DC PCSB Staff

 

Scott Pearson | Executive Director  

Scott Pearson is the Executive Director of the DC Public Charter School Board (DC PCSB). Since joining DC PCSB in 2012, Mr. Pearson has implemented significant reforms in how the Board approves and oversees charter schools, making it a national model for charter school authorizing.  Under Mr. Pearson’s leadership, DC PCSB has pioneered new strategies, tough and rigorous oversight and best practices that other authorizers around the nation are adopting. Previously, Mr. Pearson served in the Obama Administration as the Deputy of the Office of Innovation and Improvement for the U.S. Department of Education.  Also, he co-founded Leadership Public Schools, a network of college-prep public charter high schools in the San Francisco Bay Area. Mr. Pearson has a long career in business.  At America Online, he was responsible for acquisitions and strategic planning as the company’s Vice President for Corporate Development.  At Bain and Company, Mr. Pearson provided strategic management consulting services to clients in education, healthcare, media, and aviation. He currently is the Board Chair of the National Association of Charter School Authorizers (NACSA). Mr. Pearson holds a Bachelor of Arts in History from Wesleyan University, a Masters in Public Administration from Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government and a Masters in Business Administration from the Harvard Business School.

Naomi Rubin DeVeaux | Deputy Director

A national expert in charter school education, Naomi Rubin DeVeaux is the Deputy Director of the Public Charter School Board. Since her start as an English teacher more than twenty years ago, Ms. DeVeaux has developed new tools and measurements, curricula, and policy initiatives that have shaped public education across the country.  She has testified, presented, and written extensively on the role of charter schools in providing quality educational choices to K-12 students and their families. At DC PCSB, Ms. DeVeaux manages the team responsible for charter authorizing including negotiating charter agreements and holding schools accountable for meeting quality academic and non-academic standards.  She and the DC PCSB team have developed an innovative suite of monitoring strategies – now used by charter authorizers elsewhere – which measure school performance, examine non-academic indicators such as attendance and discipline and evaluate learning based on classroom observations. Before joining DC PCSB in 2012, Ms. DeVeaux was Deputy Director at Friends of Choice in Urban Schools (FOCUS), based in Washington, DC. Ms. DeVeaux earned her bachelor’s degree from Reed College, a teaching credential from Chapman University, and a Master in Curriculum and Instruction from California State University, Long Beach.

School Performance Department 

Sujan Sedhai | Program Assistant

Sujan Sedhai supports PCSB's Deputy Director, coordinating projects across the school performance department. She is also responsible for the evaluation of procurement contacts exceeding 25k. Prior to joining DC PCSB, Ms. Sedhai worked as a program specialist at Girl Scouts Nations Capital where she managed grant funded programs. Ms. Sedhai holds a Bachelor of Arts in English with a minor in women studies from Radford University. 

School Quality and Accountability Team
Rashida Tyler | Senior Manager, School Quality and Accountability

Rashida Tyler leads the School Quality and Accountability Team, which is responsible for the Performance Management Frameworks (PMF), DC PCSB’s annual tool for assessing and monitoring prekindergarten to grade 12, adult and alternative charter school performance, qualitative assessments of academic performance, charter renewals and charter reviews. And her team ensures public charter school adherence to federal and state academic requirements. Before joining DC PCSB in June 2012, she was a teacher, principal and assistant principal in Harlem, NY and Washington, DC for 10 years. Ms. Tyler also was a co-founding Principal of Maya Angelou Public Charter School middle school and a Principal of Browne Education Campus. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Computer Information Systems from University of Maryland, Baltimore County, a Masters in Teaching from Pace University and a Masters in Educational Administration and Supervision from Trinity University.

