Kaya HendersonCEO of Reconstruction New York, NY Award Year: 2022
Kaya Henderson is CEO of Reconstruction, a technology company delivering a K-12 supplemental curriculum that situates Black people, culture, and contributions in an authentic, identity-affirming way, so that students of all backgrounds benefit from a more complete understanding of their history and society. She is also co-host of Pod Save the People, and leads Kaya Henderson Consulting, providing a range of services focused on leadership development and organizational effectiveness. She began her career in education with Teach for America as a middle school Spanish teacher, going on to work as a recruiter, national admissions director, and DC Executive Director for the organization. Henderson then served as the Vice President of Strategic Partnerships at The New Teacher Project, and from 2010-2016 she served as Chancellor of DC Public Schools. Her time in this role was marked by consecutive years of growth in enrollment, an increase in graduation rates, improvements in student satisfaction and teacher retention, increases in AP participation and pass rates, and the greatest growth of any urban district on the National Assessment of Education Progress. She led the Global Learning Lab for Community Impact at Teach For All, supporting educators in more than 50 countries.