Committed to the core mission of ensuring students are prepared for success in college, work and life, Cheri has dedicated her career to strengthening leaders, growing networks and impacting students. Cheri joined the Institute team in 2017 as the Chief Strategy Officer. A steadfast believer in education reform, Cheri began her work in the reform movement in 1995, serving as Executive Director of the Coalition for Essential Schools. She was quickly tapped to serve in top school leadership positions in the charter sector in Kansas City. Following 6 years of service within charter schools and being recognized as an emerging leader in the field, Cheri was chosen to lead the Missouri Charter Public Schools Association in 2009, followed by the Florida Charter Schools Association in 2011. In her tireless work to advance the charter movement and continue to make a difference in the landscape, Cheri founded and became the Executive Director of University Preparatory Academies, Inc., in 2012. Throughout Florida, Cheri’s talents in new school development became widely recognized and she quickly gained a reputation for her instrumental work in growing and launching schools, inspiring her to serve as an educational consultant to others in this capacity. Most recently, in 2016, Cheri served as the Senior Director of Charter Development for Pathways Management Group in California. Cheri earned her Master of Science Degree in Educational Leadership and Policy from Arizona State University and Bachelor of Science in Education from Southwest Missouri State University. Cheri has completed the coursework for her Doctorate of Philosophy in Educational Leadership from the University of Nebraska and her Education Specialist Degree from the University of Missouri. Combined with her rich experience in public education, Cheri is recognized as an expert in the industry and has contributed much thought leadership through numerous roles and opportunities throughout the nation.