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Charter Board Partners

Want to Join a Board?


The Colorado League of Charter Schools is partnering with Charter Board Partners to offer top Denver area professionals the opportunity to positively impact the lives of children by serving on the board of directors for a public charter school board in the Denver metropolitan area.

Charter Board Partners is a national nonprofit based in Washington, D.C., that supports strong school governance so that every public charter school has the board it needs to provide an excellent education to students. CBP recruits and trains top talent for service on charter boards and then strategically matches candidates to boards who need their expertise. CBP also helps boards gain the knowledge and resources necessary for effective governance.


Individuals who are selected to join a charter board will be strategically matched to a board in need of their skills and will play an active role in ensuring that every aspect of the school is optimized for students to thrive—from advising on strategy, to building community relationships, to driving academic growth to raising funds for new programs. This is an opportunity to develop a new professional skill set and network while making a tangible impact on students in Denver.  Members lead with other professionals from a wide range of fields, and use their knowledge and resources to address the school’s most pressing needs, provide fiduciary oversight, and ensure strong student outcomes. For experienced leaders interested in applying their skills in a new and high-impact context, charter board membership is an enriching and rewarding opportunity.


The expected commitment for board members is as follows:

  • Full participation in the work of the board for the duration of the board term (1-3 years) including participation in at least one training event over the course of service
  • A time commitment of approximately 8-10 hours per month
  • Consistent board meeting and committee meeting attendance (typically once per month)
  • Willingness to travel to the school site for meetings and as needed
  • Active contribution of skills, knowledge, network and resources to support the school’s success


In order to make a significant positive impact for Denver's public charter schools, ideal candidates will have:

  • A passion for educational equity in the K-12 context
  • A track record of success over 7+ years of professional experience
  • Expertise in one or more relevant areas (e.g, finance, HR, instructional leadership, facilities, etc.)
  • A collaborative and action-oriented outlook
  • High standards for personal ethics and integrity
  • Willingness to participate in CBP’s Board Candidate Training


Please reach out to Debbie Lister, Chief Governance and Program Operations Officer, 202-491-8923, to learn more.  



"At the Donnell-Kay Foundation we believe that there can be no great schools without strong and effective boards–it is the foundation for quality, stability, and results. Charter Board Partners not only realizes this, but is the leader in helping public charter schools ensure that they recruit and train the governance leaders we need. All students deserve exceptional schools. All exceptional schools require skillful and talented leadership and governance."

— Tony Lewis
Executive Director, Donnell-Kay Foundation, Denver