Whitney Spalding Spencer

Whitney Spalding Spencer

Director of Authorizer Development

[email protected]
Phone: 312.376.2335

Whitney Spalding Spencer is Director of Authorizer Development at NACSA. She is responsible for managing NACSA’s federal Charter Schools Program National Activities Grant work focused on identifying and disseminating authorizer best practices in charter school performance management, replication, and closure. Whitney previously served as the Director of Recruitment and Selection at the Chicago Public Schools Office of New Schools where she oversaw the recruitment and authorization of new charter and contract schools for the nation’s third largest school district. Whitney earned her A.B. in English from Princeton University.


Most Recent Posts
ESSER and the Fiscal Cliff
Big changes are on the horizon for charter school authorizers and the schools in their portfolios: the end of Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief (ESSER) funds. Managing this change will...
NACSA passes the mic to EnTere Ed Collective
As we think about the future of education—especially for kids who look like us—it’s hard not to also reflect on where we’ve come from. Countless folx of color have paved...
Untapped Expertise: Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) as Charter School Authorizers
Today, NACSA and the Progressive Policy Institute (PPI) released a report titled Untapped Expertise: Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) as Charter School Authorizers, calling on policymakers to increase pathways...