Dakarai Aarons

last updated 4/4/2018

Dakarai I. Aarons

Vice President, Strategic Communications at Data Quality Campaign

Location:
1250 H STREET, NW, Washington, D.C., District of Columbia, United States
HQ Phone:
(202) 393-4372

General Information

Experience

Staff Writer, Education Week - Leadership Directories Inc

Vice President, Strategic Communications - DQC

Education Reporter - The Commercial Appeal , Inc.

Lead Writer - Diplomas Count

Education

bachelor's degree - news-editorial journalism , University of Nebraska-Lincoln

degree - journalism , University of Nebraska-Lincoln

Affiliations

Board Member - American Youth Policy Forum

Board Member - Education Week

College of Journalism and Mass Communications' Professional Advisory Board - University of Nebraska

Education Advisory Committee - City of Hyattsville's

Member - National Press Club

Committee Chairman - National Association of Black Journalists Inc

Recent News  

Young Professionals Committee | DC School Reform Now

Dakarai Aarons
Dakarai Aarons is the director of strategic communications for the Data Quality Campaign (DQC), a national nonprofit organization leading the effort to bring every part of the education community together to empower educators, parents and policymakers with quality information to make decisions that ensure students achieve their best. He leads DQC's efforts to advance the organization's goals through evidence-based internal and external communications strategies that increase the organization's impact on the field. Before joining DQC in 2013, Dakarai was director of education outreach and policy for CommunicationWorks, a leading national education public affairs firm, where he led award-winning messaging, media outreach and interactive projects for national and regional education organizations. An award-winning former journalist, Dakarai worked as a staff writer for Education Week and The Commercial Appeal newspaper in Memphis, Tennessee. His work has also appeared in The Washington Post, The Miami Herald, The Des Moines Register and The Dallas Morning News, among other publications. Dakarai is a board member of the Education Writers Association, a member of the National Press Club and a former committee chairman of the National Association of Black Journalists. He also serves on the City of Hyattsville's Education Advisory Committee. A native of Washington, DC, Dakarai earned a degree in journalism from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, where he serves on the College of Journalism and Mass Communications' professional advisory board.

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Dakarai I. Aarons is vice president of strategic communications for the Data Quality Campaign.
Aarons has directed award-winning media and publicity campaigns for national and international organizations and written award-winning journalism on education policy and practice issues. Aarons also was director of education outreach and policy for CommunicationWorks, a leading national education public affairs firm. He was also a reporter for Education Week and TheCommercial Appeal (Memphis).

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