Lauren Morando Rhim 

Morando Rhim is Executive Director and Co-Founder of the National Center for Special Education in Charter Schools. A researcher, consultant, and advocate, she has spent the last 25 years striving to identify strategies to create and sustain high quality public schools for all students. She has published extensively about school reform and regularly consults with federal, state and local policy leaders as well as practitioners.

She provides strategic vision and oversees a variety of research, advocacy, coalition building, and field-based projects for NCSECS. Morando Rhim’s recent work includes conducting secondary analyses of the federal Civil Rights Data Collection, leading case studies of charter schools demonstrating exemplary growth for students with disabilities, and creating a national network of charter management organization special education coordinators. As the founder of LMR Consulting, she specialized in pressing education reform issues pertaining to school turnaround, charter schools, special education, and state and district support for school improvement. She was formerly a Senior Consultant at Public Impact where she conducted her own work and led project teams to produce research, evaluation, and technical assistance, and provide direct support to clients. As a faculty Research Associate at the University of Maryland, she conducted both research and external consulting and evaluations. While at UMD, Rhim directed Project Intersect, a four year, federally funded study of special education in charter schools and was a consultant to three other related initiatives: Project SEARCH, SPEDTACS, and the TA Customizer.

Rhim is committed to community service at the local level, having served on either her locally elected school board or a charter school board for the last eight years. A graduate of the University of Vermont, she holds a Masters from The George Washington University and a Ph.D. in Education Policy and Leadership from the University of Maryland.