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The Charter Network Accelerator is an intensive cohort-based training program for charter management organization (CMO) leaders that draws on the learning of high-performing CMOs. Our goal is to increase the number of top-quality charter school seats available to parents across the country who are seeking an excellent school for their children.

We support charter network leaders in building a strong organizational and instructional foundation that will enable them to grow with quality. In the Accelerator, charter network leaders are part of a cohort of like-minded educators from across the country—leaders who approach their work with a growth mindset are and willing to put in the hard work that it takes to create truly remarkable charter networks.

“This was truly an amazing experience that has changed me as a leader.”
Jessica Wodatch

Program Details

We welcome small to mid-size networks (typically operating three to six schools) that have a strong record of success with students from underserved populations, the capacity to expand, and a CEO who is a “learner-leader” with an unyielding drive to improve outcomes for students.

  • During the program, the CEO, senior instructional leader, and other senior-level leaders attend five workshops over 18 months and have monthly coaching calls with Accelerator program staff.
    • Each network also takes part in two critical friends visits that provide the network with individualized feedback.
    • The Accelerator also offers a wide range of webinars that offer networks the opportunity to participate in “deep dives” on a wide range of instructional and organizational topics.
  • Networks commit to attending all workshops (usually 3-4 days each), hosting two critical friends visits, taking part in monthly coaching calls, and completing assignments and projects before and after workshops.
  • Participating CEOs also participates in two additional critical friends visits for peer networks.
  • All programmatic and most travel costs are covered by the Accelerator.

“The Accelerator is making ‘Many Minds One Mission’ come alive across the country.”
Jen Nguyen

Our Partner Networks

Meet our current and previous cohort members and learn about they work they’re doing around the country.

