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Johannah Chase

Senior Program Officer, K-12 Education Program

Johannah is a senior program officer for the K12 education program, leading the Catalytic Communities initiative which is focused on supporting community-driven educational change in diverse places across the country. Prior to joining the foundation, Johannah served as the Associate Dean for Innovation, Policy and Research at Bank Street College of Education, where she led an initiative to translate Bank Street’s 100 years of high quality early learning and teacher preparation experience to classrooms and communities with the greatest need. Prior to Bank Street, Johannah worked at the New York City Department of Education on Mayor Bloomberg’s Children’s First reforms. As the Chief Executive Officer of the Special Education division, she led a citywide reform to special education policy, expanding access to high-quality instruction and improving outcomes for the City’s 210,000 students with special needs. Johannah is a former middle school math teacher and Teach For America alumna. She earned a bachelor’s degree from Cornell University and a master’s from Pace University.

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