Bobbi Macdonald and Mike Chalupa co lead the City Neighbors Foundation and serve respectively as the Executive Director and Academic Director.
Bobbi Macdonald, Executive Director

Bobbi is a founder and served as the first board president of City Neighbors Charter School. She was selected by the Annie E. Casey Foundation as one of 16 leaders from across the country for the 2013-2014 Children and Family Fellowship. Bobbi serves on the Board of Directors of Hamilton Bank and is past Chair and founding member of the Maryland Alliance for Public Charter Schools and the Baltimore Education Coalition. Previously Bobbi taught early childhood education and kindergarten in two University child development laboratory schools, and served as literacy trainer for Head Start and the Children’s Literacy Initiative. Bobbi received her Bachelor’s Degree from the University of Illinois in Human Development and Family Ecology, and holds a Master’s Degree from the University of Maryland, College Park, in curriculum and instruction.

Michael Chalupa, Academic Director

Mike served as principal of City Neighbors Charter School for eight years and as Academic Director of the City Neighbors Foundation since its inception in 2010. Previously, he developed programming for immigrant and homeless youth in Washington, D.C. and Prince George’s County, taught grades 4-8 in Olney, Md., and served as Executive Director of The GreenMount School, a progressive K-8 independent school in Baltimore. Mike has a Bachelor’s degree from Georgetown University in English and History, and a Masters in educational leadership from Harvard University.

City Neighbors Foundation strives to not only provide an outstanding public education to the students who enter our doors each morning, but we also strive to serve as a model for what urban public education that is progressive, child-centered, developmentally appropriate, arts integrated, and community engaged. We strive to intentionally disseminate best practices and create forums that allow urban educators to redefine public education.