Nikolaus Namba

Managing Partner


Nikolaus is currently a Managing Partner at Transcend where he has spent the last 5 years. His entire career has been in education as a teacher, academic coach, Principal, Director of 21st Century Learning, and Chief Academic Officer, in school districts and charter organizations focused on using a competency-based systems approach. He maintains a strong track record of successful and committed leadership focused on serving learners first and foremost and believes that relationships, vulnerability, and empathy are invaluable characteristics of true leaders. Before Transcend, Nikolaus was the Director of 21st Century Learning for Lindsay Unified School District, where he was engaged in the system-wide transformative work of building a learner-centered performance-based system. Earlier experiences in education for Nikolaus were, serving as the Principal of a K-8 school in Lindsay Unified. This was after acting as the Chief Academic Officer of Ingenium Schools, a charter management organization in the Los Angeles area. This was a set of schools using a grassroots effort to develop a system-wide, personalized and competency-based learning approach. In prior roles, Nikolaus was an academic coach and a primary teacher in Westminster Public Schools in Colorado. He holds a Master's Degree in Educational Psychology from the University of Colorado at Denver, and a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Liberal Studies from California Lutheran University.