Ms. Hegde serves as Chief Schools Officer for Alpha Public Schools, a K-12 network of charter schools in San Jose, CA, focused on preparing students for college and career. In this role, she supports school leaders across four school sites and partners with the CEO to provide leadership, vision, and strategic direction for the organization. Prior to joining the Alpha team, Ms. Hegde served as the Founder and Executive Director of Cornerstone Academy, a K-6 elementary charter school. Since its opening in 2010, Cornerstone Academy has been amongst the highest performing schools in the city of San Jose and was named a California Distinguished School in 2014. Cornerstone has since merged operations with Alpha Public Schools and serves the organization’s youngest learners. Ms. Hegde also serves on the California Charter Schools’ Association Member Council for Region 5, chairs the Sonoma County Charter SELPA CEO Council, and is an advisory board member for several non-profit education startups. She was named a 2015-16 Leverage Leadership Institute Fellow with the Relay Graduate School of Education. Prior to founding Cornerstone, she taught elementary school in Miami, Florida for several years through the Teach for America program. Ms. Hegde received her Bachelor’s Degree in History from Brown University in Providence, RI and has her Masters Degree in Education Policy, Organizations, and Leadership Studies from Stanford University. She also has an additional Master’s Degree in Instructional Leadership from the Reach Institute for School Leadership in Oakland, CA.