Staff

Washington State Charter School Association


Rekha Bhatt

Rekha currently serves as the Interim Executive Director at WA Charters. Rekha joined WA Charters in September 2014 and previously has served as the organization’s Director of…

Rekha currently serves as the Interim Executive Director at WA Charters. Rekha joined WA Charters in September 2014 and previously has served as the organization’s Director of School Services, leading our member services, school incubation and Strong Start program for newly operating schools. Prior to joining WA Charters, she was a founding Director of Curriculum and Instruction at an independent charter school in Brooklyn, New York, and later served as the school’s Director of Operations. Rekha began her career in education in West Philadelphia, where she taught high school English and earned her M.S.Ed at the University of Pennsylvania. Rekha is committed to working for equity in public education to improve outcomes for all students. Contact Rekha at rekha@wacharters.org.

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Blanca Chavez

Blanca serves as WA Charters’ Operations Manager. Blanca’s background is in higher education, having previously worked with the University of Washington’s College of Education Early…

Blanca serves as WA Charters’ Operations Manager. Blanca’s background is in higher education, having previously worked with the University of Washington’s College of Education Early Childhood and Family Studies program.  A Leavenworth, WA native, Blanca is passionate about providing quality public education to students in Washington state. She holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Washington, and recently finished her Masters of Science in Human Resource Management and International Relations from the University of Kent in Canterbury, United Kingdom. She also served as a Student Ambassador during her Master’s program in the UK, working with the university and local students and inform them about higher education. Email Blanca at blanca@wacharters.org.

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Nancy Durham

Nancy is the Finance Manager at WA Charters. Nancy became involved in public education and youth development while working at the KIPP Foundation and the…

Nancy is the Finance Manager at WA Charters. Nancy became involved in public education and youth development while working at the KIPP Foundation and the Forum for Youth Investment, which provide education and programs to underserved communities throughout the nation. Inspired by the dedication of the students in charter school communities, Nancy returned to college after a decade-long hiatus to earn a degree in Accounting from Bowie State University, a historically black university in Bowie, MD. Email Nancy at nancy@wacharters.org.

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Francesca McDaniel

Francesca, or Franki, serves as WA Charters’ Parent Engagement and Advocacy Coordinator. Previously, Franki worked within Seattle Public Schools, facilitating family and student engagement and…

Francesca, or Franki, serves as WA Charters’ Parent Engagement and Advocacy Coordinator. Previously, Franki worked within Seattle Public Schools, facilitating family and student engagement and created professional development programming focusing on race and equity. She received her bachelor’s degree in Political Science from Seattle Pacific University, where she focused on public policy and women’s studies. Franki is a strong advocate for quality public education, women’s rights, and race and equity, having previously volunteered with organizations in her hometown of Los Angeles, and is currently active as a volunteer to local efforts here in Seattle. Email Franki at francesca@wacharters.org.

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Maggie Meyers

As the Director of Communications, Maggie drives the development of, manages, and implements all communications functions at WA Charters to broaden the reach and deepen…

As the Director of Communications, Maggie drives the development of, manages, and implements all communications functions at WA Charters to broaden the reach and deepen the impact of the organization’s messaging and programming. Maggie received her B.A. from Bowdoin College and earned her Master of Education in Curriculum and Instruction degree from the University of Washington, where she specialized in the area of Language, Literacy and Culture. Maggie is deeply committed to reducing inequities and closing opportunity and achievement gaps, and this commitment drives her work at WA Charters. Maggie has worked in marketing and children’s book publishing, as a magazine coordinator, a substitute teacher, and for the Manhattan Youth Downtown Community Center. She joined WA Charters in February 2014. Email Maggie at maggie@wacharters.org

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Mitch Price

Mitch is a founding team member of WA Charters. Previously, he worked on the successful statewide ballot measure campaign in support of Initiative 1240, which…

Mitch is a founding team member of WA Charters. Previously, he worked on the successful statewide ballot measure campaign in support of Initiative 1240, which authorized the creation of charter public schools in Washington. Prior to that, Mitch was a researcher at the University of Washington’s Center on Reinventing Public Education, where his work focused on education law and policy. Mitch has also worked as an attorney, a college admissions and financial aid counselor, and a substitute teacher. Email Mitch at mitch@wacharters.org.

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Excited for CT Day! Join us at Excel Public Charter School this afternoon for an open house to see Computational Thinking Day in action! ... See MoreSee Less

Join us next Tuesday at the Rainier Beach Public Library for a Charter 101! Families and community members can meet parents and founders and learn more about schools in your area! ... See MoreSee Less

Save the date! Charter Schools Week begins May 1! ... See MoreSee Less

Curious to see a cutting edge charter public school model in action? Join us April 25 at Excel Public Charter School in Kent to see how teachers and students are using computational thinking across all subject areas! ... See MoreSee Less

The day has arrived! Tacoma's charter public school tour is at 10:30AM. Send any last minute questions to bbrod@stand.org and we'll see you there! ... See MoreSee Less

**Reminder: Tomorrow is the Tacoma charter public schools tour! Please RSVP and send any questions to bbrod@stand.org. ... See MoreSee Less

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