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LAURA LEE MCGOVERN

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LAURA LEE MCGOVERN

TITLE 

Chief of Staff

ORGANIZATION

Uncommon Schools

BIOGRAPHY

Laura Lee McGovern is chief of staff for Uncommon Schools, a nonprofit charter management organization that starts and manages urban public charter schools that close the achievement gap and prepare low-income students to graduate from college. Uncommon Schools educates 21,000 students in grades K-12 across 57 schools in Boston, Camden, Newark, New York City, Rochester and Troy. Uncommon Schools was the 2013 Winner and 2018 Finalist of the Broad Prize for Public Charter Schools.

Laura serves as a member of the executive team at Uncommon, where she also oversees alumni impact, data analytics, and focuses on strategy, growth and organizational effectiveness. Prior to becoming chief of staff, Laura served as founding chief operating officer of Uncommon’s middle and high schools in New York City and founding co-director of operations at Kings Collegiate Charter School.

Before joining Uncommon, Laura was the founding director of analytics in student enrollment at the New York City Department of Education, and was an engagement manager at Katzenbach Partners LLC, a management consulting firm.

Laura received her MBA from Harvard Business School, where she was a Baker Scholar. She earned her BA in social studies at Harvard College and was elected to Phi Beta Kappa.