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The Board of Directors of the National Alliance for Public Charter Schools is comprised of some of the most respected and experienced names in the charter school world, including national and state association executives; and representatives from foundations, management companies, and other supportive organizations. We strongly believe that in order to serve and advance this movement, the board must understand its complexities and reflect its great diversity.
Senator Tim Hutchinson
Senior Advisor, Dickstein Shapiro LLP
Senator Tim Hutchinson is a senior advisor for Dickstein Shapiro LLP. Senator Hutchinson’s career spans nearly two decades in elective office. He began as an Arkansas state representative in 1985. In 1992, he was elected to the U.S. House of Representatives. Four years later, he became the first Republican ever popularly elected to the U.S. Senate from the State of Arkansas. While in the House, Senator Hutchinson served on the Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, the Education and Labor Committee, and the Veterans’ Affairs Committee. He was the original sponsor of child tax credit legislation, a key figure in reauthorizing the 1996 welfare reform law, and he chaired the Veterans Affairs Subcommittee on Health, which has jurisdiction over one of the largest hospital and healthcare delivery systems in the nation. In the Senate, Senator Hutchinson continued his leadership on educational issues. While serving on the Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee, he helped shape the Leave No Child Behind legislation and took a leading role in the passage of Education Savings Accounts. Senator Hutchinson also has played an active role on health care issues. He served on the Patient’s Bill of Rights Conference Committee, was the Chief Senate Sponsor of legislation creating Association Health Plans, and, with Senator Barbara Mikulski, co-sponsored legislation addressing the nation’s nursing shortage. In addition, his interest in the cutting-edge issue of biotechnology led him to form the Senate Biotechnology Caucus.
Senior Vice President and General Counsel, Strayer University
Brian Jones is Senior Vice President and General Counsel of Strayer University, a provider of post-secondary education to working adults on 96 campuses in 26 states, and online globally. Prior to Strayer, Mr. Jones co-founded Latimer Education, Inc., an early stage venture backed company partnering with Historically Black Colleges and Universities to provide high quality online post-secondary education opportunities to African Americans. Prior to his tenure with Latimer, he served as senior counsel in the postsecondary education practice group at the law firm of Dow Lohnes PLLC. From 2001 to 2005, Mr. Jones served as general counsel for the U.S. Department of Education, the fourth-ranking officer of the Department and the principal legal advisor to the Secretary of Education. He was appointed to this position by President George W. Bush and unanimously confirmed by the United States Senate. Mr. Jones currently serves on the DC Public Charter School Board.
President, Kaplan Higher Education Campuses
John Lock is President of the Kaplan Higher Education Campuses. His past position was that of CEO at Project Lead the Way, an organization that prepares students to be innovative leaders in STEM industries. Mr. Lock also served as President and CEO of the Charter School Growth Fund where he managed all aspects of its startup and operations. He is a successful business advisor, operational manager, hands-on private equity investor and investment banker. Throughout his career, mr. Lock has focused on helping people and organizations realize their potential. He has extensive experience managing early-stage companies and has served as CEO, CFO, COO and board member of companies that range from technology to insurance to financial management.
Managing Director, Chiefs for Change
Lydia Logan is the Managing Director of Chiefs for Change at the Foundation for Excellence in Education. Before joining Chiefs for Change, Ms. Logan served as the Senior Director of Policy at the Eli and Edythe Broad Foundation where she focused on national policy, Governor Snyder’s education initiatives in Michigan, and investments improving management, human capital, quality, and transparency across District and charter public schools in Washington, DC. Prior to The Broad Foundation, she held the position of Vice President and Executive Director of the Institute for a Competitive Workforce at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce where she worked with the business community on national and state policies and programs to improve early childhood, pre-k through post-secondary public education and workforce training.
Dr. Michael Lomax
President and CEO, UNCF
Michael Lomax, Ph.D. is the president and chief executive officer of UNCF, the nation's largest and most successful minority higher education assistance organization. Dr. Lomax joined UNCF after serving in a series of high-level academic and political positions. His immediate past position was as president of Dillard University in New Orleans. In the years before Dillard, Dr. Lomax pursued simultaneous full-time careers as a university professor and public servant. He graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Atlanta's Morehouse College and, after receiving his M.A. degree from Columbia University and his Ph.D. in American and African American literature from Emory University, taught literature at Morehouse and Spelman Colleges and the University of Georgia. At the same time, he became a prominent figure in Atlanta government and politics. He began his public service as an assistant to Maynard Jackson, Atlanta's first African American mayor, and went on to serve as the first head of Atlanta's Bureau of Cultural Affairs. In 1978, he was elected to the Fulton County Board of Commissioners. Two years later, he became the Board's chairman, the first African American ever to hold that position and served in that position for twelve years.
