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.

Sara Mead

Board Chair

Partner, Bellwether Education Partners

Mashea Ashton

Board Vice-Chair

Founder and CEO, Digital Pioneers Academy

Steve Canavero

Board Secretary

Senior Advisor,
WestEd

Robbyn Wahby

Board Treasurer

Executive Director, Missouri Charter Public School Commission

Ebony Lee

Board Member

Executive in Residence, Charter School Growth Fund

Elliot Smalley

Board Member

Superintendent, South Carolina Public Charter School District

James Merriman

Board Member

Chief Executive Officer, New York City Charter School Center

José Cole-Gutiérrez

Board Member

Director, Charter Schools Division, Los Angeles Unified School District

Patrick Dobard

Board Member

CEO, New Schools for New Orleans

Rick Hess

Board Member

Resident Scholar & Director of Education Policy Studies, American Enterprise Institute

Scott Pearson 

Board Member

Executive Director, D.C. Public Charter School Board


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, Pahara Institute
Sharif El-Mekki, Director, Center for Black Educator Development
Kristi Kimball, Executive Director, Charles and Helen Schwab Foundation
Valentina Payne, Chief Growth Officer, brightbeam
Robin Lake, Director, Center on Reinventing Public Education
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, Superintendent, Normandy Schools Collaborative
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