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State Board Staff Biographies

Staff Member Title Phone Email
John-Paul Hayworth Executive Director (202) 741-0884 [email protected]
Miguel Aguero Staff Assistant (202) 741-0891 [email protected]
Alexander Jue Policy Analyst (202) 741-2128 [email protected]
Paul Negron Public Affairs Specialist (202) 741-4688 [email protected]
Matt Repka Policy Analyst (202) 741-4690 [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.

Miguel Aguero, Staff Assistant
Miguel Aguero is the Staff Assistant for the SBOE. Previously, he worked as the Assistant to the Director at the Mayor's Office on Public Records and DC Archives. Miguel lived and worked in Caracas, Venezuela, working for UNICEF Venezuela as a Program Assistant and the British Embassy as an Administrative Assistant. Miguel came to Washington, D.C. 19 years ago as a political refugee. He has worked as a consultant to the DC Mayor’s Office on Latino Affairs, the Pan-American Health Organization and the International Organization for Migration focusing on HIV/AIDS education and stigma.

As a staff assistant, Miguel provides substantive administrative and management support work which contributes to the effective and efficient operation of the office and its programs. Miguel holds a bachelor’s degree in Liberal Studies with concentration international relations from Georgetown University. He is aiming for his master’s degree in 2019.

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.

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.

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. He is currently pursuing a master of professional studies in public relations and corporate communications at Georgetown University.

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.

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