Joshua Kern

Managing Member

Josh was the Co-Founder, President, & Chief Executive Officer of Thurgood Marshall Academy Public Charter High School (TMA) in the Anacostia neighborhood of DC. Josh oversaw Thurgood Marshall Academy’s growth and development from a start-up serving 80 9th graders at its inception to a full service accredited institution serving close to 400 students in grades 9-12. Under Josh’s leadership, Thurgood Marshall Academy garnered national recognition for the excellence and sustainability of its programs. In late 2009, the school was selected by the U.S. Department of Education to be featured as part of the Department’s Doing What Works initiative. Thurgood Marshall Academy was the only charter school and one of just six schools in the country chosen as a national model of excellence for its use of data to improve student outcomes.

Josh currently serves on the Board of Friends of Choice in Urban Schools (FOCUS) and the University of the District of Columbia Community College and previously served on the Boards of the Charter School Development Corporation, Barrack Academy, and the DC Charter School Association. Josh earned his Bachelor’s and MBA from Tulane University and his J.D. from Georgetown University Law Center.