Carmen A. N’Namdi brings 30 years of entrepreneurial, educational, and organizational experience to the National Charter Schools Institute Board of Directors. She founded the Nataki Talibah Schoolhouse of Detroit as a private school in 1978 with eighteen students. The school has grown, and currently serves 425 students as a charter public school authorized by Central Michigan University. Ms. N’Namdi has served as the chair and vice chair of the Institute’s Board of Directors. She also serves on the Board of the Michigan Association of Public School Academies. In 2002, she served as an appointee to the McPherson Commission, initiated by the Michigan legislature to study charter schools.