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Gina C. Piek Schlieman
Founding Consultant



Office Mobile: +1-303-564-5622
Mail: 13378 W. 68th Place, CO 80004, USA


About Gina

   Gina has been working with charter schools and other autonomous and independent schools since 2012, specializing in New School Development, Governance, Operations, School Improvement, Policy/Research, and Innovation/School Competitiveness.
    As former Manager of Schools of Choice and federal Charter Schools Program grant for Colorado, Gina brings skills and experience in school design and oversight,  governance supports, strategic planning, public speaking, professional development, and grant management. 
    A former Capitol Hill advisor in Education and Social Policy at the U.S. Senate and 2012-13 Colorado Education Policy Fellow, Gina brings skills and expertise in policy development and advocacy, as well.
 A 2017 Senior Fellow with the Institute for Educational Leadership’s Global Education Policy Fellowship, Gina also maintains expertise in school innovation, comparative education, and international competitiveness, with specific experience in British, Saudi, and Chinese educational environments, as well as knowledge of European/Scandinavian educational systems/models.
    Gina enjoys sharpening her governance skills through first-hand school support, and has served as a board member and governance committee chair for Highline Academy in Denver and for Hemispheres Academy, an online school for globally mobile students and families.  Gina has also served as a class parent and parent representative at her childrens' schools.
  Gina and her family call Arvada, Colorado home, but spend lots of time abroad traveling and joining her husband on assignment as a United States Foreign Service Officer (diplomat).  Gina holds a B.A in Social Science, with a concentration in Secondary Education, from Biola University (La Mirada, CA), and a M.S in Social Policy and Planning from the London School of Economics and Political Science (London, UK).

Areas of Expertise:
  • Education and Social Policy Consulting
  • School Governance, including charter schools and independently-governed schools
  • Grant Management and Writing
  • Charter School Design and Application
  • International Competitiveness
  • International Comparative Education Policy
  • Working knowledge of England's education system and recent reforms
  • Economic Competitiveness
  • Education for Economic Development

Skills & Abilities:
  • Policy and Strategic Plan development, including organizational and operational planning
  • Research and policy recommendations for stakeholders & policymakers
  • Strategic design and though partner for innovative approaches
  • Board and Government advisement
  • Conference Presenter & Public Speaker
  • Professional Development organization and delivery related to governance, operations, grant management, school improvement, strategic goals/planning, etc.
  • Educational programming for nonprofits
  • Nonprofit management
  • Public Affairs and Government Relations
  • Strategic support and organizational planning for charter schools, their boards, and administrators.
  • Charter application drafting and review.
  • Grant application drafting, review, and grant management.


Senior Fellow, Global Education Policy Fellowship Program
Institute for Educational Leadership, 2017-2018

Fellow, Colorado Education Policy Fellowship Program
Institute for Educational Leadership, 2012-2013

Master's in Social Policy and Planning, 2008-09
London School of Economics and Political Science

BA in Social Science & Secondary Education, 2001
Biola University