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Mariama Kurbally is an Assistant Director with SchoolWorks.

Kurbally holds a Bachelor’s degree in political science from Rhode Island College and is an alumna of the University of Michigan Graduate School of Education, where she earned dual Masters degrees in Leadership in Educational Policy and in Urban Pedagogy. Kurbally has managed state-impact projects and led a talented team of leaders in the areas of COVID-19 response, community engagement, equity audits, strategic planning, and infrastructure supports. She has worked in education, government, and the nonprofit sectors where she has implemented systems to support equitable MTSS systems and redesigned instruction for racial equity.

Kurbally has served in leadership roles in both charter school networks and public schools, as an Academic Director at Uplift Education in Dallas, Texas, and as an Assistant Principal in Dallas Independent School District. She has held equity leadership consultancy positions at the New York City Department of Education and has served as a performance coach with Los Angeles Unified School District.

Kurbally is an equity advocate, skilled in leading and motivating cross-functional teams in pursuit of advancing access and ensuring high-quality instruction. With key strengths in long-term strategic planning, large-scale systems creation, data operations management, and change management leadership for turning around districts and charter schools, she brings a decade of experience conducting high-impact collaborative consulting and executive coaching in education systems and related organizations. Kurbally is passionate about equity issues related to literacy, especially for communities that have endured historical disinvestment due to racism, mental health, gender, ability status, and access infringements based on identity.

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