Harry Lee

President

609-989-9700, ext. 4415


Harry is a former charter school authorizer, CMO executive, and independent consultant. He has deep experience in charter school authorization, new school development, school oversight/evaluation, renewal services, and board training/capacity building and has worked with authorizers and districts across the country in New Orleans, Texas, Georgia, and Philadelphia. In 2016, Harry worked as the Chief Strategy Officer at iLearn Schools, a nonprofit charter management organization based in New Jersey. From 2011-2016, he worked at the New Jersey Department of Education, Office of Charter Schools, serving as the School Performance and Accountability Manager and the Director. In 2014, Harry completed the NACSA Leaders Program, the nation’s only professional development opportunity for current and upcoming leaders in charter school authorizing offices. He holds a B.A. from Yale University and an M.P.A. from Rutgers University-Newark.

Brian Diamante

Director of Data Systems and Senior State Budget Analyst

609-989-9700, ext. 4419


As Director of Data Systems, Brian manages the internal data system at the Association. Brian built and maintains the Association’s comprehensive database of education data which is used both as a backend for website data visualizations, as well as a resource for data requests, advocacy, member services, reports, and studies performed by the Association. He also serves as the Association’s Senior State Budget Analyst and is an expert on New Jersey’s school funding formula and the intricacies of charter school funding. Brian’s expertise informs advocacy strategy and enables the Association to provide timely, accurate, and detailed analysis of district and charter school funding.

Before joining NJCSA, Brian was a SAS programmer and data analyst with the Institute for Traffic Safety Management and Research, part of the SUNY Research Foundation. His responsibilities there included cleaning, formatting and manipulating large amounts of data to produce timely and useful reports for stakeholders. He has experience working with a multitude of enterprise level, state-run databases and served on a task force focused on redesigning New York’s traffic safety data system. Brian has a bachelor’s degree in public policy from SUNY University at Albany. A native of Troy, NY, Brian and his wife currently reside in Denver, Colorado.