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Carlos Perez

Carlos joined the New Jersey Charter Schools Association in 2010 as CEO after years of work in Illinois organizing the charter school community for policy reform for charter schools.

With nearly a decade of experience in charter school support, policy and advocacy, Carlos has focused the Association’s efforts on closing the quality gap between low- and high-performing charter schools, increasing the growth of charter schools, and protecting and equalizing charter school funding levels.


Prior to working to support charter schools, Carlos worked to organized new, immigrant and Latino communities in Virginia, Minnesota and Missouri. His political organizing also took him to Louisiana and Illinois. After working to bring new people into the political process, Carlos began organizing in charter schools to build a community network of school leaders, parents, students and civic groups to advocate on behalf of charter schools.


Carlos received a master’s in public services from DePaul University and lives in Jersey City with his wife, Lindsey, and daughter, Penelope.

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