Nina Rees

Guest Blogger

President and CEO, National Alliance for Public Charter Schools

Washington, D.C.

Nina Rees is the President and Chief Executive Officer of the National Alliance for Public Charter Schools, the leading national nonprofit organization committed to advancing the charter school movement. She is responsible for setting the strategic vision of the organization, fundraising, and working with her senior team to foster a climate in which charter schools can grow and have a positive impact on the academic achievement of all students.

Rees has over 20 years of experience in Washington, D.C., most recently as Senior Vice President for Strategic Initiatives for Knowledge Universe, a leading global education company with investments in early childhood education, before- and after-school programs, and online instruction.

Prior to her tenure at KU, she served as the first Deputy Under Secretary for Innovation and Improvement at the U.S. Department of Education. In this capacity, she oversaw the administration of 28 grant programs, supporting 1,300 projects, and was responsible for spearheading innovative federal programs and policies such as school choice, charter schools, and alternative routes to teacher certification and school leadership. Before moving to the Education Department, Rees served as Deputy Assistant for Domestic Policy to the Vice President at the White House.

Prior to serving in the executive branch, Rees was the senior education analyst at the Heritage Foundation, where she authored more than two dozen policy briefs and served as the foundation’s chief spokesperson on education. She previously worked at a public interest law firm and an advocacy organization. She began her career in Washington, D.C., on Capitol Hill, where she worked for then-Congressman Porter Goss (R-FL) in 1991.

Rees has appeared on various news outlets including Bloomberg, CNBC, C-SPAN and PBS’s NewsHour. Her articles and opinions have been published in the New York Times, The Wall Street Journal and The Washington Post. She also writes a regular column for U.S. News & World Report.

Rees serves on the board of directors of the PIE Network, the advisory committee of the Program on Education Policy and Governance at Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government, and the advisory boards of Honored and the National Association of Charter School Authorizers. She is a Pahara-Aspen Fellow and a member of the Aspen Global Leadership Network.

She lives in McLean, Virginia, with her husband and daughter.

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Posted Nov. 19, 2019

Here’s How Cutting-Edge Charter School Leaders of Color Engage Families for Student Success

For decades, parents and charter school administrators have cultivated best practices to build inclusive, welcoming and student-centered school communities across…

By Nina Rees

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Posted Oct. 11, 2019

Charter Schools Offer Choices to North Carolina Families Regardless of Income

There’s a lot of confusion these days about what charter schools are and what they aren’t. Some of the confusion…

By Rhonda Dillingham, Nina Rees

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Posted Sep. 23, 2019

Register to Vote and Let Politicians Know They Can’t Win by Attacking Charter Schools

I will never forget the day I became a U.S. citizen: November 16, 1993. My dad had moved us to…

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Posted Mar. 17, 2016

Discipline in Charter Schools: There’s More to the Story

This week, the Civil Rights Project at UCLA came out with a report on charter and traditional public schools’ discipline…

By Nina Rees

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Posted Dec. 8, 2015

With a New Law and Federal Money, Ohio Can Improve Public Charter Schools

When the U.S. Department of Education recently announced $125 million in grants to help eight states create new high-quality public charter…

By Alan Rosskamm, Nina Rees

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