Dana Peterson

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Dana Peterson

2017 NACSA Leader

Dana Peterson is the Assistant Director of Charter School Authorizing at the University of St. Thomas, where she serves as primarily liaison for eight schools, manages new school processes, oversees network collaboration and support activities, and led the board’s recent strategic planning process. Dana is actively involved in the Minnesota Association of Charter School Authorizing as a member of the executive committee and chair of the strategic planning committee. She also serves as the board chair for the newly authorized middle school – Big Picture Twin Cities. Previously, she supported the establishment and growth of a preK-12 charter school system in California, where she served in a variety of capacities including managing the chartering process for two new schools and leading two schools through successful charter renewals. In her free time, Dana enjoys being outdoors, working out, cooking, photography, and walking her chocolate lab.


Most Recent Posts
NACSA’s Four Recommendations for Improving the Charter School Program (CSP) State Entity Grant
The Charter Schools Program (CSP) is one of the few levers the federal government plays in charter schooling around the country. To date, the program has put more than $5...
NACSA Names Courtney Hughley as Vice President of Communications
Karega Rausch, president and CEO of the National Association of Charter School Authorizers (NACSA), announced today that Courtney Hughley joins NACSA as vice president of communications.  “I’m honored to join...
Read it in the Washington Post: Without Communities
Some important, really important, stakeholders are notably absent from a piece on the history of charter schools in Wednesday’s Washington Post. The author places teacher unions in opposition to education reformers and policymakers...