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Kara Kerwin – President

From grassroots action to legislative affairs to PR to design to development to gala production, Kara has done it all in her almost 14 years at CER. She keeps our sights on our mission, and CER would never be the same without her.


Executive Vice President

Alison Consoletti Zgainer – Executive Vice President

Under that calm exterior is a tenacious and determined policy expert, administrator, and leader, who for over seven years has kept the data, the research, and the facts flowing to our partners and conquests nationwide.


Senior Fellow and President Emeritus

Jeanne Allen – Senior Fellow and president emeritus

Bios are always hard to do, but if you’ve gotten to this page you probably want to know something about who I am, what I do, and why I started the Center. Here are a few highlights that hopefully give you a sense of why I think what we do is the most important thing on earth, and how I arrived here.

Meet the Team

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Associate Director of Technology
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K-12 Consultant
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Director of Administration
Media Specialist
Kevin Kennedy
Finance Consultant
Associate Director, External Affairs
Director of Communications
Rahdaysha Cummings
CER Intern
Emma Dodson
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Emily Kelleher
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Elizabeth Kennard
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Hayley Nicholas
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Ciara O’Sullivan
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Madeline Ryan
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Careers & Internships

Intern at CER!

CER is looking for interns who want to gain knowledge about education policy and translate these ideas into action to create better opportunities in education. As an intern, you will have the chance to be an intricate part of CER’s day-to-day work in all aspects of education policy, including research, advocacy, legislative affairs, and public relations.

Director Of Charter School Services

The Association of American Educators is seeking applicants for a Charter School Services Director based out of their Alexandria, Virginia, office or working primarily from a home office.

Center City Charter School Openings 2015-2016 School Year

Center City Public Charter Schools is seeking enthusiastic educators to fill a number of teaching positions throughout our six campuses.