Walter Fernando Balser is an assistant clinical professor in Educational Leadership and Policy Studies in the Morgridge College of Education at the University of Denver. He received his Ed.D. in Educational Leadership and Policy Studies at Boston University, and his leadership training at Columbia Teachers' College. Most recently Walter served as the Founding Director of the Open Partnership Education Network (OPEN), an open source framework to improve collaboration between community thought leaders and institutions working on similar missions--helping make cities “smarter and better connected”. Walter’s research focuses on education reform and the growth of non- and for-profit organizations doing business with schools, in part brought by the recent influx of private capital into the K-12 sector. In addition to distilling his work for peer review, Dr. Balser's writings on educational policy have been featured on popular blogs, including the Huffington Post. He is also the founder of the Rad Schools Jam, a festival intersecting education, music and action sports. As a practitioner, Dr. Balser has worked as a teacher and administrator in urban schools in Central Ohio, Tampa Bay Florida, and New York City, as well as a strategic consultant for school districts in Boston and New Orleans.