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Nina Gilbert is the Founder and Executive Director of Ivy Preparatory Academy. Gilbert launched Georgia's first single gender charter school for girls in 2008. Under her leadership, Ivy Prep has experienced tremendous growth, and now operates three single gender charter schools serving over 1,000 students throughout Metro Atlanta. Gilbert is a 2006 Building Excellent Schools Fellow and has been recognized and profiled by Rolling Out Magazine, Maybelline Cosmetics, CNN, Fox's Mike Huckabee Show, Essence Magazine, and has been recognized by the Atlanta Business League as one of Atlanta's 100 Women of Influence. She has also received an Outstanding Citizen award from the NAACP and Georgia's Secretary of State for her community service and contributions to public education. Gilbert is also the Founder of the Ivy Prep Foundation and has a bachelor's degree in Psychology from the University of West Georgia, a master's degree in Educational Leadership from Clark Atlanta University, and is completing a Doctorate in Educational Leadership from the University of Pennsylvania.