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Brigid Ahern

Executive Director


Brigid Ahern is the Executive Director of the Center for Whole-Child Education, a part of Arizona State University’s Mary Lou Fulton Teachers College (formerly known as Turnaround for Children). From 2018 until the transition of the Center to ASU in 2023, she served as President and CEO of Turnaround.

From 2014-2018, as Chief External Affairs Officer, Ahern oversaw Turnaround’s communications, development, executive, policy and systemic impact departments and served on the organization’s leadership team.

Before Turnaround, Brigid led development for Uncommon Schools and served the New York City Department of Education as Senior Manager of Operations for the Partnership Support Office.

Brigid holds an MBA from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University and a B.A. in English from the University of Virginia. She is an alumna of The Broad Residency in Urban Education and a Billions Institute Fellow.

City and State Magazine recognized Brigid as one of the 100 most powerful education leaders in New York in their 2021 Education Power 100 list. Politics NY named her one of their Power Players in Education in 2021.