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Marni Allen, President

Babson College

Marni Allen is the Deputy Chief of Staff in the Office of the President at Babson College. Prior to joining Babson College, Ms. Allen was the director of political parity at Hunt Alternatives where she lead the Parity team's efforts to dramatically increase U.S. women's political representation. Under Marni's leadership, Parity has released several important research studies and launched LatinasRepresent. Prior to joining Hunt Alternatives, Marni was the Director of Policy and Research at the 21st Century School Fund, a Washington, D.C.-based nonprofit dedicated to building the public will and capacity to improve urban public school facilities. She also worked at the Brookings Greater Washington Research Program, where she led a research team working on the intersection of investments in school quality, affordable housing, and neighborhood development in the District of Columbia. She has served in leadership roles on several nonprofit boards in Boston, and received her M.A. in public policy from Georgetown University and her B.A. in political science from Swarthmore College.

Jael Anker-Lagos, Treasurer

Jael Anker-Lagos is a proud District of Columbia Public School parent of three who currently dedicates her time with the Parents and Teachers United for Bruce-Monroe Elementary at Park View in Washington, D.C. Born in Chile, but raised in the States, she is a product of our Nation's public school system. After graduating from the University of Oregon with degrees in Accounting and Economics, Jael spent four years with PriceWaterhouseCoopers in the assurance practice. After further work in accounting in the Pacific Northwest, Jael and her family settled down in Washington D.C., where they plan to stay.

Mildred Musgrove, Secretary

Retired D.C. Public Schools Educator & Administrator

Mildred was Principal of Anacostia Senior High School in Washington, D.C. Prior to her position there, she held several other positions within DCPS, including Chief Academic Officer, Chief of Staff for the Superintendent, Lead Principal (Assistant Superintendent), Principal of West Elementary School, Instructional Supervisor, and Senior High School English teacher.


 

Members

Mary Filardo

21st Century School Fund

Mary Filardo is a leading national authority and advocate for improving the equity, efficiency and quality of public school facilities. She founded the 21st Century School Fund in 1994 to improve the policies and practice for planning, design, construction, management and financing for the District of Columbia public schools and then in 2001 started Building Educational Success Together (BEST) to work nationally on these issues. She has written extensively on public school facility issues, and developed software to support long-range facilities master planning. She worked in the private sector in residential construction management and was an active parent advocate during the nineteen years her children were in the DC public schools. She received a BA in philosophy and mathematics from St. John's College, is a Truman Scholar from the District of Columbia, and was awarded a MPP from the University of Maryland.

Barbara Somson

Retired Deputy Director of Legislative Affairs, United Auto Workers

Barbara regularly worked with leading national decision-makers on a variety of issues while she represented the interests of union workers across the country. She is a parent and her children went through the public school system. Barbara is a community activist and worked on District legislative affairs as part of District of Columbia City Council member Kathy Patterson's staff before becoming joining the UAW.

Ariel Bierbaum

Assistant Professor, University of Maryland, School of Architecture, Planning & Preservation

Dr. Bierbaum's research explores questions about the mutually constitutive relationship between metropolitan inequality, urban politics, planning practice, and public education. Her current projects focus on school-level impacts of federal place-based anti-poverty, mass public school closures and neighborhood change, and the effect of school choice on transportation planning. Previously, Dr. Bierbaum worked in the fields of community development and arts, racial justice, and public policy. Most recently, she served as the Research Specialist/Program Director at the UC-Berkeley Center for Cities and Schools, a policy research and technical assistance center that works with local, regional, state, and federal planners and on connecting public education with local community development efforts, regional growth management strategies, and federal place-based programs. She was also a Visiting Fellow at the Urban Studies Program at the University of Pennsylvania and an adjunct faculty member at the University of San Francisco. Dr. Bierbaum sits on the advisory board of Active Voice Labs and on the board of the 21st Century School Fund. She holds a PhD in City and Regional Planning from UC-Berkeley, a Master in City Planning from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and a Bachelor of Arts in urban studies from the University of Pennsylvania.


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