Kevin Hesla

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Kevin is the Director of Research and Evaluation at the National Alliance for Public Charter Schools. He joins us from the Colorado League of Charter Schools, where he served as the Director of Research and Strategy. Kevin has a background in finance, economics, data analysis, urban development, and original research. Kevin previously worked at an economic consulting firm and later completed the Education Pioneers Analyst Fellowship. Kevin also previously led the research efforts related to the Charter School Facilities Initiative, which is a national project that aims to encourage public policy and private sector changes leading to a comprehensive, sustainable, and adequate public school facilities system. Kevin completed his bachelor’s degree in Economics and Finance at Claremont McKenna College and later earned his MBA at George Washington University while focusing on Urban and Economic Development. 

Who was your favorite teacher? Ms. Gelbach who was my Kindergarten, 3rd grade, and 4th grade teacher. She always saw my potential no matter how many times I messed up. 

What was your favorite subject in school? Math and later economics 

If you had one free hour each day, how would you use it? I have ambitions of being a better cook.

Blog posts by Kevin Hesla


Data Quality Matters and Data Reporting Errors Have Real Consequences

Parents, policy makers, and stakeholders rely on research and data and to help them make decisions, allocate resources, and develop new programs, laws, and policies—all with the intention of improving student outcomes and opportunities. 


Hundreds of Charter School Deserts Stifle Public School Choice

Fordham’s analysis supports the idea that—even after 25 years—there is still plenty of room for the charter school movement to grow. But urbanization, economic and demographic change, and supply constraints will require innovative and creative solutions, a broad and strong coalition of advocates and reformers, and intentional strategies to address existing and newly developing areas of need.

Elements of Successful Charter School Authorizing

Strong, thoughtful, and visionary authorizers and authorizing practices are absolutely essential to the continued growth and health of the charter school movement – a movement which aims to provide expanded opportunities to millions of students while also positively reshaping the larger public educa
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Director, Research and Evaluation