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National Alliance for Public Charter Schools Announces New Senior Vice President for Federal Affairs: Gina Mahony

Mahony Brings Significant Education Experience and Legislative Accomplishments to the Public Charter Schools Sector

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The National Alliance for Public Charter Schools (NAPCS) is pleased to announce that Gina Mahony will become the organization’s new Senior Vice President for Federal Affairs. As the leader of NAPCS federal affairs, Mahony will focus on improving federal support for the growth and expansion of high quality public charter schools across the country. She begins her new position on August 31, 2012.

“We’re thrilled to have hired such an accomplished and respected professional to lead our federal advocacy work,” said Nina Rees, NAPCS President and CEO. “Gina brings a deep knowledge of education reform issues and will expertly represent the interests of the more than 2 million students currently enrolled in public charter schools.”

Before joining NAPCS, Mahony was a Policy Director at Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck, serving as a strategist, advocate and advisor for Fortune 500 and privately-held companies, coalitions and trade associations on issues before the U.S. Congress, the Executive Branch, and federal agencies. Prior to her work at Brownstein, Mahony spent 11 years working on Capitol Hill, serving more than five years as a senior policy advisor to Rep. Steny H. Hoyer (D-MD), during his tenure as House Majority Leader and Democratic Whip. During her time on the Hill, she developed and implemented legislative strategies on a variety of policy issues, including education.

“I am incredibly excited to represent the charter school sector in Washington,” said Mahony. “Having worked closely on the Charter School Expansion Act of 1998, I am thrilled to join the movement at a time when the opportunity to serve so many of nation’s neediest children through high-quality charter schools has never been greater.”

Mahony received a Bachelor of Arts in Government from the University of Notre Dame, and her Master of Education in Administration, Training and Policy Studies from Boston University. She serves on the Parish Pastoral Council at Holy Trinity Church in Georgetown, and has been a basketball coach at Holy Trinity School since 2002.

About NAPCS
The National Alliance for Public Charter Schools is the leading national nonprofit organization committed to advancing the charter school movement. Our mission is to lead public education to unprecedented levels of academic achievement by fostering a strong charter sector. For more information, please visit our website at www.publiccharters.org.