Renata Lyons joined the Council of Great City Schools as research manager in January 2009. As a research manager for the Council, Renata performs a variety of research tasks including collecting and analyzing data on urban school districts and helping to develop regular Council reports, surveys, and other publications.Prior to joining the staff, Renata was the data and research analyst for the Alliance for Excellent Education and The Aspen Institute's Commission on No Child Left Behind. As the research and data analyst for these organizations, she coordinated and managed data collection and analysis and produced several white papers relating to No Child Left Behind. Renata graduated from George Washington University with a master's degree in education policy studies. She also earned a bachelor of science degree in mathematics and secondary education from North Carolina A&T State University. In addition to her policy related experience, shel spent three years teaching high school mathematics in Prince George's County Public Schools in Maryland. Renata has also worked for the Government Accountability Office, former U.S. Congresswoman Eva Clayton (NC), and with the DC Teaching Fellows Program.