Nina Rees is the President and Chief Executive Officer of the National Alliance for Public Charter Schools, the leading national nonprofit organization committed to advancing the charter school movement. Prior to her current position, Ms. Rees was Senior Vice President for Strategic Initiatives at Knowledge Universe Education, a leading global education company with investments in early childhood education, before and after school programs and online instruction, where she was responsible for the company's government relations work in Washington, D.C.. Before joining Knowledge Universe, Ms. Rees worked for over 15 years in Washington, D.C., as the Assistant Deputy Secretary for Innovation and Improvement at the U.S. Department of Education. She oversaw the administration of 28 grant programs and coordinated the implementation of several provisions of the No Child Left Behind (NCLB) Act. Prior to joining the White House, Ms. Rees served as the senior education analyst at the Heritage Foundation, where she authored more than two dozen policy briefs and served as the foundation's chief spokesperson on education. Ms. Rees currently serves on the board of advisors of the National Association of Charter School Authorizers and the Program on Education Policy and Governance at Harvard University's John F. Kennedy School of Government. Ms. Rees holds a B.A. in Psychology from VA Tech and a Master's in International Transactions from George Mason University.