Vice President for P-12 Policy, Practice, and Research
As the vice president for P-12 policy, practice, and research, Ary leads The Education Trust’s work highlighting inequities in opportunity and achievement for students of color and students from low-income families and identifying promising solutions.
Ary brings a holistic view of policymaking to The Education Trust, as she has served in all three branches of the federal government. Most recently, Ary worked in the Obama administration as a deputy assistant secretary in the U.S. Department of Education. During her tenure at the Department, she developed and managed initiatives to promote equitable funding for high-need schools and equitable access to effective educators for students living in poverty and for students of color. She also served as a key member of the leadership team responsible for implementation of the Every Student Succeeds Act of 2015, including development of policy guidance, regulations, and multimillion dollar technical assistance initiatives.
Prior to that, Ary worked in the judiciary branch as a law clerk for a federal judge; and also on Capitol Hill as a legislative assistant for U.S. Congresswoman (now Sen.) Mazie Hirono. She has a deep appreciation for the value of high-quality, action-oriented research, having started her career as a research assistant at the Urban Institute’s Education Policy Center, and publishing with the Center for American Progress.
A Texas-born native of West Virginia, Ary holds a J.D. and a master’s degree in public policy from the University of California, Berkeley, and a bachelor’s degree in politics from Oberlin College.