CharterFolk Contributor Mollie Mitchell – CharterFolk on the Move – April 2024

Good morning, CharterFolk!

Today we are pleased to share the third edition of CharterFolk on the Move from Mollie Mitchell, the President and Founder of The K12 Search Group.

I provide Mollie’s bio below.

Mollie Mitchell is the President and Founder of The K12 Search Group, a national search firm that provides executive search services to charter schools, CMOs, state charter associations, and nonprofits and foundations that exist to achieve equity in public education.  

Since creating The K12 Search Group in 2007, Mollie has worked with many high-performing charter school operators and education reform nonprofits around the country to help them recruit executive talent into their organizations. Prior to founding The K12 Search Group, Mollie led recruitment at the Broad Center. She has been recruiting in the sector since 2001—longer than any of her direct competitors.

Mollie is a dedicated advocate for improving educational outcomes in underserved communities and has served on the boards of charter schools in Los Angeles and Austin. She was also a board trustee of Great Minds, the creator of high quality curricula, Eureka Math and Wit & Wisdom. She currently sits on the board of the Turquoise Trail Charter School Foundation, a nonprofit that supports the first charter school in the state of New Mexico.

Please join me in congratulating the CharterFolk below on their recent transitions!

Justin Scott is now Chief Schools Officer at Rocky Mountain Prep. He was previously Regional Superintendent, Austin, at KIPP Texas Public Schools. Ken Tyrrell was recently appointed Chief Operations Officer at Green Dot Public Schools California. He joined Green Dot from BASIS.Ed, where he was the Vice President, Operations. Aaron Lippman was selected to be the next Chief Executive Officer of Carmen Schools of Science & Technology. He joins Carmen from Milwaukee Jewish Day School, where he was the Head of School. Alex Jarrell is now Chief Executive Officer of Benjamin Franklin High School in New Orleans. He joins Franklin from New Schools New Orleans, where he was the Chief Innovation Officer. Crystal Nasir is now Executive Director, Birmingham, AL at Freedom Prep Charter Schools. Her most recent role was Chief Impact Officer at KIPP Metro Atlanta Schools. The board of KIPP Jacksonville Schools recently promoted Dr. Melissa Fullmore, Chief Schools Officer, to the role of Executive Director, effective in May. Britney Black, Senior Director of Leadership Development, will succeed Dr. Fullmore as the new Chief Schools Officer. Zac West, Chief External Affairs Officer was promoted to Chief Operating Officer. Drew Wadell was hired to be the organization’s first Chief Financial Officer. His most recent CMO role was as Chief Financial Officer of The Kindezi Schools in Atlanta. Elliott Nguyen is now Vice President, Development at Equitable Facilities Fund. He was previously VP Client Solutions at ER2. Marina Cofield is the new Chief Executive Officer of East Harlem Tutorial Program. She was most recently at ExpandED Schools, where she was the Chief Operating Officer. Nella Garcia Urban was named Chief Executive Officer of DSST Public Schools. She was most recently the Chief External Officer for YES Prep Public Schools. Mastery Schools recently welcomed Serena Amos as Chief People Officer. She was previously Director of Human Resources at William Penn Charter School. DeAnna Bruce is now Regional Superintendent of Movement Schools in North Charleston. She joined Movement from KIPP Capital Region Public Schools, where she was the Managing Director of Schools. Breakthrough Public Schools in Cleveland announced the appointment of Dr. Ami Rudd as the new Chief Learning Officer.  She was most recently Managing Director, Student Services, at the same organization. Kathleen Zimmerman was named Chief Financial Officer at IDEA Public Schools. She was previously Executive Director of NYOS Charter School, Inc. Bethany Solis is moving from her role as Executive Director, IDEA Permian Basin to the role of Vice President, College Completion at IDEA Public Schools effective in July. Achievement First announced the placement of Ru Sharma as Chief People Officer. She was most recently Chief People Officer at Universal Standard. Jessica Panfil is now Executive Director of LAMB Public Charter School in Washington, DC. Most recently, Jessica served as Principal of Claremont Immersion Dual Language Elementary. Bonita Lea was named Head of School at The GreenMount School in Baltimore, MD, effective in July. Bonita comes to GMS from Browne Academy in Alexandria, Virginia, where she is the Associate Head of School and Middle School Head.

If you have executive level team members who have recently been hired or promoted from within your charter organization, please let Mollie Mitchell, mmitchell@k12searchgroup.com, or me, kerry@charterfolk.org, know. We will include them in the next quarterly post of CharterFolk on the Move.