Member, Board of Trustees (2008-2016)
The California State University
Margaret Fortune is the President and CEO of Fortune School. Under Fortune’s leadership, the organization launched a network of public charter schools located in Sacramento and San Bernardino counties. The K-12 school system is focused on closing the African American achievement gap, preparing scholars for college starting in Kindergarten. The network currently includes five schools (four K-8 campuses and one 6-8 middle school) with combined enrollment of over 1250 students, and has approval to open six more schools. Fortune also operates a graduate school of education, credentialing teachers and school administrators with a focus on charter school leadership called Fortune School of Education.
A graduate of UC Berkeley and Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government, Margaret Fortune served as an education advisor to two California Governors. Fortune broke new ground in 2003 when she turned around Sacramento High School, changing the 1,600 student campus into a charter school. The college going rate has increased from 20 percent before the reform to over 80 percent today.
Fortune currently serves as a Trustee of the California State University and is a Member of the Board of Directors for the California Charter Schools Association. Fortune is also a Pahara-Aspen Fellow and a member of the first Emerging CMO cohort through the Charter School Growth Fund.