Zakiya Reid has over fifteen years of experience as an educator and non-profit leader. She began her career in education with a personal mission of working toward educational equity for all students. In her most notable school leadership role, Zakiya led a turnaround effort as principal of Bancroft Elementary School that resulted in a more cohesive school community and increased student achievement. While in that position, Zakiya experienced the power of coaching. She cites her work with the executive coach as a key lever towards becoming a more effective leader. Zakiya is passionate about sharing the gift of coaching and leadership development with leaders who are working daily to make our world a better place.
After the principalship, Zakiya transitioned to the non-profit world as the Director of School Partnerships with Flamboyan Foundation. The goal of her work was to transform the way families and educators partner. In that role she provided high-quality professional development, coaching and technical assistance to school-based personnel, while managing strategic partnerships to improve family engagement in the District of Columbia.
Prior to her work in education, Zakiya worked as a statistician with two federal agencies in Washington, D.C. In a quest to find work that aligned with her commitment to social justice, Zakiya entered the world of education as a Teach for America (TFA) corps member in Baltimore, Md.
Zakiya is currently in the Certificate in Leadership Coaching program at Georgetown University. She holds a master’s degree in administration from Trinity College, master’s degree in teaching from Johns Hopkins University, and a master’s degree in survey methodology from the University of Maryland, College Park. She also holds a bachelor’s degree in mathematics from Tuskegee University. At T2L, Zakiya co-designed and co-facilitates our newest program for school-based leadership teams - Spark Leadership Development Program.