City High Welcomes New CEO and Principal

Dr. Dara Ware Allen
New CEO & Principal of City Charter High School

Dr. Dara Ware Allen graduated from Spelman College before earning her Masters Degree in Education from Duquesne University and Ph.D in Workforce Education and Development from Penn State University. Her career spans 20+ years, including her most recent role as Assistant Superintendent of Student Support Services at Pittsburgh Public Schools. In that role, she served on executive level committees and teams, contributing to District-wide decisions including student and school support, equity, recruitment and enrollment, crisis response, allocation of resources, and operations, among other responsibilities. Prior to that, she served as the Chief Operating Officer and Program Director at Leadership Pittsburgh Inc., Executive Director of YouthWorks Inc., and Director of a federal TRIO college access program, the Educational Opportunity Centers of Southwestern Pennsylvania at Penn State University. Dara also has distinguished community service experience including tenures on the Pittsburgh Public School Board, Allegheny County’s Jail Oversight Board, Partner 4 Work’s Youth Policy Council, A+ Schools Board, and the Bayer Center for Non-Profit Management. Dr. Allen is a proud alum of Leadership Pittsburgh and founding member of the Urban League Young Professionals. She was also named a “40 Under 40” award winner in 2002 by Pittsburgh Magazine and recognized as a “Women of Excellence” by the New Pittsburgh Courier in 2012.


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