Olivera Janovska, Director
Olivera Jankovska is the Director of the Mayor's Office of Education. In her role, she coordinates, communicates, and collaborates with local organizations, businesses, schools, and other resources and supports, serving as a connector for children, families, and communities in the education space. She maintains and promotes opportunities and relationships with educational entities within and outside of the city. Jankovska works with the City of Houston and partners to prioritize collective impact partnerships to develop city-wide educational strategy as they strive to analyze research and data to identify and support best practices and align policies and resources.
Jankovska, who speaks eight languages, is a native of Kriva Palanka, Macedonia. Prior to coming to the mayor’s office, she has been an organizer, a leader, an economist, a published children’s book author, a researcher, and an innovator, leading change through engagements with faith-based organizations, academic communities, independent volunteers, political appointees, and other advocates. She is a champion of children’s rights and has served as the Unicef USA Community Engagement Associate for the Southwest Region where she empowered youth with the resources and skills to be effective global citizens - thinking globally and acting locally for the world's most vulnerable children. Jankovska is a published economist and brings ten years of international development work experience and serves as the Nonresident Fellow at Rice University’s Baker Institute for Public Policy where she conducts research on energy topics.
Jankovska has received numerous recognitions for her contributions to the non-profit, academic and private sectors. She has been recognized as a recipient of the United States of America President’s Volunteer Service Award, one of the Top 30 Influential Women of Houston, one of the 2015 United Macedonian’s Diaspora “40 under 40”, the recipient of the Outstanding Young Alumna Award for 2018 at Virginia Tech, and a winner of the 2009 Wall Street Journal Academic Achievement Award.
All of Olivera Jankovska’s experiences-life, career, education, and volunteer- align with her drive and passion for education, to make her an effective and productive Director of the Mayor’s Office of Education.
Brandon Denton, Associate Director
Brandon Denton is the Assistant Director of Education for the Mayor’s Office, City of Houston. In his current role, he manages programs and initiatives including Hire Houston Youth – that employs over 10,000 youth during the summer; and other workforce development related focuses.
Prior to joining Mayor’s Office of Education, Brandon managed the Community Engagement Team for the Houston Public Library system as Sr. Community Liaison and worked as Community Center Manager at Finnigan and Swiney Parks in Fifth Ward Texas for Houston Parks and Recreation Department. Other roles include Community Relations Manager for the Houston Astros Baseball Club and Program Manager of the Astros Youth Academy in Acres Home Texas.
Brandon is a certified coach, trainer, and speaker with the John Maxwell Team and specializes in Leadership and personal development. Brandon received his Master of Business Administration from the University of Phoenix; Bachelor of Science in Sport Management from Rogers State University; and Associate of Arts in Psychology/Sociology from Northern Oklahoma College: Tonkawa, Oklahoma.
Brandon is a passionate young professional and leader with a love for public service. His variety of experiences in non-profit, government, sports and business management, have all provided him with the resources and opportunity to serve and help improve lives of youth and communities throughout Houston.