Chancellor Fariña Announces Appointment of Ursulina Ramirez as Chief Operating Officer

  • Posted: Tue May 31, 2016 Updated: Fri Apr 20, 2018

Ramirez will take on oversight over development and implementation of key DOE initiatives

NEW YORK – Chancellor Carmen Fariña today announced the appointment of Ursulina Ramirez as Chief Operating Officer. Ramirez has served as Chancellor Fariña’s Chief of Staff since January 2014, and will continue in that role. 

As Chief Operating Officer, Ramirez will oversee the development and implementation of key DOE portfolios including the Mayor’s Equity and Excellence agenda, internal and external communications, and intergovernmental affairs. She will work directly with the Division of Human Resources and the Chief Financial Officer to strengthen practices that support the DOE’s 135,000 employees and the strengthen the DOE’s long-term human-capital and financial strategy. 

In her current position as Chancellor Fariña’s Chief of Staff, Ramirez has managed day-to-day operations within the Chancellor’s office and served as a key policy advisor to the Chancellor. 

“From her beginnings as a social worker for at-risk children to her years as my Chief of Staff, Ursulina has demonstrated a tireless commitment to serving students,” said Schools Chancellor Carmen Fariña. “Ursulina will bring the same innovative thinking, passion and dedication to our 1.1 million public school students as she plays an even greater role in making New York City the best urban school district in the nation.” 

“It is an honor to take on this new role serving students and families across New York,” said Ursulina Ramirez, Chief Operating Officer for the New York City Department of Education. “There is nothing more important than ensuring that all public school children have the opportunity to succeed. We’ll continue to build on the progress we’ve made to deliver a high-quality education to every student, and meet our Equity and Excellence goals of an 80 percent high school graduation rate and having every 2nd grader reading on grade level. 

Prior to her time at the DOE, Ramirez served Deputy Executive Director of the Mayor’s Transition team, and previously as Deputy Public Advocate and Senior Policy Advisor under then-Public Advocate Bill De Blasio, where she was responsible for developing the policy agenda—including his Pre-K for All proposal. Before joining the Office of the Public Advocate, Ramirez spent four years working in the non-profit sector as a child care worker, social worker and policy analyst for The Committee for Hispanic Children and Families, where she focused on child welfare, family engagement and early care and education. 

Within Ramirez’s office, Edie Sharp who formerly served as Senior Advisor to First Deputy Mayor Anthony Shorris, has been appointed Deputy Chief of Staff and Lauren Siciliano, who has played an integral role in the development of the Framework for Great Schools and the Computer Science for All initiative in the Office of Strategy and Policy and previously worked at the Economic Development Corporation, will become Deputy Chief Operating Officer. 
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