Spencer Blasdale, Director, Chair and clerk

Mr. Blasdale is the Executive Director of the Academy of the Pacific Rim Charter Public School in Boston, a position he also held for 10 years between 1997 and 2007. Before his current stint at APR, he served for eight years as Chief Executive Officer of SchoolWorks, an education consulting organization. Previously he worked for City Year in Boston and Chicago, as well as taught for three years at Beaver Country Day School in Brookline, MA. He also served as the Board Chair of the Massachusetts Charter School Association from 2004-2008. Mr. Blasdale has served as a leadership coach, school quality reviewer, and strategy consultant for clients, including the Kauffman Foundation and the KIPP Network. He has spent 20 years in the field of education, beginning with a teaching internship at The Park School in Brookline, MA and working as a teacher, administrator, and service partner to district schools in Chicago and Boston. Mr. Blasdale has a M.Ed. from Harvard University and an A.B. from Princeton University.

Paul reville, director

Mr. Reville is the Francis Keppel Professor of Practice of Educational Policy and Administration at the Harvard Graduate School of Education (HGSE). He is the founding director of HGSE’s Education Redesign Lab. He served as the Secretary of Education for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts from 2008 to 2013. As Governor Deval Patrick’s top education advisor, Mr. Reville established a new Executive Office of Education and oversaw higher education, K-12, and early education in the nation’s leading student achievement state. He served in the Governor’s Cabinet and played a leading education reform role on matters ranging from the Achievement Gap Act of 2010 and Common Core State Standards to the Commonwealth’s highly successful Race to the Top proposal.

Prior to joining the Patrick Administration, Mr. Reville chaired the Massachusetts State Board of Education, founded the Rennie Center for Education Research and Policy, co-founded the Massachusetts Business Alliance for Education (MBAE), chaired the Massachusetts Reform Review Commission, chaired the Massachusetts Commission on Time and Learning, and served as executive director of the Pew Forum on Standards-Based Reform, a national think tank which convened the U.S.’s leading researchers, practitioners, and policymakers to set the national standards agenda. Mr. Reville played a central role in MBAE’s development of and advocacy for Massachusetts historic Education Reform Act of 1993. Mr. Reville has been a member of the HGSE faculty since 1997 and has served as director of the Education Policy and Management Program.

Mr. Reville’s career, which combines research, policy, and practice, began with service as a VISTA volunteer/youth worker. He served as a teacher and principal of two urban, alternative high schools. Some years later, he founded a local education foundation, which was part of the Public Education Network. He is a board member and advisor to a host of organizations, and a frequent writer and speaker on education reform and policy issues. He holds a B.A. from Colorado College, an M.A. from Stanford University and five honorary doctorate degrees. 

sara staats, director

Ms. Staats is the co-founder and partner at AltshulerStaats LLC, a strategy consulting firm focused on serving academic and biomedical research organizations. Prior to that, she worked at The Boston Consulting Group, an internationally-renowned strategy consulting firm. Her work focuses on critical issues of strategy, growth, and financial sustainability across a range of academic organizations, including K-12, higher education, and research-based organizations. Clients within K-12 have included Boston, DC and Newark charter schools, Boston area independent schools as well as education technology organizations. Over her career, she has worked with a range of for profit and not-for-profit organizations, and seeks to bring best practices from each to the other. Ms. Staats received her B.A. from Georgetown University and completed her MBA at Harvard Business School.

Ann Sagan, director and Treasurer

Ms. Sagan previously volunteered at Match Charter Public School as a dean and served formally as Chair of its Board of Directors. She was formerly a financial analyst with The New York Times Company. She holds an undergraduate degree from Duke University in public policy, an M.B.A. from the University of Chicago, and a master’s degree in education from Bank Street College of Education. Her previous board experience includes three years on the Board of Education in Montclair, NJ, where she served as chair of the finance and budget committee.