Washington DC Mayor Adrian M. Fenty has announced the appointment of Tonya Vidal Kinlow as the first ombuds for public education and the final major appointment of his education team. Kinlow is a former DC school board member and was, most recently, vice president for Government Relations for the District of Columbia Hospital Association. She has been a public policy advocate for the National Medical Association and the American Society of Anesthesiologists. Kinlow holds a Bachelor of Arts in political science from Loyola University in New Orleans and a Master’s degree in public administration from American University. Although Kinlow was not initially an applicant, her work with the search committee lead the committee to encourage her to apply. Subject to confirmation by the D.C. Council, Kinlow will earn about $135,00 and begin in December. (DC Press Release; Washington Post.)
Prior posts: DC Mayor's School Plan Includes Ombuds; More Details Emerge Regarding DC School Ombuds; DC Schools Struggle to Hire Ombuds.