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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 Childhood Education and Care

Early Childhood Education and Care

Afton brings its expertise in ECE funding, and governance to support state and local agencies to make lasting investments in young children and families, especially those most in need. Our work has included leading multiple state-wide task forces and commissions in the design of equitable and sustainable ECE services.

Workforce Development

Workforce Development

Afton advises state and local agencies and providers on workforce development policy and practice initiatives. Our state-level work focuses on how to evolve policies, resource allocation, and program delivery to ensure access to meaningful employment, especially for those from historically marginalized communities. With providers, our work strengthens frontline staff knowledge, skills, and services.

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


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