A national leader in education reform, Dr. Darlene Chambers joined the Institute team as Senior Vice President for Programs & Services in the spring of 2016. Darlene brings over 40 years of education experience working nationally and internationally with schools, boards, authorizers, universities and corporations. Prior to joining the Institute, Darlene served as the CEO of the Ohio Alliance for Public Charter Schools. Darlene also served as the Executive Director of the Ohio Council of Community Schools, one the first and largest authorizers in Ohio. In 2013, she was elected as the President of the Ohio Association of Charter School Authorizers and also participated in the National Association of Charter School Authorizer’s (NACSA) leader’s program. She is a highly sought after speaker, consults with authorizers around the country and serves as an executive leadership coach for NACSA. Darlene was also a member of the National Alliance for Public Charter Schools State Leader’s Council and was a founding board member of the Cleveland Transformation Alliance, an advocacy group for the Cleveland Metropolitan School District and its partner charter schools. Recently, Darlene played an instrumental role in Michigan’s Authorizer Accreditation Review program developed in conjunction with AdvancED and also developed a series of board training modules for the statewide Ohio charter school board membership organization. Darlene did doctoral work in higher education and organizational development at Oregon State and Bowling Green State Universities. She received her Masters from San Francisco State University and Bachelors at Ball State University.