Erin Kupferberg | Senior Manager, School Quality and Accountability
Erin Kupferberg leads the team responsible for the Performance Management Framework (PMF), DC PCSB’s annual tool for assessing and monitoring prekindergarten to grade 12, adult and alternative charter school performance. In addition, she leads the Early Childhood/Elementary/Middle school framework and assists with qualitative assessments of school performance of public charter schools. Previously, she worked for Duval County Public Schools’ charter school authorizer in Florida. She has also worked as an administrator for the educational programs at Jacksonville University and maintains her secondary science professional teaching certificate. Ms. Kupferberg holds a Bachelor of Science in Animal Physiology and Neuroscience from University of California, San Diego, and Masters of Arts in Teaching from Seattle Pacific University.
Emma Nolan McGann | School Quality and Accountability Senior Specialist

Emma Nolan McGann provides qualitative assessments of school performance and supports public charter schools in the District of Columbia’s ESEA Waiver implementation process.  Ms. McGann also works with public charter schools to develop or revise their charter goals. Prior to joining DC PCSB, she held various roles in DC Public Schools’ Office of School Innovation and the Office of School Turnaround, including Manager of the Partnership Schools Program and School Improvement Grant Manager. Ms. McGann has a range of teaching experience, including two years teaching English abroad, and teaching English as a Second Language in DC public charter schools. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and Italian from the University of Notre Dame, and a Master of Education in International Education Policy from the Harvard Graduate School of Education.

Taunya Nesin  | School Quality and Accountability Manager

Taunya Nesin works on Reviews, Renewals, and Qualitative Site Reviews (QSRs). Before joining DC PCSB, Dr. Nesin was a research associate at The George Washington University. She has also been an editor at National Geographic School Publishing and Houghton Mifflin where she developed curricula for elementary school grades. Prior to this work, she taught elementary school in Hoboken, Atlanta, and Boston. Dr. Nesin earned her bachelor’s degree from Harvard University in English and American Language and Literature, her master’s degree from Columbia University Teachers College in Curriculum and Instruction, and her doctorate from The George Washington University in Educational Administration and Policy Studies. 

Alyssa Sutherland | School Quality and Accountability Specialist

Alyssa Sutherland supports the SQA team in negotiations with schools around accountability goals. Ms. Sutherland also leads qualitative site reviews and works with outside stakeholders on revisions to DC’s 2012 Waiver to the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA).  Additionally, she provides content expertise in alternative education and adult education, and will lead the continued development of DC PCSB’s alternative accountability framework. Prior to joining DC PCSB, she taught elementary and adult education in DC public charter schools for three years. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from Seattle Pacific University and a Master of Education in Elementary Education from George Mason University. 

Melodi Sampson | School Quality and Accountability Specialist

Melodi Sampson supports schools to ensure accurate enrollment, attendance, and discipline data reporting. Ms. Sampson also manages the charter application review process and the internal data architecture project. Prior to joining DC PCSB in September 2013, Ms. Sampson worked at a DC public charter school where she directed student recruitment, enrollment, and data management efforts.  Ms. Sampson holds a Bachelor of Arts in International Studies from American University.

Brandon Sibilia | School Quality and Accountability Data Analyst

Brandon Sibilia assists in the production of the Performance Management Framework (PMF) by analyzing and reporting on charter academic performance, focusing on grades Pre-K through 12. Additionally, he examines Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC) data, and provides support to DC PCSB’s data management system. Previously, Mr. Sibilia served as a research and teaching assistant in Emory University’s Department of Political Science, and worked as a research analyst for a cybersecurity consulting company in the healthcare industry. He holds a Bachelor of Arts and a Master of Arts in Political Science, both from Emory University. 

Paul Capp | School Quality and Accountability Data Analyst

Paul Capp supports the production of the Performance Management Framework, including management and analysis of data relating to charter performance accountability, with a focus on the Early Childhood and Adult Education frameworks. Additionally, he supports development and data collection for DC PCSB’s data management systems and provides other support as needed for the School Performance Department. Prior to joining DC PCSB, Mr. Capp served with Louisiana’s Recovery School District as the Planning Analyst for the school choice portfolio team, and worked as a strategy and management consultant for clients in the private equity, biotech, healthcare, and industrial sectors. Mr. Capp holds a Bachelor of Science in Foreign Service with a major in International Politics from Georgetown University.

