Vice President for P-12 Policy, Practice, and Research
As the vice president for P-12 policy, practice, and research, Ary works to ensure that students living in poverty and students of color get their fair share of resources, including funding and equitable access to effective educators, school counselors, advanced coursework, and high-quality preschool.
Prior to joining The Education Trust, Ary worked for four years at the U.S. Department of Education as an appointee of President Barack Obama. As deputy assistant secretary in the Office of Elementary and Secondary Education, she helped to manage the transition from No Child Left Behind and flexibility under the Elementary and Secondary Education Act to the Every Student Succeeds Act. During her tenure at the department, she focused on promoting equitable funding for high-need schools and equitable access to effective educators for students living in poverty and for students of color. Prior to that, Ary served as a clerk for a federal judge, a legislative assistant for U.S. Congresswoman (now Sen.) Mazie Hirono, and an education research assistant at the Urban Institute. She also published a paper on inequitable school funding for the Center for American Progress.
A native of West Virginia (though born in Texas), 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.