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MEET THE CITYTUTOR DC ADVISORY GROUP

The CityTutor DC advisory group has been instrumental in shaping CityTutor DC’s vision. Their strategic advice and expertise have helped us refine our approach and embrace opportunities to better serve our most marginalized students.

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Shukurat Adamoh-Faniyan

Executive Director, Reading Partners

As the Executive Director of Reading Partners DC, Shukurat is responsible for the operations, fundraising, and community engagement of the organization. Born and raised in DC, Shukurat has dedicated her life to working in high-poverty and under-resourced communities in the fields of education, policy, community organizing, public engagement, training, and program development. Shukurat is a passionate and motivated leader with extensive experience and is committed to ensuring that every child in DC has the opportunity to realize their full potential.

Before joining Reading Partners, Shukurat served as the Senior Director of Partnership and Infrastructure for Leadership for Educational Equity.  She has also served as an Executive Director of a PreK-8th grade charter school serving over 700 scholars in Southeast, DC. Shukurat began her career as a 5th-grade Math and Science teacher and Teach For America corps member.

Darius Baxter

CEO & Co-founder, GOODProjects

In his role, Darius recruits and maintains relationships with hundreds of community-focused partners, stakeholders, and leaders to deliver the highest level of support to youth and team members.

After his father was gunned down, Darius committed his life to rid his community of the constant threats of violence and provide opportunities to young people. Darius believes that if provided the right guidance, every person in underserved communities has the potential to be something special. Before joining GOODProjects, Darius worked closely with the office of Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton to introduce important gun control legislation. Following his time on the hill, he was elected as a Delegate to the DNC after serving as a strategist for a leading presidential candidate. Before politics, he was a community organizer dating back to his college days when he mentored youth offenders and built out a reading program for elementary school students living in housing projects near the Georgetown University campus.  It was there that he received his B.A. in Women’s and Gender Studies with a concentration in Globalization and Poverty.

Darius has been featured on 60 Minutes, Fox News, CBS, and NBC as a leader amongst his generation. 

Josh Boots

Founder & Executive Director, EmpowerK12

Josh is a recognized leader in DC assessment and data analytics. He serves on multiple school accountability system task forces, leads the EdFuel Data Professional Learning Community, and is appointed to the DC State Board of Education ESSA Taskforce. He consults for multiple charter LEAs on their integrated data systems, strategic data-driven plans, and coaches school and data leaders. Josh has also consulted with MySchoolDC, the District’s common lottery system, during its first implementation year, running and auditing the lottery matching algorithm.

Prior to starting EmpowerK12, Josh served in a variety of education roles in DC over the last 16 years, including teaching 7th grade math at DC Public Schools, leading the KIPP DC data team as their first Data Director, and contributing as a member of OSSE’s Assessment and Accountability team.

In his free time, Josh nerds out over astrophysics, attends games at Nationals Park and Audi Field, and plans his trip into low-Earth orbit.

 

Rictor Craig

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 Envest Foundation and EmPower online magazine, 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.

Carlie Fisherow

Chief of Staff, Office of the Deputy Mayor for Education

Carlie John Fisherow is a high-energy leader with significant experience in nonprofit management and start-up and turnaround operations. Carlie is proud to call DC home and even more grateful to have spent her full professional career working with DC schools and nonprofit leaders in the District. Since graduating from Georgetown University, she taught elementary and middle school, served as principal at DC Scholars Stanton Elementary, and held chief-level roles at Scholar Academies and DC Scholars Community Schools.  While principal at Stanton, Carlie, was awarded The Rubenstein Award for Excellence in School Leadership and helped the campus become a national model for family and community engagement.

Before joining the Deputy Mayor for Education’s Office as the Chief of Staff, she was a consultant focused on leadership development, literacy, and instructional coaching. Above all else, Carlie is passionate about bringing communities together to solve complex challenges.

