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it all started with

two friends wanting
to help school leaders of color

Create and Operate Schools Where Black and Brown Students Get the Best in Education.

our team

We are so excited to announce that the Board of Directors of the National Charter Collaborative has selected Naomi N. Shelton as Chief Executive Officer! Naomi will assume her role in January 2021.


Naomi’s career as a leader in the education sector spans policy, advocacy and programmatic initiatives with a deep focus on both K-12 and post-secondary education. Most recently, she led community engagement efforts at the KIPP Foundation where she defined and executed strategic partnerships in support of KIPP schools and communities across the country. Prior, she spent seven years as the Director of K-12 Advocacy with the UNCF (United Negro College Fund) where she established and raised funds to expand the UNCF’s K-12 initiative working with HBCUs and strategic partners including civil rights and faith-based organizations.


Naomi is nationally known and respected as a vocal advocate for charter schools to expand quality choice options for Black and Brown students and families. She is an esteemed volunteer board member of the Washington DC Public Charter School Board which is one of the highest quality authorizing boards in the country in a city where more than 40% of students attend charter schools. Click here to read the full announcement.
NCC is growing our team! Want to join us? Click here for open positions.

our board

  • Dr. Laura McGowan-Robinson
    Dr. Laura McGowan-Robinson Board President

    CEO – Diversity In Leadership Institute

  • William Haft
    William Haft

    Managing Partner – Tandem Learning Partners

  • Peggy McLeod, Ed.D.
    Peggy McLeod, Ed.D.

    Vice President Education, Workforce Development, and Evaluation – UNIDOS

  • Tania de Sa Campos
    Tania de Sa Campos Board Treasurer

    Deputy Chief of State Operations – Democrats For Education Reform

  • Ronald Rice
    Ronald Rice

    Senior Director, Government Relations – National Alliance For Public Charter Schools

  • Daniela Anello
    Daniela Anello

    Head of School – DC Billingual

  • Rafiq Kalam Id-Din II Esq
    Rafiq Kalam Id-Din II Esq

    Cofounder, Managing Partner – Ember Charter School for Mindful Education, Innovation and Transformation

  • Kim Smith
    Kim Smith Co-Founder of NCC

    Executive Director of the League of Innovative Schools, Digital Promise

  • Trish Millines Dziko
    Trish Millines Dziko Co-Founder of NCC

    Executive Director, Technology Access Foundation