NECSN names new CEO Janeene Freeman

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For Immediate Release: December 14, 2016 
Contact: Jessica Mokhiber, (518) 


Albany, NY – The Northeast Charter Schools Network today announced that its Board of Trustees has named Janeene Freeman as its next Chief Executive Officer. Freeman joins the charter school association after 16 years with the Community Service Society of New York (CSS), where she most recently served as the Director of Government Relations.

Northeast Charter Schools Network Board Chair Bill Phillips said, “The Board is thrilled to welcome Janeene Freeman and have her lead the charter association in its work in both New York and Connecticut. Ms. Freeman understands the critical need for high-quality educational options, particularly in communities that have been left behind. Her deep knowledge of government and strong coalition-building background will help grow the movement in both states. She will be a wonderful ambassador for our families and schools.”  

Janeene_Freeman.jpgJaneene Freeman  

Freeman said, “It is a true honor to join the Northeast Charter Schools Network and fight for the great schools that New York and Connecticut children deserve. Access to educational opportunities can be transformative and I am eager to work on behalf of the communities, families, and children who are desperate for that access. 

“I know firsthand how educational choice can change the trajectory of one’s life. In middle school, my parents had to fight to ensure I would be challenged and have access to all the resources I needed to succeed. As a result of their advocacy and the educational options available to me, I received a great, quality education and was afforded the opportunity to attend amazing educational institutions thereafter. Education helped me succeed and I want others to have that opportunity as well.”  

 Freeman had been with the Community Service Society since 2000 and has a long career in advocating for vulnerable populations. She served as CSS’s Director of Government Relations for eight years and was responsible for advancing the policy agenda at the city, state and federal levels. Prior to that, she served as the Acting Director for the group’s New York City Managed Care Consumer Assistance Program, which served as a critical resource for New Yorkers trying to navigate the complex health insurance system. Before starting her work in the nonprofit sector, Freeman was a Marketing Specialist for People’s Bank, one of the largest consumer banks in Connecticut.

Freeman also volunteers with the New York Women’s Foundation, which seeks to improve the economic security of women and girls, and has served as co-chair for the Foundation’s volunteer committee.  She also served as Chair of the Black Alumni Council for Wesleyan University’s Alumni Club of New York.

Freeman holds a Master of Public Administration from the School of International & Public Affairs at Columbia University and a Bachelor of Arts from Wesleyan University.

NECSN’s former CEO Kyle Rosenkrans departed in June and Board Chairman and past president Bill Phillips had been serving as the interim CEO.

About the Northeast Charter Schools Network: The Northeast Charter Schools Network is the membership and advocacy organization for the more than 270 charter schools in New York and Connecticut. Its mission is to support and expand high quality charter schools. 

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