MEET THE TEAM
Jay Artis-Wright is the executive director of the Freedom Coalition for Charter Schools (FCCS), an organization established in 2019 to bring the voices of Black and Brown charter school leaders, our founders, advocates, and the families to the forefront. She has more than 20 years of experience holding diverse educational roles intersecting advocacy, political campaigning, leadership development, and community organizing. Before stepping up to lead FCCS, Jay was one of the critical members of the organization in the trenches during the 2020 presidential candidate debates. She was a key strategist and organizer, building relationships with school leaders and parents across the country.
Before leading FCCS, Jay was the Executive Director of Parent Revolution, a parent-based advocacy organization, and Vice President of Policy and Public Affairs for the California Charter Schools Association. From leading, policy initiatives focused on education equity, teacher diversity, and school funding to building outreach strategies for education-based legal challenges, Jay’s multifaceted career also includes training advocates on organizing and diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI). She has successfully secured policy wins for charter schools and coached parents and teachers running for local school board seats.
A dedicated advocate for quality schools, Jay started her career with Upward Bound, a Federal Trio Program designed to provide college preparation for first-generation, low-income high school students. She was also a founding Board member of a charter School in Plainfield, New Jersey, and worked exclusively on the growth and expansion of charter schools led and founded by educators of color. Jay holds a master’s degree in Urban Development from the University of Southern California and a bachelor’s degree in Political Science from CSU Sacramento. An avid world traveler, Jay, has lived in several countries around the globe and currently resides in southern California with her husband and three children.
DR. STEVE PERRY,
As Head of Capital Preparatory Schools with locations in Bridgeport CT Capital Prep Harbor & Harlem NY Capital Prep Harlem; His goal is to ensure that his students receive a high-quality education from K- 12 and into college by ensuring that our educators receive the proper professional development training and support system needed in our schools for a successful academic environment. This commitment to excellence in education led Capital Preparatory School to what U.S. News and World Report have cited as one of the top schools in the country, Sending 100% of its predominantly low-income, minority, first-generation high school graduates to four-year colleges every year since inception in 2006. Subsequently, this success led him to open other Capital Preparatory Schools in 2012 with the objective to open charter schools that will provide as many low-income students/families with an educational experience that I consider a right, not just an opportunity.
Perry is also a CNN, MSNBC & Essence Education Contributor. Host of Hit TV Show "Save My Son". Dr. Steve Perry’s heart pumps passion and produces positive change. Featured in CNN's Black in America series, Dr. Perry is the most talked about innovative educator on the scene today. Perry is the founder and principal of what U.S. News and World Report has cited as one of the top schools in the country, Capital Preparatory Magnet School in Hartford, Connecticut.
DAVID P. HARDY,
David P. Hardy is a Distinguished Senior Fellow with the Commonwealth Foundation.
David is the Co-Founder and retired CEO of Boys’ Latin of Philadelphia charter school. Boys’ Latin, which opened in 2007 in West Philadelphia, is Pennsylvania’s first and only single-gender charter school. David served as the Executive Director of Excellent Schools PA, a school choice advocacy organization. He also is the principal of a consulting practice, Parkway Educational Consultants.
David currently serves on the boards of the Center for Education Reform, the Pennsylvania State Coalition of Public Charter Schools, Independence Mission Schools, and Ad Prima Charter School, which he chairs. He is a member of the Steering Committee for the Freedom Coalition for Charter schools and on the boards of the North Carolina Outward Bound School and the Holocaust Awareness Museum and Education Center. David was a founding board member of the Philadelphia Schools Partnership and is a former board member of the National Alliance for Public Charter Schools and the Black Alliance for Educational Options (BAEO).
FCCS BOARD MEMBERS
Reverend Alfred Cockfield, has more than ten years of experience in....
Cris Gulacy-Worrel holds an M.P.A. in public policy from Northwestern...
Mr. Mireles is the founder of Academia Avance, a college preparatory charter public school ...
DR. HOWARD FULLER,
Dr. Howard Fuller is a civil rights activist, education reform advocate, and academic. He is best known for the community organizing work he did in Durham, North Carolina as an employee of Operation Breakthrough, and as a co-founder of the Malcolm X Liberation University in 1969. In the 1970s, Fuller adopted the name Owusu Sadaukai, organized several national African Liberation Day celebrations, and was one of the foremost advocates of Pan-Africanism in the United States. Decades later, Fuller rose again to national prominence as one of the leading advocates for school vouchers. He served as the superintendent of Milwaukee Public Schools from 1991 to 1995 and is currently a distinguished professor of education, and founder/director of the Institute for the Transformation of Learning at Marquette University in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.
In 2018, Fuller founded Freedom Coalition for Charter Schools.