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Elizabeth Stranzl

Director of Policy, NYC Department of Education

As a public servant, Elizabeth Stranzl has worked with children and families in historically underserved communities for almost 15 years, spanning Pre-K through High School in public, charter and religious school settings. She is passionately committed to ensuring that schools are safe, welcoming and affirming spaces for all students. She has a heightened focus on the work of overcoming racial barriers through positive relationships and dismantling systems of oppression that are perpetuated in schools. 

Elizabeth currently serves as the Director of Policy at New York City Department of Education’s Division of School Climate & Wellness. She previously served as the Director of School Culture & Family Engagement at East Harlem Scholars Academy 2 and prior to that as a School Psychologist and later a Social Emotional Learning Specialist for Chicago Public Schools. In each of these roles, Elizabeth has collaborated with schools and school leaders to develop robust Multi-Tiered Systems of Support centered on student Social-Emotional development, Trauma Informed Care and Restorative Practices.

She is most proud of her role as Mom to 4-year-old Mina. Elizabeth holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology from James Madison University and an Education Specialist Degree in School Psychology from The Chicago School of Professional Psychology.

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