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During Jonas' tenure as its first chief executive officer, Leading Educators has become a key resource to school districts, charter networks, and policy makers in their efforts to maximize the leadership development and ultimate impact of highly effective teachers. He oversees the organization's operations, strategy, outreach, and growth. Jonas came to Leading Educators from the Charter Schools Institute of the State University of New York where he served as executive director of the nation's largest university-based charter school authorizer. Previously, he served as the founding president and chief executive officer of the Charter School Policy Institute (CSPI) in Austin, Texas, and as executive director of Teach For America in Houston, Texas. Jonas began his career as a teacher with Teach For America in the Compton Unified School District. He holds a BA from Cornell University, MA from Chapman University, EdM from Harvard University, and earned his EdD in educational leadership at the University of Texas at Austin. Jonas is an amateur musician and resides in New Orleans, LA, with his wife and daughter. He is a Fellow of the 19th class of the Pahara-Aspen Education Fellowship and a member of the Aspen Global Leadership Network.