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John "Skip" McKoy, Chair

Mr. McKoy has a strong background in urban planning and community development and he oversees Fight For Children’s education and healthcare initiatives. McKoy works closely with local community, business, education, and government leaders to develop collaborative strategies aimed at improving the quality of life of underserved children in the Washington metropolitan area. Prior to this role, he has held executive positions at the Anacostia Waterfront Corporation, DC Agenda, Lockheed Martin, and in the D.C. Government. He is chair of the State Early Childhood Development Coordinating Council; advisor to the DC Fiscal Policy Institute and The Community Partnership for the Prevention of Homelessness.


Darren Woodruff, Ph.D, Vice Chair

For more than ten years, Dr. Woodruff has worked on issues related to at-risk youth, special education, and school improvement. Among his most recent publications, Dr. Woodruff co-authored a chapter in the Harvard Civil Rights Project report on minority issues in special education. He has taught and counseled students at the elementary through college levels.

 

Barbara Nophlin 

Nophlin, an education consultant, has held senior leadership positions in DC public and public charter schools. She was the second Head of School for Paul Public Charter School, the city’s only conversion charter school (formerly Paul JHS, a DCPS school.) She was the director of policy, research and analysis in the former State Education Office. She has also worked as a principal, assistant principal, early childhood coordinator, and instructional support specialist.  



 
Sara Mead

Ms. Mead focuses on thought leadership as well as strategic advising at Bellwether. Her work on federal education policy, charter schools, preschool, and gender in education has been featured in numerous media outlets including The Washington Post, New York Times,  and USA Today, and she has appeared on CBS and ABC News and on NPR. Before joining Bellwether, she directed the New America Foundation’s Early Education Initiative. She has also worked for Education Sector, the Progressive Policy Institute, and the U.S. Department of Education.


Don Soifer  
 
Don Soifer is a co-founder and Executive Vice President of the Lexington Institute, where he directs domestic policy research programs on education, energy and other topics for the Arlington, VA based nonpartisan think tank. His education policy work, including research on higher education finance, special education and closing the achievement gap for English language learners, has been published in numerous media outlets including the New York Times, Washington Post, USA Today and New York Daily News. He has testified before Congress about his research and makes regular radio and television appearances on Fox News and Fox Business and Wisconsin Public Radio. He serves on several advisory and governing boards for government and nonprofit organizations. 

Herbert Tillery 

Tillery is co-chair of Raise DC and Executive Director of College Success Foundation - District of Columbia, a nonprofit that provides college scholarships and mentoring to low-income, underserved students.  He was raised in Washington, D.C. and graduated from DCPS’s Theodore Roosevelt High School. He served in the U.S. Army and retired at the rank of Colonel. Previously, he held senior executive leadership positions at the Department of Defense, DC Public Schools, and George Washington University. He previously served as DC Deputy Mayor for Operations.



Past Members of the DC Public Charter School Board
2001 2002
2003
Josephine Baker, Chair Josephine Baker, Chair Thomas P. Loughlin, Chair
Thomas P. Loughlin, Vice Chair Thomas P. Loughlin, Vice Chair Dora Marcus, Ph.D., Vice Chair
Hope Hill, Ph.D. Hope Hill, Ph.D. Hope Hill, Ph.D.
Joseph F. Horning Joseph F. Horning Joseph F. Horning
Dora Marcus, Ph.D. Dora Marcus, Ph.D. Thomas Nida
Beatriz "BB" Otero Beatriz "BB" Otero Vacant
J.B. "Bernie" Walker J.B. "Bernie" Walker Vacant



2004
2005
2006
Thomas P. Loughlin, Chair
Thomas Nida, Chair
Thomas Nida, Chair
Dora Marcus, Ph,D., Vice Chair
Dora Marcus, Ph.D., Vice Chair
Dora Marcus, Ph.D., Vice Chair
Hope Hill, Ph.D.
Anthony Colon
Anthony Colon
Joseph F. Horning
Hope Hill, Ph.D.
Will Marshall
Thomas Nida
Will Marshall
Lawrence Patrick, III
Vacant
Lawrence Patrick, III Vacant
Vacant
Vacant
Vacant



2007
2008
2009
Thomas Nida, Chair
Thomas Nida, Chair
Thomas Nida, Chair
Dora Marcus, Ph.D., Chair
Anthony Colon, Vice Chair
Brian Jones, Vice Chair
Anthony Colon
Brian Jones
John McKoy
Will Marshall
Karl Jentoff
Darren Woodruff, Ph.D.
Lawrence Patrick, III
Will Marshall
Will Marshall
Karl Jentoff
Lawrence Patrick, III
Don Soifer
Brian Jones
Dora Marcus, Ph.D.
Dora Marcus, Ph.D.
Ariana Quinones-Miranda*





2010
2011
2012
Brian Jones, Chair
Brian Jones, Chair
Brian Jones, Chair
John McKoy, Vice Chair
John McKoy, Vice Chair
John McKoy, Vice Chair
Don Soifer
Don Soifer
Don Soifer
Sara Mead
Sara Mead
Sara Mead
Emily Bloomfield
Emily Bloomfield
Emily Bloomfield
Darren Woodruff, Ph.D.
Darren Woodruff, Ph.D.
Darren Woodruff, Ph.D.
Will Marshall
Vacant
Vacant



2013

John McKoy, Chair

Darren Woodruff, Ph.D., Vice Chair

Don Soifer

Sara Mead 

Emily Bloomfield

Herbert Tillery

Barbara Nophlin


*Resigned from role