Chiara Garonzik currently serves as Chief Strategy Officer at New Teacher Center to support the vision of ensuring that every student has an effective teacher. Chiara works with NTC’s CEO, Board and staff to conceptualize, draft and implement NTC’s strategic plans. She currently leads the development team, managing all major funder relationships, and oversees human resources, legal work, technology and organizational partnership formation. Chiara has also served as in-house counsel since 2014.
Prior to joining NTC, Chiara served on the Board of Directors for World Savvy, a global competency education nonprofit, and spent 5 years with Legal Aid’s Education Advocacy project providing pro bono support in special education for youth in foster care. Chiara practiced corporate litigation at Davis Polk & Wardwell after earning her J.D. from Columbia Law School. At Davis Polk she worked closely with Sanctuary For Families and Advocates for Children as a pro bono attorney in the areas of family law, special education and immigration.
Chiara’s commitment to education and child advocacy began with teaching 1st grade in a dual-language classroom at P.S. 165 in New York City. Chiara received her B.A. from Dartmouth and an M.A. in Bilingual/Bicultural Education from Teachers College at Columbia University. She enjoys a combination of the mountains and the ocean with her two children (Taylor & Greer) and her dog, Luna.