Andrea Zayas serves as Chief Academic Officer for Boston Public Schools.
Ms. Zayas began her work in BPS in 2018 and has worked as both an Academic Superintendent and Deputy Chief Academic Officer. Her mission is to ensure every one of the 57,000 students in the district has access to rigorous, culturally, and linguistically sustaining coursework in preparation for a life of opportunity. Throughout her career, she has been dedicated to solving the seemingly intractable challenges school organizations face. Andrea launched Upstream Education Consulting, served as the director of regional leadership development for the Knowledge is Power Program (KIPP), and as a turnaround superintendent in Camden, NJ. Previously, Andrea founded and led La Cima, a thriving K-5 public charter school in Brooklyn, NY. Andrea has also served as the director for charter school accountability for the New York City Department of Education, and as a teacher in the Bronx. She started her career with LearnNow, where she supported several school start-ups in the Twin Cities, Philadelphia, DC, and NYC. Andrea earned her BA at Rutgers University, Ed.M. at Harvard Graduate School of Education, and is pursuing her Ed.D. in Educational Leadership at Xavier University of Louisiana.