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About Us

The DC Charter School Alliance is the District of Columbia’s premier advocacy organization dedicated to supporting and representing the robust charter school sector in our nation’s capital. With the support of the DC Charter School Alliance, the charter school community can ensure that all students in DC receive the great public education they deserve and ensure the continued strength of the DC charter sector.

Our Team

Shannon Hodge

Shannon Hodge

Executive Director

Vanessa Arwa

Vanessa Arwa

Senior Operations Manager

Ramona Edelin

Ramona Edelin

Senior Advisor

Anne Herr

Anne Herr

Director of Policy & Programs

Queen Nwafor

Queen Nwafor

Policy and Advocacy Manager

Preety Patidar

Preety Patidar

Associate Director of Policy and Programs

Our Board

Patricia Brantley

Patricia Brantley

Friendship PCS, Board Chair

Sekou Biddle

Sekou Biddle

UNCF

Terry Eakin

Terry Eakin

EYA

Allison Fansler

Allison Fansler

KIPP DC PCS

Ambia Harper

Ambia Harper

Hogan Lovells

Allison Kokkoros

Allison Kokkoros

Carlos Rosario PCS

Myron Long

Myron Long

The Social Justice School PCS

Maura Marino

Maura Marino

Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Education Forward DC

Linda Moore

Linda Moore

Founder, Elsie Whitlow Stokes PCS

Justin Rydstrom

Justin Rydstrom

IDEA PCS, Treasurer

Jessica Wodatch

Jessica Wodatch

Founder, Two Rivers PCS, Secretary

Gabrielle Wyatt

Gabrielle Wyatt

The City Fund

Donald Hense

Donald Hense

Founder, Friendship PCS,

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Malcolm (Mike) Peabody

Malcolm (Mike) Peabody

Peabody Theoharis Management,

Emeritus
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Member Council

The DC Charter School Alliance Member Council steers the organization’s key policy priorities and ensures that the organization is aligned to the needs of DC’s diverse charter school leaders, teachers, staff, parents, and students.

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Communications Webinar: Becoming a Better Writer

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DESCRIPTION: Becoming a Better Writer: Good, clear writing is essential to relaying important information, maintaining trust with the community, and achieving your goals. The DC Charter School Alliance is hosting […]

Introduction to Google Data Studio: Part II

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DESCRIPTION: As a follow-up to Part I of this session, participants will develop the skills to be a Data Studio expert. In Introduction to Google Data Studio: Part II, participants […]

Communications Webinar: Becoming a Better Writer

Virtual

DESCRIPTION: Becoming a Better Writer: Good, clear writing is essential to relaying important information, maintaining trust with the community, and achieving your goals. The DC Charter School Alliance is hosting […]

Our Partners

We work with a diverse set of partners that together, work to improve education in the District of Columbia. Our partners include:

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Our History

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The DC Charter School Alliance builds off of more than two decades of advocacy work from Friends of Choice in Urban Schools (FOCUS) and the DC Association of Chartered Public Schools.

FOCUS was founded in 1996 and helped to write the law that created charter schools in DC. The organization also developed the facilities allowance that enables charter schools to access appropriate school buildings and protected them from intrusions on their autonomy, while providing technical support and assistance to support quality charter schools from startup through replication and expansion.

Launched in 2004 as a membership organization, the DC Association of Chartered Public Schools brought together the diverse voices of all charter school leaders to ensure that charters have the necessary freedom and funding to create quality school options for DC families.

The two organizations merged in 2020 as the DC Charter School Alliance, a unified organization dedicated to advocacy for DC charter schools. Today, the DC Charter School Alliance works on behalf of all DC charter schools and leads the conversation about what public education can be in the District of Columbia.

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