Mariah Sheriff Ray

Director of Strategic Partnerships

Mariah Sheriff Ray most recently served as Deputy Chief of Staff for Sacramento Mayor Kevin Johnson. She was responsible for the Mayor’s intergovernmental affairs portfolio, including his 2014-2015 Presidency of the US Conference of Mayors and 2014 Presidency of the African American Mayors Association. Mariah also managed Mayor Johnson’s local and national education initiatives and strategic partnerships which led to the establishment of local sites for three national nonprofits – City Year, Teach For America and College Track.  Mariah began her career teaching in Chicago Public Schools as a Teach For America corps member, where she taught for three years. Mariah received her B.A. in Economics and International Studies from DePaul University, her M.A. in Teaching from Dominican University, and her MBA from Harvard Business School.