Our Team

Our passionate and dedicated team is committed to Education Forward DC’s mission and brings a mix of experience to this work, including teaching, leading district and public charter schools, working in local government, and working in roles in law and business. Together, our team lives out Education Forward DC’s core values in striving to advance quality and equity in public schools.

Naa Ammah-Tagoe

Manager

Naa Ammah-Tagoe

Naa is a Manager on the Schools and Human Capital team, working to support organizations who train and develop teachers and leaders or improve talent management practices in DC schools. Her experiences working in and studying schools have reinforced her belief in the importance of talent to ensure great outcomes for students. Prior to joining Education Forward DC in 2018, Naa was an education researcher, focusing on studying educator training, teacher professional development, and high school reform. Previously, she worked in development and external relations for a Boston-based school turnaround network. Naa started her career as a middle school English teacher in the Boston Public Schools. Naa earned a BA in Economics and English from Harvard College and a master’s in Education Policy and Management from Harvard Graduate School of Education. She grew up in the DC metro area and, after time living in New England and the San Francisco Bay Area, enjoys being back in the mid-Atlantic.

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Raven Carson

Associate, Development and Governance

Raven Carson

Raven Carson is the Development and Governance Associate supporting the External Relations team in executing an ambitious fundraising and governance program. Raven is driven by the belief that creating equitable education systems is a critical step in dismantling systemic barriers to success facing our most underserved youth. Prior to joining Education Forward DC in 2019, Raven worked in the Bay Area teaching K-5 science and middle school summer education. She has also supported global health policy campaigns as a Communications Assistant at the Global Health Advocacy Incubator, a non-profit pushing for better public health outcomes in low- and middle-income countries. Raven earned a BA in Sociology from Brown University. Originally from Oakland, California, Raven currently lives in the Columbia Heights neighborhood and enjoys learning to box and watching bizarre documentaries during her free time.

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Vicki Koussoglou

Senior Operations Manager

Vicki Koussoglou

Vicki is the Senior Manager of Operations and oversees the operational and financial systems that support the work of Education Forward DC. Vicki’s dedication to educational equity in DC is rooted in her commitment to dismantling systems of oppression, and she believes in the power of people and communities in making systemic change. Her favorite thing about working at Ed Forward DC is the opportunity to build relationships with her terrific colleagues. Prior to joining Ed Forward DC in January 2017, Vicki served as Operations Manager at E.L. Haynes Public Charter School in Washington, DC, where she was responsible for the day to day operations of the middle school campus, served as an assistant coach for the middle school girls basketball team, and oversaw LEA-wide initiatives including student enrollment and vendor management. Earlier in her career, Vicki worked as a talent buyer and concert promoter in Washington, DC and as a community organizer in Richmond, VA. She holds a BA with high distinction honors in Sociology from the University of Virginia. Vicki is the child of immigrants and grew up in Virginia playing a lot of basketball and attending her neighborhood public schools. She spends much of her free time outside riding a bicycle or hiking with her dog.

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Cindy Minn

Analyst

Cindy Minn

Cindy is an Analyst on the Schools and Human Capital team and supports DC talent organizations that aim to ensure all students have access to high quality leaders and teachers. As a first-generation college student, having a high-quality education has been crucial to her success. Having had the privilege to attend a New York City specialized high school, Cindy firmly believes in the transformative power of education and the right of every student to have access to this type of education. Prior to joining Education Forward DC in 2018, Cindy worked at a small education consulting firm that provided strategic support to private schools. Through this experience, she came to believe that all students should have access to the kind of education a private school can provide, not only those whose parents can pay for it. This experience led her to enter that classroom as a second grade teacher in Bushwick, Brooklyn. Cindy earned a BA in International Studies and Economics from The Johns Hopkins University, and an MA in teaching from the Relay Graduate School of Education.

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Erin Sheehy

Partner, External Relations

Erin Sheehy

Erin is the Partner leading the External Relations team, which includes the development, governance, communications and external partnerships work of Education Forward DC. Erin was drawn to the work of Ed Forward DC because it is so aligned with her personal priorities as the parent of three current and former DC public school students (DCPS and charter) and as a native Washingtonian committed to making sure the city’s future respects and equitably serves the people and communities that make up its significant past. Prior to joining Education Forward DC in July 2016, Erin was general counsel at a DC public charter school. Before that, Erin spent most of her career as a lawyer with the international law firm Debevoise & Plimpton LLP. Earlier in her professional life, Erin worked in public broadcasting for The Kojo Nnamdi Show, The Derek McGinty Show, and The NewsHour with Jim Lehrer. Erin did student teaching in college and worked for an education policy research firm in DC after graduating. Erin earned a BA in History from Brown University, and a JD magna cum laude from Georgetown University Law Center. Erin is a DC native who currently lives in Ward 6 with her husband Jonathan Davidson, their three children Leo, Mia and Serena, and two dogs Willa and Cosmo. Mia and Serena attend Two Rivers Public Charter School. They are a house divided between Nats and Orioles fans (Go Nats!).

