Tue, Nov 16, 2021 - 5:46pm

The Collaborative for High Performance Schools (CHPS) is excited to announce that Craig Schiller has been hired as its new full-time Executive Director.  

Schiller is tasked with leading CHPS’ continued growth, meeting demand and increasing visibility while maintaining its high standards of commitment to healthy learning. 

“It is a pleasure, on behalf of the Board of Directors, to welcome Craig as the new CHPS Executive Director," said board chair John Zinner. “Craig rose to the top of the extensive search we conducted because he both understands how to manage and fundraise for a nonprofit, and has a long and deep understanding of and passion for our mission. We are excited about CHPS' future with Craig at the helm.” 

Schiller began his career as a researcher and sustainability advocate who focused on how schools can be used as sustainability teaching tools while improving the health and performance of their students. 

"I'm excited to lead CHPS into its next chapter of growth so we can expand our impact and lead the essential work of advancing our nation's educational infrastructure,” said Schiller, who has spent most of the past decade designing, administering, and growing decarbonization programs in the building, higher education, climate policy, and aviation sectors for the climate-focused think-tank RMI. 

“My priorities are to streamline the existing criteria verification systems to meet the needs of school districts and design firms across the country; to uncover new programs designed to address the many inequitable barriers faced by nation's schools and to establish new partnerships in order to elevate our education infrastructure so every child has access to healthiest and highest-quality schools representative of the wealthiest country in the world.” 

Elisabeth Krautscheid will continue in a part-time role as Senior Advisor to help develop new partnership opportunities, to expand outreach and educational resources, and to help continue CHPS’s commitment to technical rigor. 

The mission of the Collaborative for High Performance Schools is to nationally foster well-designed, operated, and maintained K-12 educational facilities that enhance student performance; positively impact student, teacher, and staff health and wellness; make education more enjoyable and rewarding; and promote positive environmental stewardship.