  • Cohort 5

    • Vision Academies (Delaware)
      Aaron Bass headshotLeader: Aaron Bass
      In 2004, as Executive Director, Aaron Bass founded Breakthrough Fort Lauderdale, part of the National Breakthrough Collaborative, a nonprofit program that served 240 students and prepared middle school and high school students for college, and also gave high school and college students the opportunity to teach. Mr. Bass served as President for National Breakthrough Directors Association, and as Co-Chairman of the Fort Lauderdale Mayor’s Educational Board. In 2007, Mr. Bass joined KIPP (Knowledge Is Power Program) and was awarded the prestigious Fisher Fellowship, given by the Fisher Family (owners of the GAP, Old Navy) to establish KIPP DuBois Collegiate Academy. KDCA was the only open enrollment school to have an ACT Average in the top 10 HS in Philadelphia. His first graduating class had a college matriculation of 95% – compared to Philadelphia’s average of 30%. In 2014, he became Chief of Staff and led advocacy efforts for KIPP’s expansion in Philadelphia. Under his leadership, KIPP was the only school to obtain two new charters in 2014 (adding to KIPP’s other 4 schools in the city). In 2016 Mr. Bass was selected as CEO for EastSide Charter School and Family Foundations. In 2017 Family Foundations changed its name to Charter School of New Castle and both charters joined under the umbrella of Vision Academies. Vision Academies is the only network of charter schools that works with students from kindergarten, through college and into their first career.
    • DREAM Charter School (New York, NY)
      Eve Colavito headshotLeader: Eve Colavito
      Eve Colavito, Chief of Schools, graduated from Brown University and began her teaching career in Mmabatho, South Africa. After two years, she returned to New York City and began teaching at River East Elementary School in East Harlem, where she taught third and fourth graders in a full inclusion class. At River East, Eve further developed her belief in the importance of inclusive education and immersed herself in the practice of engaging constructivist teaching. During this time, she received her master’s degree in elementary and special education from Bank Street College of Education. Following her tenure at River East, Eve became a founding teacher and director at Bronx Charter School for the Arts. Eve held a variety of roles there and eventually became the Co-Executive Director, alongside the founder of Bronx Arts. These roles allowed Eve to think strategically about the future of the school, and shape the school’s curriculum, instruction, and overall approach. All of these experiences have led to Eve’s conviction about the possibilities for all students to succeed and their ability to achieve nothing less than excellence. Recently, Eve successfully completed the year-long Aspiring Principals Program through New Leaders, a national nonprofit that develops transformational school leaders and designs effective leadership policies and practices for school systems across the country, and was highlighted as a feature success story.
    • UP Education Network (Boston, MA)
      Veronica Conforme headshotLeader: Veronica Conforme
      Veronica assumed her position as Chief Executive Officer at UP Education Network (UP) in July 2017. She previously served as Chancellor of the Education Achievement Authority (EAA) of Michigan from 2014 to 2017. As Chancellor of the EAA, Veronica oversaw the 15 lowest-performing public schools in the City of Detroit, spearheading important improvements in those schools with over half of students achieving 1.5 or more years’ growth in reading and math during her tenure. For over a decade, she served in senior leadership roles in the NYC Department of Education including as Chief Operating Officer overseeing a $23 billion budget and 130,000 employees. Veronica also worked as Vice President for the Access to Opportunity campaign at The College Board. Veronica’s deep content knowledge, experience as a practitioner working at the senior most levels of two of the country’s largest urban school districts, and dynamic leadership will be instrumental in the next stage of UP’s growth and development.
    • Environmental Charter Schools (Los Angeles, CA)
      Alison Diaz headshotLeader: Alison Suffet Diaz
