Our Founder's Story

After working as an educator for many years, I decided to embark on a new journey: entrepreneurship. While I enjoyed helping to shape the future of my students via the classroom, I also knew that was only part of the larger issue at hand. I came to the realization that I could be in a better position to be more impactful in the world by having more control of my life. CHARP was born at that moment, coincidently, the same year that I was a fellow for the Institute for Educational Leadership’s Education Policy Fellowship Program. That experience made me realize that it was time for me to “honor my calling” (Oprah Winfrey). Mark Twain once said that “The two most important days in your life are the day you are born and the day you find out why.” I was born to become a catalyst for change. Although my path shifted, my mission always stayed the same. I wanted to be able to present and publish nationally, shape policy, and ultimately advocate for the voiceless on the federal level.