As president of the Schultz Family Foundation and head of philanthropy at Emes Project, LLC, Tyra Mariani partners with the Schultz family to accelerate their work to address inequality by unlocking greater opportunities for individuals and communities in America facing obstacles to economic and social mobility. She serves on the board of directors of Howard University, Fidelity Charitable, and Jobs for the Future (JFF).
Before her current roles, Tyra was president and COO at New America, where she partnered with the board and CEO to transform the organization into a new kind of think tank committed to exploring new and effective ways of solving public problems. Prior to that, she served as deputy chief of staff to the US secretary of education and then chief of staff to the US deputy secretary of education in the Obama administration, helping to shape policies and programs impacting education and leading interagency and cross-departmental teams that carried out several administration priorities.
Earlier in her career, Tyra launched entrepreneurial efforts to develop leaders in the education sector as founder of the Greater New Orleans Region of New Leaders. Before New Leaders, she served as budget director for Chicago Public Schools. Tyra began her career in the private sector, with roles at organizations such as McKinsey & Company and Kraft Foods.