Meet the Executive Director

Susan Miller Carello serves as Executive Director of the State University of New York’s Charter Schools Institute, a position she has held since 2010. Under her leadership, the number of SUNY authorized charter schools across New York expanded from 72 to 212 active charter schools with approved enrollment of 113,000. Eighty percent of students choosing SUNY authorized charters come from economically disadvantaged settings. Those students and over 6,000 very dedicated teachers produce high-quality academic outcomes. Ninety-one percent of SUNY authorized charters outperform their districts of location in mathematics and 88% outperform in English language arts. Under Susan’s leadership, the Institute also secured the first operational and philanthropy-based resource increases since its founding in in 1999. SUNY’s Charter Schools Institute receives national and international recognition as the mightiest authorizing team in the land.

Before arriving at the Institute, Susan was founder and CEO of Smart Hounds Solutions, LLC. She founded the National Association of Charter School Authorizer’s (NACSA) first research division serving as their first Vice President for Research and Evaluation and led NACSA’s research, evaluation and accountability initiatives as well as designed NACSA’s first national data project on authorizer practices. In addition, Susan authored NACSA’s first “State of Charter School Authorizing” report in 2008. Ms. Miller Carello is also the former Associate Commissioner of Education for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts where she served on the Commissioner’s Cabinet and headed up Massachusetts’ school accountability and charter authorizing work.

Susan also served as a visiting lecturer at Columbia University and Butler University and was Vice-President of the Modern Red Schoolhouse at the Hudson Institute. A proud native Hoosier, Susan was a founding staff member at Indian Creek Discovery Science and Technology Magnet School in Indianapolis, a national blue-ribbon award winner; and in 1990, she was recognized with the Indiana’s Excellence in Education Award. A lifelong supporter of education reform, Miller Carello was the founding board chair at True North Troy Preparatory Charter School in Troy, New York. Miller Carello holds a B.S. and M.S. from Indiana University as well as an Ed.M. from Harvard University’s Graduate School of Education, where she has completed all doctoral coursework in Administration, Planning and Social Policy and was awarded the 1999 Edward J. Meade, Jr. Fellowship.