About Us



Tim Nicolette

Executive Director

Tim provides strategic and operational leadership for all of MCPSA’s staff, programs, and advocacy work. Tim joined the association having worked in both district and charter public school sectors, with specific experience in education policy and management. Prior to joining MCPSA, Tim served as President of UP Education Network, a nonprofit school turnaround organization with schools in Boston, Lawrence, and Springfield that applies charter and district school best practices to rapidly turn around low performing district schools. He has also served as Chief of Staff to former Superintendent of Boston Public Schools Carol Johnson, managing relationships with community stakeholders across the city and identifying policies to accelerate student achievement, as well as Deputy Chief Financial Officer for BPS. Prior to working at BPS, he was an education advisor to former Boston Mayor Tom Menino. He began his career a strategy consultant with L.E.K. Consulting where he was elected Executive Director of Inspire, Inc., an organization that provides consulting services to education and youth development nonprofits. Tim holds a B.A. from Columbia University and an M.B.A. from Harvard Business School. He resides in Cambridge with his wife and two children.

Erica Brown

Chief of Policy & Practice

Erica collaborates with the Executive Director and Chief Operating Officer in shaping MCPSA’s organizational growth and priorities. She bridges education policy and practice by advocating on behalf of the charter sector to drive state education policies while serving as the MCPSA’s programmatic leader.  Prior to joining MCPSA, Erica served as a charter school teacher and leader of City on a Hill Charter Public Schools, and was a founding steering committee member of the Boston Compact, which brings together educators from charter, district, and Catholic schools in Boston to improve education for all young people in the city. Erica holds a B.A. in English and American Literature and Language from Harvard University, and an M.A. in English Language Arts Education from Tufts University.

Oona Cook

Chief Operating Officer

Oona collaborates with the Executive Director and Chief of Policy and Practice in establishing, implementing and maintaining the infrastructure to support and sustain MCPSA’s advocacy and programmatic initiatives.   Oona brings nearly fifteen years of experience in senior leadership, organizational management, and legal advocacy and holds a B.A from Mount Holyoke College and a Juris Doctor Degree from the University of Connecticut School of Law.  

Laura Davis

Regional Director, Capacity Building Network (Central & Western MA)

Laura collaborates with the Managing Director and Regional Director (Boston & Eastern MA) of the Capacity Building Network, charter school leaders/staff, and external partners to develop and implement the programmatic aspects of the Capacity Building Network. Before joining MCPSA, Laura served as an administrator at the Pioneer Valley Performing Arts Charter Public School in South Hadley, MA and as the education director at a not-for-profit arts organization in Connecticut. Laura holds undergraduate degrees in Social Psychology and Visual Arts from Tufts University and the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, and a Master of Education degree from Lesley University. She is currently pursuing a doctoral degree in Educational Policy, Research and Administration at the University of Massachusetts Amherst.

Melissa Lomas

Regional Director, Capacity Building Network (Boston & Eastern MA)

Melissa works with the Managing Director and Regional Director (Central & Western MA) of the Capacity Building Network, charter school leaders/staff, and external partners to develop and implement the programmatic aspects of the Capacity Building Network. Before joining MCPSA, Melissa was the founding Dean of Curriculum and Instruction for Pre-Kindergarten through First Grade at UP Academy Dorchester. Melissa also served as a first grade classroom teacher with the Cumberland County School District in North Carolina.  She has a BA in Fine Arts from Saint Michael’s College and a MA in Elementary Education from the University of Phoenix. 

Lina Musayev

Managing Director, Capacity Building Network

Lina provides strategic leadership to the Capacity Building Network. Prior to joining MCPSA, Lina served as the Associate Director of Strategy, Growth, and Advancement at Blackstone Valley Prep Mayoral Academy in Rhode Island and a Manager at Deloitte Consulting. Lina has Bachelor's Degree in Political Communication from George Washington University, a Master in Public Administration from George Washington University, and a Master in Education from the Broad Center for the Management of School Systems.

Tracey Perkins

Director of Administration & Project Management

Tracey plays a key role in supporting the strategic initiatives of the organization in the areas of advocacy, operations, and programs and works with the MCPSA leadership team to provide high-level project management to new and existing initiatives.  Before joining MCPSA, Tracey was Chief of Staff at the Institute of Contemporary Art in Boston and Operations Manager at Frontier Strategy Group.  Tracey has a B.A. in Art History from Colby College, an M.A. in Art History from George Washington University, and an M.B.A. with a concentration in Public & Nonprofit Management from the Boston University Questrom School of Business.

Deirdre Riley Thomson

Meeting Coordinator

Working with the Director of Administration & Project Management as well as with team members across the organization, Deirdre manages all logistical and administrative aspects of MCPSA events, meetings, and programs. Deirdre has an extensive background in special events, having worked previously at PBD Events and most recently at MetroWest Medical Center in its Blood Donor Program.  Deirdre holds a Bachelor’s Degree from Syracuse University.