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
One Ingredient of Multiple Measures: Patience
Second in a series David Greenberg VP, Authorizer Learning & Development Evaluating school performance is the heart of authorizing. To do it well, authorizers need to get the right information....
What Can Tell Us More? Multiple Measures Can
First in a Series David Greenberg VP, Authorizer Learning & Development When we take a hard look at students in our schools, and want to know how they’re doing—really doing—it’s...
Authorizers Must Be Willing Participants
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