Malika Anderson

Guest Blogger

Superintendent of Tennessee’s Achievement School District

Nashville, Tennessee

Malika Anderson has served as the superintendent of Tennessee’s Achievement School District (ASD) since January of 2016. She previously served as the ASD’s deputy superintendent and director of school turnaround for District of Columbia Public Schools.

The ASD was created by Tennessee law to improve student outcomes at public schools in the bottom 5 percent. Under Malika’s leadership and in collaboration with parents, community members and charter partners, the ASD has tripled in growth over the last three years, serving nearly 12,000 students in Memphis and Nashville Priority Schools in school year 2016-17.

Prior to joining the Achievement School District, Malika led the Office of School Turnaround in the District of Columbia Public Schools. There, she led the school improvement planning and progress monitoring process for all schools and created the district’s program management model for turning around its lowest performing schools. She also facilitated leadership development for school leaders via the Principals’ Academy.

Previously, she served as the vice president of business strategy and development for the National Health Foundation and the manager of corporate planning and projects for Crystal Stairs, where she launched the child development agency’s performance-based budgeting system and served as chief of staff for the board of directors.

Malika is an alum of the Broad Center’s Leadership Residency in Urban Education, and earned her bachelor’s degree in economics from Spelman College and a master’s degree in business administration from the Anderson Graduate School of Management at UCLA. She serves on the board of directors of Valor Collegiate Academies, a top performing network of free, public college preparatory charter schools in South Nashville that serves a diverse student population, and Communities in Schools of Tennessee, a leading community-based wraparound service provider that is part of the only such network proven to decrease the student dropout rate and increase on-time graduation rates.

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