Matt Underwood

Matt Underwood

2019 NACSA Leader

Executive Director, Innovation Atlanta Public Schools

Matt Underwood serves as the Executive Director for Innovation for the Atlanta Public Schools, where he helps oversee the district’s authorization and performance management of all charter and partner school contracts. He also develops policies and practices that promote flexibility and innovation in support of improved educational outcomes.

Prior to joining APS in January 2019, Matt served for 12 years as the Executive Director of the Atlanta Neighborhood Charter School, a former Georgia Charter School of the Year. Matt began his career as a public school educator with teaching experience at schools in Atlanta, Chicago, New York City, and Boston. Matt holds a B.S. in Education from Northwestern University and a M.Ed. in School Leadership from the Harvard Graduate School of Education.


Most Recent Posts
Higher Education Institutions (HEIs) Authorizing
Quality authorizing can exist within many contexts and structures. One of those contexts is within higher education institutions (HEIs). We examined how and what HEIs contribute to the charter schools’...
Convincing Your Boss that NACSACon is Right for You
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Seeking Candidates for Board of Directors
NACSA is currently seeking strong board candidates who can govern and steward NACSA to achieve its mission. Candidates must believe in the importance of creating new and innovative educational opportunities...