2021 NACSA Leader
Executive Director, Mississippi Charter School Authorizer Board
Dr. Lisa Karmacharya is the Executive Director of the Mississippi Charter School Authorizer Board. Dr. Karmacharya works to ensure that board decisions align with national best practices to maintain high standards for charter schools, uphold school autonomy, and protect student and public interests. She has served as the Executive Director of the Mississippi Association of School Administrators (MASA) where she honed her skills for marketing, budgeting, conference and program planning. Dr. Karmacharya has over 25 years of experience in public education, having served as a special education teacher, assistant principal, principal, superintendent, and Executive Director of Federal Programs and Curriculum and Instruction for both elementary and secondary schools. Dr. Karmacharya holds a Bachelor of Science in Special Education from the University of Mississippi, a Masters in Supervision of Instruction from Mississippi College, and an Educational Specialist and Doctorate of Education in Educational Leadership from the University of Southern Mississippi.