Sitting in Ted Sizer’s classroom at Brown University in 1993, Mieka Wick was struck by the inequities in public education in this country. That experience, along with the opportunity to work alongside Sizer for four years, led her to declare during her senior year at Brown, “I want to fix the American education system when I graduate.”
Today, Mieka leads CityBridge’s efforts to create a system of high-performing public schools serving all children in Washington, D.C. Since joining CityBridge in 2007, Mieka has guided the foundation’s investments in key areas in the D.C. education space, including replication of high-performing schools, turnaround of chronic low-performers, and education innovation rooted in principles of personalized learning, all with an eye to building essential partnerships in the work.
Mieka’s prior experience includes building the investor relations practice at New Profit, a Boston-based venture philanthropy fund, and working for Massachusetts Commissioner of Education David Driscoll to co-create the state’s first office of teacher quality. Mieka also worked with The New Teacher Project and with Howard Gardner’s Project Zero at the Harvard Graduate School of Education.
Mieka lives in Washington, D.C., with her husband and two children. She holds a B.A. from Brown University and an M.B.A. from Babson University. She was the founding board chair of DC Scholars Public Charter School and is a member of the Summer 2014 Pahara-Aspen Education Fellowship cohort and Leadership Greater Washington’s Class of 2012.