Our Leadership

Natalie Smith, Ph.D.

Founder and CEO

Natalie Smith, Ph.D. is the Founder and CEO of Global Citizens Public Charter School. Over the last 20 years, she has served as a teacher, instructional coach, school leader, and leadership coach in local public schools. Previously, Natalie served as Head of School at Sela Public Charter School, a Hebrew language immersion charter school in Washington, DC, where she led the school to achieve and maintain a Tier 1 ranking from the D.C. Public Charter School Board.

Natalie earned a Ph.D. in curriculum and instruction and an M.A. in human development from the University of Maryland, College Park. She also has a B.S. in marketing and management from Georgetown University’s McDonough School of Business. Natalie is endorsed as a New Leaders Principal and is a National Board-Certified Educator. She is also a member of the DC State Superintendent of Education’s Principal Advisory Council.

Sean Flora

Founding Director of Operations

Sean Flora is the Founding Director of Operations at Global Citizens Public Charter School. Sean previously served for two years as the Director of Operations at Statesmen College Preparatory Academy for Boys in Ward 8 of the District. In his role, Sean was influential in the implementation of operational systems and structures to ensure all students had equal access to resources that drive student success. Prior to his tenure at Statesmen, he served as the Director of Operations at Sela Public Charter School, a Hebrew  language immersion charter school in Ward 4 of the District.

Sean earned his Masters in Business Administration from University of Maryland, University College and his Bachelors of Science in Journalism and Mass Communication from North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University. He is a native Washingtonian and a Ward 5 resident.

Our Board

Taura Smalls, Chair

Taura is a legislative affairs specialist at the District of Columbia Department of Housing and Community Development. She brings accounting, legal, and policy expertise to the board. Taura earned a B.A. in political science from the University of Pennsylvania, a J.D. from American University, Washington College of Law, and a LL.M. in taxation from Georgetown University Law Center. She is a native Washingtonian and a Ward 5 resident.


Raven A. Freeman, Treasurer

Raven is a partner at EdFuel, a national nonprofit that helps education organizations recruit and retain effective diverse  talent at all levels. She brings finance, operations, human capital, and governance expertise to the board. Raven earned a B.S. in computer science from Spelman College and an M.B.A. from The George Washington University. She is a Ward 8 resident.


Robert Crosby, Member

Robert is a managing director at the Flamboyan Foundation. He brings program design, instructional leadership, community engagement, and teaching and learning experience to the board. Robert earned a bachelor’s degree in strategic communications from the University of Missouri and a master’s degree in early childhood education from George Mason University. He is a Ward 8 resident. 


Elfreda Massie, Ph.D., Member

Elfreda is a Distinguished National Facilitator for the National Center on Education and the Economy (NCEE). She brings a wealth of general management, professional development, and teaching and learning expertise to the board. She is a former superintendent, chief of staff, deputy superintendent, and assistant superintendent in the District of Columbia, Baltimore, and Montgomery County. Elfreda earned a bachelor’s degree in elementary education for the University of Pittsburgh, a master’s degree in guidance and counseling from Johns Hopkins University, and a doctorate degree in education policy and administration from the University of Maryland, College Park.