Marc founded the Massachusetts Charter Public School Association in 2001. He has thirty years of experience managing and conducting educational research and advocacy and has published research in education policy. Before founding MCPSA, he directed the Student Center for Educational Research and Advocacy at the University of Massachusetts Amherst where for seven years he directed research, training, and advocacy on issues of education reform. He received his doctorate in Educational Policy, Research and Administration in 1993 from the University of Massachusetts Amherst. Marc is the proud parent of four charter school graduates from three Western Massachusetts charter schools.
Oona collaborates with the Executive Director and Deputy Director in establishing, implementing and maintaining the infrastructure to support and sustain MCPSA’s advocacy and programmatic efforts. Oona brings nearly fifteen years of experience in senior leadership, organizational management, and legal advocacy and holds a Bachelor’s Degree in politics from Mount Holyoke College and a Juris Doctor from the University of Connecticut School of Law.
Janine collaborates with the Executive Director and Chief Operating Officer in shaping MCPSA’s organizational growth and priorities. She bridges education policy and practice by advocating on behalf of the charter sector to drive state education policies while serving as the MCPSA’s programmatic leader. Janine’s professional experience in the education sector spans K-12 and higher education. Prior to joining MCPSA, she served as Director of Administration & Communications at the Center for Education Policy Research at Harvard. Janine holds an MA in Education Administration from American University, and pursued doctoral coursework in Education Leadership at the University of Pennsylvania.
Julia works to engage and mobilize parents and coordinates opportunities for parents to become strong and active advocates for charter school expansion in Boston and statewide. Julia’s previous employment includes Job Specialist at Goodwill Industries, where she provided workforce development trainings for people with employment barriers and Communication/Engagement Strategist at the Center for Social Policy where she designed and implemented messaging strategies to promote their efforts. Julia has a Bachelors degree from Mount Ida College and is the proud aunt of an Excel Academy student.
Wanda works with the Chief of Policy & Practice to design and implement systems and programs to support the charter community in boosting college completion rates. Her extensive previous experience includes working with students, educators, and administrators within charter schools, community organizations, private, public and community colleges. Wanda holds a Master's of Education in Community Counseling from Boston University and received her doctorate in Higher Education Administration from the University of Massachusetts Amherst.
Tracey Wheatley Perkins
Tracey plays a key role in supporting the strategic initiatives of the organization in the areas of advocacy, operations, and programs and works with the MCPSA leadership team to provide high-level project management to new and existing initiatives. Before joining MCPSA, Tracey was Chief of Staff at the Institute of Contemporary Art in Boston and Operations Manager at Frontier Strategy Group. Tracey has a Bachelor’s Degree from Colby College, a Master’s Degree from George Washington University, and an MBA from the Boston University School of Management.
Deirdre Riley Thomson
Working with the Director of Administration & Project Management as well as with team members across the organization, Deirdre manages all logistical and administrative aspects of MCPSA events, meetings, and programs. Deirdre has an extensive background in special events, having worked previously at PBD Events and most recently at MetroWest Medical Center in its Blood Donor Program. Deirdre holds a Bachelor’s Degree from Syracuse University.