Vanessa Threatte


State University of New York Charter Schools Institute - Executive Deputy Director for Best Practices and Partnerships


Vanessa Threatte serves as Executive Deputy Director for Best Practices and Partnerships at the State University of New York Charter Schools Institute. Ms. Threatte is responsible for highlighting effective models of practice through the documentation and dissemination of existing and/or new evidence-based practices, research, and innovations from the SUNY portfolio of charter schools. Additionally, she is responsible for identifying and maintaining strategic partnerships that support the exchange of good practice and further the effectiveness of the Institute. Ms. Threatte previously served as the Executive Director of the NYS Cradle to Career (C2C) Alliance, a SUNY effort focused on strengthening New York’s education pipeline by improving outcomes for students from birth, through college, and to career. She brings to the Institute her leadership and education experience helping to found a charter school, and her work as a classroom teacher, administrator, and principal, where she worked to ensure the quality of educational experiences for high-risk, high-need, urban populations. Additionally, Ms. Threatte brings her understanding of social, emotional, and mental health needs from her clinical training as an art therapist and her work with children and adults with a variety of special needs. She received her Bachelor of Arts degree from Dartmouth College, a Master of Arts in Art Therapy from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, and dual Master of Science degrees in both Special Education and Literacy from the University at Albany.