Joseph Daschbach is a doctoral candidate in Leadership, Policy and Politics at Teachers College, Columbia University. A former public school teacher in both New Orleans and New York City, and a former charter school principal in New Orleans, Joe currently works as an independent consultant with a variety of educational clients. His areas of expertise include school operations and finance, school decentralization, and privatization. He is also the founding director of US-HP Skilled Trade Initiative, a recently launched startup that provides job skills and industry-based certifications to area high school students. Joe currently serves on the Board of Directors at the New Orleans Charter Science and Math High School. In his role as a researcher and doctoral candidate, Joe is examining the impact of decentralization and privatization on school finance. In particular, he is interested in identifying trends that emerge as charter schools in New Orleans begin to re-centralize as charter management organizations, and whether and how those organizational changes lead to a change in expenditures within schools.