Operations Director named to Futurity Fellowship and Leading Mississippi Residency

We are delighted to share some exciting developments from our Jackson region that underscore our commitment to excellence in education and leadership. Our esteemed colleague, Trey Vernaci, the Regional Director of Operations, has been selected for the inaugural cohort of the Futurity Fellowship along with twelve other fellows nationwide. In addition to this remarkable achievement, Trey also serves as the Designer and Program Director for the newly launched Mississippi Charter School Operations Leader in Residence program—an initiative poised to shape the future of charter school leadership in our region.

The Futurity Fellowship is a distinguished program aimed at developing the next generation of senior Operations leaders in education. Funded by the Charter School Growth Fund and led by former executives of Uncommon Schools, the fellowship equips its participants with the essential skills and mindsets needed to lead systems of schools. The Fellowship is committed to diversifying the C-suite and developing leaders who can connect across differences and lead equitable organizations. It’s a rare opportunity that aligns seamlessly with our mission at RePublic Schools—to lead and support schools anchored in love, achievement, and anti-racism.

Meanwhile, the Mississippi Charter School Operations Leader in Residency, a collaboration between Mississippi First and RePublic Schools, Inc., is set to address a critical need in our nascent charter school sector. Operational leadership is the backbone of successful charter schools, yet finding and preparing potential leaders for these roles has historically been a challenge. This residency program aims to change that narrative by providing a curated curriculum and experiences that train and develop operations leaders to step into critical roles within one year. Trey has been invited to share his innovative work on this residency at the upcoming CSGF COO Convening in Denver, Colorado, scheduled for April.

The inaugural residents of the Mississippi Charter School Operations Leader in Residency program will collaborate and develop alongside RePublic’s operational leaders throughout 2024, from January to December. Over the year, residents will partake in eight six-week modules, featuring hands-on learning and direct instruction, addressing various facets crucial to effective operations in high-quality charter schools. Each module will conclude with a project, providing fellows with the opportunity to apply their acquired skills, culminating in a capstone project presented at the program’s conclusion.

Trey’s selection for the Futurity Fellowship and his pivotal role in the Mississippi Charter School Operations Leader Residency reflect his dedication to advancing educational excellence and equity. We are immensely proud to have him represent RePublic through his involvement in these esteemed programs. His participation will not only enhance his leadership skills but also contribute to the growth and strength of our organization, the Jackson region, and the Mississippi charter school sector as a whole.

Please join us in congratulating Trey on these well-deserved achievements! We eagerly anticipate the positive impact of his involvement in both the Futurity Fellowship and the Mississippi Charter School Operations Leader Residency.