      Alison Suffet Diaz is the Founder and Executive Director of Environmental Charter Schools (ECS), a growing network of schools that provides a meaningful education for youth in the underserved communities of South Los Angeles. A teacher and lawyer by training, and mother at heart, Alison set out to create a different kind of educational experience for students, which has evolved into a model for schools across the country.With a dynamic team and under Alison’s leadership, ECS has flourished into award-winning schools. ECS was in the first round of schools to be given the Department of Education’s inaugural Green Ribbon Award in environmental and sustainability education and Environmental Charter Middle School – Gardena received the 2015 California Gold Ribbon Schools Award for academic excellence. All ECS schools are WASC accredited. Alison is most proud of ECS’ graduates who have gone on to complete their college education. 96% of ECS graduates are accepted into four-year colleges and universities.
         Alison holds a bachelor of science in business from the State University of New York, Albany, and a Juris Doctorate from Temple University Law School. At Temple, she participated in the LEAP program, teaching inner-city youth about their constitutional rights. After earning her teaching credential from California State University, Dominguez Hills, Diaz taught for eight years as she developed the blueprint for what would become Environmental Charter Schools. Alison also served as a faculty member at California State University, Dominguez Hills and worked as the Education Specialist for TreePeople. The State of California Assembly named Diaz 2011 Woman of the Year. She serves on the Board of Directors for The Green Schools National Network, is an Advisory Board Member for the Antioch Teacher Education Program, and is a Senior Fellow for the City Scholars Foundation.
    • Intrepid College Prep Schools (Nashville, TN)
      Mia HowardLeader: Mia Howard
      Mia Howard is the Founder and CEO of Intrepid College Prep Schools. Intrepid opened its doors in 2013 to provide a tuition-free, seamless path between elementary school and college admission. Launching its flagship middle school in Antioch, Tennessee, Intrepid targets English Language Learners to address the high drop-out rates for English Language Learners in local high schools. After reaching full growth in our flagship middle school, Intrepid was #1 in growth and achievement for ELL students in math. Intrepid is also unique in its focus on financial literacy education for parents and students. Starting in 2016, Intrepid provides a 529 college savings plan for every student. Prior to founding Intrepid, Mia completed the Building Excellent Schools Fellowship. Mia started her journey in K-12 education during law school, where she taught constitutional law to high school seniors for two years. Mia holds a bachelor’s degree from Vanderbilt University, a J.D. from the University of Pennsylvania Law School, and a Certificate of Business and Policy from the Wharton School of Business.
    • Building Responsible Intelligent Creative Kids (BRICK) (Newark, NJ)
      Dominique Lee headshotLeader: Dominique D. Lee
      Dominique D. Lee is the Founder and Executive Director of Building Responsible Intelligent Creative Kids (BRICK). He is a graduate of the University of Michigan. After receiving his bachelor’s degree, he was accepted into Teach For America’s highly selective service corps where he initiated his career as an educator at Malcolm X Shabazz High School in Newark, NJ.As a result of growing increasingly frustrated at how far behind his students were in reading and other subjects, Mr. Lee lead the formation of BRICK, an education management non-profit. BRICK was highlighted on the front page of the New York Times for being an innovative model within the public education system.   In 2011 Mr. Lee was recognized, as one of “TheGrio’s 100: History Makers In The Making.” Nominated by a team of experts, affiliates, and contributors from across the country, and members of and NBC News editorial teams, “TheGrio’s 100” shines a spotlight on the next generation of African-American history makers and industry leaders from 10 fields, including business, education, sports, science and the environment, media, service and activism, politics, health, pop culture, and the arts.   Mr. Lee has always believed that education reform is the new civil rights movement of our time and that we cannot remedy our nation’s ills unless we simultaneously grapple with and repair our educational infrastructure. Hence, his passion and mandate is to ensure that children living in low-income communities enter the global economy fully prepared as engaged, productive citizens—equipped with mutual respect and cross-cultural understanding.   
    • Vista College Prep (Phoenix, AZ)
      Julia Meyerson headshotLeader: Julia Meyerson
