About MDE

Macarre Traynham, Ed.D.

Dr. Macarre Traynham is the Director of the Minnesota Department of Education (MDE)’s new Equity, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI) Center, which will provide leadership, direction and support in the development and implementation of an equity framework that guides the work and decision-making of the agency. Externally, the EDI Center will support school districts and charter schools in best practices and specialized strategies to address systemic bias and inequities.

Prior to this role, Dr. Traynham was the Educational Equity Specialist at MDE, where she designed and led professional development, worked as a thought-partner with various internal divisions and the Regional Centers of Excellence and was the co-chair to the One MDE diversity council. She also co-created and co-authored the Equity Magnifier and the soon-to-be-completed Equity Guidebook for the state. Dr. Traynham has more than 20 years of experience in education, professional development and organizational leadership. 

Dr. Traynham has served as a high school math teacher in Southern California, worked as an administrator in the roles of both vice principal and principal in the Pacific Northwest, and has served as the executive director for teaching and learning in a large urban school district in the Midwest. She serves as an advisory board member for the Early Childhood and Montessori programs at St. Catherine University, and has also presented at numerous national and regional conferences about racial equity and education.

Dr. Traynham graduated from Norfolk State University with a bachelor of science in mathematics. She has a master’s of arts in educational administration from California State University San Bernardino and a professional administrators license from Portland State University. She also holds a doctoral degree from Lewis & Clark College in educational leadership with a focus on equity and social justice. Dr. Traynham has an essay published in Glenn E. Singleton’s book, More Courageous Conversations About Race.