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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 2019 Committee Assignments page.

Ruth Wattenberg

Ruth Wattenberg, President
Ward 3
Term: 2019-2022
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@Ruth4Schools
Ruth's Bio

Markus Batchelor

Markus Batchelor, Vice President
Ward 8
Term: 2017-2020
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@MarkusSBOE
Markus' Bio

Ashley MacLeay

Ashley MacLeay
At-Large
Term: 2017-2020
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@AshleySBOE
Ashley's Bio

 

Emily Gasoi

Emily Gasoi
Ward 1
Term: 2019-2022
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@emilygasoi
Emily's Bio

 

Jack Jacobson

Jack Jacobson
Ward 2
Term: 2017-2020
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@JackJacobsonDC
Jack's Bio

Frazier O’Leary

Frazier O’Leary
Ward 4
Term: 2018-2020
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Frazier's Bio

 

 

Zachary Parker

Zachary Parker
Ward 5
Term: 2019-2022
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@ZACHARYSBOE5
Zachary's Bio

Jessica Sutter

Jessica Sutter
Ward 6
Term: 2019-2022
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@jessicasutterW6
Jessica's Bio

Karen Williams

Karen Williams
Ward 7
Term: 2017-2020
[email protected]
@karen4ward7sboe
Karen's Bio

 

SY2018-2019 Student Representatives

Student Reps

Tatiana Robinson, a rising senior at Frank W. Ballou High School, and Marjoury Alicea, a rising senior at Capital City Public Charter School, serve as Student Representatives for the 2018-19 school year. For the length of their term, the Student Representatives will join the nine elected State Board members in their policy discussions, community engagement and will bring the voice of students directly to decision makers. They will also serve as co-chairs of the Student Advisory Committee, a volunteer group of more than 30 District students from more than 16 District high schools in both DC Public Schools and the public charter sector.

Ms. Robinson is returning for her second term as Student Representative. She plays four sports, is dual-enrolled at Howard University, sits on the DCPS Student Cabinet, and takes part in Ballou’s robotics team and girls’ mentoring program. Ms. Alicea is a member of the debate team, serves as a reading mentor, and volunteers as a food justice ambassador. She is the founder and president of her school’s ACLU club.