      Ms. Meyerson joined Teach For America (TFA) upon college graduation and taught in the South Bronx as a first grade teacher. During her two years in the classroom, she achieved solid academic gains with her first-graders. Later selected as a corps member advisor, she was responsible for managing incoming TFA corps members and training them to become successful teachers. Realizing the tremendous impact of state and local policy on transforming education, Ms. Meyerson went on to join the Democratic Governors Association. Starting as the assistant to the executive director, Ms. Meyerson was promoted each year, and most recently served as the organization’s policy director where she had a unique opportunity to work with innovative governors, business leaders and policy experts on the pressing issues facing state and local government. In 2011, Ms. Meyerson was accepted into the highly selective Building Excellent Schools Fellowship. Eager to make a positive contribution to her home state of Arizona, Ms. Meyerson is the Executive Director for Vista College Prep and ex officio non-voting member of the Governing Board. Ms. Meyerson earned a bachelor’s degree at the University of Southern California and a master’s in teaching at Pace University.
    • Ednovate (Los Angeles, CA)
      Oliver Sicate headshotLeader: Oliver Sicat
      Oliver was named the 2006 Teacher of the Year in the Boston Public Schools. Shortly after, he moved to Chicago to help start the expansion of the Noble Network of Charter Schools and founded UIC College Prep, the #1 non-selective high school in Chicago. He was then appointed onto the executive cabinet as Chicago Public School’s first Chief Portfolio Officer where he led the city’s strategic efforts of opening new schools, closing low performing schools and converting the district to operate as a portfolio of schools. Oliver attended the University of Southern California and the Harvard Graduate School of Education. As Chief Executive Officer of Ednovate, Oliver is responsible for overall leadership of the organization and the continuous development of our student centered instructional model. Outside of work Oliver loves running, golf, reading, outdoor concerts, quality time with loved ones and searching for the world’s best nachos.
    • University Prep (Denver, CO)
      David Singer headshotLeader: David Signer
      Entering urban education nearly fifteen years ago, David Singer started his career as a high school math teacher. While working relentlessly to change the life trajectories of high school students, Singer recognized the need to serve the same children in the same community with the same families, but at a much younger age. In 2009, Singer was selected for and engaged in the Building Excellent Schools Fellowship, a year-long, highly intensive leadership training program for future founders and leaders of game changing urban charter schools. Singer spent the next two years with his founding board and team preparing tirelessly to launch University Prep, a K – 5th grade public charter school with the sole mission to educate every child for a four-year college degree and a life of opportunity.    Opening its doors in August of 2011 to 100 kindergarten and 1st grade scholars, University Prep has since grown to a network of two public charter schools serving nearly 600 children. While the first campus was a slow growth, fresh start school, University Prep’s second campus launched in 2016-17 as a full K – 5 turnaround. In 2015-16, University Prep – Arapahoe St. was one of only four “distinguished” rated elementary schools in Denver Public Schools out of nearly one hundred elementary schools. In 2016-17, University Prep – Steele St., the turnaround campus, had the highest math growth in the state of Colorado out of 1,500 schools and the eighth highest growth in English language arts. During his time as a principal and now as an executive director, Singer has had the opportunity to complete RELAY Graduate School of Education’s National Principal Fellowship Academy and is currently a member of the 2017-18 Leverage Leadership Institute.
    • Great Oaks Legacy Charter School (Newark, NJ)
      Jared Taillefer headshotLeader: Jared Taillefer
      Jared Taillefer is the Executive Director of Great Oaks Legacy Charter School. He received his bachelor’s degree from Boston University in 2005. He then spent one year as a tutor at the MATCH Charter Public High School in Boston before becoming a math teacher. After two years as a teacher, Mr. Taillefer became the director of development at MATCH Charter Public High School. Later, Mr. Taillefer spent one year as the dean of students for MATCH Charter Public High School, followed by another year as the dean of students for MATCH Charter Public Middle School. In 2011, Mr. Taillefer became the Founder and Executive Director of Great Oaks Charter School, and in 2016, he led the school through a merger with Newark Legacy Charter School to establish Great Oaks Legacy Charter School, a Pre-K through 12th grade college preparatory charter school in Newark, New Jersey.
  • Cohort 4

