Mrs. Robbyn Wahby serves as the founding Executive Director of the Missouri Charter Public School Commission, a newly established state agency that has statewide authority to sponsor charter schools. She began this position in May, 2015.
Prior to her appointment to MCPSC, Wahby served as Deputy Chief of Staff to St. Louis City Mayor Francis Slay where she provided direction and advice on education and children’s policy. She began as executive assistant for education policy in 2001 and led the city’s K-12 school reform effort. In 2006, Wahby developed and directed the Mayor’s strategy to expand quality public charter schools within the City of St. Louis. Over the next nine years, 28 new public charter schools opened and several poor performing schools were closed. She also worked with the City’s private and parochial schools to assure all St. Louis families had an array of quality options.
In addition to her work in education, Wahby created the Mayor’s Commission on Children, Youth and Families designed to coordinate the various non-profit, philanthropic and government sectors initiatives focused on improving the outcomes for children within St. Louis City. The collective impact strategy expanded the supply, access and quality of after school, early childhood, youth violence prevention, health, and youth employment services.
During her tenure as Deputy Chief of Staff, Wahby served as interim Director of Operations for the City of St. Louis. She also served as Acting Director of Information Technology Systems Agency, leading the department and the City through a series of IT improvements.
Prior to joining the Mayor’s Office, Wahby held a variety of leadership positions in public, private and non-profit organizations and served as an elected member of the St. Louis Board of Education.
A graduate of the University of Missouri-St. Louis, she holds a Master of Public Policy Administration and a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration. She resides in the City of St. Louis with her husband and two teenage children.