About MCPSA

Staff

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 & School Support

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 serves as a membership of the Senior Leadership Team and is responsible for establishing, implementing and maintaining the infrastructure to support and sustain MCPSA’s strategic initiatives.   Oona brings more than 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.  

Victoria Criado

Chief of Communications & Development

Victoria collaborates with the Executive Director in shaping MCPSA's internal and external communications strategy, as well as securing the financial support needed to achieve MCPSA's programmatic and advocacy initiatives. Prior to joining MCPSA, Victoria served as the Chief Public Affairs Officer for UP Education Network. Victoria holds a B.A. in Political Science from Boston College, and an M.P.P. from the Harvard Kennedy School of Government.  

Michael Falcone

Chief of Government Affairs

Michael is responsible for leading MCPSA’s advocacy and political initiatives and strengthening bipartisan and progressive political support for the nation’s highest quality charter sector.  Prior to joining MCPSA, Michael served as the Director of Public Affairs for the Planned Parenthood Advocacy Fund/Planned Parenthood League of Massachusetts and as the Political Director for NARAL Pro-Choice Massachusetts.  Michael holds a Bachelor of Science from Boston University.

Julia Gwynne

Director of Data and Analytics

Julia is responsible for developing and managing the data systems and analyses needed to support MCPSA’s advocacy, communications and school support objectives.   Before joining MCPSA, Julia spent more than two decades working for the University of Chicago Consortium on School Research, most recently as the Managing Director and Senior Research Scientist.  Julia holds a Bachelor’s Degree from Duke University, a Master in Education from Columbia University and a Ph.D. from the University of Chicago. 

Melany Levesque

Operations Manager

As MCPSA’s Operations Manager, Melany works closely with the Chief Operating Officer to maintain and strengthen the organization’s internal processes and infrastructure and support the MCPSA’s continued growth. Melany has spent the last four years working to support charter school operations in various capacities, first with Building Excellent Schools and most recently with Excel Academy Charter High School. Prior to entering the charter school world, Melany spent six years serving in and overseeing national and local AmeriCorps programs. Melany holds a Bachelor’s Degree from the University of Maine at Farmington.

Lina Musayev

Managing Director, Capacity Building Network

Lina leads the Capacity Building Network and is responsible for overseeing the development and implementation of statewide initiatives designed to support high quality schools and key strategic efforts of the MCPSA's regional alliances.  Prior to joining the 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.

Sara Nelson

Director, Capacity Building Network

Sara provides capacity building support for charter schools in Massachusetts by creating professional development trainings and managing key strategic initiatives of the MCPSA's regional alliances. Before joining the MCPSA, Sara served as the Director of Student Support at Academy of the Pacific Rim Charter Public School and as a Special Educator in NYC and Newton public schools. Sara has a Bachelor's Degree in English from Amherst College and a Masters of Science Education from Brooklyn College.

Hoai Quach

Communications and Development Manager

Hoai works with the Chief of Communications and Development to support in the execution of MCPSA’s internal and external communications strategy to strengthen public support for charter schools and to support the charter movement’s ability to achieve its strategic goals.  Prior to joining MCPSA, Hoai  served as the Communications and Marketing Specialist for UP Education Network.  She has a B.A. in Communications from the University of Massachusetts.

Jennie Williamson

Director of Legislative Affairs

Jennie is responsible for furthering MCPSA’s advocacy agenda and strengthening bipartisan and progressive political support for the nation’s highest quality charter sector.   Before joining MCPSA, Jennie spent 7 years working for the Massachusetts State Legislature’s Joint Committee on Education, where she oversaw the development and implementation of the Education Committee’s policy agenda and strategy, and served as chief advisor to the Committee on statewide education policy issues and legislation. She also previously served as a Legislative Aide to Representative Alicea and as a Legislative Intern in Senator Jehlen's office. Jennie has a Bachelor’s Degree in English from Tufts University and a Masters of Public Administration from Harvard University Kennedy School of Government.