Kahlmus originally worked at PCSD as a Project Manager from 2009 to 2012, delivering projects for Aspire Public Schools and ICEF Public Schools. He rejoined in 2017 as the Vice President of Operations, and is now the Chief Operating Officer.

Kahlmus has been closely connected to the charter sector for over 10 years and brings a depth of operations experience to the team.  Prior to joining PCSD, he served as the Senior Director of Operations for Aspire Public Schools’ Memphis Region, assisting in the growth and development of their first schools outside the state of California.  His previous experience also includes working as a consultant for The Bridgespan Group, where he helped create strategic growth and business plans for a number of Charter Management Organizations, foundations, and other nonprofits.

Kahlmus developed his passion for urban youth education while earning a B.S. in Economics at Duke University, where he noticed the large disparities in educational opportunities afforded to different populations long before they arrived on a college campus.  He deeply values PCSD’s commitment to expanding quality public education options to historically underserved communities as a means to help address the systemic inequalities in education.