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Our Leadership Team: Meet the Team


Founder/CEO & Board President

WIELD's Founder and CEO, Charlotte Tillman, has over 20 years of experience in the field of education. She has worked in traditional public school districts, the private school sector, and the public charter school system in Houston, Texas, and the Greater New Orleans, Louisiana area. Prior to her service in education, she worked for a brief period in the healthcare industry. Charlotte has served in numerous roles, including Health Educator, classroom teacher, principal, district supervisor, adjunct professor, and education consultant.

Throughout her eclectic career, she has been a fierce champion for equity in supporting marginalized populations, ensuring all children receive the education they deserve, and providing struggling families with access to the resources they require to improve their overall quality of life. Examples of her impactful work include turning around a failing school in post-Hurricane Katrina New Orleans, founding a Type 5 charter school, and establishing partnerships with Save the Children, Global Green USA, Girl Scouts of the USA, and Tulane University to name a few. These humble efforts assisted in the rebuilding of the public education infrastructure within New Orleans following Hurricane Katrina. 

Charlotte holds a B.S. in Sports Medicine/Human Performance from the University of Southern Mississippi; an M.S. in Health Education from Texas Southern University; an M.Ed. in Education Administration from Sam Houston State University; and an Ed. S. in Curriculum and Instruction from Arkansas State University. A lifelong learner, she has completed professional institutes and fellowships, including The New Leaders for New Schools Principal's Program, Harvard University's Charter School Leadership Institute, The Congressional Black Caucus Institute, The LEAD Policy Fellowship, and the Non-Profit Leadership Certification Program at Texas A&M University's Bush School for Government & Public Service. Charlotte has also contributed to educational research for the RAND Corporation and the Southern Regional Education Board. She is dedicated to making a difference by using her expertise to help break the cycle of inequities that plague disadvantaged women and their communities. 

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