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.

Nigel Atwell

Nigel is a seasoned commercial lawyer with 20 years’ experience negotiating multimillion dollar complex technology, goods, and services transactions. Previously, Nigel worked as an adjunct professor at the George Washington University Graduate School of Education and Human Development and as an elementary educator with D.C. Public Schools. As an educator, he collaborated with peers, consultants, and principals to identify and address school discipline, equity, special education and school leadership issues. Nigel has a B.S. from Howard University, a J.D. from Vanderbilt University, and a Masters in Elementary Education from George Washington University.

Meghann Curtis

Meghann Curtis is the COO of the Leadership Now Project, a membership organization of business leaders seeking to strategically engage and invest in our democracy. Most recently, she served as the Executive Vice President of CIEE – the Council on International Educational Exchange – supporting over 40,000 young people on experiential learning exchanges across 130 countries. Before CIEE, she served in the State Department as a Senior Advisor to Secretary Clinton and as a Deputy Assistant Secretary in the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, where she led the Fulbright Program and other international education and public diplomacy initiatives. Meghann holds a B.A. from Vassar College and an MPA from Princeton University.


Amal Disparte

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, Treasurer

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.


Hope Harrod

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

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.

Kathy Kretman

Kathy Kretman has served in a number of roles at Georgetown University, which currently include the Waldemar A. Nielsen Chair in Philanthropy; Director of the Center for Public and Nonprofit Leadership; and Research Professor at the McCourt School of Public Policy. Her teaching and research focus is public, philanthropic and nonprofit leadership and civic engagement.  One of the highlights of Kretman’s career has been directing Georgetown’s internationally recognized nonprofit executive certificate program, which now has 1,460 alumni across the globe. Prior to joining Georgetown, Kretman served on George Washington University’s Graduate School of Political Management faculty. Kretman holds a Ph.D. in Political Science from the University of Maryland, an M.A. in Public Administration from the George Washington University, and a B.S. from the University of Texas at Austin.


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

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.


Tara Sakraida Parker, Vice Chair

Tara is an experienced real estate attorney, professional gift planner and successful nonprofit fundraiser living in Washington, D.C. For nearly a decade, Tara handled sophisticated real estate finance and land use regulatory issues as a transactional attorney. Before moving to DC, Tara served as Director of Gift Planning and Director of Major Gifts at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), where she helped solicit and close of one of the largest gifts to the UCLA College of Letters and Science. Tara received her J.D. from the University of Denver Sturm College of Law, and graduated summa cum laude with a B.A. from Regis University in Denver, Colorado, where she was a member of the Parliamentary Debate Team and won the collegiate Novice National Championship. Tara and her husband live in Georgetown and support a number of nonprofit organizations in the community.

Tracy Shaw

Tracy is a dedicated development professional striving to connect idealists with the resources they need. She is currently a Principal at Thread Strategies. Tracy has helped a variety of organizations meet the needs of their communities by providing direction and guidance in fundraising planning and execution at local, regional and national levels. It is Tracy’s firm belief that connecting powerful programs with the right resources creates positive change in the world, and it is her goal to help Thread’s partners be at those intersections. In addition, our partners benefit most from Tracy’s enthusiasm as she strives to help people work together, share their stories and strengthen connections in order to raise the resources needed to solve real-life problems.

Penny Smith

Penny is a consultant and mentor with the DC Reading Clinic. She recently served for 9 years as a Master Educator in DC Public Schools and an educational consultant at the American Institutes for Research. She was a special education teacher for 25 years in 5 different states, and an elementary school principal for 9 years in Edmonds, Washington. Penny holds a Master’s degree in Education from Boston College and a B.S. in Special Education from Rhode Island College. In addition, she received her Administrative Certification in K-12 Education from the Danforth Principal Leadership Program in the College of Education at the University of Washington; she also subsequently served as an instructor and mentor in the Danforth program for several years.


Juliana Su

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.

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