Executive Leadership Academy

The Executive Leadership Academy is an intensive 10 monthly-session program with a faculty that includes renowned scholars and leading practitioners from across the country. Each session provides participants an opportunity to engage with Nevada’s most successful political, business, and community leaders. Upon completing the program, participants are able to earn a Certificate in Educational Leadership and Management from the McCourt School of Public Policy at Georgetown University.

The Executive Leadership Academy is designed to optimize human capital and has a proven track record of retaining public education professionals in Nevada and providing a path for career advancement. Graduates have reported a deeper skillset for creative problem-solving, strategic thinking, community building, and the practice of ethical and courageous leadership. The skills gained from the Executive Leadership Academy have led to innovative solutions that improve outcomes for all students. For select capstone projects, an alumni task force collaborates with school districts, the Nevada Department of Education, and state policymakers to develop and implement education policy solutions. Additional capstone projects that impact the broader community may receive funding to initiate a pilot program.

Executive Leadership Faculty Interviews

Kerri Cissna

Visiting Assistant Professor in Entrepreneurship and Creativity in the Department of Entrepreneurship at Miami University’s Farmer School of Business

December 11, 2021

Rick Hess

Senior Founding Fellow, Leadership Institute of Nevada
Director of Education Policy Studies, American Enterprise Institute

November 19, 2021

A.J. Crabill

Texas Education Agency’s Deputy Commissioner for governance

October 16, 2021


Ryan J. Smith

Chief External Officer, Partnership for Los Angeles Schools, LAUSD

September 24, 2021