MCPSA’s mission is to create and protect the conditions that will enable the charter public school sector to thrive, and advance the larger goal of ensuring all Massachusetts children and families have equitable access to high-quality schools.

To achieve our Mission, MCPSA:

Advocates for public policy that supports equitable educational opportunities and supports member schools across Massachusetts.

Provides best practice sharing and professional development for leaders, educators, and board members to support strong educational practices, governance, and advocacy engagement.

Amplifies the stories and voices of the charter public school community.

MCPSA’S equity vision

Since its inception, the K-12 public education system has been utilized as a tool to advance and protect systemic racism. From withholding education from enslaved peoples, to separate and unequal segregated schools, to the use of local property taxes and manipulated municipal boundaries as the basis for public education funding, systemic racism has and continues to impact children’s K-12 educational opportunities.

MCPSA will work to build a more just and equitable K-12 public education system in Massachusetts — in short, one in which every child receives a high-quality public education that enables them to thrive and to reach their full potential.

Equity Vision


Tim Nicolette

Executive Director

Erica Brown

Chief of Policy & School Supports

Danielle Pape

Chief of Public Affairs

Robert Carpenter

Director of School Supports, Governance

Derya Deane

Director of Operations

Drew Forster

Senior Director of Communications

Adkeem Jackson

Senior Director of Community Mobilization

Oscar Lopez

Director of Government Affairs

Lina Musayev

Senior Director of School Supports

Sara Nelson

Director of School Supports

Madeleine Sims

Operations Manager


Rhonda "Nikki" Barnes

PresidentKIPP MA

Beth Anderson

Vice PresidentPhoenix Charter Academy Network

Greg Orpen

TreasurerInnovation Academy Charter School

Robert Beatty

ClerkAtlantis Charter School

Farida Graham

DirectorAcademy of the Pacific Rim Charter Public School

Barish Icin

DirectorPioneer Charter School of Science

Nicole Mack

DirectorConservatory Lab Charter School

Modesto Montero

DirectorLibertas Academy Charter School

Jenna Ogundipe

DirectorBoston Collegiate Charter School

Bill Spirer

DirectorSpringfield Prep Charter School

Heather Zolnowski

DirectorBenjamin Franklin Classical Charter School


If you’re looking to start a charter public school in Massachusetts, we’ve got you covered. All of the necessary information, including a schedule for key deadlines, is available on the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education website.

To learn more, please reach out to Erica Brown, MCPSA’s Chief of Policy & School Supports.

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