Charter School Partners is a non-profit organization whose passion is to nurture and grow high quality charter schools in Minnesota. We will do whatever it takes to close Minnesota's achievement gap and ensure every child in Minnesota has the opportunity to attain an education that allows him or her to succeed in life — no matter what income or ZIP code.

2800 University Ave S.E, Suite 103
Minneapolis, MN 55414



The Leadership Team brings a broad range of leadership, management, consulting and education
experience to CSP. Knowledgeable, experienced, and passionate, the group has come together
with a single mission – to raise the academic achievement of Minnesota’s charter schools.

    Al Fan, Executive Director: After 16 years at General Mills working in brand management, consumer research, and sales, Al launched a new career focused on bringing his strategic planning and results-driven collaborative approach to the area of social philanthropy, with a special interest in working with high-performing charter schools in Minnesota. Al’s work included leadership positions with Social Venture Partners, a venture philanthropy organization; Cookie Cart, a North Minneapolis non-profit providing employment skills training for youth; Hiawatha Leadership Academy; and KIPP Minnesota. He received his BA and MBA from UC Berkeley and is currently in the administrative licensure program at the University of Minnesota.
    Katie Barrett Kramer, Director – Academic Excellence: Katie brings hands-on, academic skills along with a deep respect for school leaders, teachers and their students to the mission of developing and fostering high-achieving charter schools in Minnesota. Katie taught middle school in a New York City public school and was a corps member and leader for Teach for America in the Big Apple. For four years, she was also a leader of teacher professional development in a Minneapolis parochial school. Katie has an intimate knowledge of what it takes to achieve academic excellence in the inner city classroom. She was a founding board member of Hiawatha Leadership Academy, Minneapolis. A Boston College undergraduate, who also studied at the Sarbonne in Paris, Katie received her Masters in Educational Policy and Administration at the University of Minnesota and is presently a Ph.D. Candidate in the same program with her research focus on high-achieving charter schools.
    Brian Sweeney, Director – Business Excellence: For over twenty years, Brian has maintained a passion for and an ongoing professional commitment to educational choice and quality. In addition to founding (and co-founding) two schools in the Twin Cities that reflect both public and non-public school choice options, he has direct hands-on experience as a school director, has consulted with dozens of charter schools, and has served on boards of directors for numerous schools – from the pre-school to the college level. He was also a board member of the Wilder Foundation’s Achievement Plus program in St. Paul. Brian served as Director of Planning and Economic Development for the City of St. Paul where he headed up a Charters School Initiative for the Mayor.  He  was an Urban Studies major at The George Washington University, Washington, DC and did graduate work in public administration at the University of Wisconsin – Madison.