Carey Harris is the Executive Director of A+ Schools, an independent advocate for improvement in public education.   Under her leadership the organization has grown to reach and mobilize tens of thousands through its publications, events and community discussions.  Some of the more visible programs and publications include the “Report to the Community on Public School Progress,” the nationally recognized Board Watch program and School Works action research program.  A+ Schools also runs Students Engaged in Leadership and conducts research for the purposes of defining the issues the community can act upon. Prior to joining A+ Schools in 2003, Ms. Harris was the executive director of South Side Local Development Company and a community organizer at the Mon Valley Initiative. She serves on the board of the Birmingham Foundation and resides on the South Side with her husband John Werling and their three children Audrey, Lillian, and James – all of whom are students in the Pittsburgh Public Schools.