Amy Ruck Kagan

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Amy Ruck Kagan

Vice President, Authorizer Engagement & Advancement

Amy leads a team that works directly with hundreds of authorizers across the country to strengthen the field and the professionals working within it, so all students have access to quality school options.

Amy has dedicated her career to improving public education. 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. She also served as the Deputy Commissioner of Innovation for the state of New Jersey, where she oversaw all things school choice for the Department of Education: charter schools, interdistrict public school choice, non-public schools, portfolio districts, and all related practices and policies.

She has experience building accountability and performance management systems and finding areas of flexibility and autonomy for quality operators. She firmly believes all education policies must improve education options and outcomes for students.

Amy started her career in public education as a teacher and remains committed to a students-first philosophy. She is determined to see an education landscape that is choice-oriented, reform-centered, and non-discriminatory.

She lives in Park City, Utah with her husband and two young boys.


Most Recent Posts
Wyoming Gets a New Authorizer Is the Headline, But There’s More to the Story
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