The Executive Leadership Academy is designed to optimize human capital and has a proven track record of retaining public education professionals in Nevada and providing a path for career advancement. Graduates have reported a deeper skillset for creative problem-solving, strategic thinking, community building, and the practice of ethical and courageous leadership. The skills gained from the Executive Leadership Academy have led to innovative solutions that improve outcomes for all students. For select capstone projects, an alumni task force collaborates with school districts, the Nevada Department of Education, and state policymakers to develop and implement education policy solutions. Additional capstone projects that impact the broader community may receive funding to initiate a pilot program.

Executive Leadership Academy Faculty

Rick Hess
Rick HessSenior Founding Fellow
Director of Education Policy Studies, American Enterprise Institute
Dr. Liz City
Dr. Liz City Founding Fellow
Director of Education Leadership Program at Harvard Graduate School of Education
Dr. Marguerite Roza
Dr. Marguerite RozaFounding Fellow
Director of Edunomics Lab at Georgetown University
Matthew Candler
Matthew CandlerFaculty Member
Founder and CEO of 4.0 Schools
AJ Crabill
AJ CrabillFaculty Member
Texas Education Agency’s Deputy Commissioner for governance
Michael Horn
Michael HornFaculty Member
Principal Consultant at Entangled Solutions and Co-Founder of the Clayton Christensen Institute for Disruptive Innovation
Zhan Okuda-Lim
Zhan Okuda-LimVisiting Fellow
Visiting Fellow, Leadership Institute of Nevada
Dr. Karen Mapp
Dr. Karen MappFaculty Member
Faculty Director of Education Policy and Management Master’s Program at Harvard University
Ryan J. Smith
Ryan J. SmithFaculty Member
Chief External Officer, Partnership for Los Angeles Schools, LAUSD

Executive Leadership Faculty Interviews

Richard Gardner

Assistant Professor of Management, Entrepreneurship, and Technology

May 14, 2022

Dr. Marguerite Roza

Founding Fellow, Leadership Institute of Nevada
Director of Edunomics Lab at Georgetown University

April 23, 2022

Dr. Liz City

Founding Fellow, Leadership Institute of Nevada
Director of Education Leadership Program at Harvard Graduate School of Education

March 18, 2022

Dr. Karen Mapp

Senior lecturer at the Harvard Graduate School of Education, Former Faculty Director of Education Policy and Management Master’s Program at Harvard University.

February 9, 2022

Kerri Cissna

Visiting Assistant Professor in Entrepreneurship and Creativity in the Department of Entrepreneurship at Miami University’s Farmer School of Business

December 11, 2021

Rick Hess

Senior Founding Fellow, Leadership Institute of Nevada
Director of Education Policy Studies, American Enterprise Institute

November 19, 2021

A.J. Crabill

Texas Education Agency’s Deputy Commissioner for governance

October 16, 2021

Ryan J. Smith

Chief External Officer, Partnership for Los Angeles Schools, LAUSD

September 24, 2021