Kevin Sved is a full time public school teacher in East Palo Alto, CA. In July 2023, Kevin completed seven years of service as CEO of Navigator Schools, a high-performing charter network that is eliminating the achievement gap in California’s North Central Coast with K-8 schools in Gilroy, Hayward, Hollister, and Watsonville. Since joining Navigator in 2016, Navigator Schools grew from 720 to 1,600 students, opening a third school and transforming a vacant department store in downtown Watsonville into a permanent TK-8th grade campus and merging with Hayward Collegiate. In 1994, Kevin co-founded The Accelerated School (TAS), the first charter school in South Los Angeles. Over the course of his fifteen-year stewardship, TAS grew from its original site in a church recreation room to encompass a family of four schools serving more than 1,300 students in grades PreK through 12. TAS received national recognition as Time Magazine’s School of the Year in 2001. A hub of neighborhood transformation through community-centered programs in health, technology, and the arts, the award-winning campus of Wallis Annenberg High School was showcased at the Geffen Contemporary at MOCA. Kevin was awarded the James Irvine Foundation Leadership Award in 2006 for advancing innovative and effective solutions to significant issues facing California’s future. A champion and educator of children for more than thirty years, he has developed a broad spectrum of expertise in charter schools. Kevin enjoys dancing with his wife, hiking with his four children, and practicing yoga.