Adam Gerstenfeld is the newest manager of data and research at the National Alliance for Public Charter Schools. Before joining the team, Adam was a 1st grade teacher at Lenora B. Smith Elementary in Miami, Florida where he taught reading, writing, math, science, and social studies.
Adam received his bachelor’s degree in broadcast journalism from the University of Florida, where he was a radio and television producer for the local NPR and PBS stations. He has been published by USA TODAY, the Huffington Post, and British website Future Foreign Policy. When he’s not at work, he can be found eating or at the gym, in preparation for his bodybuilding competition.
He is currently pursuing his master’s degree in government analytics from Johns Hopkins University.
Who was your favorite teacher? Mr. Whitcomb, my high school English teacher. He had us create a ton of incredible projects based off the stories we read. In addition, he had students teach the class some days.
What do you love about your job? I love getting to use my critical thinking skills every day and contribute important analyses for the organization.
What was the last really great book you read? A tie between “Educated” by Tara Westover and “Bad Blood” by John Carreyrou
Blog posts by Adam Gerstenfeld
A new publication released by Temple University analyzes the spillover effects of public charter schools in New York City neighborhoods.
Good researchers need good data. The National Alliance releases reports on charter school enrollment share and estimated charter school enrollment every year, and we depend on our state partners to collect and release necessary data so we can give appropriate policy recommendations.