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Mayor Muriel Bowser Announces DCPS Rising Leadership Committee, Details on Community Forums

Friday, July 29, 2016

(Washington, DC) – Today, Mayor Bowser announced the composition of the 17-member DCPS Rising Leadership Committee, which will provide the Mayor Muriel Bowser with recommendations during the process to select a new chancellor for District of Columbia Public Schools (DCPS).

“We are moving full steam ahead in our search for the next DCPS Chancellor,” said Mayor Bowser. “The DCPS Rising Leadership Committee is composed of principals, teachers, students, parents, and community members and is truly representative of our diverse city. I look forward to working with them and thank them for their dedication to our students.”

The 17-member committee will consist of the following individuals:

Committee Member Name Affiliation
Co-Chair: Patricia McGuire President Trinity Washington University
Co-Chair: Gina Adams  Senior Vice President of Government Affairs for FedEx, Ballou HS Alumna (W3)
Tara Brown DCPS parent (W8)
Rosa Carrillo DCPS parent, Language Services Program Director, Multicultural Community Services, DC Language Access Coalition member (W5)
Liz Davis President, Washington Teachers Union (W5)
Kevin Dillard Woodson High School student and Student Government President (W7)
Michela English President, Fight for Children (W2)
Ed Fisher DCPS parent, Director of Community Affairs - CareFirst BlueCross/BlueShield, DC Promise Neighborhood Initiative Board Member  (W7)
Denise Forte DCPS parent, congressional staff (W6)
Nicky Goren President & Chief Executive Officer, Meyer Foundation, DCPS parent (W3)
Hope Harrod Burroughs Elementary School teacher, 2012 DCPS Teacher of the Year (W1)
Maurice Kie Manager, Life Pieces to Masterpieces, Eastern HS Alumnus (W8)
Jonte Lee Wilson High School teacher (W4)
Thomas Penny General Manager – Courtyard Marriot Convention Center, Raise DC Leadership Council member, DC Public Education Fund Board Member, DC National Academy Foundation Hospitality Board Member
Victor Reinoso DCPS parent, Chief Executive Officer and Founder, Hopscotch Ventures, (W4)
Maria Tukeva DCPS Principal at Columbia Heights Education Campus, 2011 Principal of the Year (W1)
Wayan Vota DCPS parent, Senior Mobile Advisor, FHI 360 (W4)

The DCPS Rising Leadership Committee will meet three times over the course of the chancellor selection process. During those meetings, the committee will provide feedback and input, and discuss the selection factors and priorities for DCPS in making their final decision. Finally, the Committee will summarize their recommendations in their last meeting. 

“I am thrilled to work collaboratively with the DCPS Rising Leadership Committee,” said Deputy Mayor Niles. “Their input during this exciting time will be vital throughout our process to select a new chancellor.” 

Deputy Mayor for Education (DME) will lead a series of community forums across the District. These forums will be an opportunity to hear from the community and gather input that will help the next Chancellor hit the ground running.

Community Forum Details

Type  Date Time Location
Community Forum    Tuesday, August 30 6:30 pm - 8 pm Roosevelt High School - 4301 13th St, NW
(nearest metro station: Georgia Ave-Petworth)
Community Forum   Wednesday, September 7 6:30 pm - 8 pm Eastern High School – 1700 East Capitol St NE
(nearest metro station: Stadium Armory)
Community Forum  Wednesday, September 14  6:30 pm -8 pm  Savoy Elementary School – 2400 Shannon PL SE
(nearest metro station: Anacostia)

District residents can find more information about the selection process at