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C H I E F O P E R A T I N G O F F I C E R
Over 16 years of senior management experience as Chief of Staff, General Counsel or Deputy Chancellor for two large urban school
districts with over 7,000 employees, 100 buildings and operating budgets over $600 million. Assist the Chief Executive Officer (CEO)
in the development of organization policies and goals that cover operations, personnel, and financial performance. Direct, administer,
and coordinate the day-to-day management and internal operational activities of the organization in accordance with policies, goals,
and objectives established by the CEO and governing board or Mayor. Lead and direct diverse business units including operations,
procurement, audit and compliance, information systems, real estate, construction and enrollment and recruitment, and budgeting.
Work closely with directors and managers and assist them in developing leadership qualities and management skills. Proactively
formulate risk mitigation strategies that increased funding and maximized resources.
Ability to develop, implement and manage business systems and processes to support a growing organization.
Demonstrated ability to specify the financial analyses required to support strategic decision-making, budget development
and execution, and use financial indicators to manage organizational performance.
Clearly define issues and make challenging decisions in the face of ambiguity and incomplete information.
Proven managerial instincts and track record of success leading to increased academic performance.
Establishes the performance goals, allocate resources, and assess policies for senior management.
Develops, establishes, and directs execution of operating policies to support overall policies and objectives.
Excellent interpersonal, communications, public speaking, and presentation skills.
Easily generates respect and trust from staff and external constituencies.
DC Public Schools, Washington, DC 07/2007 – 10/2015
Deputy Chancellor (12/2013 – 10/2015)
Chief of Staff (07/2007 – 12/2013)
Direct responsibility for over $140 million in personnel and contracts related to procurement, food service, logistics and
warehouse, property management, construction, technology, student enrollment and recruitment, security, compliance,
audit and investigations, and sustainability. This budget included the management of approximately 160 employees who
were organized in one of five major divisions.
Responsible for the development, oversight and management of an additional $592 million in school budgets which
supported teachers, custodians and aides, as well as non-personnel needs of schools such as textbooks, supplies, computers
Major contracts accountability, including agreements totaling $18 million for school security with the Metropolitan Police
Department, $14 million for technology services with the Office of the Chief Technology Officer and $37 million in food
contracts that served over 9 million meals to students each school.
Responsible for ensuring that all school buildings opened on time with the staff, facilities and resources needed for all
principals to lead, for teachers to teach and for all students to learn beginning on the first day of school and every day
Oversaw business operations of the central office, including procurement, logistics, fixed costs, and property management.
Responsible for compliance and oversight of nearly 400 investigations for non-criminal matters, including allegations of
Responsible for student enrollment, including student recruitment, enrollment projections, the common lottery (an
automated application system that allows interested families to apply to both traditional public and charter schools in lieu
of navigating separate enrollment processes), and the annual enrollment audit.
Leader of the Chancellor’s Response Team (formerly Critical Response Team), which responded to more than 14,000 calls
and 2,000 emails each year to better support families and the DC Public School community.
Implemented training and professional development for school front office staff, secretaries, registrars and clerks.
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Partnered with the Department of General Services to support the capital plan, including the modernization program and
day-to-day facility needs.
Oversaw annual school budget development and execution; and day-to-day school operations, including emergency
management and response, daily school support, security, food service, and afterschool programming.
CLEVELAND MUNICIPAL SCHOOL DISTRICT, Cleveland, OH 08/1998 – 07/2006
Interim Chief Executive Officer (02/2006 – 07/2006)
Served as head of agency as School Board searched for a permanent candidate while continuing other duties assigned to
the Chief of Staff’s office.
Chief of Staff (06/2000 – 02/2006)
Responsible for the improvement of the day-to-day operations of the District to support the District’s strategic plan,
Educating Cleveland’s Children.
Oversaw all District department and divisions and the District’s 8,000 full time employees, 100 school buildings, $600 million
general fund budget and $1.5 billion capital budget.
Responsible for policy and operational direction for academic programs, security, finance, legal, communications, facilities,
employee services and capital programs.
Serve as liaison to the staff of the Board of Education and the Office of the Mayor.
Oversaw the District’s capital program and indicatives funded by capital bonds including new construction and stabilization
Improved labor management relations through formal negotiations and regular communication, collaboration and shared
Responded to all school-based crises or emergencies and coordinated internal and external communications as necessary.
Chief Legal Counsel (08/1998 – 06/2000
Responsible for all legal matters as well as supervision and coordination of outside legal counsel.
KELLEY McCANN AND LIVINSTONE (Now: Taft Stettinius and Hollister), Cleveland, OH 05/1994 – 08/1998
Represented the school districts in matters including collective bargaining, property transfers, public contracts, public
records, open meetings, teacher and administrator evaluations and contract renewals, students with disabilities,
employment discrimination and finance and taxation issues.
Counsel for the State Superintendent of Public Instruction and State Board of Education in Reed v. Rhodes, the federal school
desegregation litigation involving the Cleveland Public Schools and the day-to-day operation of the District.
Representation of public and private colleges and universities in the areas of discrimination, non-profit corporation
regulations, student rights, faculty tenure, tort liability, pension/retirement benefits and other areas.
Representation of other public entities, including county board of mental retardation, in a variety of matters.
EDUCATION / LICENSURE
JURIS DOCTORATE| Case Western Reserve School of Law| Cleveland Ohio
Summa Cum Laude| Executive Member -Law Review |Order of the Coif| 1st
in a class of 250 Students
BACHELOR OF ARTS| Bowling Green State University| Bowling Green, Ohio
Summa Cum Laude| GPA 3.9/4.0
ACTIVE LICENSES/BAR ADMISSIONS | Ohio