Eileen Harrity is the Chief of Staff to the Superintendent. She leads Strategy & Engagement for the district, including Board relations, Cabinet meetings, issue resolution, organizational alignment, strategic partnerships, and communication for the Superintendent.
Prior to joining the Bellevue School District, Eileen spent 9 years working to create innovative learning opportunities for students. Her past experience includes supporting six pioneering school districts who were designing and scaling personalized learning models as part of the Gates Foundation’s Next Generation Systems Initiative; serving as an Ian Axford Fellow at Ministry of Education in New Zealand where she facilitated the implementation of a program to create career-focused learning opportunities and ease transitions into post-secondary study for low-income and minority students; and managing the Chicago Public Schools’ process to open new choice and neighborhood schools throughout the city.
She also has extensive strategic planning, change management, and operational implementation experience. She has worked both independently and at Deloitte Consulting on projects ranging from a short survey design for a local advocacy organization to a complete operational transformation involving the merger of five state transportation departments into one.
Eileen earned a B.A. in History and Literature from Harvard University, a Masters of Public and Economic Policy from the London School of Economics, and an MPA from the School of International and Public Affairs at Columbia University.
Originally from Massachusetts, Eileen lived in three states and two foreign countries before moving to Seattle in 2013. She is now proud to call Washington home, living in Auburn with her husband and two stepsons. In her spare time, she enjoys skiing, traveling, and experiencing the great natural beauty of the Pacific Northwest.