Sarah Barpoulis, founder, Interim Energy Solutions, LLC
Sarah Barpoulis founded Interim Energy Solutions, LLC, which provides asset management and advisory services to the energy sector. She has executive, risk management and governance experience. Barpoulis is currently a director of SemGroup Corporation (NYSE: SEMG) where she is chair of the audit committee and a past member of the compensation committee. She is also a director of South Jersey Industries (NYSE: SJI) where she serves on the governance committee and the audit committee as well as the executive committee of South Jersey Energy Solutions. She is a former director of Reliant Energy, Inc. (NYSE: RRI). Barpoulis holds a certificate of director education from the NACD Corporate Directors Institute, an MBA from the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth and a civil engineering degree from Princeton University.
Charis Menschel Drant was formerly an Associate in the Washington offices of DLA Piper and Morrison & Foerster as well as an adjunct law professor at the University of Maryland School of Law. Prior to attending law school she was an Associate Equity Research Analyst at T. Rowe Price. Charis received an A.B. from Harvard College and a J.D. from Georgetown University. She serves on the boards of Beauvoir School and DC Prep, is a Director of the Charina Endowment Fund, and has been an active volunteer with the Harvard College Fund and Harvard College Schools and Scholarships Committee.
Angel Elliott is a parent of two current Educare students and one graduate. After graduating from DC Central Kitchen Culinary Program in 2019, she worked in food service for a local middle school. She has been an active member of the Educare community and has facilitated Parent Policy Committee meetings in the Chair’s absence, interviewed teacher candidates, and participated in student recruitment events. She is a native of the District of Columbia.
Peter J. Farrell, partner and co-founder of CityInterests LLC and PADC Realty Investors LLC
Peter J. Farrell is a partner and co-founder of CityInterests, LLC and PADC Realty Investors LLC, both of which are downtown Washington, DC, real estate development and investment companies. PADC, which began operations in 2004, has invested in over 2.1 million square feet of office and residential development. Founded in 2005, CityInterests is a fully-integrated real estate development firm focused on the mixed-use urban revitalization of underserved areas in the Washington, DC, region as well as boutique residential real estate projects in emerging markets such as LeDroit Park, Shaw, Mt. Vernon and Trinidad. In addition, CityInterests is developing a large hotel, residential and retail mixed-use development on the Potomac River waterfront in Old Town Alexandria Virginia. Farrell serves on boards of various educational institutions and philanthropic endeavors, including the DC Promise Neighborhood Initiative.
Wendy M. Goldberg
Wendy Goldberg has a long and committed interest in advocating for children’s health, education and well-being. Since 2012, she has served as the chair of the Children’s National Advocacy and Public Policy Institute, which establishes official policy positions and engagement strategies on children’s health for the Children’s National Medical Center, where she also sits on the board. She serves as co-chair of Raise DC, a cross sector partnership of local education leaders and stakeholders, which advocates to provide every youth with opportunities to succeed from cradle to career. In addition, Goldberg serves on the boards of the Children’s Law Center, Health Leads, and the Community Foundation for the National Capital Region. She served as board chair of the DC Promise Neighborhood Initiative from 2009 to 2015.
Zunnobia B. Hakir, Officer, Special Liaison Unit, Metropolitan Police Department
Zunnobia Hakir joined the Metropolitan Police Department in 2001 and was assigned to the Special Liaison Division in 2003. As a certified instructor and member of the Special Liaison Division, Hakir often assists in creating curriculum and teaches members of the police department and other agencies sensitivity training, diversity awareness, hate/bias crimes and LGBT competency. Hakir is dedicated to assisting members of marginalized communities throughout the District of Columbia, and she works closely with other government agencies, nonprofit organizations, the Assistant United States Attorney’s office and other community partners in her role. Hakir’s son has attended Educare Washington, DC, since July 2014. She received her B.S. from The George Washington University in Police Science.
Maxine Freund, Associate Dean for Research and External Relations at the Graduate School of Education and Human Development at The George Washington University
Dr. Maxine (Max) Freund is the Associate Dean for Research and External Relations at the Graduate School of Education and Human Development at The George Washington University. A tenured Professor, Freund has been in the field of education and special education for 30 years. She brings deep expertise in research, early childhood education and child development. She is a longtime resident of Washington, DC. She received a B.A. from the University of Minnesota and a M.A. and Ed.D. from The George Washington University.
Alice Leiter, vice president and senior counsel, eHealth Initiative & Foundation
Alice is a health regulatory lawyer with a specialty in health information privacy law and policy and is currently vice president and senior counsel at the eHealth Initiative & Foundation. She previously served as senior associate at the law firm Hogan Lovells, where she also worked with clients on Medicare and Medicaid pricing and reimbursement. She also spent several years as a policy counsel at two different non-profit organizations, the National Partnership for Women & Families and the Center for Democracy & Technology. She currently sits on the DC HIE Policy Board, as well as the boards of Beauvoir School, Educare DC, and DC Greens, the latter of which she chairs. She received her B.A. in human biology from Stanford University and her J.D. from the Georgetown University Law Center. She and her husband Michael live in Washington, D.C. with their four children.
Lesley Poole, chief executive officer, The SEED Foundation
Lesley Poole is the chief executive officer at The SEED Foundation. Poole was one of The SEED School of Washington, D.C.’s founding faculty members. For 11 years, she held positions ranging from director of admissions to director of parent and community relations to head of school for student life. Since transitioning from her leadership roles at SEED DC to The SEED Foundation, Lesley served in several management positions at the foundation, including director of outreach, for six years before becoming CEO. Lesley began her career in education as a mathematics instructor. She later served for two years as the service area director of the School Division of the San Francisco Educational Services (SFED), where she oversaw five programs working with inner-city children with special needs in San Francisco. She has two bachelor’s degrees: one from San Diego State University/San Francisco State University in chemistry and engineering and one from Patten College in organizational management.
