DC Charter School Alliance Announces New Director of Special Projects

Oct 15, 2021

Washington, D.C. –– Today, the DC Charter School Alliance welcomes Rachel Johnston as its new Director of Special Projects. In this role, Johnston will facilitate collaboration among charter schools in areas that include pandemic recovery, academic and nonacademic programs and interventions, procurement, policy development, and professional development. Johnston will also coordinate and streamline pandemic-related support for charter schools.

“As the DC charter school community continues to pursue excellence on behalf of our students, it’s critical that we support schools’ efforts to collaborate and coordinate,” said DC Charter School Alliance Founding Executive Director Shannon T. Hodge. “Rachel brings a wealth of expertise and experience to this work, and our members will benefit from her leadership.”

Johnston started her career in project management and process improvement consulting for both public and private sector clients. Most recently, she served as the Strategic Initiatives and Finance Coordinator at Kingsman Academy Public Charter School, where she managed and developed processes across multiple areas including finances, partnerships, procurement, and COVID-19 testing. Johnston has a bachelor’s degree in political science from Northeastern and an MBA and master’s in public policy from Georgetown.

“I am excited and grateful for the opportunity to collaborate with charter leaders and their teams on initiatives that benefit the city’s students,” said Johnston. “Ultimately, I hope to help establish sustainable systems, partnerships and spaces that advance schools’ work in providing educational and support services in DC.”