Title: Executive Director & Founder
Eric Premack is the founder and Executive Director of the Charter Schools Development Center. For over 15 years, Premack has played a leading role in the development and spread of the chartered schools concept since its inception in his native Minnesota in the 1980s. Eric has helped to draft and implement chartered schools legislation in over 25 states and at the federal level.
He led the development of many groundbreaking charter school policy, planning, implementation, and oversight practices that have been emulated throughout the US and internationally. Premack was a co-founder of the Charter Friends National Network, a founding board member of the California Network of Educational Charters (CANEC), served on the California State Superintendent's Charter School Advisory Committee, serves on the board of Civicorps Schools, and previously served on the board of St. HOPE Public Schools. Eric has published extensively on a variety of charter school-related topics and issues including "how-to" books for charter school developers, articles for periodicals, and in-depth charter school policy analyses. His diverse client list includes hundreds of charter schools, charter management organizations, large and small school districts and charter-granting agencies, state departments of education, foreign government agencies, think tanks, and philanthropic organizations. He has lectured for education reform classes at leading universities and has served as expert witness/consultant in major charter school litigation. Eric has twice received the Hart Vision Award for outstanding service to California's chartered schools.
Prior to founding CSDC, Premack provided consulting services to hundreds of California school districts at School Services of California, Inc., and was a non-partisan education policy and finance analyst for the California Legislature. He is a graduate of both the College and the Graduate School of Public Policy of the University of Chicago.