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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.

Ruth Wattenberg

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

Markus Batchelor

Markus Batchelor, Vice President
Ward 8
Term: 2017-2021
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@MarkusSBOE
Markus' Bio

Ashley MacLeay

Ashley MacLeay
At-Large
Term: 2017-2021
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@AshleySBOE
Ashley's Bio

 

Emily Gasoi

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

 

Jack Jacobson

Jack Jacobson
Ward 2
Term: 2017-2021
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@JackJacobsonDC
Jack's Bio

Frazier O’Leary

Frazier O’Leary
Ward 4
Term: 2018-2021
[email protected]
@ForOleary
Frazier's Bio

 

 

Zachary Parker

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

Jessica Sutter

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

Karen Williams

Karen Williams
Ward 7
Term: 2017-2021
[email protected]
@karen4ward7sboe
Karen's Bio

 

SY2018-2019 Student Representatives

A photo of Dayja Burton, one of the student representatives for the 2019-20 school year. Alex O'Sullivan headshot.jpg
Dayja Burton (left), Alex O'Sullivan (right)

Dayja Burton, a rising senior at McKinley Technology High School, and is a McKinley Technology Zelinger award winner, a recipient of the Perseverance Award, and a member of the Principal’s Honor Roll and National Honor Society.

Alex O’Sullivan is a rising sophomore at BASIS DC PCS. He is also a member of Youth and Government, co-founder and president of his school’s poetry club, and a volunteer tutor at his local elementary school.

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 2019–20 Student Advisory Committee (SAC), a volunteer group of students from District high schools in both D.C. Public Schools (DCPS) and the public charter sector.