- Executive Director, Parents Amplifying Voices in Education
Maya Martin Cadogan is a proud 5th generation Washingtonian whose great-great grandfather, George Martin, is featured on the cover of “Black Georgetown Remembered”, a book which celebrates the vibrant and beautiful history of what was once a 200 years old thriving black community in the Georgetown and Foggy Bottom neighborhoods of Washington, DC. Currently residing in DC’s Ward 6, Maya serves as the Executive Director of PAVE (Parents Amplifying Voices in Education). Maya founded PAVE (Parents Amplifying Voices in Education) in April 2016 with an all-parent governing board in order to connect, train, and empower charter parent leaders to give families in DC a voice and a choice in the vision for education in our city. The goal of PAVE is to create an education system in DC where parents are partners and leaders in developing a diversity of safe, nurturing, and great school options for every child in every ward and community. PAVE would like to see a DC education system that is created not just for but by and with families.
Maya was an Entrepreneur in Residence with New Schools Venture Fund from November 2015 to April 2016 as she worked to found PAVE. Prior to PAVE’s founding, Maya served as the Chief of Staff at Achievement Prep, a public charter school network located in Ward 8, where she focused on developing and leading the organizational infrastructure as the network grew. Maya previously served as the Director of Policy and Special Programs for Center City PCS, another DC charter network with six campuses throughout DC, as a Senior Program Manager for Sponsors for Educational Opportunity (SEO), a non-profit that places students of color in corporate financial internships, and as an Assistant Director of Admissions for her alma mater, Dartmouth College. Maya received her bachelor’s degree in Sociology and History from Dartmouth College and a Master’s of Public Policy from the Harvard Kennedy School of Government. Maya serves on the Advisory Board of the DC chapter of Democrats for Education Reform (DFER) and on the Alumni Board of the DC chapter of Education Pioneers.