A Passion For equity and excellence.

We cannot do this work alone. We are grateful for the service of our Board.

Our Board

Katherine Bradley

Founder & Chair

Scott Afzal *Term Begins Summer 2024*

Health Technology Executive

Lee Arrowood *Term Begins Summer 2024*

Managing Partner, Fleisher Arrowood of Compass

Barry Caldwell

Principal, Wroxton Civic Ventures

Rictor Craig *Term Begins Summer 2024*

Co-Founder/Founding Director of Instruction, Statesmen College Preparatory Academy for Boys

Boykin Curry

Partner, Eagle Capital

Maria S. Gomez

Founder, Mary’s Center

Richard Pohlman *Term Begins Summer 2024*

Vice President, Operations & Special Projects, CityWorks DC

David Sutphen

Founder & Co-CEO, Jasper Advisors

Katherine Bradley

Founder & Chair

Katherine Bradley is the founder and chair of CityBridge in Washington, DC. The CityBridge enterprises include a family foundation, a policy action fund, and CityBridge Education, a public charity investing in the people and bold ideas that can transform local public education. Bradley chairs the board of the KIPP Foundation, the largest operator of public charter schools in the nation. She also serves on the boards of the DC College Access Program, CityWorks DC, and the National Geographic Society, and she served for 12 years as a trustee of Princeton University, from which she graduated in 1986. She and her husband David have three adult sons and live in Washington, DC.

Scott Afzal *Term Begins Summer 2024*

Health Technology Executive

Scott Afzal is a health technology executive and interoperability subject matter expert.  Scott was most recently President of Audacious Inquiry, a health IT software company focused on real-time data exchange solutions.  Scott led Audacious Inquiry from 2007 to a successful acquisition by PointClickCare in 2022.  Throughout his career, Scott has been a trusted advisor to State government leaders, the Office of the National Coordinator, health plans, health systems, and numerous other clients relying on Audacious Inquiry solutions.  Scott is currently on the board of Cantata Health Solutions.  He is a graduate of Bucknell University.  He is an aviation enthusiast and an instrument rated private pilot.  He lives in Washington, DC with his wife and three children who attend District of Columbia Public Schools.

 

Lee Arrowood *Term Begins Summer 2024*

Managing Partner, Fleisher Arrowood of Compass

Leveraging 20 years as a senior business executive, Lee built her real estate career alongside industry legend Marc Fleisher. Business acumen and integrity quickly established Lee as one of the region’s most committed and trusted brokers. Lee has sold half a billion dollars worth of real estate and has been recognized by WSJ/Real Trends as the #3 agent in DC in 2022. Lee has deep roots in metropolitan Washington. She came to DC in 1988 to work on Capitol Hill and fell in love with the city where she has since lived, worked, and raised three children. Lee demonstrates her commitment to access and opportunity for underserved Washingtonians through her ongoing support for Horizons of Greater Washington and N Street Village.

Barry Caldwell

Principal, Wroxton Civic Ventures

Barry H. Caldwell serves as principal of Wroxton Civic Ventures LLC, an advisory services company, and is providing strategic advice, direction, and support to nonprofit organizations in energy and education.

Prior to Wroxton, Barry enjoyed a 16-year career at Waste Management, completing his tenure there as senior vice president of corporate affairs and chief people officer. Barry previously served as the company’s senior vice president of corporate affairs and chief legal officer, as well as senior vice president of public affairs and communications. Before WM, Barry was vice president of government relations for CIGNA Corporation and before that, vice president of federal affairs for the Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America. Barry’s public service began as counsel and later chief of staff to US Senator Arlen Specter. He began his professional career practicing law in Washington, DC, first with Kutak Rock & Campbell and later Cole Corette & Abrutyn.

Barry’s board experience has included regular engagement with the Waste Management board of directors and serving on several nonprofit organizations and trade group boards, providing guidance on strategic direction, organizational growth, public engagement and policy, and reputation management. He currently serves as chair of The Discovery Green Conservancy in Houston, TX, and as a member of the board of Washington Latin PCS, KIPP DC, and the Public Defender Service for the District of Columbia. Barry holds an AB from Dartmouth College and a JD from Georgetown University Law Center. He and his wife, Phyllis, are proud parents of three children.

