NACSA has a diverse staff of professionals with 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 field staff based in Colorado, Hawai’i, Minnesota, New York, Pennsylvania, Texas, and West Virginia who lead state, regional, and national projects.
Authorizer Engagement & Advancement
Amy Ruck Kagan
Vice President of Authorizer Engagement & Advancement
Before joining NACSA, Amy served in leadership roles within the charter sector, including the Director of Portfolio Management at Highmark School Development and as the founding Executive Director of Philadelphia Charters for Excellence, Philadelphia’s leading advocate for quality charter schools…Full bio
Courtney Leigh Beisel
Director of Authorizer Engagement
Courtney Leigh Beisel is NACSA’s Director of Authorizer Engagement. In this role, Courtney leads the organization’s authorizer engagement activities. She is committed to ensuring all authorizers have the tools, resources, and opportunities needed to achieve success in their rolesFull bio
Director of Learning & Knowledge ManagementFull bio
Senior Director of Authorizer Development
Elisa is a rationalist and counselor. A former education policy and commercial real estate attorney, Elisa brings expertise to her authorizing clients, including detailed assessments of authorizer policies, practices and comprehensive due diligence reports on experienced operators. She believes authorizing can help close the achievement gap for low-income and minority students.
- Authorizer Evaluations
- Due Diligence
Manager of Talent Development Programs
Shannon Bauer is the Manager of Talent Development Programs at the National Association of Charter School Authorizers, where she coordinates programs designed to help charter school authorizers engage with best practices in the field.Full bio
Associate Director of Authorizer Development
Erin is a forward thinker who loves the details in between. With experience at the Department of Justice—working cases both large and small—Erin works closely with authorizers around the country, searching for new ways to support their practices and processes for new school development.
- Application Decision Management