Ember Reichgott Junge, Board Vice-Chair
Former Minnesota State Senator Ember Reichgott Junge is author
of Minnesota's 1991 first-in-nation charter school law, a winner of
the 2000 Innovations in American Government Award from Harvard
University's JFK School of Government. The 18-year legislator
served as Senate Assistant Majority Leader before stepping down
from public service in 2000.
In honor of the 20th anniversary of chartering,
Reichgott Junge wrote Zero Chance of Passage: The Pioneering
Charter School Story, a candid memoir of her challenging
journey of pioneering the first charter school law from idea to
national movement. The book has won multiple national
awards, including Third Grand Prize Winner for Nonfiction Books in
the 2013 Next Generation Indie Book Awards, and Best Regional Book
of the Year by Reader Views Literary Awards (www.ZeroChanceOfPassage.com).
Reichgott Junge is a national spokesperson on charter public
schools, past board member of the National Alliance for Public
Charter Schools, and current board vice chair of Washington D.C.
based Charter Schools Development Corporation (CSDC), copublisher
of Zero Chance of Passage. She was inducted into the
National Charter Schools Hall of Fame in 2008, and received the
Brian Bennett Education Warrior Award from Democrats for Education
Reform in 2012.
For over twenty years, Reichgott Junge practiced business and
nonprofit law before becoming a nonprofit executive for a large
human services organization. She is a frequent television
political analyst and former radio host and editorial writer.
Her board service has included Citizens Independent Bank, Twin
Cities United Way, and the Minneapolis Chapter of the American Red
Ember received her BA from St. Olaf College (Northfield,
Minnesota), JD from Duke University Law School (Durham, North
Carolina), and MBA from University of St. Thomas (St. Paul,
MN). She is an avid ballroom dancer and most enjoys spending
time with her husband, Michael Junge.