Leadership & Staff

Tracy Nájera

Executive Director, CDF-OH


    Tracy has committed her professional career to improving the lives of children and their families. Tracy comes to CDF most recently as a Senior Consultant for Education First Consulting where she supported school districts and education partners to improve education outcomes for children. Previously, Tracy spent six years as a Senior Director of the Ohio Appalachian Collaborative at Battelle for Kids where her responsibilities included managing a $54 million federal project with the state of Ohio to improve the efficacy of teachers serving students in Appalachian Ohio. Additionally, she spent eight years at the State Office of Budget and Management a majority of which she served as the Section Chief for Education under three Governors. Earlier in her career, Tracy was an Education Policy Analyst with KidsOhio.org where she worked with public school systems to close the achievement gaps in urban education settings. And, notably, launched her career with CDF-Ohio as a Research Fellow. Tracy holds a Bachelor of Arts, a Masters in Public Administration and a Doctor of Philosophy all from The Ohio State University. Tracy was born in San Antonio, Texas and raised near Dayton, Ohio.