citybridge alumni homepage.

Here you’ll find resources, announcements, and other information for CityBridge alumni.

Welcome to the Alumni Homepage

CityBridge alumni are pushing the boundaries of the possible, producing schools and educational ventures that move the needle for DC’s most marginalized students. As part of our robust alumni community, we are honored to support you in your ongoing design journey as you grow your impact in the DC education community.

336 alumni entrepreneurs

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19 Launched Schools and Ventures

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Tools and Resources

entrepreneur toolkit

Our toolkit hosts the tools and resources needed to equitably design and pilot a solution to a problem facing DC students.

Alumni micro grants

Micro grants are small, focused grants that help our alumni continue their efforts to create a more equitable and innovative public education system in Washington, DC.

EQUITYXDESIGN

A key text that underpins much of CityBridge’s work is equityXdesign: a practice for transformation, by Caroline Hill, Michelle Molitor, and Christine Ortiz.

Featured Alumni

Felicia Owo-Grant

2021 Fellow

Justin Lessek

2019 Resident

Andre Zarate

2021 Fellow

Jaleesa Hall

2021 Fellow

Felicia Owo-Grant

2021 Fellow

Felicia Owo-Grant is Director of Strategic Development at Friendship Public Charter School and a 2021 Fellow.

Felicia is developing a professional learning ecosystem—inclusive of structured workshops and more holistic learning approaches—for school leaders at Friendship PCS.

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Justin Lessek

2019 Resident

Justin Lessek is Founder and Executive Director of Sojourner Truth Montessori PCS and a 2019 Resident.

Truth is a Montessori middle school and high school that fosters student-led classrooms, engages students in meaningful work with real-world applications, and offers a close-knit community where students pursue justice and practice stewardship.

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Andre Zarate

2021 Fellow

Andre Zarate is an educational leader, most recently at Sojourner Truth Montessori PCS and a 2021 Fellow.

Andre is currently creating a counter-space school model that centers the needs of LGBTQIA+ students of color through the Z Factor Project and House of Legends.

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Jaleesa Hall

2021 Fellow

Jaleesa Hall is Founder & CEO of Raising a Village and a 2021 Fellow.

Raising a Village builds safe, healthy, and whole communities by increasing access to education, health and wellness, and the arts in underserved areas in the District.

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February 2, 2023
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