“Curious, Rigorous, Optimistic”
As Executive Director of the Newark Trust for Education, Ronald Chaluisán is committed to developing, coordinating and focusing ideas, resources and expertise that expand opportunity and improve academic and socio-emotional outcomes for all children in Newark. Prior to joining the Trust, Ronald led the New Visions Charter High Schools Initiative, successfully opening seven charter high schools serving high need students across New York City. During his career in the field of education, Ronald has also led the creation, implementation and assessment of programs and has served as principal and educator for district schools.
Prior to joining NV, Ronald founded the NYC Museum School, a partnership between NYC Community School District 2 and four New York City museums. Over the years, the school has claimed its place as one of the best high schools in New York City.
Ronald is currently a Pahara-Aspen Education Fellow. He holds a Bachelor of Arts in Literature from Harvard University, a Master of Arts in Literature from Claremont Graduate University, and a Master of Education in Leadership from Bank Street College of Education.
Overview of The Newark Trust for Education: The Newark Trust for Education (The Trust) is an independent non-profit dedicated to coordinating and focusing, ideas, people, and resources; and holding all of us responsible for providing a quality public education for all children in Newark. The Newark Trust envisions a city with a public education infrastructure that leverages the wide array of opportunities available to its young people to effectively help them meet academic requirements and to prepare them for high-quality post-secondary options.
Director of Operations
“Arts & Culture Enthusiast”
A native Newarker, Natasha is a cultural enthusiast and non-profit professional. With a commitment to the development of her city, Natasha has devoted significant time to civic engagement and immersion in the arts community of Newark. Through personal and professional experiences, she has witnessed the impact of service on the human spirit and the power of collective action and experience. She believes in a holistic approach to constructing nonprofit organizations, programs and services, which combine cultural awareness, with theory and best practices, lending itself to the elevation of communities.
An alumnus of Leadership Newark, Natasha currently serves as Director of Operations at Newark Trust for Education and on the Board of Directors at Aljira, a Center for Contempory Art. She holds a B.A. in Sociology and a Graduate Certificate in Non-Profit Management from Rutgers University. Natasha has served as moderator, facilitator, coordinator and consultant for a number of cultural events, organization and causes over the years including: NJPAC’s International Hip-Hop Festival, Aljira, a Center for Contemporary Art and Hip-Hop for Flint Newark.
Overview of Newark Trust for Education: The Newark Trust for Education (The Trust) is an independent non-profit dedicated to coordinating and focusing, ideas, people, and resources; and holding all of us responsible for providing a quality public education for all children in Newark. The Newark Trust envisions a city with a public education infrastructure that leverages the wide array of opportunities available to its young people to effectively help them meet academic requirements and to prepare them for high-quality post-secondary options.
What makes the Newark Trust for Education unique and necessary: The Trust is uniquely positioned to collaborate with and support Newark’s citizens, civic leaders, community-based organizations, charter sector, and public schools district. As an emerging backbone organization, The Trust can deliver upon a joint commitment to broadening effective learning opportunities and improving educational outcomes for Newark’s school-eligible young people.
Services provided by the Newark Trust for Education: As a backbone organization, Newark Trust commits to working with partners to: 1) guide vision and strategy; 2) support aligned activities; 3) establish and use shared measurement practices; 4) build public will; 5) advance policy; 6) mobilize funding.
In this capacity, Newark Trust will work with key stakeholders to: 1) Provide the public with reliable information concerning the School Board Elections: process, candidates, timeline, key issues and questions (city-wide); 2) Ensure the City of Newark and Newark Public Schools engage in an effective process that results in strong and informed Local Control (city-wide); 3) Engage the district and charter public school constituencies in meaningful conversations that lead to promising collaborations (Newark Charter School Fund, NPS, Newark Trust, 2-4 school communities); 4) Determine key outcomes for the Community Schools Initiative and organize partners to effectively meet these outcomes (NPS, Newark City, 5 school communities in the South Ward, Chan-Zuckerberg Foundation); 5) Build the capacity of our partners including that of the Board and staff of Newark Trust (Existing and New Boardmembers of the Trust, Existing and New Staff members of the Trust).