Chastity McFarlan

Director of Authorizer Development

An advocate, researcher, and lifelong learner, Chastity is committed to ensuring all students have access to a high-quality education. She uses her experience in charter school authorizing and education research to support authorizers in developing effective systems and processes.

Chastity McFarlan, Ph.D., works closely with individual authorizers across the nation to provide customized tools and trainings on quality authorizing practices.

Chastity comes to NACSA from the SUNY (State University of New York) Charter Schools Institute, where she conducted site visits to monitor schools’ academic programs throughout their charter terms and as they came up for renewal.

She earned her master’s and Ph.D. degrees in developmental psychology from Howard University, studying best practices in educating students typically considered at risk of academic failure.

A student of both public and private school education, Chastity witnessed first-hand the discrepancies in education access and has since devoted her career to ensuring all students, regardless of background, have access to a rigorous and relevant academic experience.