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Audience in Lecture






Chief Executive Officer


Alpha Public Schools


Shara Hegde serves as Chief Executive Officer for Alpha Public Schools, a K-12 network of charter schools in East San Jose, CA, focused on preparing first generation students for college and career. In this role, she provides leadership, vision, and strategic direction for the network, and serves as the external leader of the Alpha organization. Additionally, she plays a key role in furthering educational equity efforts at the local and state level, serving as a member of the California Charter Schools Association board of directors and playing an active leadership role in the Charter Community of Silicon Valley Advocacy Group. She was recognized for her leadership efforts, being named California Charter School Leader of the Year by the state association in 2023.

Before assuming the role of CEO, she served as Alpha Public Schools’ Chief Schools Officer, directing the academic program vision and providing coaching and management to several key senior leaders. Under her leadership, Alpha’s schools all made significant academic progress while growing in enrollment and students served. Prior to joining the Alpha team, Shara served as the Founder, Executive Director, and Principal of Cornerstone Academy, a K-8 elementary charter school that is now part of the Alpha network of schools. Since its opening in 2010, Cornerstone Academy has been amongst the highest performing schools in the city of San Jose, and was named a California Distinguished School in 2014 and 2018, as well as a 2023 School to Watch by the California Department of Education.

Shara received her bachelor’s degree in history from Brown University in Providence, RI and has her master’s degree in education policy, organizations, and leadership studies from Stanford University. She also has an additional master’s degree in instructional leadership from the Reach Institute for School Leadership in Oakland, CA.

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