As the Managing Director of Academics and K-8 Schools, Ms. Nava provides direct support to our K-8 principals and Academic Team, supporting the vision and implementation of Alpha’s model and driving academic excellence for our students. Ms. Nava began her career at Alpha in 2015-16 as an Assistant Principal. That year, the Principal at Blanca transitioned out of her role in October, and Ms. Nava immediately stepped in. Despite being new to school leadership, she effectively managed the school and held the team together, and was ultimately promoted to Principal for the 2016-17 school year. Over the next four years, Ms. Nava built strong foundational systems for the school, improved the adult and student culture, and led the team to achieve stronger results year after year. Blanca was twice recognized as a top school for underserved students by Innovate Public schools, a testament to Ms. Nava’s strong leadership. Ms. Nava holds an undergraduate degree from the University of California, Berkeley and earned a M.Ed. in Education Policy and Management from Harvard’s Graduate School of Education.