Equity and Fidelity Assurance Team 
Rashida Young | Senior Manager, Equity and Fidelity

Rashida Young leads the Equity and Fidelity Team, which focuses on all non-academic public charter school indicators of school quality such as attendance, discipline and issues of public safety. She manages projects relating to charter school compliance; high school audits; charter amendments; special education; new school planning; and collection and reporting of non-academic data. Her team is also responsible for publishing Equity Reports, which highlight schools’ subgroup data on a variety of metrics.  Additionally, the team manages the intake of stakeholder complaints against schools and ensures that school leaders respond to and/ or mediate with families that may have grievances.  Ms. Young was a teacher for ten years in Virginia and Washington DC, in both traditional public and public charter schools. As a teacher, she developed high school curriculum, served as a social studies department chairperson and a coach. She studied at Hampton University, earning a Bachelor of Arts in History and a Masters in Teaching.

Katherine Dammann | Equity and Fidelity Specialist

Katherine (Katie) Dammann supports the Equity and Fidelity Team with a variety of projects, though her primary responsibilities include compliance, pre-opening site visits, and DC PCSB policy maintenance. Ms. Dammann formerly supported PCSB's Deputy Director, coordinating projects across the school performance department.  Before joining DC PCSB in September 2013, she worked at Harvard Business School. Ms. Dammann earned her Master of Arts in Teaching from Boston University in 2012, specializing in Social Studies Education, and she graduated magna cum laude from Colby College in 2009 with a double major in History and Women's Studies.

Laterica Quinn | Equity and Fidelity Specialist

Laterica (Teri) Quinn supports the Equity and Fidelity Assurance team with projects related to special education and graduation reports. Before joining DC PCSB, she was the director of a private, school-age program in Atlanta, GA that provides academic and social services for blind and visually impaired students in grades K-12. Ms. Quinn also has a background in teaching, which began in 2006 following her acceptance in to the NYC Teaching Fellows program. As a fellow, Ms. Quinn earned a Master of Science in Special Education from City College of CUNY, and she taught in the NYC public school system for several years. Ms. Quinn also holds a Bachelor of Science in Psychology from Howard University, and a Master of Arts in Counseling from New York University.

Patrick Pope | Equity and Fidelity Specialist

Patrick N. Pope has worked in public education for over 30 years as a teacher and an administrator. Mr. Pope is known for building partnerships with professional organizations and institutions to support teacher training and school programs as well as his ability to build positive school communities.  He was the principal of Savoy Elementary School in Southeast Washington, DC, recognized by the President’s Committee on the Arts and Humanities as one of the eight Turnaround Arts Schools in the nation using an arts-based reform model. In his tenure as principal of Hardy Middle School in the District of Columbia Public Schools, Mr. Pope built a highly regarded arts and music program, won recognition and awards for innovative and creative teaching for both himself and his teaching staff, and garnered over a quarter of a million dollars in grants and awards.

Avni Patel Murray | Equity and Fidelity Manager

Avni Patel Murray leads all projects related to special education oversight and support for public charter schools.  She also manages the charter agreement process for all newly approved charter schools and provides support to new charter schools as they prepare all components of their program for their first year of operation.  Ms. Murray also collaborates closely with the Office of the State Superintendent of Education (OSSE) to provide direct training to school staff as a certified Nonviolent Crisis Intervention trainer through the Crisis Prevention Institute (CPI).  Previously, she worked in the special education division of OSSE as a placement coordinator, collaborating with public charter schools to ensure students with disabilities were being supported within the most appropriate educational setting.  She became interested in education early in her career through managing the recruitment and training of student volunteers for the national nonprofit Peace First. She later went on to serve as a middle school special education and general education history teacher in Los Angeles, California.  Ms. Murray earned a Bachelor of Arts in International Relations and a minor in Business from the University of Southern California and a Master of Public Administration from the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs at Syracuse University.  She is an EPFP Fellow alum with the Institute for Educational Leadership.

Hannah Klusendorf Cousino | Equity and Fidelity Specialist

Hannah Klusendorf supports the Equity and Fidelity Team on projects related to special education oversight and compliance, and she aids in the development of English Language Learners (ELL) oversight. She also provides support to new charter schools by overseeing the internal review of charter conditions and agreement attachments. Prior to joining DC PCSB, Ms. Klusendorf taught high school special education in Chicago and middle school social studies in DC. She holds a Bachelors of Arts in Government and English from Georgetown University and a Masters of Arts in Teaching Special Education from National-Louis University.

