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Cherie Takemoto, PhD

Cherie Takemoto, PhD directs the Rehabilitation Services Administration (RSA) NCRTM contract at New Editions Consulting, Inc. She joined New Editions in 2012. Previously, she directed a nonprofit with a budget of over $1.5 million a year, primarily from disability-related grants from the Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP) and the Rehabilitation Services Administration at the U.S. Department of Education (ED) and from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). This work involved strategic planning, program management, technical report writing, curriculum development, evaluation, and accountability management. She also has worked with interagency and interdisciplinary groups, serving on several state and national advisory committees including the President’s Commission on Excellence in Special Education, the Virginia Interagency Coordinating Council for Early Intervention for Infants and Toddlers with Disabilities (chair), and the Virginia State Rehabilitation Council (chair). Takemoto’s expertise includes disability, special education, school improvement, cultural competence, literacy, and partnership development. Takemoto is an adjunct faculty member in the College of Education and Human Development at George Mason University where she received her PhD. She also has a master’s degree in Public Administration from San Jose State University.