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Simone Webster

Analyst

Simone Webster

Simone is an Analyst who works with the Schools and Human Capital team to support the creation, development, and growth of high-quality, equitable schools in Washington, DC. As a product of one of the largest public-school systems and a daughter of an educator, Simone believes deeply in the power of public education. She believes that a quality education (though often treated like a privilege) is a right and wants to continue to work to make that a reality. It is with this belief that she was drawn to Education Forward DC, given the organization’s holistic focus on supporting and sustaining high-quality, equitable public schools for all students in DC. Prior to joining Education Forward DC in 2017, Simone was an Associate with DC Public Schools on their Enrollment team. There, she analyzed demographic data, future enrollment projections, and supply and demand trends to determine enrollment needs within the District. Simone started her career as a Teach for America corps member in Boston teaching high school math. Simone earned a BA in Sociology from New York University and a Master’s in Public Affairs from Princeton’s Woodrow Wilson School. A native New Yorker, Simone feels most at home in urban areas. She currently lives in Columbia Heights and has enjoyed getting to know DC. In her time in the District, Simone has developed a love of roller skating at Temple Hills Skate Palace and being an active member of the Washington Improv Theater.

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Sujata Bhat

Senior Manager

Sujata Bhat

Sujata is the Senior Manager on the Public Engagement team, working to support initiatives to strengthen community voice in decisions about education at the school, sector and city levels. She is inspired by the bravery and brilliance of students across the city. Prior to joining Education Forward DC in 2016, Sujata was the founding Executive Director of My School DC, the common application and lottery system for district and public charter schools in DC. In its first year of operation, My School DC collected applications from more than 22,000 students for approximately 200 schools. Prior to My School DC, Sujata was the Director of Operations at DC Prep, a high-performing charter network in DC. Sujata earned a BA in Human Development from the University of Chicago and an MPA from the Woodrow Wilson School at Princeton University. Sujata is originally from Beavercreek, Ohio, but DC has been home for 10 years. She also serves on the board of the Diverse City Fund, a grassroots grant making team which funds changemakers of color leading racial and social justice work in DC.

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Annie Fullas

Special Assistant to the CEO

Annie Fullas

Annie is the Special Assistant to the CEO and works with the Senior Manager of Operations to manage systems and execute business-related tasks to support the CEO and to ensure that the team collaborates effectively. Annie was drawn to the work of Education Forward DC because of her deep belief in the power of disrupting patterns of inequity and improving educational outcomes for kids in DC. Prior to joining Education Forward DC, Annie coordinated board, governance, and executive leadership relations at 340B Health, a healthcare trade association. Prior to that, she steered and supported vocational and academic programs at Simpson College and American University. Annie earned her BA in Political Science from Simpson College and a master’s in Ethics, Peace, and Global Affairs from American University. Originally from Sioux City, Iowa, Annie currently resides in DC’s Edgewood neighborhood with her significant other, Alex. In her free time, Annie enjoys checking places off her travel bucket list, binge-watching 80s/90s sitcoms, and reading womanist prose and poetry.

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Maura Marino

Chief Executive Officer

Maura Marino

Maura Marino is Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Education Forward DC. Prior to launching Education Forward DC in July 2016, Maura served as the Managing Partner at NewSchools Venture Fund and Lead Teacher at East Palo Alto High School. Maura sits on the board of directors for DC Prep, Ingenuity Prep Public Charter Schools, The Equity Lab, Charter Board Partners and the Bainum Family Foundation. Maura is driven by Education Forward DC’s mission to accelerate the work of visionary leaders to foster a city of high-quality, equitable public schools for every D.C. student and family. Maura earned a BA with honors in American Studies from Stanford University, an MA in teaching Secondary Social Studies from Columbia University, and an MBA from Harvard University. Originally from Bernardsville, New Jersey, Maura currently lives in the Shaw neighborhood and has called DC home for the past ten years. In her free time, Maura enjoys traveling and spending quality time with friends and family.

