Tara O’Neil

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Tara O’Neil

2017 NACSA Leader

Tara O’Neil is the Program Director of Charter Schools for the Portland Public School District, where she manages a portfolio of eight charter schools. Prior to her authorizing role, she served as school administrator at The Emerson School, a charter school in Portland, for 14 years. Tara enjoys visiting the schools as often as possible, seeing innovative programs in action and learning how the schools are doing at a street level. Believing that strong relationships are at the core of every success, Tara centers her work on conversation, consideration of multiple perspectives, and collaboration with charter school leaders.

Away from work, Tara enjoys spending time with her family, walking with her dog, playing music badly with friends, and most recently square dancing with Portland’s LGBTQ club, the Rosetown Ramblers.


Most Recent Posts
For Charter School Renewal, It’s About Active Listening
NACSA’s 2021 Supplemental Renewal Guidance encourages authorizers to approach COVID-era renewals with both an equity and high-quality accountability lens. The guidance offers sample questions and responses for authorizers, but is...
NACSA’s Four Recommendations for Improving the Charter School Program (CSP) State Entity Grant
The Charter Schools Program (CSP) is one of the few levers the federal government plays in charter schooling around the country. To date, the program has put more than $5...
NACSA Names Courtney Hughley as Vice President of Communications
Karega Rausch, president and CEO of the National Association of Charter School Authorizers (NACSA), announced today that Courtney Hughley joins NACSA as vice president of communications.  “I’m honored to join...