Jana Carlisle

Jana Carlisle
Chief Strategy Officer

Jana L. Carlisle, Ed.D., joined the NYC Leadership Academy in January 2015 as Chief of Staff and was promoted to Chief Strategy Officer in June 2015. She serves on the executive cabinet; reports to CEO Irma Zardoya; possesses responsibility for strategy development; organizational coherence; communications; grant development; talent management; knowledge management; innovation; research, evaluation and impact; and equity. 

Jana’s leadership career in education spans 25 years of work in the non-profit, public, and philanthropic sectors, which has included an urban superintendent’s office, a major international foundation, a state-level education reform organization, a national non-profit entity, and an independent consultancy. These endeavors have resulted in her expertise in the areas of leadership, operations, advocacy, organizational development, community building, partner relationships, school start up, project management, fundraising, evaluation, facilitation, and grant management.

In all of her professional roles, she has brought together diverse internal and external partners and stakeholders to move from concept to reality with an eye toward improving education — specifically educational equity and access for all students regardless of their backgrounds; making educational success a right not an economic privilege; delivering quality instruction tailored to meet students’ unique learning styles; and connecting educational inputs, outputs, and practices to the realities of a global economy.

She studied political science/international relations as an undergraduate major at Michigan State University’s James Madison College, public policy analysis with a focus on education as a master’s student at the University of Rochester, and educational leadership for her doctorate at the University of Pennsylvania’s Mid Career Doctoral Program in Education Leadership. Her ongoing leadership study has continued through week-long programs at the Center for Creative Leadership, Harvard’s Kennedy School, and the University of Washington’s Evans School. She has also served as an i3 scale up and technical reviewer.