    • Village of Excellence Academy (Tampa, FL)
      CEO: Cametra Edwards
      Cametra Edwards CEO of Village of Excellence Academy head shot
      Dr. Cametra Edwards founded the Village of Excellence Academy (VOEA) in 1999, serving as its principal for 16 years before assuming the role of executive director in 2015.  VOEA is one of the longest running charter schools in the Hillsborough County school district, the nation’s 6th largest.  The approximately 400-student charter school network aims to help students from low-income, high-crime neighborhoods by creating a collaborative community environment, recruiting the best teachers, and developing skills for emerging career opportunities. Middle school students are provided with laptops to meet the needs of a technical curriculum with coursework in multimedia, programming, spreadsheets, web, logic, 3D printing and data. In addition, the school teaches Mandarin Chinese to enhance global competitiveness through an understanding of the language spoken by the largest population in the world.  This year, all 28 eight-graders, 99 percent of whom live below the poverty threshold, graduated and each student was accepted into an international baccalaureate high school, accelerated magnet program or private school.The daughter of three-term Congresswoman Betty Reed, Dr. Edwards earned a Ph.D. in school psychology from the University of South Florida and completed her undergraduate degree in social science teacher education from the University of Central Florida. Dr. Edwards is an excellent resource to the Florida charter community, having served as the president of the Charter School Leaders-Florida, principals’ association for three consecutive terms.  She was instrumental in forging strong district-charter partnerships and presented several times at the national Best Cooperative Practices between Charter and Traditional Schools Conference. Most recently, Dr. Edwards became a National Principal Fellow through Relay Graduate School of Education in 2016.
    • Bright Star Schools (Los Angeles, CA)
      CEO: Hrag Hamalian
      Hrag Hamalian, Bright Star Schools head shot
      Hrag Manuel Hamalian currently serves as the chief executive officer of Bright Star Schools, an organization comprised of seven high performing charter schools serving 2,700 K-12 students in the communities of West Adams, Koreatown, and Panorama City. Prior to joining Bright Star, Hrag founded Valor Academy Middle School, a high performing 5-8 grade charter school in Los Angeles. Valor Academy is a member of the Excellent Schools Network, selected for strong academic results, sound organizational practices, and the genuine ability to close the achievement gap in the community that it serves. Hrag was an Aspen Pahara Next-Gen Fellow in 2015, a Building Excellent Schools (BES) Fellow in 2007 and a Teach for America corps member at Locke High School from 2005-2007, where he taught high school biology and honors biology, helped found the School of Math and Science, and served as the head of the biology department. In 2011, Hrag was the recipient of Boston College’s prestigious Gold Award, honoring him as the alumnus of the decade. Hrag holds a double-major degree from Boston College in biology and honors English, a Masters in Secondary Education from Loyola Marymount University, and a Master’s in Business Administration from UCLA. Hrag serves as a board member on the boards of ExEd and Building Excellent Schools.
    • Gestalt Community Schools (Memphis, TN)
      CEO: Yetta Lewis
      Yetta Lewis CEO Gestalt Community Schools, head shot
      Yetta Lewis is the co-founder and chief executive officer of Gestalt Community Schools. Gestalt’s vision is building better communities through education. To this end, Gestalt targets underserved communities that have failing schools, then catalyzes grassroots leadership to revitalize the neighborhood, educates the youth through high-performing schools, and partners with providers to tackle out-of-school challenges that hinder students from succeeding. Prior to her role as CEO, Yetta served as the chief academic officer of Gestalt Community Schools for 5 years where she managed the academic program for the network. Yetta was the founding principal of Power Center Academy Middle School, Gestalt’s first school. As a founding principal, she lead a team of extraordinary educators, dedicated parents, and supportive community partners who in just three years moved the school to the top-performing middle school in Tennessee. Prior to joining Gestalt, Yetta was the vice president of curriculum and professional development for The JASON Project, a subsidiary of National Geographic. She also worked as a managing director of professional development for the WorldCom MarcoPolo Internet Content for Classroom Program. Yetta started her educational journey as a teacher in Baltimore City, where she taught middle school language arts for eight years and served on the board of Head Start. Yetta holds a B.A. from Salisbury University, a M.Ed. from Loyola University, and a Certificate of Technology in Education from Johns Hopkins University.  She is now a proud Pahara-Aspen 2015 Cohort member.
    • Amethod Public Schools (Oakland, CA)
      CEO: Jorge Lopez
      Amethod Public Schools CEO Jorge Lopez head shot
      Jorge is the founder and CEO of Amethod Public Schools. Mr. Lopez has over twenty years of experience working with school reform organizations, charter schools, and at-risk youth. Mr. Lopez is a former member of the California State Board of Education (SBE), appointed by Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger, and served as the SBE liaison to the Advisory Committee on Charter Schools for the State Board of Education until 2010. Currently, he is an Aspen-Pahara Fellow (cohort 16). Mr. Lopez oversaw the growth and transformation of Oakland Charter Academy from a flailing and failing single middle school campus into a nationally renowned, multi-site K-12th grade system whose schools rank among the highest in the state of California. Prior to his leadership role at Amethod Public Schools, Mr. Lopez worked for Sacramento Unified School District as part of the Migrant Education Advisor Program, serving as a counselor at Cesar Chavez Intermediate School. Mr. Lopez also worked at MAAP Inc. based in South Sacramento where he served as the Director for the Sacramento Youth Project, overseeing tutoring, mentorship, and counseling programs throughout the Sacramento public and continuation schools.  Other past work assignments include the Federal Migrant Education Program Region 2 in Butte County, and Region 23 in San Joaquin County as a Program Director overseeing K-12 education site based services for identified migrant agricultural families and students. Mr. Lopez holds a B.A. and a graduate degree in education from Sacramento State University.
    • RePublic Schools (Nashville, TN and Jackson, MS)
      CEO: Jon Rybka
      Jon Rybka, RePublic Schools CEO head shot
