The State Charter Schools Commission of Georgia (SCSC) has appointed Lauren Holcomb as its new Executive Director. Commissioners unanimously selected Holcomb on Wednesday, July 17, following a competitive search process. In her new role, she will oversee strategic planning, policy, communications and other initiatives for the SCSC. Holcomb has worked with the agency since the SCSC’s reconstitution in 2013.
“On behalf of the commissioners, we are pleased to announce Lauren Holcomb as our new Executive Director.” said SCSC Chairman Tom Lewis. “She brings a wealth of knowledge about charter schools and education policy in Georgia. She is the right person to advance our mission to improve public education through quality charter schools.”
During her time at the SCSC, she managed outreach, research and support services to build the capacity of commission-authorized charter schools and increase the charter school pipeline. Most recently, she served as the agency’s Chief Communications Officer.
“This is an exciting time for education in Georgia,” said SCSC Executive Director Lauren Holcomb. “I’m honored at the commissioners’ confidence in me and I look forward to working with our board, state leaders and schools to provide students and families with the high quality educational opportunities that every child deserves.”
Prior to working at the SCSC, Holcomb served in numerous educational policy roles, including as an advisor to Governor Sonny Perdue. She was also the founding director of the Innovation Fund in the Governor’s Office of Student Achievement.
Holcomb received bachelor’s degrees in journalism and political science from the University of Georgia’s Grady College and School of Public and International Affairs and a master’s degree in public administration from the Andrew Young School of Policy at Georgia State University.