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Our Schools Leadership Committee

Mayor Bowser established the Our Schools Leadership Committee to conduct an engagement process that will advise the Mayor on skills, background, and important issues in selection of the next DCPS Chancellor. The Committee is comprised of members with diverse backgrounds and experiences who are strongly invested in the success of DCPS, including students, parents, teachers and community stakeholders.

The purpose of the Committee is to obtain community input on selection factors and priorities for the Chancellor of DCPS at community meetings, which the Committee shall hold throughout the District of Columbia. At the final meeting, the Committee shall issue a final report providing its feedback and input, summarizing community feedback and input and setting forth the Committee's opinions and recommendations.

  • The Committee shall provide feedback and input to the Mayor on selection factors and priorities for the Chancellor of DCPS.
  • The Committee shall gather community input on selection factors and priorities for the Chancellor of DCPS at community meetings, which the Committee shall hold throughout the District of Columbia.
  • At its last meeting, the Committee shall issue a final report providing its feedback and input, summarizing community feedback and input and setting for the Committee’s opinions and recommendations.

Mayor's Order Establishing the Our Schools Leadership Committee

Co-Chairs

  • Sylvia Mathews Burwell, DCPS Parent, President of American University
  • Dr. Charlene Drew Jarvis, UDC Board of Trustees

Other Committee Members

  • Christopher Bergfalk, DCPS Parent, DCPS Teacher and WTU Member
  • Anita Berger, Principal, Banneker High School
  • Rosa Carrillo, DCPS Parent, Language Services Program Director of Multicultural Community Services
  • Tumeka Coleman, DCPS Teacher, DCPS 2018 Teacher of the Year
  • Elizabeth Davis, President of the Washington Teachers’ Union
  • Antwayne Ford, Chair of the Work Force Investment Council
  • Ivan Frishberg, DCPS Parent
  • Nicky Goren, DCPS Parent, President & Chief Executive Officer, Meyer Foundation
  • Sean Gough, Coolidge High School Alumnus
  • Danielle Hamberger, Director of Education Initiatives, A. James & Alice B. Clark Foundation
  • Arnebya Herndon, DCPS Parent
  • Dasarath Kiridena, DCPS Student
  • Jeanie Lee, DCPS Parent, President and Executive Director, DC Public Education Fund
  • Zion Matthews, DCPS Student
  • Terence Ngwa, DCPS Teacher and WTU Executive Director
  • Victor Reinoso, DCPS Parent, Founder of Hopscotch Ventures
  • Tatiana Robinson, DCPS Student