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We reignite our Charter Leaders of Color Matter campaign with the hopes of instilling continued hope in what can be possible, if we demand better systems to support all learners, nurture authentic relationships across communities, and invest in leaders of color to usher their communities into a future more just and more equitable.

2020 has been quite a year—from countless tropical storms and wildfires to the global pandemic of COVID-19–our shared trauma has been compounded by America’s national reckoning of racism and continued systemic oppression. We, however, continue to be inspired and remain hopeful because of the remarkable stories of charter school leaders of color who have been persistent in their pursuit of equity.  

As government systems came to a halt and our national leadership failed to invest in children, charter school leaders of color made sure their families’ basic needs were met. 

Across the next twelve weeks, we will spotlight the inaugural Manati Fellows and school founders who opened their doors for the first time amidst the pandemic. Although their stories are all unique, they share a commitment to enriching the lives of their students while leading and shaping their communities 

Our 2020 Leaders!

Kathryn Procope
Kathryn Procope

Head of School
Howard University Middle School of
Mathematics & Science
Washington, DC

Janine Gomez
Janine Gomez

Executive Director
I Dream Public Charter School
Washington, DC

Shawn Hardnett
Shawn Hardnett

Founder & CEO,
Statesmen College Preparatory
Academy for Boys
Washington, DC

Monica Green
Monica Green

Founder & Executive Director,
Capital Village Public Charter Schools
Washington, DC

In 2019, NCC launched Charter Leaders of Color Matter , digital media campaign highlighting stories of success and promise within single-site schools led by leaders of color.

Our 2019 Champions!

Chase Patterson

Lagra Newman

Jonathan Johnson

Daniela Anello

Our 2019 Leaders!

We are featuring the stories of charter school leaders of color who are changing the lives of students in their schools. Keep checking in to meet more leaders.
Daniela Anello
Daniela Anello

Head of School
DC Billingual
Washington, DC

Jonathan Johnson
Jonathan Johnson

Founding Executive Director
Rooted School
New Orleans, LA

Lagra Newman
Lagra Newman

Founder and Head of School
Purpose Prep
Nashville, TN

Chase Patterson
Chase Patterson

CEO
Urban Academy of Greater Pittsburgh
Pittsburgh, PA

Rachel Crouch
Rachel Crouch

Principal
Perry Street Prep Charter School
Washington DC

Richard Lee
Richard Lee

Executive Director
Academy of the City Charter School
Woodside, NY

LaKendra Butler
LaKendra Butler

Founder and Executive Director
STRIVE Collegiate Academy
Nashville, TN

Ray Ankrum
Ray Ankrum

Superintendent
Riverhead Charter School
Calverton, NY

Ignacio Prado
Ignacio Prado

Founder and Executive Director
Futuro Academy Charter School
Las Vegas, Nevada

Erika Bryant
Erika Bryant

Executive Director
Elsie Whitlow Stokes Community Freedom Public Charter School
Washington, DC

Marcus Harden
Marcus Harden

Founder
Academy for Creating Excellence
Atlanta, GA

Melanie Askew
Melanie Askew

Founder and Head of School
Elan Academy
New Orleans, LA

Anpao Duta Flying Earth
Anpao Duta Flying Earth

Executive Director
Native American Community Academy
Albuquerque, NM

Bridget Carvajal
Bridget Carvajal

Executive Director
Valiente College Preparatory
Southgate, CA

Tiffanie Lewis
Tiffanie Lewis

Founder and CEO
J. S. Clark Leadership Academy
Opelousas, LA

Sean Wilson
Sean Wilson

CEO and Head of School
International High School of New Orleans
New Orleans, LA

Rochelle Elliott
Rochelle Elliott

Superintendent and Principal
Phoenix Advantage Charter School
Phoenix, AZ

Raymond Weeden
Raymond Weeden

Executive Director
Thurgood Marshall Academy Public Charter School
Washington, DC

Leslie-Bernard Joseph
Leslie-Bernard Joseph

Chief Executive Officer
Coney Island Prep
Brooklyn, NY

Tori Jackson Hines
Tori Jackson Hines

Founder and Executive Director
Resurgence Hall Charter School
Atlanta, GA

Terri Williams
Terri Williams

Principal
Robert Russa Moton Charter School
New Orleans, LA

Danielle West
Danielle West

Director & Chief Academic Officer
The Queen City Academy Charter School
Plainfield, NJ

Kimberly Neal
Kimberly Neal

Founder & Executive Director
BELIEVE Circle City Early College and Career High School
Indianapolis, IN

Jonta Morris
Jonta Morris

Founder & CEO
Legacy Prep
Birmingham, AL

Marcos Martinez
Marcos Martinez

Founder & CEO
PONDER Academy Schools
Cheyenne, WY

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