Our Team

NACSA’s diverse staff of professionals has extensive experience with charter schools and the broader education sector. In addition to providing guidance and support to authorizers, we routinely advise policymakers, researchers, and education advocates on authorizer practices and related state policies. NACSA is headquartered in Chicago, with employees based throughout the country who lead state, regional, and national projects.

Amy Ruck Kagan

Managing Partner, Consulting Services

Arielle Diaz

Operations & Events Manager

Christina Ricordati

Policy Development Consultant

Courtney Hughley

Vice President, Communications

David Greenberg

Vice President, Authorizer Learning & Development

Desiree Boardwine

Content Developer

Elisa Westapher

Vice President, Partnerships & Development

Guerschmide Saint-Ange

Chief Operating and Talent Officer

Jason Zwara

Director, Strategic Partnerships

Kasey Miller

Senior Partner, Consulting Services

M. Karega Rausch

President & CEO

Mary Zawaski

Finance & Administration Manager

Melissa Izzo

Instructional Designer

Michael R. Cernauskas

Chief Financial Officer

Morgan Powell

Manager of Learning and Development

Phoebe Anderson

Fundraiser Consultant

Sean Conlan

Senior Director of Research and Evaluation

Veronica D. Brooks-Uy

Vice President, Policy & Institutional Change

Amanda Fenton

Federal Policy Consultant