Karolyn Belcher is the Interim Superintendent for Achievement First, a charter network in CT, NY, and RI. In the role, she leads the management and ongoing improvement of the 40 schools. Prior to this, she served as the Chief Academic Officer of the Charleston County School District (CSSD). She led the academic improvement strategy for South Carolina’s second largest school district including a curriculum adoption, professional learning, and COVID recovery planning. She was the President of TNTP and oversaw all the organization’s partnerships with school systems nationwide. TNTP is a national nonprofit that aims to partner with school districts on their most pressing student achievement challenges. She was the principal of the John A. Reisenbach Charter School, one of the first three charter schools in New York State, located in central Harlem; and began her career teaching science in New Orleans as a charter corps member of Teach For America. Karolyn has been recognized as both a Pahara-Aspen Fellow and a Broad Academy Fellow. She has a BA in Biological Science from Mount Holyoke College and an MA and MEd in Education Leadership from Teachers College, Columbia University.