President & Chief Executive Officer
Fortune School of Education
Margaret Fortune is the President and CEO of Fortune School of Education. Under Fortune’s leadership, the organization launched a network of public charter schools located in Sacramento and San Bernardino counties. The K-12 school system is focused on closing the African American achievement gap, preparing scholars for college starting in Kindergarten. Called Fortune School, the network currently includes three K-8 campuses with combined enrollment of 900 students, and has approval to open seven more schools. Fortune also operates a graduate school of education, credentialing teachers and school administrators with a focus on charter school leadership.
A graduate of Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government, Fortune served as an education advisor to two California Governors. She broke new ground in 2003 when she turned around Sacramento High School, changing the 1,600 student campus into a charter school. The college going rate has increased from 20 percent before the reform to over 80 percent today. Fortune currently serves as a Trustee of the California State University.