Chief Executive Officer
E.L. Haynes Public Charter School
Hilary Darilek currently serves as the chief executive officer of E.L. Haynes Public Charter School, an award-winning Pre-K-12th grade school in Washington, DC serving 1,150 students from across the city. The school is named for Dr. Euphemia Lofton Haynes, the first African-American woman to receive a doctorate in mathematics and a DC Public School (DCPS) teacher for nearly 50 years.
Before E.L. Haynes, she served as a deputy chief and led the Principal Effectiveness division at DCPS. In this role, she oversaw the systems design and operationalization of the recruitment, selection, development, evaluation, and retention of school leaders for all 113 DC Public Schools. Her pioneering work in this role garnered national recognition. Prior to DCPS, Hilary served as managing director of the DC Program of New Leaders, a leading, national urban principal training program working with both the district and charter schools of the city. She began her career as a high-performing middle school math and science teacher in Baltimore, Maryland. She was also an education researcher at the RAND Corporation.
Hilary holds a bachelor's degree in mathematics and economics from the College of William and Mary, a master's degree in teaching from the Johns Hopkins University, a second master's degree from the London School of Economics in applied mathematics, and an executive master’s degree in leadership from Georgetown University’s McDonough School of Business. She is a Washington, D.C. native and committed to her work in service of the city's students.