Dan Davis, Chief Student Advocate
Dan Davis is the interim Chief Student Advocate for the Office of the Student Advocate. He joined the office in October of 2016 as the Student Advocate with a focus on safe passage, special education, language access, bullying, and parent leadership. Prior to joining the office, Dan spent 9 years supporting District disadvantaged youth and families at Sasha Bruce Youthwork, Inc. His work with runaway homeless youth, justice involved youth, recent immigrant adults, and disconnected families has cemented a community-first outlook that contributes to the office's ability to help all students succeed. Dan is a proud DCPS alum and currently lives in Ward 7.
Phillip Copeland, Student Advocate
Phillip Copeland is the Student Advocate for the Office of the Student Advocate. He is a former educator who recently made the transition out of the classroom. Phillip worked as a middle school teacher in Washington, D.C. for six years teaching a variety of subjects, but specialized in mathematics. He wants to use the experiences gained in the classroom to create policies that will benefit students from marginalized communities. Phillip obtained his Master of Education degree in curriculum design and instruction prior to becoming a teacher and now has aspirations of obtaining a doctorate in educational policy.
Renatta Landrau, Program Associate
Renatta Landrau is the Program Associate for the Office of the Student Advocate. She started her role in July of 2019 after serving as a Student Advocate Fellow for the office. Prior to the State Board of Education, Renatta worked as an elementary school teacher in Ward 8 teaching 3rd grade. Renatta is passionate about restorative justice practices in schools and social emotional learning. Her experience as an educator continues to inform her advocacy of amplifying parent and community voices. She believes that by building strong relationships with families and keeping student success at the cornerstone of our work, we can move towards educational equity. Renatta holds a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology with a concentration in Early Childhood Development from Spelman College.
Student Advocate Fellows
Gabrielle Higgins, Legislative Policy Fellow
Gabrielle Higgins is a Legislative Policy Fellow with the Office of the Student Advocate and a third-year law student at The Howard University School of Law. She is originally from Ft. Lauderdale, Florida and attended the University of Central Florida where she earned her Bachelor of Science in Political Science with a minor in Africana Studies. Gabrielle is fulfilled when she is serving others and engaging in constructive conversations about making the country and the world a better place.