Deborah McGriff, Chair
Partner, NewSchools Venture Fund
Deborah McGriff, Ph.D. is a partner with the NewSchools Venture Fund in San Francisco, California. Dr. McGriff focuses primarily on quality teaching, investment strategy, and assists with management of portfolio ventures. Previously, Dr. McGriff worked as the Executive Vice President and Chief Relationship Officer of Edison Schools. She was the first public school superintendent to join Edison Schools in 1993. At Edison, she held numerous positions, including President of Edison Teachers College and Executive Vice President of Charter Schools. Prior to Edison, Dr. McGriff served as the first female general superintendent of the 200,000-student Detroit Public Schools where she successfully opened 25 schools of choice and expanded decentralization. Crain’s Detroit Business named her newsmaker of the year for 1992. Before that, she was the first female assistant superintendent in Cambridge, Massachusetts, and the first female deputy superintendent in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Dr. McGriff is a former President of the Education Industry Association and both a founder and national board member of the Black NAPCS for Educational Options.
Managing Director, Doris & Donald Fisher Fund
Christopher Nelson is the Managing Director of the Doris & Donald Fisher Fund, a San Francisco-based philanthropy created by Doris and Donald Fisher, founders of the Gap, Inc. The Fund seeks to leverage change in K-12 public education, especially in schools serving disadvantaged students, by making strategic investments in organizations whose products or services bolster student academic achievement, foster choice and competition in schooling, or otherwise expand the public’s ability to provide a high quality education to all students. Mr. Nelson manages the Fund’s portfolio of philanthropic investments and directs the Fund’s policy initiatives and research and advocacy efforts in California and nationwide. Prior to joining the Doris & Donald Fisher Fund, Mr. Nelson spent six years as a litigator at Keker & Van Nest in San Francisco where he specialized in complex business litigation, intellectual property matters, state and federal government investigations, and white collar criminal defense. Mr. Nelson also serves on the Board of Directors of the California Charter Schools Association, the membership and professional organization serving charter public schools in California.
President, Michigan Association of Public School Academies
Dan Quisenberry, serves as the President of MAPSA. Mr. Quisenberry is a veteran communicator with more than 20 years experience in governmental affairs, policy development, and business management. As President, Mr. Quisenberry oversees all aspects of the association that promotes, protects and represents Michigan Charters. He began his career working at the State Chamber of Michigan. Mr. Quisenberry joined MAPSA in 1997 after six years as General Manager and Legal Administrator for a leading Michigan Law firm. MAPSA currently represents more than 90% of charter schools in Michigan and is recognized as the leading advocacy organization on behalf of charter schools in the state.
The Honorable Jane Swift
Former Governor of Massachusetts
CEO, Middlebury Interactive Languages
Jane Swift earned her place in history as the first woman to serve as Governor of Massachusetts. Ms. Swift's term as governor capped more than a decade of public service, as a state senator, a lieutenant governor and a governor, devoted to improving the lives of children and families across Massachusetts. Today, Ms. Swift is the Chief Executive Officer of Middlebury Interactive Languages, LLC. MIL is a joint venture between K12, Inc., the largest virtual school provider in the United States, and Middlebury College. Middlebury Interactive provides exceptionally high quality world language learning programs, on line and in person, to the Kindergarten through Twelfth Grade market. From 2009 – 2011 Ms. Swift served as the Senior Vice President of Government Solutions and Strategy for ConnectEDU. Prior to joining ConnectEDU, Ms. Swift founded WNP Consulting, LLC which provided expert advice and guidance to early stage education companies. From 2003- 2006, Ms. Swift was a General Partner at Arcadia Partners, the leading venture capital firm focused exclusively on the education industry. She currently serves on the boards of Suburban Propane (SPH), Sally Ride Science, and the External Women’s Advisory Network for Deloitte and Touch.
President and CEO, California Charter Schools Association
Jed Wallace serves as the President and CEO of the California Charter Schools Association (CCSA), a membership organization supporting the state's 982 charter schools serving more than 412,000 students. Mr. Wallace began his career in public education as a teacher at Hooper Avenue Elementary School, a 2,000-student school in South-Central Los Angeles. Serving there for seven years, he established a successful school-within-the-school that became the basis for an effort to convert Hooper Avenue to charter status. He later worked in the Office of the Superintendent at San Diego City Schools where, among other duties, he was responsible for the oversight of the District's 22 charter schools. Before coming to CCSA, Mr. Wallace served as the Chief Operating Officer of High Tech High, where he oversaw all operational and financial aspects of the organization. During his tenure, High Tech High grew from one school serving 400 students into eight schools serving more than 3,000 students.
President, Academica Corporation
Fernando Zulueta is the President of Academica Corporation, one of the nation's most successful charter school service and support organizations. He is Chairman of the Florida Charter School Review Panel and founding Board Member of the Florida Consortium of Charter Schools. Mr. Zulueta has helped establish numerous high performing charter schools that have been recognized on local, state, and national levels for their achievements. For example, Somerset Academy was selected by DigitalCities.com as "the Best Elementary School" in Florida and identified by the Washington-based Education Trust among those schools in the nation that are challenging the myth that minority students cannot perform as well their non-minority peers. He has received numerous awards for his work with charter schools including the "Cervantes Award" sponsored by Nova Southeastern University for his contributions toward excellence in the education of Hispanic students.
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