Charter School Hall of Fame

The National Alliance for Public Charter Schools is proud to welcome the following distinguished inductees into the National Charter Schools Hall of Fame, which was established to recognize individuals and organizations for their contributions in the following areas:

  • Pioneering efforts in the development and growth of charter schools
  • Commitment and contributions to charter schools and education
  • Innovative ideas and successful implementation of those ideas
  • Inspiration to others in the charter school movement

Meet the 2017 Hall of Fame inductees!

Malcolm “Mike” Peabody

Mike Peabody has been a pioneer in Washington, D.C.’s school reform landscape for more than 3 decades. Among his most notable contributions was founding Friends of Choice in Urban Schools (FOCUS) in 1996. FOCUS quickly became one of the most visible and aggressive voices in the city’s burgeoning charter school movement in the District, advocating for equal funding and fair access to city-owned buildings. Today, DC is one of the largest urban charter sectors with nearly fifty percent of public school students attending a charter public school.


Caprice Young, Ed.D.

Caprice Young’s leadership in education reform has transformed the movement in Los Angeles and the nation. Elected to lead the L.A. Unified school board in 1999, she helped increase the number of independent charter schools from seven to over 40 by the time she left office, with dozens more approved to open. Many of those early schools have grown to positively change L.A. In 2003, she founded the California Charter Schools Association, charting the movement’s course and providing a national model for successful state charter organizations. In her five-year tenure as CEO, she helped educators create more than 300 new charters and championed movement quality standards, while continuing work at the national level serving on the National Alliance for Public Charter Schools board. Young has since focused her work at the school level, successfully transforming two prominent, high-performing CMOs. Sheís now CEO of Magnolia Public Schools, operating 10 high-performing charters in Southern California. Young has also led philanthropic and national organizations engaged in transformational work. She earned her doctorate in education from UCLA,†her M.P.A. from USC†and her B.A. from Yale University.


Greg Richmond

Greg Richmond is President and CEO of the National Association of Charter School Authorizers, an independent voice for effective charter school policy and thoughtful charter authorizing practices that lead to more great public schools. NACSA works directly with school districts, state departments of education agencies and other agencies to improve quality outcomes among charter schools. Before joining NACSA, Richmond spent 11 years at the Chicago Public Schools in a variety of roles, including Chief Officer for New School Development. He has served as the Chair of the Illinois State Charter School Commission and as member of the Aspen Institute’s Commission on No Child Left Behind. Richmond has also consulted with the governments of the United Kingdom, Chile, and Abu Dhabi on the development of charter-like schools in those countries.











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