Tyra Mariani

Tyra Mariani

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Tyra Mariani, co-founder of Opportunity@Work, was appointed Chief of Staff to the U.S. Deputy Secretary of Education and Deputy Chief of Staff to the U.S. Secretary of Education under the Obama administration. Mariani helped to shape policies and programs impacting education from early learning through college and career. Mariani also took complex Administration priorities from vision to strategy and implementation including the President’s My Brother’s Keeper initiative and RESPECT, an effort to elevate and transform the teaching profession.
Prior to the Department of Education, Mariani launched the Greater New Orleans region of New Leaders which drove high academic gains in schools led by New Leaders principals in post-Katrina New Orleans. Mariani was Budget Director for Chicago Public Schools (CPS) overseeing the $5 billion budget of the third largest school district in the country.  She entered CPS through the Broad Residency in Urban Education. Mariani began her professional career with Kraft Foods Corporate where her focus on human capital began in Training and Development. She led efforts to make the company’s training programs more effective as well as broader cross-cutting efforts on improving individual efficiency and productivity. Mariani began her career at McKinsey & Company and worked across a number of sectors across a broad set of industries and functions ranging from increasing return on invested capital to service productivity in a variety of industries. 
Mariani received a bachelor’s degree from Howard University and a master’s in business from Stanford University.