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State Board Staff Biographies

Staff Member Title Phone Email
John-Paul Hayworth Executive Director (202) 741-0884 [email protected]
Paul Negron Public Affairs Specialist (202) 741-4688 [email protected]
Matt Repka Policy Analyst (202) 741-4690 [email protected]
Maria Salciccioli Senior Policy Analyst (202) 741-2128 [email protected]

John-Paul C. Hayworth, Executive Director

John-Paul C. Hayworth is the Executive Director of the DC State Board of Education. He joined the Board in 2015 after serving in two mayoral administrations and on Capitol Hill.  He most recently served as an adviser on federal, congressional and local affairs specializing in education, economic development and budget issues. He also represents the District of Columbia on the US Department of Education Mid-Atlantic Regional Advisory Committee and as President of the National Council of State Board of Education Executives (NCSBEE). 

Hayworth is a dedicated resident of the District of Columbia and an elected Advisory Neighborhood Commissioner for Single Member District 4C07.  He moved to the Washington Metropolitan area permanently in 2003.  He bought his first home in the District in 2009 when he fell in love with the charm and history of the Petworth neighborhood.  Hayworth earned his BA from Baylor University in Texas and a MA from the University of Connecticut.

Hayworth has been involved in helping local government find solutions since he was appointed to a student position on the school board in his hometown of Olathe, Kansas. In the District, he has also served as a member of the District’s Soil and Water Conservation District Citizen Advisory Committee and as Chair of the Legislative Subcommittee.

Paul Negron, Public Affairs Specialist

Paul Negron is the Public Affairs Specialist for the DC State Board of Education. Paul handles communications and public engagement for the State Board, coordinating writing, editing, media relation press releases, talking points, and social-media management for the nine-member elected education body for the District. Prior to joining the State Board, he worked as a career education manager for two local non-profits who provide job readiness training and placement to low-income, underserved DC area residents. In this role, Paul specialized in delivering industry-specific career development training that provided targeted advice through positive reinforcement and encouragement. Additionally, Paul has cultivated strong relationships with many community-based organizations and employers here in the District.

A passionate education and job-training advocate, Paul has worked vigorously throughout his career to ensure students successfully achieve their educational and career goals. Paul has resided in the District since 2013, currently living in Ward 1’s Park View neighborhood. Before moving to DC, he worked as a marketing director for an international language school and a web copywriter for a timeshare organization in Florida. Paul holds a bachelor’s degree in communications from Washington and Lee University.  

Matt Repka, Policy Analyst

Matt Repka is a Policy Analyst at the DC State Board of Education. Before joining SBOE, Matt lived and worked in Chicago for the University of Chicago Urban Labs on an evaluation of the city’s summer youth employment program. As a research manager, he provided direct program design and implementation support to the Chicago Department of Family and Support Services. Before Chicago, Matt served two years in AmeriCorps with City Year Washington, DC, working in DC Public Schools as a corps member and team leader. He is a DC native interested in education and youth development issues.

Matt holds a bachelor’s degree in international relations from Tufts University and a master’s degree in public policy from the University of Chicago.

Maria Salciccioli, Senior Policy Analyst

Maria Salciccioli is a Policy Analyst at the DC State Board of Education, bringing government, research, and teaching experience to the role. Before joining the State Board, she worked as a Strategic Advisor at the U.S. Department of Education managing communications and supporting grant programs across the Office of Innovation and Improvement. Maria has also worked as an education researcher, with in-depth knowledge on topics including blended learning, mathematics education, teacher leadership and professional development, and school climate. She started her career as a teacher in the District of Columbia, where she taught elementary school for two years.

Outside of work, Maria is involved in Young Education Professionals-DC and volunteers as an after-school tutor. She is passionate about ensuring that students across the District receive a great education, and she is excited to work with her colleagues at the State Board to further those goals. Maria holds a bachelor’s degree in history from Princeton University and a master’s degree in urban education policy from Brown University. She is a proud DC resident who has spent the last several years living in Ward 1, along the U Street corridor.

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