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 past and current students who attended three Western Massachusetts charter schools.
Janine collaborates with the Executive Director and Chief Operating Officer in shaping MCPSA’s organizational growth and priorities. She provides leadership for advocacy and programmatic efforts, including Communities of Practice and other professional development resources for charter school leaders. 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.
Oona collaborates with the Executive Director and Deputy Director in the ongoing development of MCPSA’s strategic plan and is responsible for establishing and implementing the infrastructure needed to sustain the organization’s rapid growth. Prior to joining MCPSA Oona was the Chief Operating Officer for a collection of medical practices and a partner in a boutique law firm. Oona has a Bachelor’s Degree from Mount Holyoke College and a Juris Doctor from the University of Connecticut School of Law. Oona lives with her family in Western Massachusetts, and her daughter attended the Hilltown Cooperative Charter School.
Tracey Wheatley Perkins
Tracey works with the Deputy Director to develop, implement, and manage programs and events for MCPSA charter school members. Before joining MCPSA, Tracey was Chief of Staff at the Institute of Contemporary Art in Boston and Operations Manager at Frontier Strategy Group in Cambridge. 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. Tracey lives with her husband and daughter in Reading.
Kara works with the Chief Operating Office to provide administrative support in the areas of board development, human resources, operations, board activities and data management. Kara was the Executive Assistant to the Executive Director of Community Day Charter Public School in Lawrence for six years before leaving to serve as the Executive Director of the Lowell Humane Society. Kara returned to charter public schools in 2009 when she joined the MCPSA. She has a Bachelor’s Degree from the University of Massachusetts and a Graduate Certificate in Marketing from Southern N.H. University.
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.
Max works with the Deputy Director and Program Manager to develop and implement professional development programs and events for MCPSA charter school members. Prior to joining MCPSA Max worked for Amplify as a Data Analysis Coach designing and delivering a data driven professional development series across Rhode Island K-12 districts. He also worked providing professional development and coaching with MATCH Education, Uncommon Schools and Teach for America. Max holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Mary Washington.