Senior Advisor, National Association of Charter School Authorizers
Shepherdstown, West Virginia
Nelson Smith is senior advisor to the National Association of Charter School Authorizers. He served as the first president and CEO of the National Alliance for Public Charter Schools; executive director of the District of Columbia Public Charter School Board; vice president for Education and Workforce Development at the New York City Partnership; and director of programs for the Improvement of Practice at the U.S. Department of Education.
He has taught at the Harvard Graduate School of Education, and in 2010 was given a Career Achievement Award from New Schools Venture Fund. In June 2015, he was inducted into the National Charter Schools Hall of Fame. A graduate of Georgetown University, he lives in Shepherdstown, West Virginia.