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Kaya Henderson is a Fellow with the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative, a Superintendent-in-Residence with the Broad Leadership Academy, and an executive coach with Cambiar Education. She served as the Chancellor of DC Public Schools from 2010–2016. Her career began as a middle school Spanish teacher in the South Bronx, through Teach For America. She went on to work as a recruiter, national admissions director, and DC Executive Director for the organization. Henderson then served as the Vice President of Strategic Partnerships at The New Teacher Project (TNTP) until she began her tenure at DCPS as Deputy Chancellor in 2007. She received her Bachelor’s degree in International Relations and her Master of Arts in Leadership from Georgetown University. Her board memberships include The Aspen Institute, The College Board, Georgetown University, Robin Hood NYC, and Teach For America. She chairs the board of Education Leaders of Color (EdLoC), an organization that she co-founded.

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