President and CEO
Greg Richmond works with passionate people across the country to fulfill NACSA’s mission to increase and improve quality educational opportunities for children by strengthening charter school authorizing.
He first started authorizing charter schools in the late 1990s when he worked for the Chicago Public Schools and was immediately inspired by the passion and innovation of the educators who were proposing new schools.
In 2000, he was one of a small group of people who created NACSA. He served as NACSA’s founding board chair until 2005 when he began working at NACSA full-time as its CEO. In 2011, he was appointed by the Governor to serve as the founding chairman of the Illinois State Charter School Commission, a volunteer position he held until 2015.
Greg holds a B.S. in geography from the University of Wisconsin and a master’s degree in public policy from the University of Minnesota.
During his 10 years working with Chicago Public Schools, Greg saw how our traditional way of running big school systems often stifles educators and how the charter model often empowers them to serve their students better. He met thousands of parents desperately seeking better educational opportunities for their children.
Greg is married to his high school sweetheart, Janelle. They met when they were each cast in the leading roles in the school musical, South Pacific.Read My Commentary