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Office of the Deputy Mayor for Education
Deputy Mayor



Jennie Niles serves as Deputy Mayor for Education (DME) in Washington, DC. In this role, she is responsible for developing and implementing the Mayor's vision for academic excellence and creating a high-quality education continuum from birth to 24 (from early childhood to K-12 to postsecondary and the workforce). The agencies in the DME cluster include DC Public Schools, the Office of the State Superintendent of Education, and the Department of Parks and Recreation. DME also works in collaboration with the independent Department of Public Libraries, University of the District of Columbia, DC Public Charter School Board, and State Board of Education. 

Niles 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 population of 1,200 students in preschool-12th grades. In 2011, E.L. Haynes, among all DC public schools, was named the first winner of the CityBridge Foundation's Strong School Award and, in 2008, it was the first winner of Fight for Children's Quality School Initiative Award among DC public charter schools.

Niles is a graduate of New Leaders for New Schools, an intensive, year-long program to prepare urban principals. Prior to New Leaders, she was Director of Education Initiatives at The Ball Foundation of Glen Ellyn, Ill. 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 B.A. from Brown University, a master’s in public and private management from the Yale School of Management, and a master’s in public administration from Trinity University (DC). In 2010, she was named a Donaldson Fellow at the Yale School of Management. Niles is a Fellow of the third class of the Pahara-Aspen Education Fellowship and a member of the Aspen Global Leadership Network