Former chief of staff for the U.S. Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights, Taheri coordinated 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.
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.”
Raise the level of performance consistent throughout school districts nationwide and creates a platform from which all magnet schools can flourish. Magnet Schools of America’s national certification process is designed to recognize the hard work of the best magnet schools in the nation and to help them as they grow.