John Ayers - National Association of Charter School Authorizers

John Ayers
Vice President for Strategic Partnerships

E-mail: johna@qualitycharters.org 
Phone: 312.376.2321


John Ayers is Vice President for Strategic Partnerships at NACSA, where he spearheads all development and membership activities with an eye toward expanding our impact on quality in the movement. He previously served for over a year as NACSA's Vice President for Communications.  Prior to joining NACSA, John worked for the Sargent Shriver National Center on Poverty Law, and he served for 10 years as Executive Director of Leadership for Quality Education, a leading Chicago school reform group created by the city's business leadership. John was instrumental in launching and supporting Chicago's high-quality charter school movement in the mid-1990s. He spent nine years on the steering committee of the Consortium on Chicago School Research at the University of Chicago, and is an advisor to the Lloyd A. Fry Foundation.

John served on the organizing committee for Perspectives Charter School, chaired the board of Global Villages Charter School, and currently serves on the board of Passages Charter School (all in Chicago). He is a director of the Community Media Workshop and Groundswell Educational Films. He holds an MBA with distinction from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University.


Little-Known Fact about Me: In my 50s, I have become an endurance athlete, working out 6 days a week in the gym or on my bike.

If I weren't doing this, I'd be... a principal of a dynamic inner-city charter high school.

Favorite Children's Book: Two books about birds--one from my childhood, the classic "Make Way for Ducklings" by Robert McCloskey and a contemporary book highlighting tolerance and understanding, "And tango Makes Three" by Justin Richardson and Peter Parnell.