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Capacity For a Better Future

Afton transforms public policies, programs, and practices.

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K-12 Education Finance

K-12 Education Finance

Afton partners with state education agencies and public school districts nationwide on funding policy and fiscal transparency initiatives. Our work propels equitable public funding allocation and resource transparency so hundreds of thousands of students have access to high-quality education that meets their needs.

Early Care and Education

Early Care and Education

Afton provides local and state advisory services for ECE policy and systems change initiatives, financial planning & analysis to understand the cost of quality services and design more effective funding strategies, and workforce compensation planning. Our core values ground our work and how we partner with clients: We prioritize justice; act with integrity; collaborate inclusively; and center the human experience.

Workforce Development

Workforce Development

Afton believes that every person who wants to work should have access to a career that offers stability, fulfillment, and dignity. And that the workforce development field can (and should!) be (re)structured to achieve these goals. Through our work, we aim to move the field beyond its “second chance” status and establish it as a premier destination for all.

Social Impact Investor Services

Social Impact Investor Services

In supporting different stakeholders – from funders and investors, to state agencies, to large urban school districts, to education providers, to service delivery start-ups – Afton is uniquely positioned to assess short and long-term risks and opportunities to financial sustainability and provide guidance on go-to-market strategies for organizations serving in social impact sectors.

Darryl Cobb

When our portfolio networks experience challenging financial scenarios, changes in financial leadership, or need to work with their board on financial oversite, Afton brings a strong balance of strategic insights and practical solutions.

Darryl Cobb  |  Partner, Charter School Growth Fund
Ginger Ostro

Afton helped us analyze our school funding model and showed us how to make it more equitable. They quickly understood our data, crunched the numbers, and helped us design a new approach. They recommended an inclusive process and anticipated challenges so we could be prepared with solutions. I can’t recommend them highly enough!

Ginger Ostro  |  Budget Director (former), Chicago Public Schools
Michael Bradley

We embarked on developing a new budget methodology for our entire Network and called on Afton to help with designing an approach that would meet our core objectives and needs. They did an outstanding job… Afton has great breadth and depth of expertise and experience with education finance. They have been instrumental as our industry has faced increased economic uncertainty and challenge.

Michael Bradley  |  Chief Financial Officer, Acero Schools
Dr. Ben Martindale

Afton Partners has provided the direction and support that has literally saved our District… Their capacity to analyze and provide successful models of funding re-structuring is different from any support I have ever encountered in 47 years of education. They are the best!!

Dr. Ben Martindale  |  Chief Education Officer (former), North Chicago CUSD 187
Yetta Lewis

Afton has helped us to become a team of problem-solving and possibilities. They approach each situation with strong knowledge of the finances, compassion for people, and a team spirit to get the job done! Unlike many other consulting firms, they work in partnership to consult while building the internal capacity of our staff members. Building capacity and knowledge base of our staff members and board has been invaluable.

Yetta Lewis  |  CEO, Gestalt Community Schools

Who We Work With

How We've Done

Since inception in 2011, Afton Partners has successfully worked with a wide variety of public sector organizations. Here’s how we’ve done so far:


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We work in numerous states, continuously expanding our reach


ESSER: Our Latest Window to Unjust Public Education Funding

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The Reimagine School Funding Project released a survey to gather the many perspectives reflected in our community on how to meet the needs of students and schools more equitably in future budgeting cycles. Please give your input on this key issue: http://shorturl.at/dhOS7

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