Rona Kiley was a founder of Teach First, the UK’s adaptation of Teach for America and she is currently a Trustee Emeritus. Rona has been involved with education reform initiatives in the UK as well as in the US. She was Chief Executive of the Academy Sponsors Trust, a private charitable trust with the mission of supporting the sponsors of Academies and promoting the national Academy program (a UK adaptation of the charter school initiative in the US developed by the Blair government). She was also a founder of Future Leaders, the UK adaptation of New Leaders for New Schools, which trains exceptional people for leadership in challenging urban secondary schools. Rona, who moved to the UK in January 2001, worked previously for not-for-profit organizations in the US such as the Thomas Edison Preservation Foundation (Executive Director), the Nature Conservancy (Director of the NYC office), the Lawyers Committee for Human Rights (Director of Development), and the NAACP Legal Defense Fund (Director of Educational programs). In 2008 Rona moved back to the US and settled in Cambridge, MA. Currently, she is also a board member of Massachusetts Stand for Children, Foundation for Civil Society, Beyond Conflict, Akanksha Fund US (supports charter-type schools in Mumbai and Pune),Teach for India, and The Boston Book Festival.