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Sean O'Neill

Senior Manager, Strategy and Impact

Sean O'Neill

Sean is the Senior Manager, Strategy, and Impact and supports the planning and evaluation efforts at Education Forward DC. As the son of two public school educators, Sean believes strongly in the power of educator- and community-driven public education in disrupting the socioeconomic inequities disenfranchising families living with low incomes. It is with this belief that he was drawn to Education Forward DC, given the organization’s holistic focus on supporting and sustaining high-quality public schools for all students in DC. Prior to joining Education Forward DC in 2018, Sean worked as an Associate Program Office r for the Kresge Foundation’s American Cities Practice. Previously, he led the Talent Management strategy team for Denver Public Schools, where he focused on developing teacher retention strategies. Earlier in his career, he worked as a consultant for the DC office of the Boston Consulting Group and as a Development Specialist for the Brookings Institution’s Metropolitan Policy Program. Sean earned a BS in Hospitality Administration from Cornell University, an MBA from the University of Virginia, and a M.Ed. as part of his participation in the Broad Residency in Urban Education. Originally from Essexville, Michigan, Sean has spent six years living in DC and is currently in the Bloomingdale neighborhood.

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Shalini Shybut

Principal, Schools and Human Capital

Shalini Shybut

Shalini Shybut is the Principal on the Schools and Human Capital team and leads our grant making to support school quality and equity while funding and supporting our schools grantees. Shalini was drawn to Education Forward DC for the opportunity to support school leaders citywide in meeting their aspirations of enabling every student to achieve his or her potential. Prior to launching Education Forward DC as part of the founding team in 2016, Shalini was an Associate Partner at the DC Schools Fund of NewSchools Venture Fund. Previously, Shalini was a Senior Director at E.L. Haynes Public Charter School in DC, where she worked with school leaders to plan through growth and establish a Response to Intervention system to meet the needs of all of the school’s students. This followed work in the private sector at McKinsey and Company and work with the Recovery Schools District in New Orleans. Shalini started her career as a fifth-grade teacher in a bilingual inclusion classroom in New York City, where she realized that making the opportunity afforded by public education a reality for every student would be her life’s work. Shalini earned a BA in Social Studies from Harvard University and has also studied bilingual childhood education. Shalini grew up in Hamden, Connecticut and has lived in DC for 10 years. She currently lives in Petworth with her husband, son and daughter; her son attends a DC public charter school. Shalini enjoys getting to know DC’s playgrounds, museums, and restaurants with her family.

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Margie Yeager

Partner, Advocacy

Margie Yeager

Margie is the Partner leading the Advocacy grant making team to advance equity, accountability, and autonomy to support DC students and public schools. Margie was drawn to the work at Education Forward DC because she believes deeply in supporting equity and opportunity for students and has seen the incredible potential of students across DC when they have access to excellent educational opportunities. Prior to joining Education Forward DC in 2018, Margie was the Director of Advocacy and Policy for Chiefs for Change where she supported a bipartisan coalition of state and local leaders working to drive transformational systems-level change for students. Previously, Margie served as Chief of Staff to the DC Deputy Mayor for Education. Margie started her career as a second-grade teacher with Teach for America at Simon Elementary in DC Public Schools (DCPS). Margie earned a BA summa cum laude in Psychology and Sociology from Tufts University and an MPP with honors from Harvard Kennedy School. Margie was born in Santiago, Chile and was raised in Maryland. She currently lives in the Palisades neighborhood of DC with her husband and three young sons, the oldest two of whom attend Key Elementary in DCPS. Margie is an avid DC sports fan and can regularly be found attending Nats, Caps, or Wizards games with her family.

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Caitlin Campbell-Hahn

Manager

Caitlin Campbell-Hahn

Caitlin is a Manager on the Schools and Human Capital team, working to support the work of our schools, school support, and human capital grantees to improve the quality of education in the city for underserved students. Caitlin was drawn to Education Forward DC because she believes in the power of schools to transform lives and is inspired by Ed Forward DC’s focus on confronting bias and racial inequity in this work.
Prior to joining Education Forward DC in 2017, Caitlin taught seventh grade social studies at KIPP DC: KEY Academy and fifth grade writing and science at E.L. Haynes. Before moving to Washington, DC, Caitlin coached student teachers working toward licensure in social studies teaching through the Harvard Graduate School of Education. Caitlin started her career at Excel Academy Charter School in East Boston, where she taught fifth grade math and fifth and sixth grade social studies. Caitlin earned a BA in History and Literature from Harvard College and a master’s degree in Learning and Teaching with a focus in Social Studies Instructional Leadership from the Harvard Graduate School of Education. Caitlin is originally from Tennessee and has lived in DC for the past five years. She lives in Adams Morgan with her husband Jim and enjoys cooking, baking, and bad reality television.

