Scott D. Pearson

Scott D. Pearson was, until August 2020, the executive director of the DC Public Charter School Board (DC PCSB), responsible for the oversight of 120 schools serving over 40,000 students. During his eight years of leadership, Pearson implemented significant reforms in how the Board approves and oversees charter schools, making it a national model for charter school authorizing. Previously, Pearson served in the Obama Administration as the deputy of the Office of Innovation and Improvement for the U.S. Department of Education. Prior to that, he co-founded Leadership Public Schools, a network of college-preparatory public charter high schools in the San Francisco Bay Area. Pearson also previously worked at America Online and Bain and Company, and as a trade negotiator for the Clinton Administration. He currently serves on the board of the National Association of Charter School Authorizers (NACSA), as well as the Equitable Facilities Fund and the Facilities Investment Fund, which provide over $100 million per year in low-cost financing to public charter schools. Pearson holds a Bachelor of Arts in History from Wesleyan University, a Master’s degree in Public Administration from Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government, and a Master’s degree in Business Administration from the Harvard Business School.