Chief Strategy Officer
Ami Novoryta is Heartland Alliance’s Chief Strategic Officer. Focused on leading organizational strategy, Ms. Novoryta facilitates the development and execution of Heartland-wide strategic priorities and initiatives, builds internal capacity, and partners with staff throughout the enterprise to create and sustain systems that drive organizational effectiveness. Her areas of expertise include change management, nonprofit leadership, improvement science, and education policy.
Previously, Ms. Novoryta led strategy and impact at the National Center on Time and Learning (NCTL), an education nonprofit based in Boston. At NCTL, she led strategic planning and designed and implemented a progress monitoring system to identify effective practices, set improvement goals and inform action plans for a five-state network of 50 schools. Ms. Novoryta has also headed development and communications at Chicago’s Erie Neighborhood House, where she led the design of a new community-driven leadership and advocacy initiative and raised start-up funds to launch the Erie Elementary Charter School and a new immigrant resource center. Ms. Novoryta has taught in Boston Public Schools; worked on A+ Illinois, a campaign for school funding reform housed at the Metropolitan Planning Council; and served on the board of directors for the Boston chapter of Strong Women, Strong Girls. Joining the Heartland Alliance family brought Ms. Novoryta back to her hometown of Chicago.
Ms. Novoryta earned a Master in Public Policy from the Harvard Kennedy School of Government, where she was a Pforzheimer Nonprofit Fellow and the Co-Director of the Center for Public Leadership’s Student Advisory Board. She has a Master in Education from the University of Massachusetts-Boston and graduated Magna Cum Laude from the University of Illinois in Urbana-Champaign. She completed her Nonprofit Leadership Certification at Loyola University Chicago.