BOARD OF GOVERNORS

Charter Authority in DC

Washington Latin Public Charter School is authorized by and accountable to the District of Columbia Public Charter School Board (DCPCSB). This board evaluates all DC public charter schools for academic results, compliance with applicable local and federal laws, and fiscal management.  We are held accountable to the PCSB for our results and the goals established in our charter agreement. Washington Latin is ranked Tier One (see Our Results for more detail).

Washington Latin Board of Governors

Washington Latin is governed by an all-volunteer board, responsible for oversight of the school’s academic and fiscal well-being. Our Board of Governors is comprised of a maximum 15 members.  The Board currently includes four parents of Latin students, who bring this important perspective to our discussions about the school’s current work and future direction. There are seven Board-led committees, and the full Board meets eight times per year.  If you have questions about the board, please contact Peter Anderson, Head of School, or Chris Wilkinson, Board President.
Christopher Wilkinson, President

Christopher Wilkinson is Senior Counsel at Perkins Cole, maintaining a broad practice in labor and employment, Equal Pay, health and safety, government relations and administrative law. Chris served previously as Associate Solicitor for Civil Rights and Labor-Management. In that role, Chris was the senior career civil rights and labor management lawyer for the Department of Labor providing advice on regulatory, policy and enforcement matters for seven DOL agencies including the Department’s Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs, Civil Rights Center and Office of Labor Management Standards. Chris is an active member of the America Bar Association, having presented on numerous federal contractor compliance, LGBT and compensation discrimination topics at the ABA Conference on Equal Employment Law.

Kenneth Merritt, Vice President

Kenneth Merritt is a partner at DayBlink Consulting, a private firm focused on helping businesses manage change and grow. Ken has over twenty-five years of progressive leadership experience in strategy and transformation across multiple industries, types of organizations, and business functions. His specific transformation expertise is designing & delivering enterprise effectiveness & efficiency. Kenneth has also served as a Board Director for both a private operating company and not-for-profit organizations.Ken joined the Washington Latin Board of Governors in the fall of 2019.

Brendan Williams-Kief, Secretary

Brendan Williams-Kief is Vice-President of Georgetown Public Affairs, LLC where he focuses on assisting clients with media, communications, and government affairs needs, particularly in the areas of education, health care, technology, and economic development policy.  He draws on his experiences as a former journalist, at the highest-levels of municipal politics, and for an internationally respected advocacy organization to help clients develop their message and ensure that it is heard.  Prior to his time in politics, Brendan was an evening news editor at NBC Washington, the leading news bureau in the Nation’s Capital. He has also served as Director of Communications for the National Center on Education and the Economy (“NCEE”), leading media relations and messaging for NCEE’s work around the globe. Brendan served in a number of critical roles in city politics in Washington, DC, including as the Chief of Staff, Communications Director, and Committee Director for the D.C. Council’s Committee on Education.  Brendan was instrumental in building winning legislative campaigns, securing critical public policy reforms, and generating positive press coverage in local and national media outlets.  Brendan is a graduate of the George Washington University (“GWU”) in Washington, DC, with a degree in Political Communication.  At GWU, he was a scholarship member of the University’s nationally competitive policy debate team.

Elizabeth Pollitt Paisner, Treasurer

Elizabeth Pollitt Paisner is the Director of Financial Analysis and Feasibility for Quadrangle Development Corporation, a leading full-service real estate developer in Washington, DC and the surrounding region. Prior to joining Quadrangle in 2014, she worked for the Office of Economic Development Finance for the Government of the District of Columbia. She has been involved in real estate and economic development in DC for over 20 years. Early in her career, she served as a senior consultant to Arthur Andersen. She serves on the board of the Hill Center on Capitol Hill and is the parent of a rising sixth grader at Washington Latin. She has a Masters in Public Policy from University of California, Berkeley and a BS in Business Administration from Villanova University. And she used a Fulbright Fellowship to study at the Humboldt University of Berlin.

Laurie Ballenger

Laurie Ballenger is General Counsel to The Donohoe Companies, Inc., one of the DC region’s largest real estate companies, and is involved in all aspects of the company’s real estate and operating businesses. She has over 20 years of experience in commercial real estate law in both private practice and as a corporate executive. Prior to joining Donohoe, she practiced commercial real estate law with the firms of Bregman, Berbert, Schwartz & Gilday, and Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman, and also served for nine years as General Counsel to The Artery Capital Group, LLC, a privately-held commercial real estate company. Laurie and her husband have five children, four of whom are students at Washington Latin. She joined the board in 2018.

