Laura Wilson Phelan is a member of the DC State Board of Education representing Ward 1. Concurrently, she is chief operating officer of Flamboyan Foundation, a private family foundation that works at the intersection of education, government, strategic philanthropy and the non-profit sector, equipping leaders, teachers and community members to improve educational outcomes for kids.
For close to 20 years, Laura has worked at grassroots and management levels across the non-profit and government sectors. Her experience began as an inner-city bilingual middle school teacher through Teach For America. She then served in the Peace Corps as a teacher and community development worker in rural Namibia. She later applied her field experience to policy work at the US Agency for International Development, the Department of State and US House of Representatives.
Prior to joining Flamboyan, Laura spent nearly five years as a member of the founding leadership team at Teach For All, before becoming a senior advisor at Teach For America.
Laura's public service has included elected leadership as a DC Advisory Neighborhood Commissioner, member of her neighborhood school’s Advisory Team and board member of ThriveDC.
Laura has received recognition for her commitment to public service, including Harry S. Truman Finalist, Council on Foreign Relations Fellowship, Presidential Management Fellowship, and Annie E. Casey Foundation Fellowship Finalist.
Laura holds a Masters in Public Policy from Harvard Kennedy School, teaching certification from National Hispanic University, and a Bachelor of Arts in Politics from Wake Forest University. She is married and the proud mother of twin pre-kindergarteners.