Jessica Smith | Equity and Fidelity Data Analyst

Jessica Smith supports the Equity and Fidelity Team by providing data analysis and visualization expertise to projects related to discipline, attendance, enrollment, and special education. She also works closely with LEA Data Managers to ensure accurate and timely data collection. Prior to joining DC PCSB, Ms. Smith spent two years as a Data Manager with a local DC Public Charter School, and completed the Education Pioneers Data Analyst Fellowship. She holds a Master of Science in Business Analytics from the George Washington University.

Finance, Analysis and Strategy Team    
Mikayla Lytton | Senior Manager, Finance and Strategy

Mikayla Lytton joined DC PCSB as an Education Pioneers Analyst Fellow to help redesign and improve the efficiency and accuracy of its data collection and distribution process. Her team manages the internal strategy work, the charter application evaluation process, and school financial oversight. Before joining DC PCSB in August of 2012, Ms. Lytton worked as a data analyst and project manager for Morningstar, a leading provider of independent investment research. There, she coordinated initiatives to help individual investor understand fund managers' complex stratefies in fixed-income and derivatives investments. She earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in economics with a minor in history from Oberlin College.

Cindy Gertz | School Finance Specialist

Cindy Gertz is the School Finance Specialist. Ms. Gertz is responsible for the ongoing evaluation of fiscal performance and compliance of 61 charter schools authorized by DC PCSB whose total budgets exceed $700 million. Additionally, she is responsible for the fiscal review of new school applications, charter reviews, and charter renewals. Before joining DC PCSB, she was the Director of Operations for the Treasury Departments Homeownership Program. She has served as the Senior Vice President, Operational Risk Oversight at Freddie Mac and as the Chief Financial Officer for PBS. She earned her BA from the University of Colorado, and her MBA at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor.

Legal Department 

Nicole L. Streeter | General Counsel

Nicole L. Streeter gained experience in education from the various positions she has held in DC Government.  While serving as legislative counsel for then-Council Chairman Vincent C. Gray, Ms. Streeter worked on several pieces of education legislation, including the Public Education Reform Amendment Act of 2007, which shifted the DC public schools to mayoral control, and the Pre-K Enhancement and Expansion Amendment Act of 2008. Ms. Streeter later served as Deputy General Counsel for DC Public Schools, where she provided legal counsel on education matters and drafted regulations. Ms. Streeter began her legal career as a litigator in the U.S. Department of Justice through the Attorney General’s Honors Program and later served as Director of Legal Services for Covenant House Washington. Ms. Streeter is a member of the DC Bar and volunteers regularly with Habitat for Humanity International.  She holds a Bachelor of Science in Foreign Service from Georgetown University and a Juris Doctor from the University of California at Berkeley.

Daniel Quandt | Legal Associate

Daniel Quandt reviews charter agreements and supports various legal projects. Mr. Quandt began his fellowship in October 2014. Previously, he served in the Peace Corps in Guatemala and worked for several non-profit organizations. Mr. Quandt holds a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from the University of Notre Dame and a Juris Doctor from Georgetown University Law Center.

Sarah Hampton Cheatham | Legal 

Sarah Hampton Cheatham began her fellowship in October 2015. Before coming to DC PCSB, Ms. Cheatham worked for several years at children’s literacy non-profit Reading Is Fundamental. Ms. Cheatham holds a Bachelor of Arts in Russian and Linguistics from Duke University, a Masters of Education from Peabody College of Vanderbilt University, and a Juris Doctor from Georgetown University Law Center.

Yasmin Fletcher | Legal 

Yasmin Fletcher began her fellowship in October 2016. Before coming to DC PCSB, Ms. Fletcher was a Teach For America corps member in Houston, where she taught 7th and 8th grade Math intervention and 8th grade English and English as a Second Language.  Ms. Fletcher holds a Bachelor of Science in Communication from the University of Miami and a Juris Doctor from Georgetown University Law Center.

