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

Mashea Ashton

Board Vice Chair

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

Greg Richmond

President and CEO


National Advisory Board


  • Chaka Booker
    Managing Director, Broad Residency in Urban Education
  • Derrell Bradford
    Executive Director, NYCAN
  • Cliff Chuang
    Senior Associate Commissioner for Educational Options, Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education
  • Alan Coverstone
    Assistant Professor, Belmont University School of Education
  • Kriste Dragon
    Chief Executive Officer, Citizens of the World Charter Schools
  • Jarett Fields
    Director of Upward Bound, Beloit College
  • Nora Flood
    Education Director, James Walton Fund
  • Julio Fuentes
    President and CEO, Hispanic Council for Reform and Educational Options (HCREO)
  • Kevin Hall
    CEO, Charter School Growth Fund
  • Dr. Cristina de Jesus
    President and Chief Executive Officer, Green Dot Public Schools California
  • Neerav Kingsland
    Senior Education Fellow, Laura and John Arnold Foundation
  • Dr. Suzanne Tacheny Kubach
    Executive Director, PIE Network
  • Robin Lake
    Director, Center on Reinventing Public Education at the University of Washington
  • Daree Lewis
    Senior Program Officer, Robin Hood Foundation
  • Delia Pompa
    Senior Fellow for Education Policy, Migration Policy Institute
  • Nina Rees
    President and CEO, National Alliance for Public Charter Schools
  • Andy Rotherham
    Co-founder and Partner, Bellwether Education Partners
  • Joe Siedlecki
    Associate Commissioner, Texas Education Agency
  • Marc Sternberg
    K-12 Education Program Director, Walton Family Foundation
  • Jed Wallace
    President and CEO, California Charter Schools Association
  • Nancy Waymack
    Senior Program Officer, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation