Chief Student Advocate
In May 2015, Faith Gibson Hubbard was appointed as the Chief Student Advocate for the Office of the Student Advocate, an independent office in the DC State Board of Education. As a former public school teacher, Faith is a passionate education advocate who has served in many capacities: as former president of the Ward Five Council on Education and as a member of the advisory committee for the District of Columbia Public Schools (DCPS)’s student assignment and school boundaries review process. Faith serves as a board member of the DC Public Library Board of Library Trustees. In addition to that role, she also serves as a regional board member for Reading Partners DC, as a member of the city's Every Day Counts! (Truancy) Taskforce, and as a member of the DC Cross-Sector Collaboration Taskforce. Faith is currently pursuing her doctorate in public policy from the Center for Public Administration & Policy at Virginia Tech where her dissertation focuses on community engagement and shared decision-making processes in public education planning. Faith holds a Masters of Public Administration from Old Dominion University (Norfolk, VA) and a Bachelor of Arts in communications/public relations from Georgia State University (Atlanta, GA). Faith is a proud DC resident who lives in the Woodridge neighborhood in Ward 5 with her husband and two children.
Dan Davis is the Student Advocate for the Office of the Student Advocate. He came to the Office of Student Advocate in October of 2016 after 9 years of supporting District disadvantaged youth and families at Sasha Bruce Youthwork, Inc. Dan’s work with runaway homeless youth, justice involved youth, recent immigrant adults, and disconnected families has cemented a community-first outlook that contributes to our office's ability to help all students succeed. In addition, his current work as an Advocate at the National Human Trafficking Resource Center also contributes to a trauma-informed approach to serving our families. Dan holds a Bachelor's degree in Political Science from American University.
Tiffany Wilson is the Program Associate for the Office of the Student Advocate. She started her role as the Program Associate in October 2017 after serving as a Fellow for the office. Prior to the State Board of Education, Tiffany worked as a middle school English teacher in Eastern North Carolina. Her experience as a product of public schools and as a public school teacher has strengthened her understanding of the needs of parents, families, students, and teachers. As a result, she understands how race and class contribute to educational inequity and other systemic disparities. Tiffany was born and raised in Montgomery, Alabama and holds a Bachelor of Arts in English from The University of Alabama.
Student Advocate Fellows
Charlotta Blackman, Student Advocate Fellow
Charlotta Blackman is a graduate student at Georgetown University in the Educational Transformation program in the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences. She is originally from Chicago, Illinois where she grew up on the south side with her mom and three siblings. Charlotta received her Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from Spelman College (Atlanta, GA) in May 2018. She enjoys working with students and families and wants to pursue a doctorate in educational leadership with the goals of working in school administration in underserved communities.
Rachel Taylor, Legislative Policy Fellow
Rachel Taylor is a second year student at Howard University School of Law. Rachel is a native from South Jersey and has recently moved to DC. Since graduating from Messiah College with a Bachelor's degree in Politics, Rachel's passion about education policy and law has grown. As a career goal she hopes to find innovate methods to reform the education system so that it benefits every child. Rachel has been dancing since she was seven years old and currently teaches dance to young children.