Schools Chancellor Dennis Walcott announced that Natalie Ravitz, the communications director for the Department of Education, will be leaving her post next month to take a job at News Corporation as chief of staff to Rupert Murdoch.
Ms. Ravitz marks the second high profile poaching of a DOE staffer by News Corp. Last year, Mr. Walcott’s predecessor, Joel Klein, left to head up a new education division at the media conglomerate.
“Natalie has been an integral part of my cabinet and close confidante since I took over as Chancellor, and I want to thank her for her sharp insight, strategic vision, and commitment to advancing our education agenda,” Chancellor Walcott said in a statement. “We will miss her, but wish her nothing but the best as she begins this exciting new journey.
Ms. Ravitz came to the Department of Education after serving as staffer to California Senator Barbara Boxer, where she was named “One of DC’s Most Eligible Singles” by Politico. At the Dept. of Education, she took the lead in the city’s controversial effort to expand sex education instruction. Her wardrobe earned her some attention as well.
“Working with the talented people here at the Department of Education and City Hall has been an incredible experience,” Ms. Ravitz said. “I leave with great admiration and affection for my colleagues, and in particular for Chancellor Walcott and Mayor Bloomberg, who have allowed me to be a part of their amazing efforts to transform New York City’s school system. While I am sad to say goodbye, I am very excited to begin this new challenge with one of the most dynamic companies in the world.”
We wish her well in her new post.
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