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About Us

The DC Charter School Alliance is the District of Columbia’s premier advocacy organization dedicated to supporting and representing the robust charter school sector in our nation’s capital. With the support of the DC Charter School Alliance, the charter school community can ensure that all students in DC receive the great public education they deserve and ensure the continued strength of the DC charter sector.

Our Team

Shannon Hodge

Shannon Hodge

Executive Director

Vanessa Arwa

Vanessa Arwa

Operations Manager

Alison Collier

Alison Collier

Chief of Staff

Ramona Edelin

Ramona Edelin

Senior Advisor

Anne Herr

Anne Herr

Director of Policy & Programs

Michael Musante

Michael Musante

Senior Director of Government Relations

Queen Nwafor

Queen Nwafor

Policy and Advocacy Manager

Preety Patidar

Preety Patidar

Associate Director of Policy and Programs

Our Board

Patricia Brantley

Patricia Brantley

Friendship PCS, Board Chair

Sekou Biddle

Sekou Biddle

UNCF

Terry Eakin

Terry Eakin

EYA

Allison Fansler

Allison Fansler

KIPP DC PCS

Ambia Harper

Ambia Harper

Hogan Lovells

Allison Kokkoros

Allison Kokkoros

Carlos Rosario PCS

Myron Long

Myron Long

The Social Justice School PCS

Linda Moore

Linda Moore

Founder, Elsie Whitlow Stokes PCS

Justin Rydstrom

Justin Rydstrom

IDEA PCS, Treasurer

Jessica Wodatch

Jessica Wodatch

Founder, Two Rivers PCS, Secretary

Gabrielle Wyatt

Gabrielle Wyatt

The City Fund

Donald Hense

Donald Hense

Founder, Friendship PCS,

Emeritus
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Malcolm (Mike) Peabody

Malcolm (Mike) Peabody

Peabody Theoharis Management,

Emeritus
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Member Council

The DC Charter School Alliance Member Council steers the organization’s key policy priorities and ensures that the organization is aligned to the needs of DC’s diverse charter school leaders, teachers, staff, parents, and students.

Policy Experts

Ramona Edelin

Ramona Edelin

Senior Advisor

redelin@dccharters.org
Areas of expertise:
History and context of DC charter schools, single-site and homegrown charter schools, cultural competency, strategic support to school leaders (individual, small group, and affinity groups); urban policy; education policy

Anne Herr

Anne Herr

Director of Policy & Programs

aherr@dccharters.org
Areas of expertise:
School startup, program design, replication and expansion, organizational structure, data and assessment, compliance, school operations, accountability, school improvement

Michael Musante

Michael Musante

Senior Director of Government Relations

mmusante@dccharters.org
Areas of expertise:
Government relations (local and federal), charter school laws, SOAR Act, facilities, funding

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Our Partners

We work with a diverse set of partners that together, work to improve education in the District of Columbia. Our partners include:

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Our History

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The DC Charter School Alliance builds off of more than two decades of advocacy work from Friends of Choice in Urban Schools (FOCUS) and the DC Association of Chartered Public Schools.

FOCUS was founded in 1996 and helped to write the law that created charter schools in DC. The organization also developed the facilities allowance that enables charter schools to access appropriate school buildings and protected them from intrusions on their autonomy, while providing technical support and assistance to support quality charter schools from startup through replication and expansion.

Launched in 2004 as a membership organization, the DC Association of Chartered Public Schools brought together the diverse voices of all charter school leaders to ensure that charters have the necessary freedom and funding to create quality school options for DC families.

The two organizations merged in 2020 as the DC Charter School Alliance, a unified organization dedicated to advocacy for DC charter schools. Today, the DC Charter School Alliance works on behalf of all DC charter schools and leads the conversation about what public education can be in the District of Columbia.

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