Motivated by a commitment to helping others succeed, Angela Irwin leads our initiatives related to board policies and incubating and accelerating new schools. Her expertise in navigating the application process and providing strategic counsel in organizational development has positioned countless new school operators for success the moment they open their doors. Prior to joining the Institute, Angie worked in the authorizing industry for 16 years, where she advanced the accountability models for The Governor John Engler Center for Charter Schools at Central Michigan University and the Grand Valley State University Charter Schools Office, respectively. Throughout her career in the charter sector, Angie has served on a variety of committees, participated in a Harvard University Leadership Program, co-published an article for the Michigan Family Review entitled Families & Educational Reform, and was named VIP Woman of the Year through her membership with the National Association of Professional Women. Angie earned her Master of Arts in Educational Administration from Central Michigan University and Bachelor of Arts from Grand Valley State University.