Margaret Fortune, President/CEO
Margaret Fortune is changing what’s possible when you create excellent educational options for Black children. As the President/CEO of nine K-12 public charter schools in Sacramento and San Bernardino counties with a combined enrollment of more than 2,300 students, Fortune’s work is pointed towards one North star—to close the African American achievement gap. Fortune has founded some of the top majority African American public schools in the state of California. Fortune founded an early college high school in partnership with Cosumnes River College and Cal Poly San Luis Obispo focused on science, technology, engineering, art, and math. Students are able to earn a high school diploma and associate degree upon graduation.
Fortune also operates Rex & Margaret Fortune School of Education, a graduate school that credentials teachers and school administrators for over 60 public school systems with the goal of addressing the state’s teacher shortage.
A nationally sought-after education expert, Fortune is often invited to participate in or lead conversations detailing the Fortune School approach to successfully educating Black children. She was a catalyst for efforts that resulted in the State of California budgeting a $300 million block grant in 2018 for the lowest-performing students. A graduate of UC Berkeley and Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government, Fortune served as an education adviser to two California governors. Fortune is a Trustee Emeritus of the California State University, a Pahara-Aspen Fellow, and former board chair of the California Charter Schools Association. She was awarded an honorary doctorate from Cal Poly San Luis Obispo for her substantial contributions to the field of education.
Fortune was inducted into the National Charter School Hall of Fame for the role she played in reopening schools during the Camp Fire, the deadliest and most destructive wildfire in California’s history. The seven public schools Dr. Fortune was responsible for reopening during the Camp Fire were the only ones to open on-time during the most expensive natural disaster in the world in 2018 in terms of insured losses.
Fortune continues to increase her national footprint through her work as the Co-Chair of the Freedom Coalition for Charter Schools, a national organization founded to protect the right of “self-determination” for parent choice for Black and Latino families. Dr. Fortune is a proud member of the board of directors of National Action Network Sacramento Chapter.
Chief Financial Officer
Phone: 916.924.8633 x107
Chief Operating Officer
Phone: 916.924.8633 x112
Chief Academic Officer
Phone: 916.924.8633 x118
Director of Marketing and Communications
Phone: 916.924.8633 x119
Director of Special Education
Phone: 916.924.8633 x135
Director of Data, Analytics and Strategy
Phone: 916.924.8633 x124
Dean Higher Education
Phone: 916.924.8633 x120
Hardy Brown College Prep
William Lee College Prep
Alan Rowe College Prep
Ephraim Williams College Prep Middle School
Hazel Mahone College Prep
Rex and Margaret Fortune Early College High School
Tecoy Porter College Prep
Fortune Middle School