Charter school consultants Jill Shahen, Andrea Rogers Barry, and Jessica Mokhiber founded Empire Charter Consultants (ECC) with a clear mission: to provide candid guidance and expert technical support services to charter schools, charter support organizations, and authorizers seeking to make positive strategic changes. Since their founding, charter expert Wendy Diamante has joined the team, making ECC four women strong -- all of whom care deeply about the charter school movement and the children and families it serves.
Combined, our team has navigated nearly 50 years of experience in the charter school movement, including as advocates and authorizers. As charter school consultants, we have worked in multiple cities and states across the nation, and we aren’t ready to quit anytime soon!
Our team of charter school consultants has unique skills within the charter school movement – and an unshakeable desire to spend our days helping charter schools accomplish meaningful and positive changes. This realization led us to launch an effort devoted to providing honest, direct advice and support to the charter community without the fluff or spin.
After launching in the summer of 2018, we now work every day directly with charter schools, charter school associations, charter support organizations, and authorizers, and we couldn’t be happier.
We are mission-aligned to the goals of the charter school movement. We are a team of true experts - charter school consultants able to help with a wide range of needs. Our core organizing principle is a commitment to quality and continuous improvement.
Let’s work together to foster and grow a high-quality charter school movement!
"Simply put, Jill and Andrea were worth every penny that we spent on their services. The process of charter renewal is nerve-wracking given the stakes for our teachers, families and students. There is no one that I trusted more to guide us through the thicket of expectations than these two skilled and experienced professionals."
"The Charter School of Inquiry is grateful for all of the support that Empire Charter Consultants provided us this year. As we prepare for the renewal of our charter, we feel very secure knowing that we have a competent, responsive, knowledgeable, and professional team as our partner."
"Empire Charter Consultants' expertise, dedication and passion is truly amazing. Working with them has resulted in proven benefits to Science Academies of New York in all aspects!"
"Empire Charter Consultants' expertise made all the difference as our applicant group went through the authorizing process. The ECC team provided clear guidance, direct feedback, and customized support, above and beyond anything else available. Amazing!"
"When we started with Empire, I was a bit skeptical about the value-add to our work. But all it took were 1-2 crisis moments that needed quick solutions for me to get it. Jill and her team are incredibly responsive and have helped us navigate multiple challenging situations. They bring with them a breadth of knowledge in the charter sector, a long list of influential contacts, and a practical understanding of on-the-ground needs of charter operators. We will definitely continue our membership with them in the coming year. "
"We are so grateful to be affiliated with Empire Charter Consultants because they support the work we do to build life long learners. They help us prepare our board for interviews and visits, they are a sounding board and problem solver when difficult issues arise, and they keep us informed of the political climate in Albany. They are a true partner in our work at Amber Charter Schools to build life long learners."