Closing the Equity Gap Through Education, Entrepreneurship and Employment

Maia Sharpley


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Maia Sharpley is executive vice president of innovation and strategic initiatives for Charter Schools USA, one of the nation’s largest and fastest growing educational management companies. In this role, she supports sustained growth and builds upon CSUSA’s ongstanding focus on excellence. She is responsible for developing innovative solutions and new capabilities within the organization as well as oversees marketing, communications and public relations. Sharpley acts as key advisor responsible for execution of the CEOs special initiatives that ensure the organization continues to scale effectively and deliver exception quality solutions for students, teachers and staff. Sharpley most recently served as vice president for strategy and innovation with Kaplan, Inc. where she led a broad range of strategic initiatives, oversaw the company’s EdTech portfolio and built multiple businesses. Sharpley’s experience spans the globe with deep roots in the K-12 and post-secondary education industry. In addition to her extensive work in the United States, she has worked in China and Australia building businesses for Kaplan. Prior to her time at Kaplan, she served in a variety of executive positions with the New York City Department of Education and as strategy consultant for management consulting firms. Prior to Kaplan, Sharpley served five years as executive director of operations for the New York City Department of Education, the largest public school system in the U.S., and was a founding member of its Children First team spearheading various reform initiatives. Previously, she was a principal in the management consulting practices of PricewaterhouseCoopers and Gemini Consulting, working with Fortune 200 corporate boards and management teams in the communications, media and retail industries. She started her career in New York as a buyer for Saks Fifth Avenue. Sharpley is a people person and manager, facile in building strong teams that deliver results in a short amount of time and have fun while doing so. From the earliest days of her career, both in the workplace and in organizations that she has been involved with, she has been tapped to lead recruiting / hiring activities and mentor junior colleagues. Sharpley has been active in the communities where she has lived: as a Founder and Former NYC Chapter President of the University of Michigan Entertainment Coalition; a member of the National Black MBA Association; serving as a Trustee of the Boards of Concord Academy and ICD (International Center for the Disabled); and most recently as a member of The American Chamber of Commerce in Hong Kong and Hong Kong University of Michigan Alumni Club. A native of Boston, Sharpley is a graduate of Trinity College in Hartford, CT and earned her MBA from the Ross School of Business, University of Michigan. She has traveled extensively, lived and worked overseas and is fluent with multiple languages. She is a United States Patent holder (#7,774,208 – a system and method for managing intellectual property lifecycles) and has several more pending.

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