Joe Nathan, Director

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.



Marisa Gustafson, Assistant Director

(651) 645-1000 ext. 168

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 in Minneapolis Public Schools, 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 as a youth soccer coach.

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