      Jon has spent his career dedicated to transforming schools and policies to better serve students who have traditionally been underserved. He comes to RePublic from the Michael & Susan Dell Foundation, where he functioned as a program officer on the U.S. Education team’s expanding Quality Schools Options portfolio. In that role, he worked to support the creation of high quality schools by partnering with authorizers, regulators, districts, and charter operators to enlist stakeholders in creating a system of great schools through the creation, expansion, and replication of quality schools.Prior to his work at the foundation, Jon was a managing director at a turnaround charter management organization, Scholar Academies, and the Office of School Innovation in Washington, D.C. Public Schools where he led schools that were focused on arts integration, STEM, and world cultures. He also worked at the Children’s Defense Fund where he led advocacy efforts on quality health care, early childhood programs, and equitable juvenile justice policies. He began his career in education as a social studies teacher at Carver High School in Winston-Salem, NC and SEED Public Charter Schools in Washington, D.C. Jon earned his B.A. in history at Denison University and M.A.Ed. in secondary education from Wake Forest University.
    • Henderson Collegiate (Henderson, NC)
      CEO: Eric Sanchez
      Eric Sanchez, Henderson Collegiate CEO headshot
      In 2010, Eric Sanchez co-founded Henderson Collegiate with his wife, Carice Sanchez. Eric served as the school leader as it expanded a grade level each year through July 2015, when he assumed the role of executive director. In this position, he supports principals, directors of operations and regional team members across all three schools within Henderson Collegiate and facilitates the charter school’s expansion to over 1,200 students in grades K-12 by 2019. Under Eric’s leadership, Henderson Collegiate has exceeded expected growth each year since opening, earned Title I Reward School status for high student growth each year from 2013 to 2015, earned National Title I Distinguished School status in 2015 (the only charter school in North Carolina to do so), and achieved the highest school performance grade in the state of North Carolina, an honor earned by only 3.5% of all NC public schools, for the past three consecutive years. Eric earned his B.A. in philosophy and economics from Binghamton University in 2002. He began his career with Teach for America as a teacher in Vance County in eastern North Carolina. He then transitioned to Gaston College Preparatory, part of the Knowledge Is Power Program, where he taught and served as grade level chair. In 2015, Eric completed the National Principals Academy Fellowship through the Relay Graduate School of Education, and subsequently served as an advisor to the program. He was additionally invited to participate in Paul Bambrick’s Leverage Leadership Institute in 2017. He is a member of the Henderson Rotary Club and served for two years as a house-appointed, voting member of North Carolina’s Charter School Advisory Board, which makes policy recommendations and provides performance evaluations to the North Carolina State Board of Education.
    • Neighborhood House Charter School (Boston, MA)
      CEO: Kate Scott
      Kate Scott, Neighborhood House Charter School, CEO head shot
      Kate Scott is the executive director of the Neighborhood House Charter School in Dorchester, Massachusetts, an expanding school which by 2021 will serve over 800 students in preK – 12th grade across two campuses. Neighborhood House is a particularly diverse school with a rigorous academic program and an emphasis on students’ social and emotional development, and has consistently been one of the highest performing charters in Massachusetts. Over more than twenty years at Neighborhood House, Kate has served as a classroom teacher, dean of the middle school, and the assistant headmaster, where for 9 years she oversaw the school’s academic program with a particular focus on math and science.  Kate got her start in education as a Teach for America corps member in Long Beach, California.  She is a graduate of Wellesley College and the Harvard Graduate School of Education and was a National Board Certified Teacher.
    • Navigator Schools (Hollister, CA)
      CEO: Kevin Sved
      Kevin Sved, Navigator Schools CEO head shot
      Kevin Sved is the CEO of Navigator Schools, a high-performing charter network that is eliminating the achievement gap in California’s North Central Coast. On average, 84% of Navigator students meet or exceed ELA standards, and 71% meet or exceed math standards on statewide Smarter Balanced assessments. This phenomenal level of achievement is the result of a mission-driven commitment to developing top-tier educators through systematic peer coaching and professional development. In 1994, Kevin co-founded The Accelerated School (TAS), the first charter school in South Los Angeles. Over the course of his fifteen-year stewardship, TAS grew from its original site in a church recreation room to encompass a family of four schools serving more than 1,300 students in grades PK through 12. TAS received national recognition as Time Magazine’s School of the Year in 2001. Kevin was awarded the James Irvine Foundation Leadership Award in 2006 for advancing innovative and effective solutions to significant issues facing California’s future. A champion and educator of children for more than thirty years, he has developed a broad spectrum of expertise in school development, public administration, and youth services.
    • Envision Education (Oakland, CA)
      CEO: Gia Truong
      Gia Truong, Envision Education CEO head shot
      Gia Truong currently serves as Chief Executive Officer at Envision Education, a mission-driven organization committed to transforming the lives of low-income, first-generation college-bound students. Envision’s unique approach consists of two strategies: operating charter schools and providing training and consulting services to others through its Envision Learning Partners division. Prior to joining Envision, Gia was the executive officer of Oakland Unified School District’s (OUSD) 60-member Curriculum and Instruction Department, where she led strategic planning and reorganization. Gia has significant leadership experience across district and charter organizations, having served as the lead of OUSD’s Effective Principals and Leadership Task Force, as OUSD’s Middle School Network Executive Officer, and as a former principal of Urban Promise Academy in Oakland. Gia started her career as a social studies teacher, working with innovative Expeditionary Learning strategies. Gia received a B.A. in psychology with a minor in Asian-American studies from San Francisco State University, an M.A. in teaching from Brown University, and earned her administrative credential through the New Leaders Principal Residency Program. Gia is a 2016 Pahara-Aspen fellow.
  • Cohort 3

