DeRay Mckesson will be settling back in Baltimore as the interim chief of human capital at Baltimore City Schools.
The Black Lives Matter activist and failed candidate for mayor of Baltimore will be earning $165,000 a year as one of the first cabinet picks of Sonja Santelises.
His appointment was affirmed by the Board of School Commissioners last night. He and Santelises will start on Friday.
Mckesson had worked for the same office, as a strategist and special assistant, before he moved to the Midwest to take a position in the Minneapolis city schools.
The 30-year-old became an overnight media sensation during the protests following the police shooting death of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Mo. As the face of Black Lives Matter, he popped up on CNN, talk shows and other media during the April 2015 Freddie Gray protests in Baltimore.
Although announced as an interim appointment (the school system says it will conduct a nationwide search for a human capital chief in the fall), Mckesson embraced his new position of overseeing staff yesterday.
“I am excited to return to city schools,” he told The Baltimore Sun, “and to continue doing the work to ensure that every child in Baltimore City receives a world-class education.”