Communications Department 

Tomeika Bowden | Senior Director, Communications

Tomeika Bowden is the Communications Director for DC PCSB. Ms. Bowden has worked on public policy issues both at the national and local levels.  She served in the United States Senate as Deputy Press Secretary for then-Senator John Kerry (D-MA) and later for the U.S. Senate Committee on Foreign Relations.  At the national YMCA, she created the first-ever digital grassroots advocacy program for the organization’s 2,700 chapters across the country.  In North Carolina, Ms. Bowden headed communications for a nonprofit focused on bridging the digital divide. Ms. Bowden joined DC PCSB to expand the board’s media and digital outreach.  Later she was promoted to Communications Director and currently manages PCSB’s communications, digital, government relations and community engagement operation. Ms. Bowden graduated from North Carolina Central University with a Bachelor of Arts in English.  

Ella Krivitchenko | Communications Specialist 

Ella Krivitchenko manages DC PCSB's national media strategy and media relations.  Before joining DC PCSB, she was the strategic content fellow at the National Journal. Prior to that, she worked at Smart Growth America managing logistics for an EPA grant and technical assistance workshops. She was a press aide for Newt 2012 Headquarters during the 2013 national election and a Communities in Schools Career Specialist through the AmeriCorps Program. Ms. Krivitchenko graduated from Furman University in South Carolina.

Nicole Newman | Community Engagement Specialist

Nicole Newman establishes, strengthens and increases meaningful connections between the DC Public Charter School Board and community stakeholders.  She has experience helping local non-profits build coalitions and coordinate volunteers. Additionally, she has expertise in helping groups use the tools of community organizing to create more equitable people focused organizations.  Ms. Newman holds a Bachelors from Trinity University in Washington, DC.  She is also a poet that believes art can transform lives and communities.

Drew Snyder | Government Relations Specialist

Drew Snyder covers government relations for DC PCSB at both the municipal and federal levels. Mr. Snyder brings a wealth of federal, state, and local public policy experience to the agency. Prior to joining DC PCSB, he worked as a Government Relations Specialist for Maryland's Judiciary where he worked on a diverse set of legislative issues affecting judges, the state constitution, and the rule of law. Mr. Snyder started his career at the British Embassy in Washington where he served on the communications team. At the Embassy, he worked on a wide variety of public affairs issues, high profile visits, and events. He holds a Bachelor of Arts in English from the University of Pittsburgh.

Finance, Operations and Strategic Initiatives Department 

Lenora Robinson Mills | Chief Operating Officer

Lenora Robinson Mills is the Chief Operating Officer at DC PCSB, managing all internal operations. Prior to joining the agency, Ms. Mills was Chief Operating Officer at Harlem Village Academies, a network of five public charter schools serving the Harlem community in New York City. In her previous role, Ms. Mills managed all school operations, including data and technology, facilities, budgeting, human resources, compliance and legal issues, student discipline, strategic planning and organizational culture. Ms. Mills received her bachelor’s degree in International Business/Finance from Howard University and her  Masters in Business Administration and Masters in Education from Stanford University. While at Stanford, Ms. Mills worked with Cesar Chavez Public Charter School through the Education Pioneers Graduate Fellows Program. Prior to graduate school, Ms. Mills was an Investment Associate at ICV Partners, a middle market private equity firm, and an Analyst at UBS Investment Bank in their Global Media Group. Although she hails from Richmond, Virginia, she has lived in Washington, DC, New York City and Northern California.

Audrey Williams | Intergovernmental Relations and School Support Manager

Audrey Williams manages intergovernmental relations focusing on health, safety, transportation and recreation. She works with city agencies like the Department of Health (DoH), Department of Behavioral Health (DBH), Department of Transportation (DDOT), Department of Parks and Recreations (DPR), Office of the State Superintendent of Education (OSSE) and nonprofits to bring services and support to DC public charter schools.  Previously, she managed media and government relations at DC PCSB. Ms. Williams also worked in telecommunications marketing at Verizon.  She was a Congressional Fellow with Brookings Institution, working with U.S. Rep. Robert Andrews (D-NJ) and helping to rewrite legislation and negotiate on the member's behalf as part of the reauthorization of the Higher Education Act.  She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Journalism from New York University and a Master of Science in Marketing from University of Maryland, University College.  

Marvin Cross | Finance Manager

Marvin Cross comes to DC PCSB with more than 16 years of financial experience in accounting, budgeting and financial management. He spent 11 years at institutions of higher learning or public education including George Washington University and Prince George's County Public Schools where he served in a number of roles ranging from Budget Analyst, Senior Budget Analyst, and Assistant Director of Resource Planning. Mr. Cross was a financial controller in Guam. He graduated from Clemson University in South Carolina.

