DC Charter School Alliance Announces Ariel Johnson as Next Executive Director

Aug 18, 2022

Today, the DC Charter School Alliance’s Board of Directors announced Ariel Johnson as the organization’s next Executive Director. Johnson, who has been serving as chief of staff and interim executive director, will assume the role on September 1.

“Ariel has proven herself to be a strong leader who knows our organization well, knows charters well, and is committed to the success of all  within our schools,” said DC Charter School Alliance Board Chair and Friendship Public Charter School CEO Patricia Brantley. “She is the best person to take the helm of the DC Charter School Alliance and to lead its work for continued, increased, and equitable investments and policies in public education. We are honored she’s stepping into this role.”

Johnson joined the DC Charter School Alliance in December after more than a decade of distinguished service as the lead statewide advocate for charters and education reform in Illinois, a litigator for the Chicago Board of Education, and former teacher. 

“I’m honored by the confidence placed in me to advance the work of our public charter schools in DC and their staff, families, and students. Our schools are strong, vibrant and must continue to provide families with the options they deserve, and I’m looking forward to working with Mayor Bowser, Council, and our partners across the city to achieve these goals,” said Johnson. “I look forward to building on the foundation laid by our founding executive director Shannon Hodge and the entire hardworking team of staff to seek continued, increased, and equitable investments and policies in public education.”