Transcend Board Member
Co-Founder and CEO, Summit Public Schools

Diane Tavenner


Diane Tavenner is the Founder and CEO of Summit Public Schools (SPS), a leading charter management organization serving California and Washington State. Summit employs a Personalized Learning Plan (PLP) model which leverages technology to connect students’ long-term goals to their daily actions and empowers them to own their learning. 

As a result, Summit’s graduates are completing four-year college degrees at twice the national average. Newsweek and US News & World Report have ranked Summit among the top public schools in the nation. In partnership with Facebook, Summit is currently working to scale personalized learning by making its Personalized Learning Plan Platform (PLP) available to schools across the country for free.

Diane serves as the Board Chair of the California Charter Schools Association (CCSA) representing the majority of California’s 1,100+ charter schools and the California Charter Schools Association Advocates, a political advocacy organization working on behalf of public school students.  Diane also serves on the board of Transcend and The Primary School.  Diane is a member of the Spring 2013 cohort of the Pahara-Aspen Education Fellowship, a leadership program within the Aspen Institute and a fellow in the Broad Academy.

Prior to Summit, Diane was a public school teacher, administrator and leader in traditional urban and suburban public schools throughout California. She holds a bachelor’s degree in psychology and sociology from the University of Southern California and a master’s degree in administration and policy analysis from Stanford University. 


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