Chief Legal Officer, Summit Public Schools
Nnanna Ogbu is the Chief Legal Officer at Summit Public Schools, a network of schools that serves more than 3,500 students in California and Washington. In this role, Nnanna advises legal and government affairs across the network. Previously, Nnanna counseled the Summit Learning Program, which engaged schools across the country in the Summit model.
With a background in public finance, Nnanna has provided counsel to school districts, public agencies, charter management organizations, nonprofit organizations, and investment banks over the course of ten years at Hawkins Delafield & Wood LLP and Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP. Prior to law school, Nnanna worked for the National League of Cities' Institute for Youth, Education, and Families, as well as the American Institutes for Research's Education Statistics Services Institute. Nnanna looks to complement the Board's existing strengths in legislative advocacy, charter authorizations, and education finance.
As a graduate of the Oakland Unified School District, Nnanna is deeply committed to the success of students in California, particularly in the Bay Area. He attributes his passion for equity and educational access to his parents, who are immigrants from Nigeria. Nnanna holds a B.A. in Urban Studies, with a focus in education, from Stanford University and a J.D. from the University of Southern California. He is authorized to practice law in both California and Washington.