Scott Pearson 

Scott Pearson 

Board Member

Scott Pearson is a national leader in education policy and charter school oversight, currently serving as the Executive Director of the District of Columbia Public Charter School Board (PCSB). In this role, Scott has implemented significant reforms in how the Board approves and oversees charter schools, making it a national model for charter school authorizing.

Prior to joining PCSB, he served as associate assistant deputy secretary and acting director of charter school programs with the U.S. Department of Education. His drive for education reform began during his time in civic affairs in San Francisco, including co-founding and serving as board chair of Leadership Public Schools, a charter management organization serving low-income communities with college-preparatory high schools.

Prior to becoming active in education reform, Scott had a long career in business with America Online and Bain & Company, and he served as a trade negotiator during the Clinton Administration.


Most Recent Posts
Closing the DEI Gap in Authorizing
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