Charlie Brown

Director of Systems Transformation


Areas of Expertise: education policy, power analysis, systems change

“I believe that by fighting injustice, we all reclaim our humanity.”

With her background in history, philosophy, facilitation and anti-oppressive education, Charlie is able to craft and implement dynamic policy solutions that drive equity, a passion she brings to her role as Director of Systems Transformation. For this role, she connects the worlds of policy and practice with a critical lens to create more meaningful, responsive, equitable and lasting systems for every learner.

Charlie previously worked on the Quality Performance Assessment Team at the Center for Collaborative Education, helping teachers and schools implement equitable performance assessment systems. She began her career at the New York City Department of Education in policy, working with schools on programming and providing guidance on working within state regulations. Additionally, she co-founded the NYC Mastery Collaborative, supporting schools in their implementation of competency-based education practices and advocating for the work to grow across NYC.

She earned a bachelors in American History from McGill University and a masters in Education Policy from Columbia University. Outside of KnowledgeWorks, Charlie can be found riding motorcycles, hiking and enjoying electronic music.