Raise DC Leadership Council
Office of the Deputy Mayor for Education
Interim Deputy Mayor
Ahnna Smith serves as the Interim Deputy Mayor for Education. In this role, Smith is focused on preparing every student in Washington, DC for college, career, and life by: providing great schools; ensuring students can get to and from school safely every day; and providing opportunities for students to learn, grow, and thrive during and beyond the regular school day.
Most recently, she was the Chief of Staff in the Office of the Deputy Mayor for Education, leading a variety of projects, including Mayor Bowser’s commitment to increasing the number of infant and toddler child care seats by 1,000. Smith previously served in the Office of the Deputy Mayor for Education from 2009 to 2012, leading work on school facilities, public charter school support, and interagency collaboration.
Smith has spent her entire career in education. Prior to joining the Bowser Administration, she served in the Obama Administration as the Chief of Staff for Innovation and Improvement in the U.S. Department of Education, where she provided strategic leadership in policy and operations, personnel, and external communications, for the more than 25 programs and initiatives within the office. Snith also served as the Executive Director of Teach For America in the Washington, DC region, where she managed the staff and operations that trained and supported more than 250 teachers in DC and Prince George’s County, Maryland.
Smith also worked in teacher recruitment, preparation, and development in the United States and the United Kingdom. She began her career as an elementary school teacher in Miami-Dade County Public Schools after earning a degree in government and politics, magna cum laude, from the University of Maryland, College Park.