How to Apply Business Finance Skills Managing Charter Schools - Andrew Epstein

In Chapter 10 of 19 in his 2011 Capture Your Flag interview with host Erik Michielsen, charter school executive Andrew Epstein shares how he applies his business finance skills in a charter school environment. He notes the importance of identifying, refining, and implementing systems and processes to improve operations efficiency. This includes the accounting system, managing the P&L, expense tracking and the associated backoffice processes and checks and balances. He enjoys the creative license the flexible charter school model provides him and his team for designing solutions. Epstein is currently Senior Director for Finance at Democracy Prep Public Schools in New York City. Previously, he was a finance executive at Universal Music Group's Island Def Jam Records and, previous to that, a schoolteacher in the Teach for America Corps program. He holds a BA from the University of Michigan and an MBA from Columbia Business School.