Brian is a father, athlete, and Pacific Northwest Native. Throughout his life, he’s played kickball, soccer, ran for relay teams, and has climbed Mt. St. Helens four times! Always being drawn to the teamwork and community-building aspects of the game. After becoming a father and seeking the best education for his daughter, Brian’s interest in charter schools grew.
After beginning his public accounting career, Brian joined the Charter School Capital team and has been recording debits and credits for the past four and a half years and has never looked back.
How did you Meet CSC?
I previously worked in higher education institutions before hearing of the opportunity at Charter School Capital. I felt that the position provided an exciting option to work directly with schools at the forefront of improving our public education system. When I met with the team, they were down-to-earth, driven to provide best-in-class products and services, and dedicated in their pursuit of excellence. I knew that I would be challenged from day one and was excited about what I could bring to the team.
How would you describe Charter School Capital and your position?
I work on a team that provides financial services and products to the charter school system, bringing together investors and members of the charter school movement.
What’s something about you that might be surprising?
I’ve been riding my bike to work for the past 16 years. It started when I was tired of sitting in traffic and thought I’d try to ride to work for one week. As it turned out, I enjoyed it and have been riding ever since.
When did you learn about this line of work? What called you to it?
My parents were both in public education, so I heard about charter schools growing up. When the time came for my daughter to go to school, we had the option of enrolling her in a local public school or a charter school closely aligned with her learning style. We chose the charter path; like many parents, we were trying to find the best education for her, and we were very happy with our decision.
Over the years, what wisdom have you learned?
You are capable of much more than you realize, keep going!
What brings you joy?
I love learning new things, meeting new people, and building connections. As an accountant, part of my job is having insight into the behind the scenes of how a company operates. I find joy in being able to put pieces together, learning from others, and offering a helping hand.
What piece of advice would you give to recent graduates?
People are eager to help and offer resources to you. Don’t be afraid to reach out and connect with people who are in the industry. If you are willing to work hard, listen, and keep learning, you will make connections to help you achieve your goals.
From your position how do you impact charters?
We cultivate relationships with investors and schools to work together to help school leaders achieve their goals.
If you could create a New Class Subject, what would it be?
An outdoor, experience-based course that shows appreciation for team building, leadership, and the outdoors. A course that takes you out of your comfort zone and encourages you to adapt and overcome challenges as a team, something similar to what Outward Bound is doing.
In your view, what does the world need more of? Less of?
More education and compassion, less division.
What do you hope to see for the Future of Charter Schools?
My hope is that charter schools become an accepted part of the educational system and less politicized. As a parent, the education of my child, and all students is incredibly important. We should be investing more time and effort into these programs.
What do you hope to see for the Future of CSC?
My hope is that Charter School Capital continues to find innovative solutions to the challenges facing our education system.
Want to share?
Since the company’s inception in 2006, Charter School Capital has been committed to the success of charter schools. We help schools access, leverage, and sustain the resources charter schools need to thrive, allowing them to focus on what matters most – educating students. Our depth of experience working with charter school leaders and our knowledge of how to address charter school financial and operational needs have allowed us to provide over $1.8 billion in support of 600 charter schools that have educated over 1,027,000 students across the country. For more information on how we can support your charter school, contact us. We’d love to work with you!