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Published on Aug 27, 2012
Entrepreneurs have revolutionized nearly every facet of modern society, bringing innovations to the way we care for the sick, grow our food, and communicate with each other. For the past 15 years, these stubbornly optimistic men and women have turned their sights on bringing US public education into the 21st century. Together, they're working towards a future in which every student--no matter their socioeconomic status or their ZIP code--receives an excellent education.
Carrie Chimerine Irvin, President and Co-Founder of Charter Board Partners, has an extensive background in education policy and school reform, focusing on pre-K-12 education for economically disadvantaged students and communities. Carrie was most recently a consultant for Education Resource Strategies, a nonprofit that works with urban districts to help them redirect resources to improve student achievement. Prior to that, she held leadership positions at New American Schools, and taught eighth grade at the American School in Japan. Carrie recently chaired the Board of Trustees of the National Child Research Center, a model preschool in Washington, DC. She holds a Masters in Education Policy from the Harvard Kennedy School and a Bachelor of Arts from Brown University.
Simmons Lettre, Executive Director and Co-Founder of Charter Board Partners, specializes in education communications, school district improvement and comprehensive school reform. Simmons' previous experience in urban education includes teaching at the Benjamin Banneker Public Charter School in Cambridge, MA, as well as policy and communications positions with the Boston Plan for Excellence, New American Schools, Expeditionary Learning Outward Bound and Targeted Leadership Consulting. Most recently, she was a communications consultant for Education Resource Strategies. She currently serves as the VIce Chair of the Board of Trustees of Capital City Public Charter School in Northwest Washington and chairs the Development Committee. Simmons holds a Masters in School Leadership from the Harvard Graduate School of Education and a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Davidson College.