Nunery has an extensive background in the private sector, including a two-year stint overseeing the charter school division of the former Edison Schools, a controversial for-profit educational management company. He was not directly involved in their 2002 takeover of 20 schools in the city.
He also worked as the vice president of business services at the University of Pennsylvania, where he helped oversee the revitalization of the University City neighborhood.
"He is a heart and soul kind of guy," said current Drexel President John Fry, who was Nunery's boss at the time. "Anyone who has worked with him will tell you about his work ethic and the energy he brings."
Nunery has been a player in some of the recent controversies that have besieged the District. He has declined to talk publicly about his participation in a secret, closed-door conversation about what company would manage the conversion of Martin Luther King High School into a charter school.
Reporting on that March meeting by the Notebook and NewsWorks.org helped prompt an investigation by Mayor Michael Nutter's chief integrity officer, Joan Markman. As of late August, the investigation was still ongoing.
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