Joshua M. Kern


Josh is founder and managing member of TenSquare. He is the co-founder and former president and chief executive officer of Thurgood Marshall Academy Public Charter High School (TMA), one of the highest performing open-enrollment high schools in Washington D.C. Josh oversaw TMA’s growth and development from a start-up serving 80 ninth graders in 2001 to a full service, accredited high school institution serving 390 students. Under Josh’s leadership, Thurgood Marshall Academy garnered national recognition for the excellence and sustainability of its programs.

Josh has extensive experience with real estate development and finance for charter schools nationwide. He has successfully managed all aspects of the design, construction, and capitalization of numerous charter schools’ facility redevelopment projects. He is a founding member of the DC Public Charter School Association, member of the Board of Friends of Choice in Urban Schools (FOCUS), and an advisory board member of the National Public Charter School Resource Center. He is also a frequent speaker at national conferences and seminars, and before Congress concerning charter schools and related educational matters. Josh was appointed by the District of Columbia Council to serve on the University of the District of Columbia Community College (CCDC) Transition to Independence Advisory Board. He is a member of the Pennsylvania Bar and in 2011 received the prestigious Robert F. Drinan Public Service Award from Georgetown. Josh holds a Bachelor Degree and MBA from Tulane University and received a law degree with honors from Georgetown University Law Center.