief Executive Officer, Tennessee Charter School Center
Susie Miller Carello, Executive Director, SUNY Charter Schools Institute
Brenna Copeland, Program Officer, Michael & Susan Dell Foundation
Cristina de Jesus, President and CEO, Green Dot Public Schools California
Kriste Dragon, CEO and Co-Founder, Citizens of the World Charter Schools
Sharif El-Mekki, Director, Center for Black Educator Development
Kristi Kimball, Executive Director, Charles and Helen Schwab Foundation
Valentina Korkes, Chief Growth Officer, Education Post
Robin Lake, Director, Center on Reinventing Public Education
Ebony Lee, Executive in Residence, Charter School Growth Fund
Aquila Leon-Soon, CEO, ATS+ Partners
Terry Croy Lewis, Executive Director, Colorado Charter School Institute
Mike McShane, Director of National Research, EdChoice
Dr. Kelli Peterson, Chief Portfolio Innovation and Accountability Officer, NOLA Public Schools
Mike Petrilli, President, The Thomas B. Fordham Institute
Nina Rees, President and CEO, National Alliance for Public Charter Schools
Peter Rivera, Education Program Officer, Hewlett Foundation
Marcus Robinson, Executive in Residence, The Opportunity Trust
Ian Rowe, CEO, Public Prep
Andy Smarick, Director, Civil Society, Education and Work, R Street
Mona Vakilifathi, Assistant Professor, Robert F. Wagner Graduate School of Public Service, New York University
Martin West, Professor of Education, Harvard Graduate School of Education