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DC Cross-Sector Collaboration Task Force


The DC Cross-Sector Collaboration Task Force charged with developing a report for the Mayor with clear and fair recommendations on how to improve the coherence of public education in DC for parents and increase the collaboration across and among public schools; this initiative aims to improve effectiveness, efficiency, and student outcomes. The Task Force will focus its efforts on identifying key aspects of education that would benefit from cross-sector efforts between DCPS and public charter schools

With approximately 55 percent of public school students attending DCPS and 45 percent attending a public charter school, the next chapter of improving education in DC is for both sectors to work together. Education leaders from across the city have expressed their desire and willingness to come to the table to work collaboratively – and the Task Force is a unique opportunity to do so.

Structure and Membership

The Task Force will be a two year effort and will tackle issues in a phased approach. The Task Force will meet monthly from January 2016 through July 2017. The Task Force, co-chaired by the DME and Mayor Anthony Williams, has 26 members and includes representatives from Local Education Agencies (LEA) and district agencies, public school parents, and community members. Membership is balanced across sectors, demographics and ward of residence.  



Jim Sandman (facilitator)

President, Legal Services Corporation; former General Counsel, DCPS; former Managing Partner, Arnold & Porter

Jennie Niles (co-chair)

Deputy Mayor for Education

Anthony Williams (co-chair)

CEO & Executive Director, Federal City Council; former Mayor

Amanda Alexander

Deputy Chief of Elementary Schools, District of Columbia Public Schools (DCPS)

Evelyn Boyd Simmons

Francis-Stevens parent; W2 Education Network; former member, Student Assignment Committee; President, Logan Circle Community Association;  Chief of External Relations & Partnerships, Africare

Shanita Burney

Deputy Chief, Community Engagement,  District of Columbia Public Schools (DCPS)

Angela Copeland

Stuart-Hobson MS parent; public affairs specialist

John Davis

Chief of Schools, District of Columbia Public Schools

Charlene Drew-Jarvis

Graduate, District of Columbia Public Schools (DCPS); Senior Advisor, KIPP DC PCS; former Ward 4 City Councilwoman

Caryn Ernst

Watkins ES, Stuart-Hobson MS parent; former PTA president, Capitol Hill Cluster School; member, Capitol Hill Public School Parent Organization (CHPSPO)

Carlie Fisherow

Executive Director, DC Scholars Community Schools

Erika Harrell

DC Prep PCS parent; Member, My School DC Parent Advisory Council; member, DC School Reform Now; member, PCSB Parent & Alumni Leadership Council (PALC)

Kemba Hendrix

Elsie Whitlow Stokes PCS parent; former public and public charter school teacher

Irene Holtzman

Executive Director, Friends of Choice in Urban Schools (FOCUS)

Faith Hubbard

Chief Student Advocate, State Board of Education (SBOE); former member, Student Assignment Committee

Hanseul Kang

State Superintendent of Education

Melissa Kim

Chief Academic Officer, Secondary Schools, KIPP DC; former principal, District of Columbia Public Schools (DCPS)

Emily Lawson

Founder & CEO, DC Prep PCS

Mary Levy

Independent education analyst, Former DC Office of the Chief Financial Officer, Former Washington Lawyer’s Committee for Civil Rights and Urban Affairs

Bethany Little

Murch ES, BASIS PCS parent; Education policy expert

Claudia Luján

School Turnaround and Performance Division, Office of the Chief of Schools, District of Columbia Public Schools

Scott Pearson

Executive Director, Public Charter School Board (PCSB)

Ariana Quinones

Duke Ellington HS, Next Step PCS parent; education and human services policy consultant, Otero Strategies Group;  former member, Student Assignment Committee

Karen Williams

Ward 7 Representative, State Board of Education (SBOE)

Antwan Wilson

Chancellor, District of Columbia Public Schools

Darren Woodruff

EL Haynes PCS, Benjamin Banneker HS parent ; Chair, Public Charter School Board (PCSB)

Shantelle Wright

Founder & CEO, Achievement Prep PCS; Chair, DC Association of Public Charter Schools


To view members biographies see Members Bio's

For more information please see our Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

Task Force Meeting Schedule and Meeting Materials

Meetings of the Cross-Sector Collaboration Task Force will be held once per month; dates are as follows:

Please note that all meetings, unless otherwise noted, will run from 6:00 – 8:00pm.

Getting Involved

Public input is critical to ensuring that we develop sound and meaningful recommendations. There will be multiple opportunities to engage with the DME and Task Force members throughout the process. Learn more here

If you have any questions, please email [email protected] or call (202) 727-0696.