Samantha Aigner-Treworgy was appointed Commissioner of the Massachusetts Department of Early Education and Care effective August 2019.
Commissioner Aigner-Treworgy grew up in Massachusetts and began her career in early education and care as a preschool teacher for the Childcare Network of Evanston in Illinois. Her desire to drive change and systems improvement in the early education field led Ms. Aigner-Treworgy to work at the policymaking level in the Chicago Public Schools on redesigning preschool funding to help expand access to programs. Ms. Aigner-Treworgy then launched a national policy initiative for the Ounce of Prevention Fund that focused on supporting school districts to effectively implement early learning strategies in collaboration with local communities.
Most recently, Commissioner Aigner-Treworgy was the chief of early learning for the City of Chicago where she led the implementation of the city’s early childhood plan to provide universal full-day pre-kindergarten to all four-year-old children in the city. In this role she oversaw approximately $350 million in early childhood funding across multiple city agencies, including coordination of birth-to-five services in schools, community-based organizations and home visiting programs.
Commissioner Aigner-Treworgy graduated from Smith College in Northampton, Massachusetts, with a Bachelor of Arts in Child Development and Sociology, and received a Master’s in Public Policy and a Master’s in Social Work from the University of Chicago's dual degree program at the Harris School of Public Policy and School of Social Administration, where her studies concentrated on education and families.
Commissioner Aigner-Treworgy is a Boston resident and in her free time enjoys running along the harbor.