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Audience in Lecture






Executive Director


Diverse Charter Schools Coalition


Sonia C. Park believes in living in service. She has 20+ years of charter school experience with a background in organization and school development, support, and accountability in relation to school-based, district, state and federal policies and practices. She leads the Diverse Charter Schools Coalition, a coalition of over 240 individual diverse-by-design charter schools located in 24 states and Washington, DC.

At DCSC, Sonia works to promote, expand, and support intentionally integrated, public schools. Prior to DCSC, she served in federal and local governments: under Secretary John King at the U.S. Education Department as a senior policy advisor in the Office of Innovation and Improvement; and under New York City Schools Chancellor Denis Walcott as executive director of Charter Schools Accountability and Support in the Department of Education.

In addition to leading Manhattan Charter Schools, a two-school charter network located in lower Manhattan, her work experiences include the National Foundation for Teaching Entrepreneurship, NY Charter Schools Resource Center, NY Charter Schools Association, and Edison Schools. She currently serves as co-vice chair of the board of trustees for Central Queens Academy Charter Schools. She is also a member of the National Association of Charter School Authorizers Strategic Advisory Committee, TED-Ed Innovative Educator Advisory Board, Education Leaders of Color Policy Council, and the LeveragED Collective.

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