Rictor Craig *Term Begins Summer 2024*

Co-Founder/Founding Director of Instruction, Statesmen College Preparatory Academy for Boys

In 2017, Rictor became the Founding Director of Instruction/Co-founder at Statesmen College Preparatory Academy for Boys in Washington, DC. Rictor began his educational career in 2003 teaching 11th and 12th grade English in the Baltimore City Public School System. In 2005, Rictor joined the Friendship Public Charter School system, where he taught 10th grade English, AP Literature, AP Language, and a Dual Enrollment Literature course. In 2012, Rictor led Friendship Woodridge International School to receive its Tier 1 status (high performing charter school) and led the school to receive its International Baccalaureate status in 2015. Rictor is a Cohort 11 New Leader Alumni and a RELAY GSE Principals Cohort 1 Alumni. He serves on several boards including The Leadership Academy and New Leaders for New Schools and is the Chairman and Founder of the National Association of Black Male Educators, an organization with a mission to increase the number of males of color in education. Rictor is an Amazon Best Selling Co-Author of the HBCU Experience Anthology: The North Carolina A&T State University Edition. 

Rictor holds a B.A. in Professional English from North Carolina A&T State University, a M.A.T. from Morgan State University, an M.S. in Administration from Trinity Washington University, and is currently pursuing his Doctorate in Educational Leadership from The University of Maryland Eastern Shore. Rictor attributes his love of learning to his parents, who didn’t have the same opportunities as he did when it came to education.

Boykin Curry

Partner, Eagle Capital

Boykin Curry is a partner at Eagle Capital, an investment firm based in New York. Previously, he invested in Asia and Russia for hedge fund Kingdon Capital and for Morgan Stanley Asset Management. Founded in 1988, Eagle Capital manages $20 billion for institutions, families, and sovereign wealth funds.

Boykin is a co-founder of Public Prep, a group of charter schools in New York City. He is also a board member of Alliance for School Choice and a co-founder of Democrats for Education Reform, both of which fight for better schools through competition and choice.

Boykin graduated from Yale University in 1988 with a degree in Economics and earned his MBA from Harvard Business School in 1994. Boykin has a daughter named Zinnia and two sons, Rascal and Wick.

Maria S. Gomez

Founder, Mary’s Center

Maria S. Gomez founded Mary’s Center with a group of health advocates and the DC Mayor’s Office on Latino Affairs in 1988 to help immigrant women fleeing war and poverty in Central America.

Under her leadership, Mary’s Center has grown from serving 200 participants in a small basement with an initial budget of $250,000 to serving more than 60,000 participants across seven locations in DC and Maryland with an annual budget of $76 million.

Originally from Colombia, Maria immigrated to the United States with her mother at age 13 to escape violence and find new opportunity. They built a life in Washington, DC through hard work, courage, and the willpower to succeed. After years of determination, Maria obtained her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Georgetown University and a Master of Public Health from the University of California at Berkeley. Upon graduation, she returned to the District and began dedicating her life’s work to the empowerment of her local community.

Prior to establishing Mary’s Center, Maria was a public health nurse at DC Health. She also worked at the Red Cross, where she directed community education programming and disaster services, and at the Visiting Nurses Association.

As a testament to Maria’s commitment to community, President Barack Obama presented her with the 2012 Presidential Citizens Medal, the nation’s second-highest civilian honor.

Richard Pohlman *Term Begins Summer 2024*

Vice President, Operations & Special Projects, CityWorks DC

Richard manages postsecondary work in addition to all enterprise operations for CityWorks DC. Formerly, Richard served as Executive Director for Thurgood Marshall Academy Public Charter High School in Washington, DC and before that served as Chief of Operations and Policy at E.L. Haynes Public Charter School. In addition to his expertise in school leadership and operations, Richard also has significant experience navigating local and federal education policy. Richard served as the Director for the District of Columbia’s Race to the Top program and in 2016 represented charter schools nationally on the Negotiated Rulemaking Committee for the Elementary and Secondary Education Act. Richard began his career as a classroom teacher. Rich is a proud father of two DC public school students and loves to spend time with his family camping, hiking, or otherwise enjoying the outdoors.

David Sutphen

Founder & Co-CEO, Jasper Advisors

David Sutphen is the Founder and Co-CEO of Jasper Advisors, a boutique consultancy advising CEOs, Fortune 500 companies, emerging businesses, non-profit leaders, and prominent individuals. Previously, David was 2U’s Chief Communications and Engagement Officer and led the global communications, public affairs, events, and corporate brand teams. David has served as Judiciary Committee general counsel to the late Senator Edward M. Kennedy and chief of staff to former Congressman Harold Ford Jr. After leaving Capitol Hill, David worked as a senior vice president at the Recording Industry Association of America and at VIACOM. He currently serves as board chair of GetSchooled, a Viacom and Gates Foundation backed non-profit he helped launch and as secretary of the board for the U.S. Soccer Foundation, the official charity of U.S. Soccer.

David is an honors graduate of Amherst College, with a B.A. in Political Science, and currently serves as a trustee of the college.  He also earned a J.D. from the University of Michigan Law School, where he served on the editorial board of the Michigan Law Review, before clerking on the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit.