Tracy Atkins Elabida

Retired Director of School Improvement
New York City Department of Education
District 31, Staten Island Borough Office
U.S.: Staten Island, New York Hub | NORTH AMERICA

Tracy Atkins Elabida was introduced to Compassionate Systems in February 2018 during a session co-facilitated by Mette Boell and Peter Senge. Since then, Tracy has continued to deepen her understanding and application of systems change tools through her engagement in Compassionate Systems Global Community webinars, as well as her work as an educator, her involvement in community service and her commitment to collective impact and leading for racial equity.

Over the course of her career, Tracy served as a high school English teacher, student mentor, cheerleading advisor, assistant principal, teacher development and evaluation coach, attendance improvement dropout prevention coordinator, NBPTS National Board Candidate Support Provider and was serving as a director of school improvement when she retired from the New York City Department of Education in April 2021.

Tracy currently serves as president of Muslim Sisters of Staten Island. Prior to becoming president of MSSI, Tracy served as the organization’s recording secretary.  In recent years, Tracy  also served on the New York State Education Department’s Culturally Responsive-Sustaining Education Advisory Panel and as co-chair of the Equity Alliance of Staten Island.

As a black woman, a daughter, sister, cousin, wife, mother, Muslimah, SisterFriend and guest on this planet, Tracy is grateful for and welcomes the opportunity to deepen her knowledge and understanding of Compassionate Systems. She believes in the promise and power of both anticipated and unforeseen experiences to foster individual and collective well-being and transformation, equity, and a sustainable future.