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Ryan Jones

Associate, Communications and Partnerships

Ryan Jones

Ryan is the Communications and Partnerships Associate and works to implement communications strategies and develop external partnerships that support the work of Ed Forward DC. Ryan deeply believes in the power of a high-quality education as a tool for historically marginalized communities to dismantle inequitable systems. Prior to joining Education Forward DC in 2017, Ryan was the Director of Member Services and Initiatives at the Regional Business Council, a consortium of Presidents and Chief Executive Officers that act on high-impact business, civic, and philanthropic affairs for the betterment of the St. Louis region. His responsibilities included managing aspects of membership engagement and the organization’s K-12 education, workforce development, and diversity and inclusion philanthropic efforts. In this role, Ryan managed the allocation of over $1 million in direct grants to support school districts and small business owners in the Ferguson, Missouri community. Before his work at the Regional Business Council, Ryan was the blended learning instructor for fifth and sixth grade students at KIPP Inspire Academy. Ryan began his career teaching tenth and twelfth grade English as a Teach For America corps member. Ryan earned a BA in Sociology and Anthropology with a minor in English Literature from DePauw University and a master’s degree in Secondary Education from the University of Missouri. Originally from Chicago, IL, Ryan currently lives in the Petworth neighborhood and enjoys binge watching Netflix shows, powerlifting, and cooking.

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Lucy Mendez

Analyst

Lucy Mendez

Lucy is an Analyst on the Public Engagement team working to support initiatives to strengthen community voice in decisions about education at the school, sector and city levels. Lucy’s passion for education began while working with low-income children as an AmeriCorps Jumpstart Corps member and witnessing firsthand the inequitable distribution of resources in early childhood centers, and the impact of those inequities in schools and student outcomes. It was this experience that inspired Lucy to advocate for increased opportunities for students, especially students from low-income backgrounds and underserved communities. Lucy began her career in DC at the Latino Student Fund where she developed and implemented a 9th-12th grade college access program at Cardozo Education Campus to support first-generation students in accessing and navigating the college application and enrollment process. She then transitioned to positions at the national level working at Achieving the Dream, the U.S. Department of Education, and Hispanic Federation before joining the Education Forward DC team in 2018. Lucy was born in Texas and was raised by an immigrant father and Mexican-American mother. She currently lives in DC with her husband Trey, a DC Public Schools high school baseball coach. Lucy recently discovered a passion for cooking and is fervently trying to learn her mother’s traditional Mexican recipes to ensure her culture and family traditions live on through food.

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Bisi Oyedele

Partner, Schools and Human Capital

Bisi Oyedele

Bisi Oyedele is the Partner leading the Schools and Human Capital team to support the creation, staffing and development, and growth of high-quality, equitable schools in Washington, DC. As a first-generation immigrant and English Language Learner, Bisi fundamentally believes in the transformative power of a high-quality public education. This belief guided his decision to join Education Forward DC as it seeks to support the development of a public school system responsive to the needs of students and families. Prior to joining Education Forward DC in 2017, Bisi, was a Leadership Effectiveness Director at the Lynch Leadership Academy at Boston College. There he was responsible for the coaching and professional development of district, charter, and Catholic school leaders in Boston and the Boston metro area. Earlier in his career, Bisi was the Executive Director of Match Charter Public High School and Principal of Nativity Preparatory School in Boston. Bisi started his career as a history and English teacher as well as a substitute teacher in Boston Public Schools. Bisi earned a BA in Political Science, a M.Ed. in Curriculum and Instruction, as well as an Ed.D. in Education Administration from Boston College. Bisi currently lives in the Brightwood/Manor Park neighborhood with his wife, Natasha and two children, Nolan and Gem who both attend DC public schools.

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Fonda Sutton

Partner, Public Engagement

Fonda Sutton

Fonda is the Partner leading the Public Engagement team to provide funding and support for efforts that help to improve the match between the needs and interests of District families and the city’s schools. She believes in the brilliance of the young people of this city – and the families and communities that they represent. As the product of strong public schools and great public school educators who held high standards for her, Fonda views her work as a funder at Education Forward DC as a powerful lever for getting students and families across this city the great schools that they deserve. Prior to joining Education Forward DC in 2017, Fonda served as the Chief Political Advisor for DC Public Schools (DCPS). At DCPS, she managed the school district’s policy, legislative, and intergovernmental affairs. Fonda has blended over twenty years of legal and policy experience in non-profits, schools, consulting organizations, and government with her passion for serving children and families in underserved communities. Fonda has extensive experience managing projects and people within government agencies and private organizations. She helped to establish two public charter schools in DC and has served as a consultant to schools, authorizers, states, and urban city districts. Fonda is well-known for developing strong cross-sector partnerships that support high-quality education opportunities for children and families. Having earned a BS from Georgetown University’s Walsh School of Foreign Service, a J.D. from its Law Center and an Executive Master's in Leadership from its McDonough School of Business, Fonda is a diehard Georgetown Hoyas fan. She grew up in Kinston, North Carolina, arguably the greatest producer of NBA talent in America, from which she has channeled her deep love of basketball to cheering for the Georgetown Hoyas. She has made her home for many years in DC’s Manor Park neighborhood, where she lives with her rescue Mastiff-Pit Bull mix, Bruno.

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