We are happy to announce that Carlisha Williams is the new Vice President leading our schools in Oklahoma.  Carlisha is a Tulsa native who believes educational equity is a pivotal social justice and human rights issue.  This passion drives her desire to work in Oklahoma developing phenomenal educational opportunities.

Carlisha received a Master’s of Public Administration degree from the Maxwell School at Syracuse University. She completed undergraduate studies at the University of Oklahoma, where she graduated with academic distinction and received a Bachelor of Business Administration degree in Entrepreneurship and Venture Management, Bachelor of Arts degree in African-American Studies, and a minor in Non-Profit Organizational Studies.

Carlisha is Teach for America Alumna and has educational experience working with KIPP Tulsa and KIPP Reach College Preparatory Schools.  She serves as a Goodwill Ambassador to the Republic of the Gambia, Executive Director of Women Empowering Nations and is a member of the Board of Trustees at Fifth Street Missionary Baptist Church in Oklahoma City.  Carlisha has been honored with several awards including: Williams and Tulsa Shock Women of Inspiration Award Recipient, 2013 Circle of Friends in Service Award from the Tulsa Chapter of The Links, Inc., 2013 University of Oklahoma AFAM Alumna of the Year and Xi Omega Chapter of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc. Community Service Award. 

Carlisha will be responsible for existing Lighthouse schools as well as assisting in expansion and development in the region.  She will manage Tulsa Lighthouse Charter School which opened in 2012 and currently serves grades PreK through five.  The school will continue to add one grade each year until it includes through grade twelve.  She will also oversee the opening of Oklahoma Lighthouse Charter School proposed to open in the fall.

Lighthouse Academies is a nonprofit network of charter schools.  Our schools provide opportunities for children to discover, achieve, and prepare for success in college, incorporating an arts-infused philosophy.  We develop children’s critical decision-making skills to prepare them for success in life.  We work relentlessly to achieve these outcomes through a self-sustaining financial model to transform children’s futures.