Jessie Rasmussen, president, Buffett Early Childhood Fund
Jessie Rasmussen joined the Buffett Early Childhood Fund in 2007, and her entire professional career has focused on improving outcomes for children and families. For more than 20 years, Rasmussen was an early childhood education teacher and administrator, then spent the next 20 years in state government, first as a Nebraska state senator and then as the state human services director in both Nebraska and Iowa. She served as the early childhood policy director for the Nebraska Children and Families Foundation, and played an instrumental role in the development and successful passage of early childhood legislation in 2006 that established a $60 million early childhood endowment, funded through a public and private partnership.
Diana Mendley Rauner, president, Ounce of Prevention Fund
Diana Mendley Rauner is president of the Ounce of Prevention Fund, a public-private partnership serving at-risk children and their families from before birth to age five. Rauner oversees the overall strategic direction of the Ounce, defining and leading the work in four key areas: programs and training, policy and advocacy, research, and communications. Rauner conceives strategies and drives new initiatives to raise national awareness of the importance of early childhood education. She holds a Ph.D. in developmental psychology from the University of Chicago, an M.B.A. from the Stanford Graduate School of Business and a B.A. from Yale University.
Rachel Schumacher, director, Pritzker Children’s Initiative
Rachel Schumacher is the director of the Pritzker Children’s Initiative at the J.B. and M.K. Pritzker Family Foundation. Previously, she served as the director of the Office of Child Care within the Administration for Children and Families in the Department of Health and Human Services. In that role, she worked to implement the Child Care and Development Block Grant Act of 2014 and enhance the quality and continuity of infant and toddler child care. Schumacher has deep expertise in early childhood policy and has authored numerous publications related to increasing access to quality child care and the need for continued investment in early education, among other topics. She spent four years as an early childhood policy consultant following a 11-year stint at the Center for Law and Social Policy, including as a Senior Fellow on Child Care and Early Education. While there, she led policy research and provided technical assistance to policymakers on a range of issues, such as Early Head Start policies, state early childhood systems, and enhancing child care quality standards. Schumacher holds a Master of Public Policy degree from the University of Chicago and a bachelor’s degree from Brown University.
Dontai Smalls, vice president of global public affairs, UPS
Dontai Smalls joined the UPS Global Public Affairs function in October 1999. In his current capacity as vice president, he coordinates all international issues on Capitol Hill for UPS, particularly trade and customs modernization policy, as well as UPS’ global aviation portfolio in Washington, DC. He is responsible for managing the relationships between UPS and Europe and the relationship between UPS and the Congressional Study Groups. Smalls serves as chair of the board at UPO and sits on the board of the Washington Government Relations Group and of DC Scores. He is the treasurer of the International Aviation Club. Smalls received his J.D. from the Georgetown University Law Center and his B.A. cum laude from Howard University. He resides in Capitol Hill with his wife, Jennifer, who is a partner at an education law firm.
Grace Tenhula served as the assistant program manager at the Children’s Creativity Museum in San Francisco. In this role, she led museum field trips and group visits and guides children, ages two through eighteen, through hands-on museum exhibits that are designed to build and boost creative confidence. Previously, Tenhula taught fifth grade and ran an after-school program. She received a Bachelor of Science in Education from Skidmore College and has a Teacher’s Certification from the state of New York.
Leigh Sims, Founder, EdCospace
Leigh Sims is the principal and founder of EdCoSpace, an organization that coaches families with children ages birth through five. Sims began her career as a general educator in Western Massachusetts and later joined the VSA Arts team at the The Kennedy Center. Following her stent at the Kennedy center, Sims retuned to the classroom where she spent 13 years as an early childhood general and special educator for DC Public and charter schools. Sims is a graduate of Smith College and The Catholic University.
Richard D. Calder, Jr.
Richard D. Calder, Jr. served as the Chief Executive Officer, President and Director of GTT Communications, a global internet and cloud networking company, from 2007 to 2020. Mr. Calder led the growth of GTT from $50 million to $1.7 billion in revenue and from 60 to over 3,000 employees based in 30 countries worldwide. Prior to GTT, Mr. Calder served as President & Chief Operating Officer of InPhonic Inc., an online seller of wireless services and products. Earlier in his career, Mr. Calder served in several executive roles for Broadwing Communications, he held senior management positions with Winstar Communications, and co-founded Go Communications, a wireless communications company. Mr. Calder also held a variety of marketing, business development, and engineering positions with MCI Communications and Tellabs. Mr. Calder received a Master of Business Administration from Harvard Business School and received a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering from Yale University. Mr. Calder also serves on the Board of the American Red Cross National Capital Region
Catherine White, Congressional Affairs Advisor at the Internal Revenue Service
Catherine is deeply committed to advocating for children and family well-being and economic security. She currently works as a congressional liaison for the Internal Revenue Service, which administers our nation’s tax system. She previously served as the Director of Federal Child Care Policy at the National Women’s Law Center (NWLC), where she led the Center’s legislative and administrative advocacy on child care, Head Start, and other early childhood issues. In this role, she also led the National Child Care and Early Learning Coalition. Catherine also worked for the White House Office of Management and Budget, where she oversaw budget, regulatory, legislative, and policy issues for federal child care funding, Head Start, low-income tax credits, and other issues affecting low-income children and families. She started her career at the U.S. Department of Labor working on worker misclassification, minimum wage, family leave, and overtime pay issues.