Joe Nathan
Joe Nathan, Director – Center for School Change

 Joe Nathan, Director

Mobile (612) 309-6571

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 twice-a-month column carried regularly by about 20 suburban and rural 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 America,” 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 42 years to a recently retired St. Paul Public School teacher. The Nathan’s 3 children all attended and graduated from St. Paul Public Schools.


Aaliyah Hodge- Senior Consultant Center for School Change


Aaliyah Hodge, Senior Consultant

Mobile (612) 298-6009

Aaliyah Hodge is a former Post Secondary Enrollment Options student who used the law to help her earn a Bachelor’s degree at age 19, and then a Masters Degree at age 21.   She currently is Charter Authorizing Program Coordinator at the University of St. Thomas. Previously Aaliyah served as the Compliance Director for the Harvest Network of Schools.  She has also spent time in the classroom as a 6th grade paraprofessional.  She is a member of the Coalition of Public Independent Charter School’s advisory council, Pillsbury United Community’s Charter advisory council, as well as the current President of People for PSEO.  Aaliyah has a Masters in Social Policy and Community and Economic Development from the Humphrey School of Public Affairs at the University of Minnesota.  And in her free time, Aaliyah enjoys spending time with friends, traveling and baking