DOE Leadership and Offices

Chancellor Meisha Porter

NYC Schools Chancellor Meisha Porter

Meisha Porter is Chancellor of the New York City Department of Education, the largest school system in the nation. Appointed on March 15, 2021, she is the first Black woman to lead the education of the system’s 1 million students in over 1,800 schools. A lifelong New Yorker and product of the City’s public schools, Chancellor Porter has climbed every rung of the DOE’s professional ladder: community coordinator, English teacher, assistant principal, principal, district superintendent, and Bronx executive superintendent before ascending to Chancellor. Under her leadership in her most recent position, graduation rate increases in the Bronx outpaced the gains of other boroughs. Her vast experience in the system makes her the ideal leader to advance us toward fully reopening our buildings to all students while accelerating progress toward equity and excellence for all. 

First Deputy Chancellor, Donald Conyers

donald_portrait2Donald Conyers is the First Deputy Chancellor. In this role, Donald supports the priorities of the Chancellor while overseeing the Executive Superintendents charged with the supervision and support of leaders, teachers, staff and students. Before becoming First Deputy Chancellor, Donald served the NYC public schools for nearly 40 years in many roles, including special education teacher, assistant principal, principal, superintendent of schools PK-12 and Senior Supervising Superintendent. The principal tenure and evaluation systems, principal installation processes, superintendent and deputy superintendent induction and professional learning, the Office of Leadership and School Workflow Management continue to be work streams he manages.

Chief Strategy Officer, Edie Sharp

Edie SharpEdie Sharp is the DOE's Chief Strategy Officer. In that role, Edie is leading significant strategic projects, including reopening planning for the nation’s largest school district. Edie is also chief liaison to City Hall. Edie previously served as Deputy Chief of Staff to former Chancellor Carmen Fariña. Before joining the DOE in 2016, Edie was a Senior Policy Advisor to First Deputy Mayor Anthony Shorris, focusing on the Department of Education, the Office of Labor Relations, and the City University of New York. Before that, she was a Special Assistant to Mayor Bill de Blasio and a Senior Policy Associate in the Office of the Public Advocate. Edie has also worked as a field researcher in Uganda, where she partnered with community leaders to support the development of local affordable housing.

Gabrielle Ramos-Solomon

Gabrielle Ramos-Solomon currently serves as the Chief of Staff in the Office of the Chancellor. In that role, Gaby leads and manages the priorities of the agency in support of the Chancellor’s vision. Gaby previously served as Deputy Chief of Staff to former Chancellor Richard Carranza, and the First Deputy Chief Enrollment Officer where she oversaw school admissions. Prior to joining the DOE, Gaby served as the Chief of School Planning, Enrollment, Data Transparency and Family Support at Newark Public Schools in Newark, New Jersey. Gaby has also worked at the Connecticut State Department of Education in district and school turnaround, and Chelsea Public Schools in Massachusetts where she focused on family engagement strategies. Gaby began her career as a DOE teacher in East Harlem where she served as a middle school special education teacher.

General Counsel, Judy Nathan (IA)

Judy Nathan is Acting General Counsel, representing and advising the DOE on all legal matters, including general practice issues, labor and employment matters, equal opportunity, employee discipline, special education, administrative/state/federal law and compliance, and commercial transactions. Judy joined the DOE in 1999 as First Deputy Counsel and became Executive Deputy Counsel for Risk Management and Litigation in 2016, overseeing negotiation and implementation of class actions and other settlements, Ethics, Medicaid and E-rate and handling special projects. Prior to joining the DOE, Judy served as the Assistant General Counsel at the New York City Human Resources Administration, counseling the agency on public assistance, Medicaid, food stamps and other matters. From 1989 – 1993, she served as an Assistant Attorney General for the New York State Attorney General, representing the New York State Department of Social Services. Judy began her career in private practice before moving into the public sector.

