Parent and Alumni Leadership Council

March 19, 2015

The Parent and Alumni Leadership Council (PALC) will provide advice to the DC Public Charter School Board regarding its policies related to public charter schools. The PALC acts as a liaison between DC PCSB and parents of public charter school students and graduates of public charter schools.

The duties of PALC members will include:

  • Meet regularly with DC PCSB.​
  • Represent DC PCSB at ANC and community meeting/events.
  • Actively participate in ward education meetings.
  • Foster relationships with parents, ANC, DC councilmembers, and key community stakeholders.
  • Provide recommendations and input on DC PCSB’s policies, new charter school applications, and other initiatives.

We're also seeking new members of the Parent and Alumni Leadership Council

The ideal candidate displays leadership, is passionate about school choice and active in the community, and wants an opportunity to be involved with the District’s educational system. PALC members are DC residents, represent the geographical diversity of the city, are able to volunteer four to five hours a month, and attend monthly PALC meetings.   

For more information or to apply, submit a letter of interest to  

Parent and Alumni Leadership Council Members

Shani-ola Arowolaju
Shani ola-Arowolaju, is a born and bred Washingtonian. She has worked for in the federal government for 16 years. She has three children, two of whom are KIPP scholars. She's currently lives in Ward 5. 

Allison Acosta
Allison Acosta is the vice president of Inspired Families Association (IFA) of the Inspired Teaching School PCS to ensure that all IFA activities and programs are aligned with the school’s mission and goals. She is a parent and lives in Ward 1.

Rhea Vaflor
Rhea Vaflor is senior associate and award-winning designer at Hickok Cole Architects. Ms. Vaflor’s daughter attends LAMB PCS. She lives in Ward 3.

Will Hegwood
Will Hegwood is the parent of two public charter school students, one Washington Latin PCS and the other at Washington Yu Ying PCS. He taught AP World History at Friendship Collegiate PCS.  Mr. Hegwood lives in Ward 4.

Liane Jacobs
Liane Jacobs is a communications consultant. Her children attend Elsie Whitlow Stokes Community Freedom PCS.  She lives in Ward 5.

Erika Harrell
Erika Harrell is a parent advocate for DC School Reform Now and sits on the Parent Advisory Council for My School DC. Her children attend DC Prep PCS, and she lives in Ward 7.

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