Audience in Lecture






President & Chief Executive Officer


CityWorks DC


Jennie Niles serves as deputy mayor for education in Washington, DC. She is responsible for the Mayor's vision of outstanding public schools for all DC students. She oversees the District of Columbia Public Schools, Office of the State Superintendent of Education, Department of Parks and Recreation, and liases with the Public Charter School Board, University of the District of Columbia, and DC Public Libraries. She is the founder and former head of school of the acclaimed and award-winning E.L. Haynes Public Charter School. The school serves a diverse student body of 1,100 in PS-12th from throughout Washington, DC.

Jennie is a graduate of New Leaders for New Schools, an intensive, year-long program to prepare urban principals. Prior to New Leaders, Jennie was director of education initiatives at The Ball Foundation of Glen Ellyn, IL, an operating foundation. Before that, Jennie headed the charter school office for the Connecticut State Department of Education. Jennie also taught science and directed service-learning programs at middle and high schools in California and Massachusetts.

She holds a BA from Brown University, a master’s in public and private management from the Yale School of Management, and a master’s of science in public administration from Trinity University (DC). She is a Donaldson Fellow (Yale School of Management), a Bragdon Fellow (Phillips Exeter Academy), and a member of the Aspen Global Leadership Network.