Zakiya Reid is our new Program Director for the Aspen Young Leaders Fellowship. Zakiya began her career as an educator with a personal mission of leveling the playing field for children in under-resourced communities. She has over a decade of experience as a school administrator and non-profit leader. Prior to joining The Aspen Institute, Zakiya was the Director of School Partnerships with Flamboyan Foundation, whose mission is to transform the way families and educators partner on behalf of children in Washington D.C. Zakiya was also the principal of D.C.’s Bancroft Elementary School where she led a turnaround effort that resulted in a more cohesive school community, increased student achievement, and the highest enrollment numbers to date.
Prior to her work in education, Zakiya worked as a statistician with two federal agencies in Washington, D.C. In a quest to find work that aligned with her commitment to social justice, Zakiya entered the world of education as a Teach for America (TFA) corps member in Baltimore, MD.
Zakiya is currently in the Certificate in Leadership Coaching program at Georgetown University. She holds a master’s degree in administration from Trinity College, a master’s degree in teaching from Johns Hopkins University, and a master’s degree in survey methodology from the University of Maryland, College Park. She also holds a bachelor’s degree in mathematics from Tuskegee University.
Zakiya lives in Maryland with her three children. Zakiya loves to cultivate relationships and embark on new adventures as a regular part of her life experience.