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Board Biographies

There are nine members on the DC State Board of Education who are directly elected by voters within the District. Board members’ terms are four years and are staggered so no more than five board members are selected in any one election. To learn about our committee assignments, please visit the Committee Assignments page.

Zachary Parker

Zachary Parker
President, Ward 5
Term: 2019-2023
[email protected]
@ZACHARYSBOE5
Zachary's Bio

Emily Gasoi

Emily Gasoi
Vice President, Ward 1
Term: 2019-2023
[email protected]
@emilygasoi
Emily's Bio

 

Jacque Patterson

Jacque Patterson
At-Large
Term: 2021-2025
[email protected]
@DC_Edvocate
Jacque's Bio

 

Allister Chang

Allister Chang
Ward 2
Term: 2021-2025
[email protected]
@AllisterChang
Allister's Bio

Ruth Wattenberg

Ruth Wattenberg, President
Ward 3
Term: 2019-2023
[email protected]
@Ruth4Schools
Ruth's Bio

Frazier O’Leary

Frazier O’Leary
Ward 4
Term: 2021-2025
[email protected]
@ForOleary
Frazier's Bio

 

 

Jessica Sutter

Jessica Sutter
Ward 6
Term: 2019-2023
[email protected]
@jessicasutterW6
Jessica's Bio

Eboni-Rose Thompson

Eboni-Rose Thompson
Ward 7
Term: 2021-2025
Eboni-Rose Thompson
@Eboni_RoseDC
Eboni-Rose's Bio

Carlene Reid

Carlene Reid
Ward 8
Term: 2021-2025
[email protected]
@CarleneDReid
Carlene's Bio

 

SY2020-2021 Student Representatives

A photo of Shayla Dell, one of the student representatives for the 2020-21 school year. Alex O'Sullivan headshot.jpg
Shayla Dell (left), Alex O'Sullivan (right)

Shayla Dell, a junior at Duke Ellington School of the Arts, and Alex O’Sullivan, a junior at BASIS DC PCS, will serve as Student Representatives for the 2020–21 school year. 

For the length of their term, the Student Representatives will join the nine elected State Board members in policy discussions and community engagement efforts, bringing the voice of students directly to decision-makers. With their direct experience in the classroom, student representatives provide a unique voice during policy discussions and offer a vital perspective on teacher retention, education standards, and our state accountability system. As Student Representatives, Burton and O’Sullivan will also co-chair the 2020–21 Student Advisory Committee (SAC), a volunteer group of students from District high schools.