Ariana has spent her career doing policy and advocacy work focusing on youth at-risk, English language learner students, and vulnerable District residents. Ariana is currently a division manager overseeing state functions at the DC Child & Family Services Agency. Prior to that, she was Vice President of Otero Strategy Group, LLC, a public policy consulting firm focusing on education, health, human services and community development.
Ariana has been closely involved with education reform efforts in the District of Columbia since the early 1990s when, as a law student, she began working with adjudicated youth and those in the child welfare system. In 2011 she shifted her focus when she served as the chief of staff to the Deputy Mayor for Health and Human Services for the Government of the District of Columbia. Prior to that, Ariana worked for Friends of Choice in Urban Schools (FOCUS), Fight For Children, the DC Public Charter School Association, the National Council of La Raza (now UnidosUS), the Latino Civil Rights Task Force, and she served as an AmeriCorps member with Public Allies DC. Ariana has served on numerous boards and committees including the DC Cross-Sector Collaboration Task Force, the After School Dance Fund, DC Public Charter School Board, Children’s National Medical Center Committee on Advocacy and Public Policy, and the Time Dollar Institute as well as various DC Public Schools and public charter school parent-teacher organizations and advisory bodies.
Ariana holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Maryland, College Park in graphic design and mass communication and a J.D. from the District of Columbia School of Law. Ariana lives in the District with her husband and is the proud parent of one daughter and several foster sons.