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Jonathan Santos Silva

Founding Executive Director

Jonathan Santos Silva is the Founding Executive Director of the Liber Institute and a TNTP Bridge Fellow. He is spending his fellowship year listening to educators, students, and families across Lakota country and seeking launch funding for the Institute. Prior to taking on this role, Jonathan served as the South Dakota Director of Education for the NACA Inspired Schools Network (NISN). As the on-the-ground leader of NISN’s work in South Dakota, he was responsible for supporting NISN Fellows, setting a vision for growth in the region, and building a network of partners. Prior to joining NISN, Jonathan served as the Project Manager for School Redesign (Fuse Architect) at the Highlander Institute and the Founding Head of School at Blackstone Valley Prep High School. Jonathan started his career in education as a secondary math teacher at Little Wound High School on the Pine Ridge Reservation of South Dakota. 


Jonathan holds an M.A. in Education Administration from the University of South Dakota and a B.S. in Business Administration from Northeastern University. He is also a 2017-2018 School Systems Leaders Fellow.