John-Paul C. Hayworth, Executive Director
John-Paul C. Hayworth is the Executive Director of the DC State Board of Education. He joined the State Board in 2015 after serving in two mayoral administrations and on Capitol Hill, including as an advisor 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).
John-Paul serves as the appointed agency head for the elected State Board. He is responsible for day to day operations of the agency as well as leading policy development and research on topics under the State Board’s purview. John-Paul has been an invited speaker at national conferences and other events, including providing the 2018 Baylor Interdisciplinary Core Alumni Homecoming Lecture entitled “The Role of Failure as Part of the Examined Life”. He was awarded the 2019 Outstanding Young Alumni Award by the Baylor Line Foundation.
John-Paul is a dedicated resident of the District of Columbia and was an elected Advisory Neighborhood Commissioner for Single Member District 4C07. He moved to the Washington Metropolitan area permanently in 2003 after earning his BA from Baylor University and a MA from the University of Connecticut. John-Paul 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.
Rhoma Battle, Budget & Operations Specialist
Rhoma Battle is the Budget and Operations Specialist for the State Board of Education (SBOE). He comes to the SBOE with 18 years of District government experience. Before coming to work for the District, Rhoma was a community activist and student intern. While completing his master’s degree in public policy at American University School of Public Affairs, Rhoma worked for the Anacostia Coordinating Council, the Marshall Heights Community Development Organization, and he served two years as President of the Penn Branch Citizens Civic Association in Southeast Washington, DC.
In District government, Rhoma took on the role of disbursements analyst for the DC Tuition Assistance Grant Program. Popularly known as DC TAG, Rhoma made payments of the DC TAG on behalf of students to colleges and universities throughout the United States. He then became an OCFO Budget Analyst for the DC State Education Office (now the Office of the State Superintendent of Education, OSSE), and was later hired by OSSE as a Fiscal Programs Analyst for Nutrition Services (now Health and Wellness). While at OSSE, Rhoma was responsible for budgeting, financial reports, procurements, and administrative services for Health and Wellness.
As Budget and Operations Specialist for the SBOE, Rhoma provides substantive budget, procurement, and administrative support for the SBOE staff, the Office of the Ombudsman, and the Office of the Student Advocate.
Alexander Jue, Policy Analyst
Alexander Jue is a Policy Analyst at the DC State Board of Education (SBOE). Prior to joining the SBOE, Alexander served as the Director of Policy & Research at a DC-based education advocacy organization whose mission is to ensure that all students regardless of background have access to a high-quality education. In that role, he was charged with providing strategic advice to the organization’s state-based teams as well as overseeing the production and creation of reports, memos, and one-pagers on a variety of education-based policies and topics. Alexander’s previous work also includes time as a strategic researcher with one of the nation’s largest labor unions, where he worked on eliminating inequities in the nation’s healthcare system.
Alexander spends much of his free time mentoring students in DC Public Schools—he is currently a mentor with two DC-based non-profit programs that work one-on-one with low-income, underserved students to support them in both academic and social environments. Alexander is committed to ensuring every student and family in Washington, DC has equitable access to education resources and opportunities.
Born and raised in Cleveland, OH, Alexander has lived in Washington, DC since 2011. He currently lives in Ward 3 with his wife. Alexander holds a bachelor’s degree in international relations and French from The College of Wooster.
Lanita Logan, Staff Assistant
Lanita Logan, a native Washingtonian, serves as the Staff Assistant for the State Board of Education (SBOE). She comes to the SBOE with a background of three years of District government experience and 15 years of Federal government service. In her federal roles, Lanita performed a variety of administrative roles at the Department of Consumer and Regulatory Affairs, the Office of Finance and Resource Management, the National Archives, and the Department of Agriculture.
In 2010, Lanita went on to work for the Department of the Interior as a Space Specialist/Contract Officer Representative. During her eight years there, Lanita worked to setup up a major department-wide multi-million-dollar furniture contract, oversaw the installation and maintenance of mobile device contracts, and managed the delivery and installation for carpet and moving services throughout the department. Before joining the SBOE, Lanita worked as an Administrative Team Leader at the Smithsonian Institution.
Lanita holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Potomac College.
Paul Negron, Public Affairs Specialist
Paul Negron joined the DC State Board of Education (SBOE) as Public Affairs Specialist in October 2016. Paul manages communications and public engagement for the State Board, coordinating writing, editing, media relation press releases, talking points, school visits, and social-media strategy for the nine-member elected education body for the District. He serves as the public information officer for the State Board, developing communication strategies to inform the public about the agency vision and mission and to increase awareness and understanding of the work of the State Board.
Paul is a featured blogger for the government innovation website GovLoop and is currently pursuing a master's degree in public relations and corporate communications at Georgetown University. Paul was also recently selected as a member of the Hoya Professional 30 Class of 2018, a group of student professionals recognized for making outstanding contributions to their industries and communities.
Prior to joining the State Board, Paul worked as a career education manager for two local non-profit organizations that provide workforce development and job training to low-income, underserved DC area residents. He specialized in delivering industry-specific career development workshops and training that provided targeted advice through positive reinforcement and encouragement. Additionally, Paul cultivated strong relationships with several community-based organizations and employers in the District to secure job placements for clients. Previously, Paul worked as a marketing director for an international language school and a web copywriter for a timeshare organization during his time living in Florida.
Paul graduated from Washington and Lee University in Virginia with a bachelor of arts in communications and a minor in politics. Born and raised in Long Island, N.Y., Paul has resided in Washington, D.C. since 2013. An avid soccer player, singer, and tennis enthusiast, he currently lives in Ward 1’s Park View neighborhood.
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.