CharterFolk Contributor Mollie Mitchell – CharterFolk on the Move – December 2023

Good morning, CharterFolk!

Today we are pleased to share the second 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!

On 12/31/23 Carrie Wagner will step down as the Executive Director of the Girls Athletic Leadership School Los Angeles (GALS) as she has launched a new back-office company called HARNESS (as in “Harness Unlimited Potential”). GALS is passing the baton to its highly qualified Founding Principal, Vanessa Garza, who will become the next Executive Director of GALS. Michael Battle was promoted to be the Executive Director, IDEA Greater Austin. He was previously the Vice President of Schools for the Austin region. Rian Townsend is now the Executive Director, IDEA Tarrant County. Prior to joining IDEA Public Schools, Rian served as Executive Director of School Leadership for the Fort Worth Independent School District. Matthew Robinson is transitioning from his role as Executive Principal at IDEA Valley View to serve as the Interim Executive Director of IDEA Greater Cincinnati. Kate Finley Keeler is now Chief Academic Officer at DC International School. She was previously Deputy Chief Academic Officer at KIPP DC. Malka Borrego joined Greenhouse E3 as a Partner. She is the former founder and Chief Executive Officer of Equitas Academy Charter Schools. Lisa Margosian was recently appointed Chief Executive Officer of Achievement First, where she was serving as interim for the last year. LaNelle Alexander joined Achievement First as Chief Equity Officer. Antwan Wilson joined DSST Public Schools as President. Barbara Martinez is now Executive Director of the NJ Children’s Foundation. She was formerly the Chief Media Officer at Uncommon Schools. Laura Miguez Howarth was recently named Chief Operating Officer at KIPP Texas. She previously served as the Deputy Chief of School Operations at the same organization. KIPP Texas also announced the appointment of Dr. Rona Simmons as Chief Academic Officer. She was previously the interim at the same organization. Yvette Núñez is now the Chief of Staff at Mastery Charter Schools. She had been Mastery’s Chief External Affairs Officer. Jon Rybka is now Chief Program Officer at Equitable Facilities Fund. He was formerly the outgoing Chief Executive Officer at RePublic Schools. Andrew McRae is now Chief Executive Officer at Breakthrough Public Schools. He was previously Chief Academic Officer at the same organization. Tammi Griffin-Major was promoted to Interim Chief Executive Officer at Algiers Charter Schools. She was previously Chief Operating Officer at the same organization. Jorge Miranda is now Chief Schools Officer at KIPP Public Schools Northern California. He was formerly at the KIPP Foundation as Vice President of High Schools. Carl Hampton is now Vice President for Government Relations and Policy at One City Schools in Madison, WI. Sarah Figueroa-Freeman was promoted to the position of Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of Para Los Niños. Elizabeth Choi is now the Chief Operating Officer at Envision Education. She was most recently Chief Strategy Officer at the same organization. Ben Cope was recently appointed Chief Development Officer of the KIPP Foundation. He formerly served as Chief External Officer for KIPP New Jersey and KIPP Miami. Fiorella Del Carpio was recently named Chief People Officer for Magnolia Public Schools. She was most recently the Managing Director of Human Resources and Special Projects at the California Charter Schools Association. Kathryn Anstaett has been promoted from Chief Schools Officer (CSO) to President and CSO at the United Schools Network in Columbus Ohio. The additional title of President means Kathryn will be leading strategy and operations for the Network’s campuses. Kurtis Indorf transitioned out of his role as Founder and President of Great Hearts Nova to start a consulting firm. Great Hearts Nova will be co-led by Dr. Roger LaMarca, Senior VP of Business Operations, and Heidi Vasiloff, Executive Director of GH Online. Heidi and Roger will continue to co-lead Great Hearts Online and will report to Jay Heiler, Great Hearts America CEO, as part of their expanded leadership roles. Kennedy Hilario is now Chief Executive Officer of ACE Charter Schools. He was previously the Executive Director of Francophone Charter School of Oakland. Monica Bustillos is now the Controller for the Texas Public Charter Schools Association. She was previously a Senior Internal Auditor with Texas Partners Bank. Sarah Tredway is the Senior Director of School Advocacy for the Texas Public Charter Schools Association. Sarah was previously a Director, Content Facilitator, and Curriculum Specialist at Teach For America Houston. Roneshia Ray is now the Director of Regional Advocacy, Southeast TX for the Texas Public Charter Schools Association. She was previously a founding speech and dance teacher at KIPP Generations. 

If you have 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.