Matt Rado

Matt Rado

2019 NACSA Leader

Executive Director, Charter Schools Cleveland Metropolitan School District

Matt Rado, Executive Director for the Cleveland Metropolitan School District (CMSD) Charter Schools Office, has worked in authorizing with the district since 2016. He is a passionate believer in school choice and ensuring charter schools provide opportunities for all students to succeed while meeting high standards of equity and public accountability.

He has extensive experience in government and politics, as both a grassroots organizer on numerous campaigns and a staffer for a member of congress. Before working in authorizing with CMSD, he served as State Outreach Director for StudentsFirst Ohio. He holds a BA in Government from Cornell University and an MPA from Cleveland State University.

When he’s not working with Cleveland’s charter schools, he is busy with his wife and two young daughters.


Most Recent Posts
Closing the DEI Gap in Authorizing
According to the National Alliance for Public Charter Schools, 68% of charter school students are students of color and nearly 59% come from lower-income households. Unfortunately, most educational organizations, including...
New School Application
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Third Thursdays
NACSA provides professional development opportunities, online courses, resources, and publications that are specifically designed to help authorizers and other school leaders grow and network. Third Thursdays, an ongoing virtual learning...