Nina Rees

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Nina Rees is the president and chief executive officer of the National Alliance for Public Charter Schools, the leading national nonprofit organization committed to advancing the charter school movement. Prior to joining the National Alliance, Nina spent 20 years shaping education policy in the public and private sectors. She served as the first Deputy Under Secretary for Innovation and Improvement at the U.S. Department of Education. Before moving to the Education Department, Nina worked in the White House as Deputy Assistant for Domestic Policy to the Vice President of the United States.

Nina also served as Senior Vice President for Strategic Initiatives at Knowledge Universe, a leading global education company with investments in early childhood education, before- and after-school programs, and online instruction. In the 1990s, Nina was the Heritage Foundation’s senior education analyst and chief spokesperson on education. She began her career on Capitol Hill, where she worked for then-Congressman Porter Goss.

Nina has been a guest on Bloomberg, CNBC, C-SPAN, Fox News, MSNBC's Morning Joe, and PBS’s NewsHour. Her articles and opinions have been published in the The New York Times, USA TodayThe Wall Street Journal, and The Washington Post. Washingtonian named her one of Washington DC’s Most Influential People in 2021 and 2022.

Nina currently serves on the board of directors of the PIE Network and the advisory committee of the Program on Education Policy and Governance at Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government. She is a Pahara-Aspen Fellow and a member of the Aspen Global Leadership Network.

A native of Iran who immigrated to America at the age of 14, Nina earned her undergraduate degree at Virginia Tech and a master’s degree at George Mason University. She now lives in McLean, Virginia, with her husband and daughter.


Articles, media appearances, and testimonials by Nina Rees

Parents most concerned about school safety, polling shows, MSNBC

Glenn Youngkin's charter school plan moves past ideology, The Washington Post

Listen to parents: Families say they want more school choice. We should give it to them., USA Today

Giving Parents School Choices podcast appearance for the George W. Bush Presidential Center 

Nina Rees on Efforts to Reduce Funding for Charter Schools, C-SPAN

The Power of Education Can Change Lives, Sunday Night in America with Trey Gowdy

Taking Stock After 30 Years of Charter Schools, Education Week 

30 Years Strong: Charter Schools And America’s Education Landscape, redefinED 

Virtual learning is the right choice for some D.C. charters, The Washington Post

In America’s National Reckoning With Race, Equity in Education Is Still an Issue, Morning Consult 

Reimagining the future of public education after COVID, The Hill 

Nina Rees is named one of Washington’s Most Influential People 2021, Washingtonian 

Millions of kids are at risk this fall if schools don't reopen. We must close the digital divide now, FOXBusiness

A constitutional right to a high-quality public education, American Enterprise Institute

Chartered Territory, National Association of Elementary School Principals 

Charter school offers supplies and support to tornado victims, CBS

How charter schools are adapting amid the coronavirus outbreak, Yahoo Finance

The Union War on Charter School Philanthropists, The Wall Street Journal

Interview on Fox and Friends

Testimony before the House Education and Workforce Committee at a Congressional hearing on charter schools

Blog posts by Nina Rees

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