Ahava Silkey-Jones
Perpich Center for Arts Education, Principal

Ahava Silkey-Jones is an accomplished non-profit and education leader. She has a passion for building community through the arts locally and globally. She has worked to develop and implement high-quality programming, global education initiatives, and innovative models for school improvement in Chicago, Boston, and Newark. Ahava earned her Ed.M. in Arts in Education from the Harvard Graduate School of Education and her M.A. in Educational Leadership from Roosevelt University.  

Ahava is currently the Principal of the Perpich Arts High School, a statewide residential arts high school for 11th and 12th grade students. Ahava also serves on the National Arts in Education Advisory Council with Americans for the Arts. Prior to Perpich, Ahava worked as a school administrator in the Newark Public Schools and as the Director of Fine Arts for the University of Chicago Charter School.  While in Chicago Ahava co-founded a non-profit organization, the Professional Theatre and Dance Youth Academy (PTDYA), which provides performing arts programming for over 600 students per year in under-resourced communities. She currently serves on the PTDYA board. In 2013 Ahava was recognized by the University of Chicago Urban Education Institute as Employee of the Year for her extraordinary service, exemplary practice, and stellar results.  

Ahava is fiercely committed to working on system-level equity and policy initiatives, building school and community partnerships, and improving access to quality arts programming for all students.