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National Charter Collaborative is excited to Launch Charter Leaders of Color Matter, a digital media campaign highlighting stories of success and promise within single-site schools led by leaders of color. Single-site charter school leaders of color are often left out of critical conversations about their schools and communities.

Through this campaign, we will champion their work and showcase how much they are enriching the lives of our students while leading and shaping our communities. We also want to show how they are providing a unique and needed perspective to the conversation on the importance of school choice and the vital role of charter school leaders of color.

With growing support for charter school moratoriums and the disproportionate closures of charter schools led by leaders of color, it is vital that we continue to spotlight stories of success and promise. We envision a future where the innovations and best practices of single-site charter schools led by leaders of color are celebrated and recognized amongst the options for quality public schools.

We hope that you will join us in our efforts to elevate the stories of our school leaders. Please follow us on social media to learn more about our incredible network of school leaders of color.

Chase Patterson

Lagra Newman

Jonathan Johnson

Daniela Anello

Read Our Leaders’ Stories!

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