Deputy Chancellor of School Planning and Development, Karin Goldmark

Karin GoldmarkKarin Goldmark is Deputy Chancellor for School Planning and Development, overseeing the Education Construction Fund, the development of new schools, school design, coordination with charter as well as non-public schools, district planning, space management, and the impartial hearings office. Before becoming Deputy Chancellor, Karin served as Senior Education Advisor to First Deputy Mayors Dean Fuleihan and Anthony Shorris. Karin began her career as a teacher and previously worked at the College Summit and the NYC Leadership Academy as well as the DOE.

Deputy Chancellor of School Climate and Wellness, LaShawn Robinson

LaShawn RibinsonLaShawn Robinson is the Deputy Chancellor for School Climate & Wellness, leading the DOE’s efforts to provide such student support services as safety, social and emotional wellness, mental health, medical care, community school initiatives, and guidance counseling. LaShawn most recently served as Executive Superintendent of the Office of Equity and Access, leading Advanced Placement for All, the DREAM-Specialized High Schools Institute, and College Access for All-Middle School. Robinson previously served as Superintendent of Transfer Schools from 2014 to 2016, Executive Director of the Advanced Placement Expansion Initiative from 2013 to 2014, and Principal of Brownsville Academy from 2008 to 2013.

Deputy Chancellor of Early Childhood and Enrollment, Josh Wallack

Josh WallackJosh Wallack is Deputy Chancellor for Early Childhood Education and Student Enrollment. In this role, Josh oversees the Department’s early education work, including the 3-K for All, Pre-K for All and Universal Literacy initiatives, as well as the Office of Student Enrollment, which manages admissions from Pre-K through high school as well as efforts to advance school diversity and equity. Previously, Josh was Deputy Chancellor of Strategy and Policy, responsible for overseeing the implementation of New York City’s Pre-K for All initiative. He also served as the Department’s Chief Strategy Officer. Before joining the Department of Education, Josh was Vice President for Early Childhood at the Children’s Aid Society, and Chief Operating Officer for the New York City Economic Development Corporation

Chief Academic Officer, Linda P. Chen

Linda ChenLinda P. Chen is Chief Academic Officer, overseeing instructional supports for all learners and managing the Divisions of Teaching and Learning, Special Education, and English Language Learners. Before returning to the NYC Department of Education , Linda served as Vice President for Engagement and Implementation at the Network for Teaching Entrepreneurship. Before that, Linda served as Chief Academic Officer of Baltimore City Public Schools, Deputy Chief Academic Officer of Boston Public Schools, and Assistant Superintendent and Deputy Chief of Teaching and Learning in the School District of Philadelphia. Prior to her leadership roles in Philadelphia, Linda served as principal of PS 165 in Manhattan, literacy supervisor in Queens, and an elementary school teacher at PS 163 in Manhattan. She began her career teaching elementary school in Seattle.

Deputy Chancellor of Community Empowerment, Partnerships, and Communications, Adrienne Austin

Adrienne AustinAdrienne Austin is the Acting Deputy Chancellor for Community Empowerment, Partnerships, and Communications. She leads the DOE’s work to empower families and communities, while increasing the public’s understanding of key policies to deepen support for them.

The division includes the offices of Family and Community Empowerment, communications, press, marketing and branding, community affairs, intergovernmental affairs, and translation and interpretation services. She previously served as the division’s Chief Operating Officer.

Before joining the division, Adrienne served in DOE’s Office of General Counsel, where she provided legal counsel and representation on a wide range of matters, and held legal seminars for school administrators. Prior to DOE, she worked in criminal justice policy at the Vera Institute of Justice. She began her career as a public defender at Bronx Defenders.

Chief Executive Officer of the Fund for Public Schools, Julie L. Shapiro

Julie Shapiro Julie L. Shapiro is the Chief Executive Officer of the Fund for Public Schools, an independent nonprofit that establishes public-private partnerships between the DOE and the philanthropic community. The Fund enables the DOE to pilot innovative projects, accelerate outcome-driven initiatives, and respond strategically to emerging needs across all NYC public schools.

Julie previously served as Executive Director of The Door, an internationally recognized youth development agency providing a comprehensive range of integrated services. She also worked as Senior Vice President at Seedco, where she led national workforce development programs.

DOE Organization

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