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Tyra Mariani is the president & chief operating officer at New America, where she partners with CEO Anne-Marie Slaughter to lead the company's transformation into a new kind of think and action tank: a civic platform that connects a research institute, technology lab, solutions network, media hub and public forum. Prior to working at New America, Mariani was appointed chief of staff to the U.S. deputy secretary of education and deputy chief of staff to the U.S. Secretary of Education under the Obama Administration. Mariani launched entrepreneurial efforts to build human capital in the education sector as the founder of the Greater New Orleans region of New Leaders. In this role, she developed and successfully executed a strategy to drive high academic gains in schools led by New Leaders principals in post-Katrina New Orleans. Mariani started her career in the private sector working as a consultant for McKinsey & Company and then Kraft Foods before transitioning into the public sector. Mariani was co-valedictorian and received a bachelor's degree in business administration from Howard University and a master's degree in business from Stanford University.