Staff

Joe Nathan, Director

joe@centerforschoolchange.org

Office (651) 645-1000 ext. 111

Mobile (612) 309-6571

Joe Nathan Joe Nathan has been an inner city public school aide, teacher and administrator. Student, parent and professional groups have given him awards for his work. More than 20 state legislatures and several Congressional committees have invited him to testify. Nathan has helped write several major laws, including Post Secondary Options and the nation’s first charter public school law. He served as a local PTA president in St. Paul, and a member of the Minnesota State PTA board. He has written 2 books named “must read” by the American School Board journal, along with a third, and edited a fourth. More than 30 newspapers including Wall Street Journal, USA Today, Atlanta Constitution and Detroit News have published guest columns he wrote.

Between 1989 and 2004 he wrote a weekly column carried by 3 of Minnesota’s 4 largest daily papers. He now writes a weekly column carried regularly by about 15 Minnesota newspapers. It often appears on local and national websites. Nathan has appeared on more than 400 television and radio programs including “The Today Show,” “Good Morning American,” McNeil/Lehrer News Hour” and “All Things Considered.” He earned a B.A. from Carleton, MA and PhD from the University of Minnesota. Nathan has been married for 36 years to a recently retired St. Paul Public School teacher. The Nathans’ 3 children all attended and graduated from St. Paul Public Schools.

Kabo Yang, Associate DirectorKabo Yang

kabo@centerforschoolchange.org

(651) 645-1000 ext. 169

Kabo Yang has spent the bulk of her career in the nonprofit sector, holding positions at Southern Minnesota Regional Legal Services and Greater Twin Cities United Way.  She has also served on nonprofit Boards including Citizens for a Safer MN Education Fund, Professional Hmong Women Association, CAPI USA and Hmong National Development, Inc.

In addition, she has been invited to participate on planning committees including the 2009 MCF/MCN Joint Annual Conference Planning Committee and the Council on Asian Pacific Minnesotans’ Hennepin County Leadership Council.  Kabo was also an independent consultant for several years, executing contracts related to intercultural communications, leadership development, training and facilitation, and planning and evaluation.

With a passion for education, Kabo graduated from Saint Paul Public Schools, has a Bachelors degree in Business Administration from Metropolitan State University, a Masters degree in Organizational Leadership from St. Catherine University, and is pursuing her doctorate degree in Human and Organizational Systems from Fielding Graduate University.

Kabo is married with two kids and lives in North St. Paul.

Marisa Gustafson, Assistant Director

marisa@centerforschoolchange.org

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Marisa Gustafson is a first generation honors college graduate who is bilingual in Spanish-English, and has a variety of education and community experiences.  She first joined CSC in March 2013 as the Program and Outreach Coordinator, and now serves as Assistant Director.

Her previous experiences include serving as a Bilingual Associate Educator at Jefferson Community School in Minneapolis, a teacher at a Bilingual School in Honduras, and Community Coordinator for St. Paul’s District 6 Planning Council. She also has served as a volunteer ELL Teacher at Neighborhood House in St. Paul, and a Youth Soccer Coach in Plymouth.

Gustafson graduated Cum Laude from Macalester College in 2009.  She lives in South Minneapolis with her partner, friends, and bulldog.