Dr. Tracy Nájera is the Executive Director at Children’s Defense Fund-Ohio.
Dr. Tracy Nájera is the Executive Director of Children’s Defense Fund-Ohio, a non-profit child advocacy organization that has worked relentlessly for more than 40 years to ensure a level playing field for all Ohio children. CDF-Ohio champions policies and programs that lift children out of poverty; protect them from abuse and neglect; and ensure their access to health care, quality education and a moral and spiritual foundation.
Previously, Dr. Nájera co-led the Ohio Appalachian Collaborative and the Teacher Incentive Project for the state of Ohio in her work with Battelle for Kids where she worked with teachers, principals, and superintendents to implement college and career readiness initiatives, advocating for education equity, and for the inclusion of the rural voice in state and federal education policy. She also worked for state of Ohio’s Office of Budget & Management serving as the education section chief for three governors where she provided high level fiscal and policy research, analyses, and recommendations in areas spanning early care and education, primary and secondary education, higher education, workforce development, education tax policy, and school finance. Dr. Najera’s experience spans the non-profit and for profit fields in her work with Kids Ohio and Education First Consulting, where she worked with large urban school districts, state departments of education, and philanthropic organizations.
Dr. Nájera serves on numerous boards and advisory panels. She is a member of the Columbus Rotary Club, a member of the board for the Mount Carmel College of Nursing, a member of the State Library Board of Ohio, and an at-large member of the Glenn College Alumni Society Board. Dr. Nájera holds a master in public administration from the Glenn College of Public Affairs and a doctorate in education administration from the College of Education and Human Ecology at The Ohio State University.