State Board of Education

DC Agency Top Menu

-A +A
Bookmark and Share

Board Biographies

Board Member


Phone Number



Karen Williams, President 7 (301) 641-1926 [email protected] @karenwill5sboe
Jack Jacobson, Vice President 2 (202) 251-7644 [email protected] @jackjacobsondc
Ashley Carter At-Large (202) 540-0678 [email protected] @CarterforDC
Laura Wilson Phelan 1 (202) 421-4360 [email protected] @LWilsonPhelan
Ruth Wattenberg 3 (202) 320-7884 [email protected] @Ruth4Schools
Lannette Woodruff 4 (202) 271-8507 [email protected] @Lannette4Ward4
Mark Jones 5 (202) 304-7294 [email protected] N/A
Joe Weedon 6 (202) 277-9410 [email protected] @joeweedon
Markus Batchelor 8 (202) 455-1032 [email protected] @MarkusSBOE

Karen Williams (President, Ward 7)
Karen Williams began her first term as the Ward 7 representative to the State Board on January 2, 2013. Karen was unanimously elected to serve as President on January 18, 2017.

Jack Jacobson (Vice President, Ward 2)
Jack Jacobson was elected in 2012 to the State Board of Education and was reelected in 2016 to serve Ward 2 families and resident

Ashley Carter (At-Large)
Ashley Carter was sworn in as the At-Large member for the State Board of Education on January 2, 2017.

Laura Wilson Phelan (Ward 1)
Laura Wilson Phelan is a member of the DC State Board of Education representing Ward 1.

Ruth Wattenberg (Ward 3)
Ruth Wattenberg is a parent, school activist, education reformer, education policy wonk, and 30-year resident of DC. She was elected as the Ward 3 member of the D.C. State Board of Education in November 2014.

Lannette Woodruff (Ward 4)
Lannette Woodruff was sworn in as the Ward 4 representative on January 2, 2017.

Mark Jones (Ward 5) 
Mark Jones is a business owner, community advocate, proud husband and father. Mark has deep roots in the District of Columbia. He is the son of the late Rev. L.B. Jones Senior, longtime pastor of the Springfield Baptist Church, located in the Shaw community. 

Joe Weedon (Ward 6)
Joe Weedon was elected to State Board of Education representing Ward 6 in 2014. For over a decade, Joe has been a leading voice for educational reform in the District. Joe worked with community members from across the Ward to develop and implement DCPS’ Ward 6 Middle School Plan.

Markus Batchelor (Ward 8) 
Markus Batchelor is a native Washingtonian and youth advocate, focused on equity and ensuring we close the opportunity gap. He was sworn in on January 2, 2017 as the youngest-ever elected member of the State Board of Education, where he represents the residents of Ward 8.

2017 Committee Assignments:

Administration & Budget – This committee monitors and oversees the State Board’s budget, personnel and governance. The standing committee was formally established when the new SBOE bylaws were adopted last month.

  • Chair – Joe Weedon, Ward 6
  • Members – Mark Jones, Ward 5; Lannette Woodruff, Ward 4; Karen Williams (ex officio)

Student Advisory – The Student Advisory committee ensures the voice of students is heard in improving education in the District. This committee is composed of a minimum of 15 high school students, one from each of the 10 largest (by student population) high schools in the District and 5 additional members from other high schools.

  • Co-Chairs- Alex Dorosin & Jamiah Hall
  • Members: Students, Karen Williams (ex officio)

Educational Excellence & Equity – This committee will focus on conducting high-quality policy research and analysis to support the State Board’s advisory and approval functions. During this year, the SBOE will take on revising high school graduation requirements and school report cards.

  • Chair: Laura Wilson Phelan, Ward 1
  • Members: Ashley Carter, At-Large; Mark Jones, Ward 5; Karen Williams (ex officio)

ESSA Accountability Plan – ESSA implementation begins in the 2017-18 school year. This committee will work diligently with the Office of the State Superintendent of Education to continue gathering input from diverse stakeholders on the design and development of the new accountability system for the District.

  • Chair: Ruth Wattenberg, Ward 3
  • Members: Jack Jacobson, Ward 2; Joe Weedon, Ward 6; Ashley Carter, At-Large; Lannette Woodruff, Ward 4; Markus Batchelor, Ward 8; Karen Williams (ex officio)

Public Engagement & Outreach – This new committee is tasked with ensuring that all voices are heard on key education policy issues. Priorities will include developing a community engagement strategy that includes diverse stakeholders and expanding the breadth of participation at SBOE community meetings, forums, and roundtables around the District.

  • Chair: Markus Batchelor, Ward 8
  • Members: Jack Jacobson, Ward 2; Laura Wilson Phelan, Ward 1; Karen Williams (ex officio);