Anne Tomkinson | Senior Manager, Human Resources & Operations

Anne Tomkinson is responsible for all aspects of human resources as well as facilities and procurement operations at DC PCSB. With over a dozen years in the field, Ms. Tomkinson brings a wealth of human resources expertise to the organization. As Senior Director at BayFirst Solutions, Ms. Tomkinson oversaw all aspects of division operations including contract management, staffing, training and development, marketing and P&L. At TCS Associates she created a Human Resources department where she both crafted policies and implemented processes to ensure compliance and streamline systems. Ms. Tomkinson has provided human resources and operational consultation to a variety of non-profit organizations including Food For Life and The House DC, and is currently a board member of Little Lights Urban Ministries. A Society for Human Resources Management Senior Certified Professional, Ms. Tomkinson holds a Bachelor of Arts and Master of Science in Management from The Catholic University of America.

Chelsea Coffin | Strategic Planning Specialist  

Chelsea Coffin supports strategic planning around the growth, location, and demand for public charter schools in the District. Her work involves analysis of charter school supply and demand, expansion, and facility availability as well as collaborative planning. Before joining DC PCSB, Ms. Coffin worked at the World Bank to carry out qualitative and quantitative analyses that informed education projects and research. She has also produced education case studies, evaluations, and monitoring tools for the Inter-American Development Bank, the Children's Investment Fund Foundation, and Educate! in Uganda. Ms. Coffin first became interested in education as a secondary school teacher with the Peace Corps in Mozambique. She holds a Bachelor of Arts from Middlebury College and a Master of Arts from Johns Hopkins University (SAIS) in International Economics and Development.  

Adam Bethke | Data Management Specialist

Adam Bethke supports DC PCSB's data management, governance, and engineering operations. Prior to joining the Finance, Operations and Strategic Initiatives team, Mr. Bethke supported the production of DC PCSB's Performance Management Framework, analyzing and reporting on charter academic performance. He has also served as an instructor for applied graduate laboratories in research statistics and public budgeting. He holds a Bachelor of Arts and Master of Public Administration, both from the George Washington University.

Charlene Haigler-Mickles | Operations Associate

Charlene Haigler-Mickles assists with meeting planning and provides other administrative support to DC PCSB staff members. Before that she worked as an office manager in Washington DC for a child welfare nonprofit organization. Ms. Haigler-Mickles holds an Associate of Science in Business Management from Averett University.

Annie O'Brien | Knowledge Management Specialist

Annie O’Brien supports DC PCSB’s knowledge and information management systems. Prior to DC PCSB Ms. O'Brien spent five years working with the Clinton Health Access Initiative in Sierra Leone, Rwanda, and India where she focused on knowledge management in government programs that sought to address critical shortages in the number of health care workers in each country. She holds a Bachelor of Arts from Georgetown University and a Master of Arts in Anthropology from the University of London.

Jiselle O'Neal | Executive Team Coordinator

Jiselle O’Neal serves as the primary contact for the Executive Team and acts as the intermediary between stakeholders and PCSB’s Board members. Additionally, she works closely with the Chief Operating Officer in coordinating special projects across the organization to fulfill strategic goals. Prior to joining DC PCSB, Ms. O’Neal worked at The Door, a non-profit youth services agency in New York, NY, where she managed participant recruitment and group coaching sessions that supported youth throughout the city in developing work ethic, addressing barriers and obtaining employment. She holds a Bachelor of Arts and Master of Arts degree in Forensic Psychology from John Jay College of Criminal Justice.  

Angela Moore Randolph | Operations Assistant

Angela Moore is the Operations Assistant within the Finance, Operations, and Strategic Initiatives Department. She supports the Human Resources and Operations Manager in new employee coordination and office management. She also leads the internal contracting and procurement system. Ms. Moore is a native of Washington, DC and attended DC public schools. She received her Bachelor of Fine Arts specializing in Voice Performance from Marshall University and her Master of Arts specializing in Voice Performance from Bowling Green University.