Diane Tavenner is the Founder and CEO of Summit Public Schools, a leading charter management organization serving California and Washington State. Summit’s graduates are completing four-year college degrees at twice the national average. Newsweek and U.S. News & World Report have ranked Summit among the top public schools in the nation.
Ms. Tavenner serves as the Board Chair of the California Charter Schools Association (CCSA), representing the majority of California’s 1,300+ charter schools. She also serves on the board of Transcend, The Primary School, and the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching and Learning. In 2013, she participated in the Pahara-Aspen Education Fellowship, a leadership program within the Aspen Institute, and was a fellow in the Broad Academy.
Prior to Summit, Ms. Tavenner was a public school teacher, administrator, and leader in traditional urban and suburban public schools throughout California. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology and Sociology from the University of Southern California and a Master’s degree in Administration and Policy Analysis from Stanford University.