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Allyson Criner Brown

  • Ward 7 Education Council Member and Associate Director, Teaching for Change

Allyson Criner Brown, MPA, is the associate director of Teaching for Change and leads the Tellin’ Stories parent empowerment project, recognized by the US Department of Education and the Harvard Family Research Project as a leading innovation in family engagement. She is an educator, DCPS parent, and seasoned nonprofit practitioner who received prestigious honors from the National Academy of Public Administration and the National Forum for Black Public Administrators. Allyson is the editor of the second edition of Between Families and Schools: Creating Meaningful Relationships and has represented Teaching for Change in interviews, articles, symposiums, and workshops for Education Week, The Atlantic, ThinkProgress, NPR, the Smithsonian Anacostia Community Museum, and the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture. As the Tellin’ Stories project manager she regularly advocates for equitable public school funding, greater parent and community input in education, and stronger DC Public Schools. She is an active member of the Ward 7 Education Council and a representative in the Coalition for DC Public Schools and Communities (C4DC). A former middle school teacher, Allyson holds a master’s degree in public administration from The George Washington University and is driven by her experiences in schools and community-based nonprofits that focus on education, youth development, and social justice. On her own time, Allyson is a member of the leadership team of Black Women Bike DC and is a certified bicycle education instructor. She also enjoys playing tennis, hiking, and visiting DC’s many parks, playgrounds, and libraries, particularly East of the Anacostia River where she lives with her husband and daughter.