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Baltimore City Board of School Commissioners Names New Chair, Vice Chair, and Chief Operations Officer

(Baltimore, MD) — At its meeting this evening, the Baltimore City Board of School Commissioners voted in Linda Chinnia as its new chair and Johnette Richardson as its new vice chair. The Board also approved the appointment of Lynette Washington as the district’s chief operations officer.
 
Linda Chinnia, board chairMs. Chinnia was appointed to the Board of Commissioners in 2014 and served as vice chair from July of 2018. She is both a graduate of City Schools and a former employee, having served as a teacher, principal, and in district leadership roles over a 38-year career. She holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees in early childhood education from Towson University and has worked as an adjunct instructor at a number of universities. 
 
Ms. Chinnia has also served as a trustee for the Augsburg-Fortress Publishing House and board member for the Lutheran Theological Seminary at Gettysburg, and she is currently a member of the Delaware-Maryland Synod Coordinating Committee for the Lutheran Campus Ministry and the Racial Justice Ministry Team. She has been a member of parent organizations for several schools as well as the Kenilworth Park Neighborhood Association.
 
Johnette Richardson, Vice ChairMs. Richardson was appointed to the Board of Commissioners in January 2018. She is currently the deputy director for Neighborhood Housing Service of Baltimore, a community development financial institution that sparks renewed vitality in neighborhoods. She is a frequent speaker at local and national training institutes and foundation convenings on topics related to neighborhood revitalization and community economic development.  She received her master’s degree in business administration from Regis University and a Bachelor of Science degree from Morgan State University.
 
Ms. Richardson has also served as the president of the board for Afya Baltimore, Inc., a Baltimore City public charter school organization. She currently serves on the City Leadership Committee for the Community Development Network of Maryland and the Community Initiatives Advisory Committee for Neighborworks America. She is a Greater Baltimore Committee Leadership graduate, completed Bank of America’s Neighborhood Excellence Initiative Leadership program, and is a past Harry and Jeanette Weinberg Fellow. 
 
Lynette Washington, Chief Operations OfficerAdditionally, the Board approved the appointment of Lynette Washington as the district’s chief operations officer, effective immediately. Dr. Washington has served as interim chief operations officer since July 2018. 
 
While serving in her role as interim, Dr. Washington restructured the operations office to improve efficiency. Under her leadership, the district has been able to more effectively respond to the facilities needs of our school buildings. She has also worked with outside partners and experts in various facilities fields to improve the district’s systems and processes.  
 
Dr. Washington will continue to handle every aspect of building maintenance, renovation, and construction and will oversee several departments, including Facilities, Maintenance, Operations, Design and Construction, Facility Planning and Real Estate, Transportation, and Sustainability. She joined City Schools six years ago as the executive director of school and facility planning.
 
During her time with City Schools, Dr. Washington’s team has increased the amount of work completed in schools in less than 30 days by more than 30 percent and state-level maintenance scores also increased four percentage points. Prior to joining the district, she was the Division Chief of Strategic Planning in Baltimore City’s planning department. 
 
Dr. Washington has a doctoral degree in urban and regional planning and design from the University of Maryland. She received a master’s degree in urban design from the University of Michigan, and a bachelor’s degree from Ball State University.