Cheryl Holcomb-McCoy

Dean, School of Education, American University

Dr. Cheryl Holcomb-McCoy believes in the revolutionary power of school counseling. An American Counseling Association (ACA) Fellow with 30 years of experience as a former kindergarten teacher, elementary school counselor, family therapist, and most recently university professor and administrator, she has a wealth of knowledge, expertise, and wisdom. Dr. Holcomb-McCoy is currently the Dean of the School of Education and a professor at American University (AU). She is also the author of the best-selling book School Counseling to Close the Achievement Gap: A Social Justice Framework for Success and will release her upcoming book, Antiracist Counseling in Schools and Communities

In her five years as Dean, Dr. Holcomb-McCoy founded AU’s Summer Institute on Education, Equity and Justice, and the AU Teacher Pipeline Project, a partnership with the DC Public Schools and Friendship Charter Schools. She is also actively working to develop an anti-racist curriculum for teachers-in-training. Prior to leading the School of Education at AU, she served as Vice Provost for Faculty Affairs campus-wide and Vice Dean of Academic Affairs in the School of Education at Johns Hopkins University, where she launched the Johns Hopkins School Counseling Fellows Program and The Faculty Diversity Initiative. Dr. Holcomb-McCoy has also been an associate professor in the Department of Counseling and Personnel Services at the University of Maryland, College Park and Director of the School Counseling Program at Brooklyn College of the City University of New York. 

Dr. Holcomb-McCoy’s passion for school counseling, mental health, and wellness starts at home. As a proud mother of two, she knows firsthand the importance of systemic change to help students reach their full potential. A proud member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., Dr. Holcomb-McCoy holds her B.A. and M.A. degrees from the University of Virginia. She earned a doctorate in Counseling and Counselor Education from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro.

 

Mireille Lopez Humes

Deputy Chief Program Officer, Martha’s Table

Mireille is the Deputy Chief Program Officer at Martha’s Table, where she leads all education and healthy eating initiatives. As a part of the executive team, she actively contributes to the strategy development and implementation and shares responsibility for the overall management of Martha’s Table.

Mireille has worked in the field of education for over 18 years as a teacher and school administrator. She began her teaching career in the District of Columbia Public Schools (DCPS), and also taught in Boston Public Schools and Prince George’s County schools before moving into administration. As an Assistant Principal, Mireille was selected to participate in The New Leaders for New Schools Leadership development program to develop strong educational leaders. She spent the past five years as a principal in DCPS serving students and families in Ward 8 in one of the District’s highest priority elementary schools. Under her leadership as principal, student achievement increased in both math and reading, and student satisfaction improved significantly. Her school was also one of the five schools selected by the Presidential Committee on the Arts and Humanities to be a Turnaround Art school, a partnership created by President Obama to increase arts education programs in low-performing schools. Through this partnership, she developed a summer camp to expose students to the arts and increase literacy instruction for students. In 2015, Mireille was also one of ten DCPS principals selected to receive a scholarship to the Georgetown Executive Master’s program at the McDonough School of Business.

She holds a B.A. in Elementary Education from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, an M.A. in Educational Leadership from Trinity University, and an Executive M.A. in Leadership from Georgetown University.

 

Maya Martin Cadogan

Founder & Executive Director, PAVE

Maya, Founder and Executive Director of PAVE, is a proud Washingtonian who is passionate about equity and social justice. PAVE is dedicated to creating an environment where the vision for education in DC is created with children and families, not for them.

Prior to founding PAVE in April 2016 with an all-parent board of directors, Maya was an Entrepreneur in Residence with New Schools Venture Fund from November 2015 to April 2016. Previously, Maya served as the Chief of Staff at Achievement Prep, a public charter school network located in Ward 8, where she focused on developing and leading the organizational infrastructure as the network grew, as the Director of Policy and Special Programs for Center City PCS, another DC charter network with six campuses throughout DC, as a Senior Program Manager for Sponsors for Educational Opportunity (SEO), and as an Assistant Director of Admissions for her alma mater, Dartmouth College, where she focused on growing the number of racially underrepresented students at the college. Maya received her B.A. in Sociology and History from Dartmouth College and an M.A. in Public Policy from the Harvard Kennedy School of Government.

