Kristin Ehrgood is President and Founder of Sapientis, a nonprofit organization dedicated to improving the quality of public education in Puerto Rico. Additionally, she is the President of the Flamboyan Foundation, a family foundation that focuses on improving public k-12 in-school time through strategic partnerships in Puerto Rico and Washington, DC. In spring 2005, Kristin's work at Sapientis was recognized by Ernst & Young when she was awarded Entrepreneur of the Year in the area of Social Responsibility. Previously, Kristin joined Teach For America and taught for three years in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, and Trenton, New Jersey. Kristin later joined the Teach For America staff as Executive Director of their New Jersey region and then as Director of New Site Development. She is a graduate of Bucknell University and Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government.
Mieka Wick is the Executive Director of CityBridge Foundation. Her work is focused on efforts to educate and engage other local philanthropists in DC’s education landscape and build collaborations of funders around high impact investments in k-12 education reform in Washington, DC. Mieka’s prior experience includes three years at New Profit Inc., a Boston-based venture philanthropy fund, where she served as Investor Relations Manager, and two years as a consultant to Massachusetts’ Commissioner of Education David Driscoll on teacher quality legislation for the State of Massachusetts. After completing her MBA, she spent two years at Reebok International working on the merger of the Reebok brand with The Adidas Group. Mieka holds a bachelor's degree from Brown University and an MBA from Babson University. She is a Founding Board Member of DC School Reform Now and is a Member-at-Large of the Executive Board of the National Cathedral School for Girls Alumnae Association.
Previously, Josh was the Deputy Chief of School Innovation (OSI) for DC Public Schools (DCPS). OSI oversaw efforts to support and empower 58 DC public schools through the infusion of unique programmatic elements targeting student investment and achievement. Prior to working at (DCPS), Josh was the Executive Officer of the Office of New Schools (ONS) at Chicago Public Schools, which worked to recruit, develop and support new schools and ultimately, hold them accountable to high performance measures. He has also held various leadership positions at The SEED Foundation, first on the Board of Directors, then as Principal of The SEED School, a public charter boarding school in Washington, DC. Prior to this work, Josh taught social studies for three years at Milton Academy in Massachusetts and seven years at Menlo-Atherton High School in California where he was also the Founder and Executive Director for RISE (Realizing Intellect through Self-Empowerment), a youth development program targeted at African-American youth.
Terry Goings is the president of the Local School Restructuring Team (LSRT) at Coolidge High School (Coolidge) in Washington, DC. In this role, he is tasked with restructuring the school after it failed to meet Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP) for five consecutive years, as mandated by the No Child Left Behind Act. Two of Terry’s children also graduated from Coolidge.
Mary Riner is the Director of External Relations for BASIS Educational Group. She chaired the committee to bring a BASIS School to DC, securing its charter, and led the parent recruitment efforts for the new school. Mary was formerly the Marketing Director for the Heritage Foundation’s No Excuses Campaign, which put a spotlight on high-performing, high-poverty schools across the country. Mary holds a bachelor's degree in Humanities from Washington College, studied at the University of St. Andrews in Scotland and did graduate work in The School of Philosophy at the Catholic University of America. She is also a founding Board Member of DC School Reform Now and the Founder and an Advisory Board Member of America’s Future Foundation.
Joe Onek is a Principal at the Raben Group, which he joined after serving as Senior Counsel to the Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi. He first entered government service as a law clerk to Chief Judge David Bazelon of the District of Columbia Circuit and Supreme Court Justice William Brennan, and as a staffer for Senator Ted Kennedy. In the Carter Administration, he served as a member of the White House Domestic Policy Staff and as Deputy Counsel to the President. In the Clinton Administration, he served as Principal Deputy Associate Attorney General and as Senior Coordinator for Rule of Law in the State Department. In the public interest world, Onek served as an attorney and then Director of the Center for Law and Social Policy (CLASP), as Senior Counsel and Director of the Liberty and Security Initiative at the Constitution Project and as Senior Policy Analyst and Special Counsel at the Open Society Institute. Onek was also a partner in two Washington, DC, law firms, specializing in health care and constitutional law. Onek is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, and is Chairman of the Board of CLASP. He holds a bachelor’s degree from Harvard College, a master’s degree from the London School of Economics, which he attended as a Marshall Scholar, and an LLB from Yale Law School.
Bill Tucker is the Deputy Director of Policy Development, U.S. Program Policy and Advocacy at the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. Prior to this, he helped to lead Education Sector, an independent, nonpartisan education policy think tank devoted to developing innovative solutions to the nation’s most pressing educational problems, since its inception in 2005. In his policy work for Education Sector, he focused on technology and innovation—specifically assessments, virtual schooling and the use of data to improve student outcomes. He currently serves on the Board of Directors at Achievement Preparatory Academy Public Charter School in Washington, DC, and on the Steering Committee for the Policy Innovators in Education Network. He is a graduate of Duke University and has both an MBA and a master's of education from Stanford University.
Margery Yeager is a Policy Advisor at Education Council, an affiliate of Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough. In this capacity, she provides assistance to clients at State Education Agencies and other entities to inform, guide and facilitate the process of policy change around the implementation of the Common Core State Standards, school and district accountability and educator evaluation. Prior to this position, Margery was Special Assistant to the Chancellor at DC Public Schools where she managed student recruitment and enrollment, intra-district school choice and school closures. Margery also completed a Presidential Management Fellowship at the U.S. Department of Education in which she oversaw evaluations of various programs under No Child Left Behind (NCLB), including alternative teacher certification, state and local flexibility provisions and out-of-school time programs. During this fellowship, she also completed a rotation at the independent think-tank Education Sector where she published articles on NCLB flexibility provisions and the National Assessment of Educational Progress. Ms. Yeager began her career as a second grade teacher at Simon Elementary in Washington, DC, with Teach for America. She received her bachelor’s degree from Tufts University and her master’s degree from the Harvard Kennedy School of Government.
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