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Board Biographies

Karen Williams (President, Ward 7)

Jack Jacobson (Vice President, Ward 2)

Ashley Carter (At Large)

Laura Wilson Phelan (Ward 1)

Ruth Wattenberg (Ward 3)

Lannette Woodruff (Ward 4)

Mark Jones (Ward 5)

Joe Weedon (Ward 6)

Markus Batchelor (Ward 8)

Karen Williams began her first term as the Ward 7 representative to the State Board on January 2, 2013. Serving as the Board’s most recent Vice President, Karen was unanimously elected to serve as President on January 18, 2017.
Jack Jacobson was elected in 2012 to the State Board of Education and was reelected in 2016 to serve Ward 2 families and residents.
Ashley Carter was sworn in as the At-Large member for the State Board of Education on January 2, 2017.
Laura Wilson Phelan is a member of the DC State Board of Education representing Ward 1.
Ruth Wattenberg is a parent, school activist, education reformer, education policy wonk, and 30-year resident of DC. She was elected as the Ward 3 member of the D.C. State Board of Education in November 2014.
        Lannette Woodruff was sworn in as the Ward 4 representative on January 2, 2017.
Mark Jones is a business owner, community advocate, proud husband and father. Mark has deep roots in the District of Columbia. He is the son of the late Rev. L.B. Jones Senior, longtime pastor of the Springfield Baptist Church, located in the Shaw community. 
Joe Weedon was elected to State Board of Education representing Ward 6 in 2014. For over a decade, Joe has been a leading voice for educational reform in the District. Joe worked with community members from across the Ward to develop and implement DCPS’ Ward 6 Middle School Plan.
Markus Batchelor is a native Washingtonian and youth advocate, focused on equity and ensuring we close the opportunity gap. He was sworn in on January 2, 2017 as the youngest-ever elected member of the State Board of Education, where he represents the residents of Ward 8.