Ariana joined DC Government in March 2011 where she supports the Deputy Mayor for Health and Human Services as Chief of Staff, coordinating a comprehensive system of benefits and services across 11 agencies serving children, youth, and adults, with and without disabilities. A key part of the work involves the coordination of policy, programs, and practice across agencies on a variety of issues in the health and human services fields.
Prior to joining DC government, Ariana spent 17 years working in the nonprofit sector. She has been closely involved with education reform efforts in the District of Columbia since the early 1990s when, as a law student, she began working with adjudicated youth. Her interest in education and advocacy deepened after she and her husband officially became foster parents to a 15 year-old (and unofficially to several other teenagers). Leaving legal practice behind, Ariana has spent her career doing policy and advocacy work focusing on at-risk youth, English language learner students, and school choice issues in the District of Columbia and nationally.
Ariana began her career as an AmeriCorps member with Public Allies DC and has worked for the Latino Civil Rights Task Force, the National Council of La Raza, the DC Public Charter School Association, Fight For Children, and Friends of Choice in Urban Schools – better known as FOCUS.
Ariana holds a Bachelor’s degree from the University of Maryland, College Park in graphic design and mass communication, and a J.D. from the District of Columbia School of Law. Ariana lives in DC with her husband and daughter and their now-grown foster son lives nearby.