Ginnae Harley has dedicated her career to helping education leaders create sustainable and innovative programs for children. Ginnae most recently supported Hamilton County Schools with the onboarding of a new Federal Programs Director, including technical assistance in ESSA laws and monitoring federal grant management. Prior to this work, Ginnae served as Executive Director for the Office of School Improvement in the Tennessee Department of Education, launching and managing the Office of School Improvement with a budget of $21 million and a team of three. In her role, Ginnae developed a 3-year budget outlining allocation of federal and state funds to Priority and Focus/Additional Targeted and Support Improvement Schools (ATSI). Ginnae developed a Priority Schools Service Model, funding districts’ centralized support structure and strategies, competitive school grants, principal leadership incentives and turnaround principal cohort trainings.
Prior to working at the Tennessee Department of Education, Ginnae served as the Director of Federal Programs in the Knox County Schools, Managing the Title I department supporting 43 public and private schools. She established the strategic budgeting process, reorganized the department, and provided Title I principals flexibility and autonomy to allocate resources to best serve their students’ needs. Ginnae also has experience in marketing and brand management, and started her career as a youth counselor for the City of Phoenix, launching the City of Phoenix X-Tattoo Gang Removal program. Ginnae has a BA from Cornell University, an MBA from Washington University, and a Master’s in Education from The Broad Center for the Management of School Systems.