MSA Announces New CEO


October 21, 2022

Magnet Schools of America (MSA), the leading voice for magnet schools across the country, formally announces Ramin Taheri as its new Chief Executive Officer. Mr. Taheri officially takes office on January 1, 2023.

Currently chief of staff for the U.S. Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights, Taheri coordinates activities related to media and communications, congressional affairs, strategic policy development, and organizational management for one of the largest civil rights offices in the federal government. His experience covers a range of complex legal, policy, and regulatory issues in education and civil rights with an emphasis on school diversity, integration, equity, and access.

Throughout his career, Taheri has worked closely on policies that touch on the values and priorities that make up MSA’s core mission, including serving as the lead policy advisor for the Magnet Schools Assistance Program during an earlier stint at the Education Department. Prior to joining the Biden-Harris Administration, Taheri served in various leadership positions in nonprofit education organizations, partnering with elected and appointed leaders at the national, state, and local levels to push equity and opportunity for underserved students.

“Mr. Taheri’s experience in areas of reform and equity development is an enormous win for members of Magnet Schools of America,” said Theresa Porter, President of Magnet Schools of America. “During the search for a new leader, it was critical to find a leader with extensive experience on building equity and expanding the footprint of magnet schools as a quality choice option.”

Dedicated to navigating policy and political challenges, Taheri’s work continues to inspire advocacy and national working groups on the frontlines of equity and education reform. “I believe in the value of magnet schools as a powerful tool to increase equity and opportunity,” said Taheri. “Magnet Schools of America and its members play a critical role in ensuring that our nation’s public schools fulfill their great promise by providing diverse, equitable, and innovative learning environments that serve all students.”

Founded in the wake of the landmark Brown v. Board of Education decision to promote racial integration, magnet schools are innovative public schools that use theme-based curricula to attract students from across different socioeconomic and racial backgrounds. Headquartered in Washington, DC, MSA is a nonprofit educational association that represents and is a resource to magnet schools, parents, teachers, school boards, administrators, business leaders, community organizations, and institutions of higher education.


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Magnet Schools of America (MSA) is a nonprofit education association that represents more than 4,340 magnet schools serving nearly 3.5 million students across 46 states and the District of Columbia. MSA was founded in 1986 and authorized as a 501(c)3 in 1994. It supports and serves the leaders and teachers of magnet and theme-based schools, while promoting the development of new magnet programs. It also provides technical assistance through the National Institute for Magnet School Leadership (NIMSL).

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