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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.

Program Associate

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.

Phillip Copeland, Student Advocate Fellow

Phillip Copeland 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.