Tisha Edwards, formerly the acting CEO of Baltimore City Public Schools and currently Mayor Catherine Pugh’s chief of staff, is leaving City Hall to become president of Wes Moore’s educational technology firm BridgeEdU.
The move comes during the same week that Moore accepted a position as CEO of the Robin Hood foundation, a prominent New York-based charity focused on fighting poverty.
The Baltimore Brew first reported the news about Edwards’ departure. It comes five months into Mayor Pugh’s term.
In a statement, Pugh expressed support for Edwards:
One year ago, at my urging, Tisha Edwards joined my team to help execute my Transition strategy, which focused on my vision for moving our city forward.
Having known Tisha as the Chief of Staff and Interim CEO of Baltimore City Public Schools and working alongside her this past year, she has demonstrated strong leadership qualities and a passion for children that has prepared her for the position of President of BridgeEDU.
I’m very excited about Tisha’s future and the many young people she will positively impact. I look forward to our continued partnership.
Edwards joined Pugh’s staff following a stint working for the J.S. Plank & D.M. DiCarlo Family Foundation, named for Under Armour executive-turned-developer Scott Plank and his wife. Before that, she served as interim CEO of Baltimore City Public Schools, a job she took after serving as ex-City Schools CEO Andrés Alonso’s chief of staff.
Her new job will be to lead the education technology firm started by Moore, a prominent Baltimore author, entrepreneur, former Rhodes scholar and Army veteran. The company offers programs to help incoming college freshmen successfully transition from high school to college.
The Brew reports Edwards’ last day will be around June 1.
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