Aiyana Mourtos is the Chief of Staff for DC Public Schools, where she leads intergovernmental affairs, performance management, communications and engagement. She previously served as Deputy Chief of Strategic Initiatives. In this role, Aiyana led the district's strategic planning and implementation processes, with a focus on building systems to facilitate shared ownership of district goals, cross-functional collaboration, and continuous improvement. Prior to joining DCPS, she supported the Superintendent of the Oakland Unified School District and taught 3rd and 5th grades in Newark Public Schools. Driven by a passion for restoring the American Dream for all children, Aiyana believes it is a true privilege to work on behalf of young people every day. Aiyana holds an M.A. in Education and Social Policy from New York University and a B.A. in Sociology from Johns Hopkins University.