Ember Reichgott Junge, Board Vice-Chair
Ember Reichgott Junge currently serves as Vice President of
Strategic Outcomes for People Incorporated Mental Health Servicesa,
a Twin Cities-based nonprofit promoting and securing
independence for people with mental illness. She is a
lawyer, broadcast media analyst and President of Ember
Communications, Inc. She has served as Vice President and
Chief Advancement Officer of the largest human services nonprofit
in Minnesota, Lutheran Social Service of Minnesota.
A former Minnesota state senator, Ms. Reichgott Junge is
the author of Minnesota's 1991 first-in-nation charter school law,
which was a winner of the 2000 Innovations in American Government
Award from the JFK School of Government at Harvard
University. In honor of the 20th anniversary of the enabling
legislation, Ms. Reichgott Junge chronicled the history of the
origins of chartering from 1988 through 1992 in her book:
Zero Chance of Passage: The Pioneering Charter School
Story which can be ordered online here.
As a national spokesperson for public charter schools, she has
made appearances with President Bill Clinton, Vice
President Al Gore, U.S. Education Secretaries Richard Riley
and Lamar Alexander and many others. In 1992, Ms. Reichgott Junge
was honored by Business Week Magazine as one of "Six Local Heroes
Making a Difference" in sponsoring one of the "most innovative
experiments in the nation." She also sponsored into law the first
public school open enrollment initiative in the country, allowing
students to attend public schools of choice anywhere in
Ms. Reichgott Junge was recently inducted into the National
Charter Schools Hall of Fame in 2008 her many years of
dedication and service to chartering. She is Ms.
Reichgott Junge holds a Juris Doctor from Duke University School of
Law, an MBA from the University of St. Thomas, and a B.A. from St.