Patrick S. Campbell, Board Chair
Patrick S. Campbell is a partner in the D.C. office of Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison and is on the boards of the Washington Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights and Urban Affairs and of Street Law, Inc. Mr. Campbell is a graduate of the DC public schools, Georgetown University, and Stanford Law School.
Amal Disparte is a social entrepreneur and community activist devoted to improving public education and access. She has spent the last 5 years advocating for school improvement initiatives through the promotion and development of innovative cross-sector partnerships. She serves on the board of TEACH D.C as well as being a strategic advisor to the College Success Foundation, D.C. A committed champion of public education, Amal formed The Taste of H Auction, which galvanized D.C.’s H Street corridor around supporting public education, raising over $250,000 over the past 4 years. Amal is the Co-Founder of GrantEd Foundation, a newly formed non-profit committed to providing DC public school teachers with fast-cycle, micro grants using smart technology. Prior to her work in public education and social entrepreneurship, Amal taught English as a second language. She spent the early part of her career at the management advisory firm, Corporate Executive Board (CEB). Amal holds a B.A. in International Relations from Goucher College.
Nancy “Bitsey” Folger
A former teacher in Montgomery County Public Schools, Nancy “Bitsey” Folger serves on the boards of several non-profits, including White House Historical Association, The National Symphony Orchestra, and the Black Student Fund. She received her undergraduate degree from Bryn Mawr College and her Masters of Arts in Teaching from Harvard University.
Gaela Gehring Flores
Gaela Gehring Flores is a partner in Arnold & Porter LLP’s litigation practice group and concentrates her practice on international arbitration matters. A graduate of Georgetown University Law Center and University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, she has taught Street Law at Anacostia High School, served on the board of the Hispanic Bar Association for the District of Columbia, and, most recently, worked on the pro bono committee for the D.C. Bar.
Douglas H. Gilbert
Doug Gilbert is a partner at DFW Capital Partners and has more than 20 years of private equity and debt investing experience. Doug is a member of Capital For Children and is a graduate of Williams College and Harvard Business School.
The winner of the 2012 D.C. Teacher of the Year Award, Hope Harrod is a 5th grade teacher at Burroughs Education Campus in northeast D.C. and a member of Live It Learn It’s Teacher Advisory Council. She is a graduate of Kenyon College and has a Masters in Elementary Education from Boston College.
Joseph F. Horning, Treasurer
Joseph F. Horning is the president of Horning Brothers, a residential development firm. He has worked with six of the seven non-profit community development corporations (CDCs) chartered by the City, and he currently serves on the Boards of the Center City Consortium, Washington Middle School for Girls, and City First Bank.
Sara Mark Lesk
Sara Mark Lesk is Senior Educator and Manager of the National Gallery of Art’s “Art Around the Corner” program for students in the D.C. public schools. A graduate of Stanford University with a master’s degree in Museum Education from the George Washington University, she worked for many years as a book editor at Time-Life Books and Time-Life for Children.
Justin Milner is a Senior Research Associate at the Urban Institute and was previously a Senior Associate at the Annie E. Casey Foundation, where he was a member of the Evidence-Based Practice Group. Justin received a B.A. from Yale University and an M.A. from Princeton University.
Dr. Ari Novy is the Executive Director of the United States Botanic Garden and a Research Collaborator at the National Museum of Natural History. A former professional gardener and higher education instructor, he has served as an advisor for various plant science, government, museum and educational organizations including the White Council on Environmental Quality, Botanic Garden Conservation International, the European and Mediterranean Plant Protection Organization, and several cultural institutions. He has a BA in Italian from New York University and a PhD in Plant Biology from Rutgers University.
Juliana Su is the President of VMC Consulting Corporation, a technology company focused on the connected, digital marketplace. Previously, she served as the COO, GVP Professional Services and GVP Emerging Markets at Openet, Inc. Ms. Su’s experience includes leading an Initial Public Offering (IPO) and providing oversight of merger and acquisition activities for technology companies. She has over 20 years of experience working with technology companies to identify business opportunities, and develop and grow profitable organizations across multiple countries and organizational functions. Ms. Su holds a degree in Economics from the University of Colorado.