    • Equitas Academy Charter Schools (Los Angeles, CA), CEO: Malka Borrego
    • Alpha Public Schools (San Jose, CA), CEO: John Glover
    • Excel Academy Charter Schools (Boston, MA), CEO: Owen Stearns
    • Valor Collegiate Academies (Nashville, TN), CEO: Todd Dickson
    • Education for Change Public Schools (Oakland, CA), CEO: Hae-Sin Kim Thomas
    • Wayside Schools (Austin, TX), CEO: Matthew Abbott
    • Rocky Mountain Preparatory Schools (Denver, CO),CEO: James Cryan
    • STEM Prep (Los Angeles, CA), CEO: Emilio Pack
  • Cohort 2

    • Two Rivers Public Charter Schools (Washington, DC), CEO: Jessica Wodatch
    • Brooklyn Prospect Charter Schools (Brooklyn, NY), CEO: Daniel Rubenstein
    • Milwaukee College Prep (Milwaukee, WI), CEO: Robert Rauh
    • ReGeneration Schools (Chicago, IL), CEO: Stacey Shells
    • Freedom Prep (Memphis, TN), CEO: Roblin Webb
    • Hiawatha Academies (Minneapolis, MN), CEO: Eli Kramer
    • Fortune Schools (Sacramento, CA), CEO: Margaret Fortune
    • Voices College-Bound Language Academy (San Jose, CA), CEO: Frances Teso
  • Cohort 1

    • Charles A. Tindley Accelerated Schools (Indianapolis, IN), CEO: Marcus Robinson
    • Collegiate Academies (New Orleans, LA), CEO: Benjamin Marcovitz
    • FirstLine Schools (New Orleans, LA), CEO: Jay Altman
    • Harvest Network of Schools (Minneapolis, MN), CEO: Eric Mahmoud
    • LEAD Public Schools (Nashville, TN), CEO: Chris Reynolds
    • Inspired (Detroit, MI), CEO: Lesley Esters Redwine
    • Public Prep (New York, NY), CEO: Ian Rowe
    • Scholar Academies (Philadephia, PA; Washington, DC; Trenton, NJ), CEO: Lars Beck

Join Us!

Are you interested in taking part in the Charter Network Accelerator? Please reach out to Laina Vlasnik Yip at for more information on how to apply for our next cohort.