Kaya Henderson served as Chancellor of D.C. Public Schools (DCPS) from 2010 to 2016. Ms. Henderson received her Bachelor’s degree in International Relations from Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service and her Master's degree in Leadership, also from Georgetown University, where she serves as an adjunct professor at the McCourt School of Public Policy. She is the recipient of two honorary doctorate degrees from Georgetown University and Trinity Washington University.
Her education career began as a middle school Spanish teacher in the South Bronx. After serving as a teacher, Ms. Henderson went on to work as a recruiter, national admissions director, and D.C. Executive Director for Teach For America. In 2000, Ms. Henderson began her work with The New Teacher Project, where she became the Vice President for Strategic Partnerships.
Ms. Henderson served as Deputy Chancellor of DCPS from 2007 to 2010. During her time as Deputy Chancellor, she oversaw the district’s human resources and human capital work. In this position, she served as chief negotiator for the groundbreaking 2010 contract between DCPS and the Washington Teachers’ Union, and led the development of IMPACT, a new and innovative professional development and assessment system designed to ensure that an effective teacher is leading every classroom in DCPS. Her work in developing human capital at DCPS has served as a model for other school districts throughout the country.