 

Kimberly Perry

Executive Director, DC Action

A former teacher turned lobbyist, Kimberly has spent her career dedicated to building powerful organizations to amplify citizen’s voices. Her work has driven critical policy change to improve the lives of nearly 30 million children and families across the globe. As DC Action for Children’s executive director, she has set a vision to achieve race equity in child policy and is ramping up the organization’s resources, human capital, and networks to break down structural barriers that stand in the way of all kids reaching their full potential.

Kimberly brings more than 20 years of experience as an advocate for children and families and has a proven record of success in nonprofit management, policy advocacy, and civic engagement. She is most well known as Founding Director of DC Hunger Solutions, Vice President of the Clinton Foundation’s Alliance for a Healthier Generation, Executive Director of DC Vote, as well as other advisory roles in political campaigns, public policy advocacy, and philanthropy.

Kimberly serves on the Board of Directors of the Congressional Hunger Center, the DC Community Housing Trust, and is Chair of Highest Ground.

When she’s not working you can find her at home perfecting recipes, watching and producing documentaries, salsa dancing, or hiking on a trail.

 

Bethany Rubin Henderson

Chief Executive Officer, DC SCORES

Bethany is a nationally recognized social entrepreneur, Echoing Green Fellow, and recent White House Fellow. She took the helm of DC SCORES in 2014. Since 2017, she also has served as President of the America SCORES network. During Bethany’s tenure, DC SCORES has won multiple awards for being the best-run nonprofit in the DMV region, and Bethany has been recognized as a Nonprofit Executive Director of the Year by both the Washington Business Journal and Center for Nonprofit Advancement.

Bethany’s career has spanned the social, for-profit, and government sectors. While in the White House, Bethany coordinated the 2013 Youth Jobs+ initiative and participated in developing My Brother’s Keeper, a public-private partnership focused on helping boys and young men of color get and stay on track towards a career. In 2008, Bethany founded City Hall Fellows, an award-winning, nonpartisan, post-college local government service corps, raising more than $4M to launch and build the organization during the recession. 

Previously, Bethany was a trial attorney at international litigation firm Quinn Emanuel, where she won an award from the California State Bar Association for her pro-bono work helping special needs, low-income students to obtain the education to which the law entitles them. She also helped build out the Center for Social Entrepreneurship at George Mason University and is serving as faculty of the Sports and Entertainment Impact Certificate program in partnership with Johns Hopkins University. Bethany earned her J.D. at Harvard Law School and graduated Phi Beta Kappa and summa cum laude from the University of Pennsylvania, where she earned both an M.A. and B.A. in Political Science.

Michelle Tafel

Vice President & Executive Director, City Year Washington, DC

Michelle serves as the Executive Director of City Year Washington, DC. In this role, Michelle leads the site of about 30 staff and 150 AmeriCorps members to achieve its mission and support DC students on social-emotional development, academic achievement, and attendance.

Before joining City Year in December 2017, Michelle was a member of College Summit’s executive leadership team where she served as chief strategy and advancement officer and chief innovation officer. In those roles, she was responsible for raising significant private funding to support the organization, leading the strategic planning and transition from a legacy program and organizational model to a new program, running product pilots, and overseeing alumni initiatives.

Before this, Michelle served as chief of staff at College Summit where she worked with the president, CEO, executive team, and board of directors to drive the achievement of College Summit’s mission. Before her time as chief of staff, Michelle served in various roles at College Summit beginning her time there as an AmeriCorps VISTA member.

While earning her bachelor’s degree, Michelle worked for a DC-based youth leadership organization as a mentor, tutor, teacher, and founder of their young women’s program. She is a proud graduate of American University (B.A.) and Northwestern University, Kellogg School of Management (M.A.).

 

Thalia Washington

Executive Director, External Affairs, Higher Achievement DC

As Executive Director of Higher Achievement DC, Thalia has operational responsibility for the DC Metro affiliate where ­­­she serves 550 scholars at eight centers in DC, Alexandria, VA, and Prince George’s County, MD. She engages in senior staff management, stakeholder engagement, fundraising, and organization-wide leadership.

Thalia works at Higher Achievement because her experience as a first-generation American has made the work personal to her. The middle-to-high-school transition launched her path to college, and she works to help other young people to experience the same opportunities.