Shannah Varón
Executive Director


  • Character education
  • Charter schools
  • College preparation
  • College readiness
  • Education reform
  • High schools
  • Race and diversity
  • Teacher development
  • Teacher recruitment and retention
  • Urban education

Shannah Varón is the executive director of Boston Collegiate Charter School, a fifth- through 12th-grade college preparatory public school in the Boston neighborhood of Dorchester. Prior to joining Boston Collegiate Charter School in 2011, Varón was a principal with the Parthenon Group, a Boston-based strategy consulting firm, where she focused in the firm’s Education Center for Excellence. Varón previously worked in New York City for Teach For America, where she managed the team responsible for the support of corps members citywide. She also taught bilingual special education for three years in Mercedes, Texas. Varón chairs the Boston Charter Alliance and co-chairs the Boston Compact, both dedicated to leading collaboration for improved academic outcomes in all Boston schools. She also served on Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker’s Transition Committee on Education. Varón holds a bachelor’s degree in foreign service from Georgetown University and a master’s in business from Harvard Business School.