Malika Anderson is the superintendent of the Achievement School District, where she oversees all schools, district-managed and charter-operated, in providing the necessary strategies, resources and support to improve persistently low performing schools. The ASD was created by Tennessee law to improve student outcomes at Priority Schools, which are defined as schools in the bottom five percent (5%) in Tennessee.
Under her leadership and in collaboration with parents, community members and charter partners, the ASD has tripled in growth over the last three years, serving nearly 12,000 students in Memphis and Nashville Priority Schools in school year 2016-17. Through her focus on collaboration, mutual accountability and empowered decision-making by educators who work most closely with students, Superintendent Anderson has championed ASD and local school district efforts to improve the performance of all students in Priority Schools statewide.
Superintendent Anderson has nearly twenty years of strategy, leadership development, performance management and operational redesign experience leading and consulting organizations undergoing significant transformation efforts in schools, districts, social service agencies and commercial organizations. Prior to joining the Achievement School District, Superintendent Anderson led the Office of School Turnaround in the District of Columbia Public Schools. There, she led the school improvement planning and progress monitoring process for all schools and created the district’s program management model for turning around its lowest performing schools. In a previous role, Superintendent Anderson facilitated leadership development for school leaders via the Principals’ Academy and launched a new leadership pipeline development system for assistant principals.
Previously, she served as the vice president of business strategy and development for the National Health Foundation and the manager of corporate planning and projects for Crystal Stairs, where she launched the child development agency’s performance-based budgeting system and served as chief of staff for the board of directors. Superintendent Anderson has also provided strategic organizational consulting services for A.T. Kearney Management Consulting Company and Deloitte and Touche Consulting Group.
Superintendent Anderson is an alum of the Broad Center’s Leadership Residency in Urban Education, earned her bachelor’s degree in economics from Spelman College and a master’s degree in business administration from the Anderson Graduate School of Management at UCLA. She serves on the Board of Directors of Valor Collegiate Academies, a top performing network of free, public college preparatory charter schools in South Nashville that serves a diverse student population, and Communities in Schools of Tennessee, a leading community-based wraparound service provider that is part of the only such network proven to decrease the student dropout rate and increase on-time graduation rates.