Our Team

The NewSchools team draws on extensive experience from across the education, business, policy and nonprofit sectors to help find, fund and support teams of educators and innovators.

Heather McManus

Heather McManus


Heather McManus is a Partner on the Innovative Public Schools team. In this role she works with leaders across the country to design and open schools that reimagine learning for students.  She began her career as a classroom teacher in Los Angeles Unified School District teaching middle and high school English Language Arts. Heather spent the majority of her career as a school and district leader at Camino Nuevo Charter Academy (CNCA), a network of schools near downtown Los Angeles. She served as an Assistant Principal and Principal of the Kayne Siart Campus, the highest performing K-8 school during her tenure at CNCA. As the Chief Learning Officer, Heather’s work included overseeing curriculum and instruction, school management, special education, knowledge management, programs, and human assets. 

Heather received BAs in English and psychology and a secondary teaching certificate from the University of Michigan. She received her MA in Educational Leadership and Policy Studies from California State University, Northridge. Most recently, Heather completed her Doctorate in Educational Leadership for Social Justice from Loyola Marymount University.  She recently relocated to Oakland from Los Angeles and is enjoying exploring all that Northern California has to offer!