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Board Biographies

Jack Jacobson (President, Ward 2)

Karen Williams (Vice President, Ward 7)

Mary Lord (At Large)

Laura Wilson Phelan (Ward 1)

Ruth Wattenberg (Ward 3)

Kamili Anderson (Ward 4)

Mark Jones (Ward 5)

Joe Weedon (Ward 6)

Tierra Jolly (Ward 8)


Jack Jacobson was elected in 2012 to the State Board of Education following five years of service on the Dupont Circle Advisory Neighborhood Commission.
Karen Williams began her first term as the Ward 7 representative to the State Board on January 2, 2013. 
Mary Lord is an award-winning journalist and longtime Dupont Circle resident and has served on the State Board of Education since its inception in 2007.
She is the President of the National Association of State Boards of Education.
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.
Kamili Anderson has worked in some aspect of education her entire professional career, beginning in the 1970s as a board and staff member of a District-based (PK-8) independent school.
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.
Tierra Jolly was elected to the State Board in July 2014 in a special election. She is currently a faculty member at her alma mater, Bishop McNamara High School.