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.