Scheherazade Salimi is a Deputy Director for Partnerships and Impact at CPRL. At CPRL, she helps to manage external relationships, execute on CPRL’s development strategy, and oversee CPRL’s program in conjunction with other members of the leadership team. She also manages teams on consulting projects related to legal and policy advocacy, organizational development, and stakeholder engagement. Prior to joining CPRL, Scheherazade was managing owner of Spark Education LLC, where consulting projects included launching a new venture philanthropy fund, providing legal analysis of governance options for a school district’s universal enrollment system, developing a grant program to support students with significant behavioral challenges, and providing strategy advice for the deployment of a $250 million fund to promote facilities equity for public charter schools. Scheherazade also served as Chief of Staff to the Deputy Mayor for Education in Washington, D.C. whereby she oversaw a number of high-impact policy initiatives on school funding, special education, enrollment policy, public education facilities, and community engagement. Scheherazade has a BA in philosophy from Columbia University and JD from the New York University School of Law.