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Kelli Peterson

2019 NACSA Leader

Chief Portfolio Innovation and Accountability Officer NOLA Public Schools

Dr. Kelli Peterson serves as the Chief Portfolio Innovation and Accountability Officer for NOLA Public Schools, the first all-charter school district. Dr. Peterson leads a team that is responsible for the accountability of 78 charter schools, building the capacity of 38 charter boards, development of new school strategy and the authorization process.

Dr. Peterson is deeply invested in charter schools. She has served as a teacher, Dean of Students, Dean of Curriculum and Instruction and School Leader, all within charter schools across various states.
Through educational pursuit, her efforts to alleviate inadequate educational opportunities for students of color is embedded at the core of her work.

Dr. Peterson earned her bachelor’s from Spelman College, Master of Education from the University of Illinois-Urbana Champaign, and Doctorate of Education from Tennessee State University.


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...