Jesús Aguirre serves as the State Superintendent of Education for the District of Columbia and, as the District’s representative to the U.S. Department of Education as DC’s Chief School Officer, he directs statewide public education policy for early childhood, K-12, and higher education. Mr. Aguirre implements accountability systems and manages federal funding to support educators, oversees school transportation for District children with special needs, engages stakeholders and prepares students for success both within and beyond the classroom.
Mr. Aguirre has extensive experience in school and district operations, new teacher development, as well as in the creation of school-wide literacy and character development programs that also support English Language Learners.
As a life-long educator, Mr. Aguirre began his career as a middle school science teacher in South Central Los Angeles in the early 1990s. Shortly thereafter, in 1995, he co-founded one of the first charter schools in the state of Arizona, a dual-language immersion school serving an under-resourced community of Phoenix, and served as the executive director of the school for 10 years before relocating to Washington, DC.
In 2007, Mr. Aguirre worked with the Chancellor of the District of Columbia Public Schools (DCPS) to create a new division – the Office of School Operations – charged with supporting principals and instructional superintendents and allowing them to focus on instruction. In addition to direct support to schools in the role of Director of DCPS School Operations, Mr. Aguirre also oversaw school security, technology, food service, annual budget development and enrollment functions (including the out-of-boundary lottery and the annual enrollment audit).
As the former director of DC’s Department of Parks and Recreation (DPR), Mr. Aguirre transformed an agency of over 1000 full- and part-time employees by establishing a focus on outcomes-based programs, staff professional development, and an overall emphasis on providing equal access to high-quality recreation and leisure programing to all residents and visitors of the District. He oversaw the implementation of several capital projects worth over $60 million, one of which is the largest playground-improvement project in the District’s history called the Play DC initiative; and led DPR through a national accreditation process that will place the agency in the top 5 percent of all parks and recreation agencies in terms of quality of operations.
Mr. Aguirre holds a BA from the University of Texas at Austin and an MBA from the WP Carey School of Business at Arizona State University. Mr. Aguirre lives in Ward 4 with his wife and three children, two of which attend a DCPS school, and one who attends a DC charter school designed for children with special needs.