About Us

The State Charter Schools Foundation of Georgia is a nonprofit foundation dedicated to supporting high-quality sustainable state charter schools serving children throughout Georgia by leveraging resources to help schools
launch, build capacity, and grow.

Read the State Charter Schools Fndn FY22 Annual Report

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Adria Welcher, Ph.D. - Chair, Executive Committee
Associate Professor of Sociology & Director of General Education, Morehouse College

Yolanda Mack, J.D. - Vice Chair, Executive Commitee
Deputy District Attorney, Fulton County District Attorney's Office

Joanne Louis - Treasurer, Executive Committee
Accountant, Troutman Pepper, LLP

Fadzai Konteh - Secretary, Executive Committee
Vice President – Public Finance & PNC Certified Women’s Business Advocate, PNC Bank

Chris Sears - Past Chair, Executive Committee
SBIC Investment Director, Truist Community Capital, LLC

Board Members

Donovan Head - SCSC Leadership Representative, Executive Committee
Executive Director, State Charter Schools Commission (SCSC)

Cayanna Good, Ph.D. - SCSC Commissioner Representative, Executive Committee
Assistant Commissioner of Adult Education, Technical College System of Georgia

LeKeisha D. Jackson, Ph.D.
Senior Advisor and Senior Research Associate, Georgia State University

Lisa Olens
Education Manager, Community & Economic Development, Georgia Power

Steven Quinn
State Outreach Director, GeorgiaCAN & 50CAN National Organizing Manager

Gabrielle Rogers
Founder & CEO, Fifth Generation Consulting Inc.

Michael Smith
CEO, The Greater Valdosta United Way


For meeting information, please visit our BoardOnTrack site. For documents for any meeting prior to February 1, 2022, please email info@scsfga.org.


Georgia’s first charter school law was passed in 1993 and was amended in 1998 to allow for locally approved charter schools.  In 2008, the law was amended to allow for a state commission to approve charter schools, however in 2011, the Supreme Court of Georgia ruled the commission law unconstitutional.  In 2012, a constitutional amendment was overwhelmingly approved by Georgia voters to allow for a new State Charter Schools Commission of Georgia ("Commission"). In addition to state authorization, the Commission was granted the authority to actively seek supplemental revenue from federal grant funds, institutional grant funds, and philanthropic organizations. Georgia Senate Bill 156 in 2015 authorized the creation of the State Charter Schools Foundation. As a result, the State Charter Schools Foundation of Georgia (SCSF or Foundation) was incorporated in 2015.

SCSF is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit  foundation established to leverage resources to advance education in Georgia through excellent state charter schools.  While the Commission played a role in the creation of the SCSF, the two organizations are separate and operate under the authority of two different governing boards and separate bylaws.  The Commission and Foundation both share an unwavering commitment to support state charter schools; however, the organizations play very different roles in terms of providing that support.   The Commission is the state charter authorizer (the entity charged with approving, evaluating, and holding state charters accountable for performance), and the Foundation is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit  foundation that makes strategic investments to support the planning, implementation, capital costs and growth of excellent state charter schools.


Michele Neely
President & CEO


Annie Chen
Director of Operations


Molly Gassman
Program Coordinator



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For information about state charter school authorization and compliance or to report a concern about a state charter school, please see the State Charter Schools Commission of Georgia.