September 1, 2015: Thomas Franta, CEO, Washington State Charter Schools Association: Washington State Charter Schools

by Gary Fast on September 1, 2015

As CEO of the Washington State Charter Schools Association (WA Charters), Thomas Franta is committed to advocating for and supporting the development of a high-quality public charter school sector in Washington that focuses on serving historically underserved communities. A veteran of the United States Marine Corps, Tom has spent the majority of his career in the public education system. He successfully worked to bridge the gap between public charter and traditional public schools focused on improving outcomes for underserved student populations in New York State and Minneapolis, Minnesota. Most recently, Tom served as the Director of Office of New Schools for Minneapolis Public Schools (MPS).

Previously, Tom served as the Associate General Counsel at the Charter Schools Institute of the State University of New York (SUNY) where he was involved in overseeing all facets in the development of public charter schools. Tom has also spent several years in the legal profession, having worked at O’Hara, O’Connell & Ciotoli, a law firm that specializes in public school district law.

A native of upstate New York, Tom’s interests include travel, hiking and photography. Tom is married and the proud parent of a daughter and son.


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