Charlie Leo embodies the phrase “edupreneur.” He is the Co-Founder and served as the Executive Director of the nationally renowned Natomas Charter School for 19 years. During this time, Natomas Charter School has expanded from 80 students in a single program to over 1,400 students, spanning grades K-12, in five very unique educational academies. Charlie facilitated the design and construction of three campuses including the $40 million NCS main campus, which houses the state-of-the-art, award winning Benevenuti Performing Arts Center. Natomas Charter Schools was named the 2006 Hart Vision Charter School of the Year by CCSA.
Mr. Leo received the Legacy Award at the 20th Annual Charter Schools Conference. The Legacy Awards were created to celebrate those outstanding charter school supporters, funders, operators and elected officials who have been stewards of the movement over the last 20 years. Each Legacy Award winner represents the hope and dedication of two generations of California Charter School students.