Nina Rees
President and CEO


  • Charter schools

Nina Rees is the president and CEO of the National Alliance for Public Charter Schools, the leading national nonprofit organization committed to advancing the charter school movement. Rees has over 20 years of experience in Washington, D.C., most recently as the senior vice president for strategic initiatives for Knowledge Universe. Prior to her tenure there, she served as the first assistant deputy secretary for innovation and improvement at the U.S. Department of Education under President George W. Bush. In this capacity, she oversaw the administration of 28 grant programs supporting 1,300 projects, and was responsible for spearheading innovative federal programs and policies such as school choice, charter schools, alternative routes to teacher certification and school leadership. Prior to joining the Education Department, Rees was a deputy assistant for domestic policy to Vice President Dick Cheney. Rees has also served as the senior education analyst at the Heritage Foundation. Rees holds a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Virginia Tech and a master’s in international transactions from George Mason University.