Vice President of Impact
Always a learner and a teacher at heart, Aiyana Mourtos is the Vice President of Impact at Making Waves Foundation. In this role, she is focused on the organization’s continuous improvement strategy and building capacity for using data and learning cycles to support every Wave-Maker’s path to and through college and beyond.
Aiyana has dedicated her career to advancing educational excellence and equity. One of her proudest moments remains instilling in students a love of reading as an elementary teacher in Newark Public Schools. Beyond the classroom, Aiyana has seen firsthand the value and limitations of theories applied in practice and works to harness the powerful intersection between people, systems, and unique local context. She brings system-level experience from working in the Oakland Unified School District and District of Columbia Public Schools, most recently as Chief of Staff to the Chancellor. During her time in DC, Aiyana played a pivotal role in managing the district’s COVID-19 response, leading the district to become the first jurisdiction in the region to safely reopen schools citywide; revamping graduation policies and support systems, including personalized graduation and post-secondary planning for students and a graduation monitoring framework for educators; and designing strategy management structures to support cross-functional collaboration, resource alignment, and continuous improvement. She is an alumna of the Center for Public Research and Leadership program at Columbia Law School and holds an M.A. in Education and Social Policy from New York University and a B.A. in Sociology from Johns Hopkins University. Driven by a passion for realizing the American Dream for all children, Aiyana believes it is a true privilege to work on behalf of brilliant Wave-Makers every day.