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DC State Board of Education Announces Appointments to Regional and Citywide Bodies

Wednesday, December 16, 2015

(Washington, DC) - The DC State Board of Education (SBOE) is pleased to announce that two of its members have been appointed to new roles within the city and beyond its borders.  

Karen Williams, SBOE Vice President and Ward 7 Member, and Faith Gibson Hubbard, Chief Student Advocate, have been asked by the Deputy Mayor for Education, Jennifer Niles, to serve on her Cross-Sector Collaboration Task Force. The task force will issue a report for Mayor Muriel Bowser with recommendations for improving the coherence of public education in the District of Columbia for families and increasing collaboration across traditional and charter public schools to improve effectiveness, efficiency, and student achievement.  

“I am thrilled to have both Faith and Karen as members of the Cross-Sector Collaboration Task Force,” said Deputy Mayor Jennifer Niles. “Their sound expertise will be vital to the important work we have ahead of us as we prepare young people for college and careers.”    

Jack Jacobson, SBOE President and Ward 2 Member, has been nominated to serve as the representative of the Washington Area Boards of Education to the Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments’ National Capital Region Emergency Preparedness Council (NCREPC). The Emergency Preparedness Council provides recommendations on coordination of emergency planning throughout the region.   

Finally, Mary Lord, SBOE At-Large Member, is completing her term as president of the National Association of State Boards of Education (NASBE). NASBE is an enormous resource to the District and other state education leaders across the country, providing professional development opportunities, information sharing, best practices in education, and a voice in shaping national education policy, including the Every Student Succeeds Act that President Obama just signed into law. Ms. Lord will continue to serve on the NASBE Board of Directors as Immediate-Past President. 

The State Board of Education provides policy leadership, support, advocacy, and oversight of public education to ensure that every student is valued and learns the skills and knowledge necessary to become informed, competent, and contributing global citizens. More information about the SBOE can be found at