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Charter Board Partners

Our Mission

Charter Board Partners promotes and supports strong charter school governance so that every public charter school has the board it needs to provide an excellent education.

Charter Board Partners is a nonprofit organization committed to strengthening the governance and quality of public charter schools. We believe that independent governance is the key differentiator between public charter schools and other public schools.  Independently governed boards put in place the context for success, shield schools from the ever-changing forces of politics, and insist on results. Boards also provide charter schools with volunteer board members who bring valuable talents and resources that public schools generally have a hard time accessing. And serving on the board of a public school gives those individuals the opportunity to play a meaningful role in public education reform, give back to their communities, and make a real difference in the lives of children.

We started working with three charter schools in Washington, DC in the fall of 2010. We are currently working with close to 30 boards in Washington, DC, and working with charter school boards, state level charter support organizations, CMOs, and harbormasters in seven states.  Because of our work, hundreds of individuals are contributing their time and talent to making public schools stronger, and dozens of boards are governing more effectively and leading to better results for their students. 

We have also helped raise awareness about the importance of strong governance—we have put boards "on the map” of powerful efforts to improve the quality of public schools, especially those serving children from low-income families.  Ultimately, our mission is about creating good schools, not just good boards.  We are proud to be a strong voice in the charter sector's thrust to focus on quality, not just quantity. 

And we are proud to be an advocate for more diversity in public charter school leadership, with a strong focus on diversity in our board recruiting.  Diverse boards are stronger boards, and boards serving students and families of color must represent their communities.  

Our expertise on effective governance is available to charter school boards and other key stakeholders around the nation.  Our governance experts  provide support, trainings, tools, and resources to individual boards, groups of boards, authorizers, funders, charter support organizations, and policymakers.  We are ready to work with individuals and organizations who share our belief that every charter school needs a strong and strategic governing board, so that eventually, every student has the chance to attend an excellent school. 

CBP was recently recognized as "one of the best small charities in Greater Washington" by the Catalogue for Philanthropy.


"I know of no great charter school without a great board. Every city with a large charter sector needs an organization like Charter Board Partners. We are so fortunate to have them in DC."

— Scott Pearson, Executive Director, DC Public Charter School Board

Our Values

Charter Board Partners firmly believes that every child deserves the chance to attend a great school.

We do what it takes to get results.

We have high standards for our work and we are passionate about “doing good” well.

We value our CBP team.

We do our best work when we collaborate, learn from, support, and laugh with each other.


A lot. We draw energy and inspiration from the ones we love and our lives outside of CBP.


We courageously engage in hard conversations and support others in making tough decisions.


We learn from our experiences, successes, and mistakes.


makes our work stronger.


We strive for and thrive by building partnerships with others who share our passion for educational quality.