National Alliance for Public Charter Schools Hosts 4th Annual School Leaders of Color Reception

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Washington, D.C.- Join the National Alliance for Public Charter Schools for a reception honoring African-American, Hispanic, Asian, and Native American leaders who head high-performing, high-quality charter schools. This largest-ever convening of diverse charter school leaders are in Washington to demand Congress provide continued funding to meet parental demand for charter schools throughout the nation, and to spotlight how the charter school model is closing the achievement gap for all students, especially students of color.

This reception will be co-hosted by the National Alliance for Public Charter Schools, the Diverse Charter Schools Coalition and the National Congress for Black Women. In addition to nearly 50 charter school leaders from 18 states, invited attendees include elected officials and their staffs, and education advocates. Please join us for this opportunity to recognize and celebrate diverse school leaders from across the country!

WHAT: Reception honoring the National Alliance’s School Leaders of Color, who are in Washington to advocate for public charter schools and the 3.2 million students who attend them. Media attending will have the opportunity to speak directly with the nation’s leading school leaders of color who are changing the status quo by offering a high-quality public education to all children in their communities, regardless of their zip code.


  • Charter school leaders of color, education advocates, elected officials and their staffs
  • National Alliance Board Member and former Senator, Mary Landrieu (D-LA)
  • Nearly 50 school leaders of color from across the U.S. including:
    • Emilio Pack, CEO of STEM Preparatory Schools in California
    • Ramona Edelin, Head of the D.C Association of Chartered Public Schools
    • Three local charter school leaders from Washington, D.C, including Mashea Ashton, founder and principal of Washington’s first computer-science middle school now open in Anacostia   

WHEN:              Monday, February 25 at 5:00 p.m.

WHERE:          Capitol Visitor Center (217) | Congressional Meeting Room South, U.S. Capitol | First St., NE, Washington, D.C. 20515

RSVP:              Media covering the event must RSVP with Shaelyn Macedonio at

About the National Alliance for Public Charter Schools
The National Alliance for Public Charter Schools is the leading national nonprofit organization to advancing the public 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

About the Diverse Charter Schools Coalition (DCSC)
The Diverse Charter Schools Coalition is a coalition of charter schools that have a racially, culturally, and socioeconomically diverse student population.  DCSC's mission is to catalyze and support the creation and expansion of high-quality diverse public charter schools through strategic research, advocacy, membership activities, and outreach.

About the National Congress of Black Women
The National Congress of Black Women Foundation (NCWBF) promises to be informational, empowering, and inspirational for black women and their families.