Jonas S. Chartock

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Jonas S. Chartock (born May 18, 1975, Great Barrington, Massachusetts) is a social impact entrepreneur, executive leader, musician, actor, writer, and national expert on teacher development, education leadership, and United States public education, specifically public charter schools. He currently resides in New Orleans, Louisiana.

Career in education service[edit]

Dr. Chartock was the national founder and first CEO of Leading Educators,[1] a New Orleans-based national non-profit focusing on teacher leadership development. His work leading the national expansion of the organization began in January, 2011. He stepped down as CEO in July, 2018 [1], and now serves as a board member of the organization. He is a strategy consultant focusing on social entrepreneur and leadership development, storytelling, and organizational diversity, equity, and inclusion development.

Chartock was named Executive Director of the Charter Schools Institute of the State University of New York[2] in May 2008, and he left that position in November 2010. In that role, Chartock led the process of evaluating initial applications for the opening of charter schools, ongoing monitoring of student academic performance and overall school operations, and presenting findings and recommendations regarding the renewal of a school’s charter to the State University Trustees. SUNY was the largest university-based charter authorizer in the country.[2][3]

Chartock previously served as the Founding President and Chief Executive Officer of the Charter School Policy Institute (CSPI) in Austin, Texas, a position he held since 2005. At CSPI, Chartock provided overall strategic and tactical leadership to the organization, managing all daily operations and executing the policies of the CSPI board of directors.

Prior to starting CSPI, Chartock served as Executive Director of Teach For America in Houston, Texas, where he was responsible managing both a regional staff and board of directors dedicated to ensuring the effectiveness of over 500 first- and second-year teachers.

He began his professional career as a teacher through Teach For America in the Compton Unified School District in Compton, California.

Chartock has served on the boards of The British-American Project[4] and The National Association of Charter School Authorizers.[5][6] He has been profiled and published via a wide variety of media outlets.[7][8] He has been a board member of Propeller [2], a social innovation incubator focusing on closing disparities in education, health, water, and food since 2017.

He was named an Aspen Institute Pahara Fellow in 2017 [3].

Chartock was included in the 2013 list of the Good Worldwide GOOD 100.

He was named a finalist for the Teach For America Teach For America Peter Jennings Civic Leadership Award.

Chartock is active on social media and tweets at @jonaschartock. He was named to the Richtopia "Top 200 Most Influential Do-Gooder List.[9]"


Chartock earned an Ed.D. at the University of Texas at Austin. He holds an Ed.M. in School Leadership from the Harvard University Graduate School of Education; an M.A. in Education: Curriculum and Instruction from Chapman University; and a B.S. in Industrial and Labor Relations from Cornell University’s School of Industrial and Labor Relations.


Raised in Great Barrington, Massachusetts, Chartock is the son of political scientist and commentator Dr. Alan S. Chartock and education professor and author Dr. Roselle Kline Chartock. His sister Dr. Sarah Chartock[10] is Assistant Professor of Political Science at The College of New Jersey. Chartock lives with his son in New Orleans.


Chartock has been acting on screen and stage since 2018. [4] His film credits include "The Lottery," Mike Rousey (lead) in "Bar Brothers," and Jerry Arnold in “With a Price.” His stage credits include Bill Skinner in the world premiere of "When Lighting The Voids."


Chartock is a vocalist and guitar player, and has been a member of a number musical acts. He has performed with the New Orleans based band The Holy Oaks, the Chartock family band, The Berkshire Ramblers [5], Chet Pickle, Po'Tok [6], the Cornell University based 'StuPidwish' (vocals, harmonica, washboard) and University of Houston based Judeo-Mexican folk music group, 'Los Gains Dramaticos' (vocals, guitar). Chartock has also performed as a featured member of "The EdReformers" [7] and "The BAP Band."


  1. ^ "Leading Teachers". Retrieved 2012-04-04.
  2. ^ a b "Charter Schools Institute". Charter Schools Institute. Retrieved 2009-11-01.
  3. ^ "PEOPLE TO WATCH Jonas Chartock". 28 June 2009. Retrieved 2009-11-01.
  4. ^ "Introduction to the British American Project". British American Project. Retrieved 2009-11-01.
  5. ^ "Welcome". NACSA. Archived from the original on 2009-11-01. Retrieved 2009-11-01.
  6. ^ "NACSA Board of Directors". NACSA. Archived from the original on December 25, 2008. Retrieved 2009-11-01.
  7. ^ Chartock, Jonas. "Helping Education Leaders Grow". Education Week. Retrieved 21 March 2013.
  8. ^ Chartock, Jonas. "Albany Set to Starve Better Schools". Daily News. Retrieved 21 March 2013.
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  10. ^ "Sarah Chartock". Retrieved 2009-11-01.