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Broad Residency in Urban Education
News Release
Thursday, September 15, 2011

Broad Residency in Urban Education Announces Class of 2011-2013
Includes Houston Independent School District Employee

The Broad Residency in Urban Education announces its new class of talented executives lending their management expertise toward helping improve education, one of whom, Mary Lehnartz will be working in the Houston Independent School District

The Broad Residency is a management development program that places talented executives with private and civic sector experience and advanced degrees from top business, public policy and law schools into two-year, full-time, paid positions at the top levels of urban school districts, state and federal departments of education and leading charter management organizations. Broad Residents work to improve central office management practices so that more money reaches the classroom, teachers receive effective support and students receive a quality education.  During their two-year “residency,” participants receive intensive professional development and access to a nationwide network of education reform leaders, which enables them to actively share their successes and experiences as they work to improve the delivery of quality education.

The Broad Residency Class of 2011-2013
Current Organization: Houston Independent School District
B.S., Computer Information Systems, Ferris State University
M.B.A., Wayne State University

"We must come together as a community to recreate an education system that continuously uncovers talents, inspires greatness and transforms lives both socially and economically.  The Broad Residency serves as a vehicle for me to take action among a community of believers who are working to reconstruct an education system that promotes equality and produces a body of achievers. "

Mary Lehnartz serves as chief of staff to the chief of human resources for the Houston Independent School District.  In this role, she works with HR leadership and the Chief Human Resource office to ensure that appropriate systems and processes are in place to build internal capacity for ongoing sustainability and success.  Prior to joining The Broad Residency, Lehnartz worked as the International Benefits Program manager for Cummins Inc., where she was responsible for the strategic alignment of benefit programs on an international level to maintain in-country consistency and market alignment while meeting local needs.  Previously, Lehnartz served as an IT project manager, leading large-scale global projects and executing change management processes while managing cross functional project teams.  In addition, she launched the first global Human Resource New Employee Engagement tool designed to improve the on-boarding process experience for internal stakeholders.  She also served as a business analyst responsible for managing strategic IT vendor relationship, translating business requirements to technical designs, and was an active member in formulating the overall web strategy for the first Cummins employee portal website.  Lehnartz holds a bachelor’s degree in computer information systems from Ferris State University and a master’s degree from Wayne State University.

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