The professional work of Dr. Jonathan Mathis spans both secondary and postsecondary educational institutions, focusing on college readiness, access, and success. He currently serves as the Executive Director of The Next Step Public Charter School (Washington, DC) and in this role, Dr. Mathis provides vision and leadership for a learning community serving nearly 500 adult-learners, ages 16-30, with a focus on college and career readiness. Prior to this appointment, he served as the inaugural director of the National Honor Societies at the National Association of Secondary School Principals (NASSP). His efforts impacted nearly 2 million students, advisers, and leaders annually. Dr. Mathis has also served as the director of education and training at the National Association for College Admission Counseling, where he was responsible for the professional learning and leadership preparation for more than 14,000 college admission professionals.
He earned his PhD in Urban Education Policy at the University of Southern California (USC), where he also served as an adjunct assistant professor in the Rossier School of Education. Dr. Mathis has also earned a bachelor of science in business administration from American University (DC), and a master of science in administration for educational administration (K-12) from Trinity Washington University (DC). Dr. Mathis serves on various boards and governing councils aligned with educational experiences for youth and young adults, to and through postsecondary institutions and career placement.