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About the Advisory Committee
Members of the Advisory Committee were recommended by education stakeholders and selected by the DME to reflect Washington, DC’s public school education system including ward of residence (taking the most recent 2022 redistricting into account) and enrollment preferences. These members are invested in their school communities and are committed to the success of the public education system and the future of our city.
The Advisory Committee contains ward designated members, citywide members (without ward designations), and Agency representatives.
- Ward designated members include parents and family members with students in DCPS and public charter schools from all eight wards. The number of ward designated seats are approximate to Washington, DC’s public school population.
- In addition to the members’ expertise in their school communities, many have additional knowledge about education policy, racial justice and equity, DC neighborhoods, and neighborhood planning.
- Agency representatives from the DC education cluster and the Mayor’s Office of Racial Equity are also members of the Advisory Committee as well as one public charter local education agency (LEA).
Some community member designees are employed by other District agencies; however, the members' opinions are their own and are not intended to reflect their agencies of employment. Below is the full list of the Advisory Committee members with their associated schools and affiliations.
|Chairperson: Paul Kihn||Deputy Mayor for Education|
Community Members - Ward Designated (listed in order of ward)
|Quoc Nguyen||Bancroft PTO Board Member; LSAT Co-Chair; Ward 1 resident|
|David Alpert||Ward 2 Education Council President; Ross LSAT; Coalition for DC Public Schools and Communities (C4DC); Ward 2 resident|
Mann PTA; Ward 3 resident
|Vanessa Rubio||Brightwood ES PTA, MacFarland MS PTO, ANC 4E01 Commissioner, Ward 4 Education Alliance; Ward 4 resident|
|Diana Delgado||Bruce Monroe ES LSAT and PTA; Ward 4 resident|
|Julie Patton Lawson||Wells MS PTO and LSA; Ward 4 resident|
|Annie Wright||Brookland MS PTO President; Ward 5 resident|
|Yolanda Corbett||Washington Leadership Academy PCS parent; KIPP DC Legacy Prep PCS parent; Rocketship PCS parent; My School DC Parent Advisory Council; Parents Amplifying Voices in Education; Advocates for Justice in Education; Ward 5 resident|
|Crystal Gray||Watkins ES PTA and Equity Team; Parents Amplifying Voices in Education (PAVE) Citywide/Ward 6 Board member; Leaders of Color; Ward 6 resident|
|Dr. Marla Dean||
Ward 7 Education Council; Coalition for DC Public Schools and Communities (C4DC); Dupont Park Civic Association; Ward 7 resident
|LeKisha Jordan||Watkins ES; Council of the District of Columbia Senior Policy Advisor; Ward 7 resident|
|Antawan Holmes||Houston ES; ANC commissioner; Ward 7 resident|
|Malika Whatley||Ketcham ES; Ward 8 resident|
|Brandi Reese||Garfield ES PTO; Ward 8 resident|
|Michael Watts||Phelps PTO President; Ward 8 resident|
Community Members - Citywide
|Cathy Reilly||Senior High Alliance for Parents Principals and Educators (S.H.A.P.P.E.) Co-founder and Executive Director; Coalition for DC Public Schools and Communities (C4DC)|
|Nzinga Tull||Coalition for DC Public Schools and Communities (C4DC); Teaching for Change|
|Carolyn Bowen||Payne ES parent; Parents Amplifying Voices in Education; former teacher/special education coordinator; American Planning Association member|
|LaJoy Johnson-Law||E.L. Haynes PCS parent, Advocates for Justice and Education|
District Agency and Local Education Agency (LEA) Members
|Dr. Bren Elliott||Chief of School Improvement and Supports, District of Columbia Public Schools|
|Sarah Parker||Interim Officer of Engagement and Partnerships Office, District of Columbia Public Schools|
|Chyanne Eyde||Deputy Chief of School Planning, District of Columbia Public Schools|
|Amy Lerman||Executive Director, My School DC|
|Dr. Amber Hewitt||Director, Mayor's Office of Racial Equity|
|Dr. Michelle Walker-Davis||Executive Director, DC Public Charter School Board|
|Patricia Brantley||Chief Executive Officer, Friendship Public Charter Schools|