MCPSA Announces Appointment of Tim Nicolette as New Executive Director

Date Published: 
June 5, 2017


President of UP Education Network and Former BPS Chief of Staff will replace longtime Executive Director Marc Kenen


BOSTON, MA - June 5, 2017 - The Massachusetts Charter Public School Association announced this week that Tim Nicolette, President of UP Education Network and former chief of staff to Boston Public Schools Superintendent Carol Johnson, has accepted the position of MCPSA Executive Director.

Nicolette succeeds Marc Kenen, who led the MCPSA since its founding in 2001. Kenen announced last spring that he would be leaving the position. Nicolette will start August 7.

“Tim is highly respected by all who have worked with him,” said Thabiti Brown, MCPSA Vice President and Head of School at Codman Academy Charter Public School in Dorchester. “He is an innovator and a collaborator, who understands that a good public school is a good public school whether it’s a district or a charter school.”

Nicolette comes to the Association with a strong background in education policy and management, having worked in both district and charter public school sectors. The Association Board believes his skills are well-suited to promote continued charter expansion, while forging closer collaborative relationships among traditional district and charter schools.

“I believe passionately in the importance of providing all students with an opportunity for a high quality education, and deeply believe that Massachusetts charter schools are second to none,” Nicolette said. “I am looking forward to moving the Association and the charter movement into its next phase of development.”

Most recently, Nicolette 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.

Prior to that, Nicolette served as Chief of Staff to Superintendent of Boston Public Schools Carol Johnson, managing relationships with community stakeholders across the city and identifying policies to accelerate student achievement. He also served as an education advisor to former Boston Mayor Tom Menino and as Deputy Chief Financial Officer for BPS.

Nicolette received his B.A. from Columbia University and earned his M.B.A. from Harvard Business School. He began his career as a strategy consultant with L.E.K. Consulting and also served as Executive Director of Inspire, Inc., an organization that provides consulting services to education and youth development nonprofits.

The Association Board thanked Kenen for his strong leadership building the Association into a strong advocacy and support organization for the charter movement in Massachusetts.

“We would not be the strong, vibrant movement we are today without Marc Kenen,” said MCPSA President Beth Anderson, CEO of Phoenix Education Network. “Under his leadership,  Commonwealth charter public schools have grown from 36 schools and 12,000 children to 73 schools and more than 42,000 children. The Association is now a strong advocate for education reform on Beacon Hill, and facilitates a variety of programs and services for our schools. We owe him a huge debt of gratitude for his tireless efforts on behalf of our schools and the children we serve.”