Jason Mellen is a native of the Greater Rochester Area. He attended SUNY Fredonia where he majored in English Adolescent Education and minored in leadership studies. He received his M.A. from Teachers College, Columbia University focusing on education finance and policy. Mr. Mellen held multiple roles at the Levin Institute in New York City with most of his work focusing on entrepreneurial education and workforce development. He is currently serving as the Chief Operating Officer at Vertus High School, an all boys charter school. Mr. Mellen believes charter schools have the ability to be a game changer for motivated students to excel academically and in their community.