Audience in Lecture






President & Chief Executive Officer


CityWorks DC


Jennifer C. Niles has a demonstrated track record of innovation, coalition-building, and problem-solving. In 2019, Jennie started CityWorks DC, a new visionary catalyst with the mission to dramatically improve the early career outcomes of DC youth, and serves as its President & CEO. Prior to CityWorks DC, she served as D.C.’s Deputy Mayor for Education overseeing DC Public Schools, DC Public Charter Schools, Department of Parks and Recreation, University of the District of Columbia, DC Public Libraries, and the Office of the State Superintendent of Education from January 2015 until February 2018. Before serving as Deputy Mayor, Jennie founded and led the acclaimed E.L. Haynes Public Charter School. During her 12-year tenure at Haynes, Niles built myriad programs focused on improving urban education beyond the school’s own walls, including cross-sector initiatives to build a teacher pipeline, race and equity seminars, and ongoing professional development for teachers. Niles began her career teaching science and directing service-learning programs at schools in California and Massachusetts. She holds two master’s degrees and is a graduate of New Leaders for New Schools and a Pahara-Aspen Education Fellow.