Barry Caldwell
Barry Caldwell has had a long career in business as a C-Suite Public Affairs & Communications, Human Resources, and Legal executive. He recently stepped down as Waste Management’s Senior Vice President for Corporate Affairs and Chief People Officer, responsible for leading the company’s human resources, state and federal policy, corporate communications and community relations, and aviation. Prior to joining WM, Barry was the Vice President for Government Relations for CIGNA Corporation. Previously, he was Vice President of Federal Affairs for the Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America and Chief of Staff to US Senator Arlen Specter. Barry began his professional career practicing law with two Washington, DC law firms. He also benefits from significant board service on several nonprofit organizations and trade groups.  Barry holds an AB from Dartmouth College and a JD from Georgetown University Law Center, and is the father of three adult children. He joined the board in 2018.
Alyse Graham

Alyse Graham is a teacher and lawyer with broad public sector experience.   Alyse graduated from Yale University and received her law degree from Stanford Law School.  She served as a prosecutor for the U.S. Department of Justice and the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Columbia, and she has taught criminal law and criminal procedure at George Mason University Law School and American University School of Law.  Five years ago, Alyse joined Teach for America and became a teacher at Everett Middle School in San Francisco. She taught science and social studies in both Spanish and English as part of the school’s dual immersion curriculum, and served on the school’s Parent Engagement Committee.  Alyse has also served on the Superintendent’s Committee on Equity for the San Mateo Foster City School District and consulted to Amplify, a national curriculum developer, on a new NGSS-aligned K-8 science curriculum. Alyse is a native Washingtonian who lives here with her husband and three children. 

Priya Jayachandran

Priya Jayachandran is the President of The National Housing Trust (NHT), a Washington D.C. based nonprofit, focusing on affordable housing preservation. Priya came to NHT from Volunteers of America, where she served as the Senior Vice President of Affordable Housing Development. Previously she worked for the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development’s (HUD) Office of Multifamily Housing Programs, serving as a Senior Policy Housing Tax Credit Advisor, Acting Director of the Program Administration Office, and finally Deputy Assistant Secretary for Multifamily Housing Programs. Prior to joining HUD, Priya spent over 15 years in community development real estate banking in New York and Washington, DC. During that time, she led teams delivering debt and tax credit equity, Historic Tax Credits and New Markets Tax Credits for real estate developers of affordable housing and charter schools. Priya has also worked for the InterAmerican Development Bank (IDB) in La Paz, Bolivia as a consultant to women’s microcredit organizations and for Credit Suisse as an investment banking analyst. Priya earned her BA from the University of California and her MPA from the Woodrow Wilson School at Princeton University.

Carl McFadgion

Carl McFadgion is a partner in the full-service Real Estate Construction, Property Management and Investment solution company, Affinity Group, LLC and the Director of Strategy & Logistics for the District of Columbia Public School’s River Terrace Education Campus in Northeast, DC.  Carl has over 18 years of experience in Facilities, Operations, Management, and Construction as well as Entrepreneurship that equipped him with a solid knowledge of all faucets of business. Having held senior positions in Operations and Management, he has been directly responsible for the overall administration, coordination and evaluation of the various organizations’ operational functions; which includes directing and coordinating the activities of both direct and support personnel. Carl is most proud of his work to rebuild the Boys to Men mentoring program at the New Samaritan Baptist Church in Washington, DC. His efforts helped to improve the visibility, processes, systems implementation, and management of the program. He received his BA in Communications from Howard University in Washington, DC. 

Josiah Osgood

Josiah Osgood is Professor and Chair of Classics at Georgetown University. His teaching and research cover many areas of Roman history and Latin literature, with a special focus on the fall of the Roman Republic. He is the author of many published books, including How to Be a Bad Emperor: An Ancient Guide to Truly Terrible Leaders. Josiah has earned BA, MA, and PhD degrees from Yale University. He is the winner of numerous awards and prizes.

Lisa Gail Rucker

Lisa Gail Rucker brings more than 25 years of experience in the fields of grants management, youth and adult education, training, organizational development, and nonprofit leadership.  She has worked to create community- based programs and city-wide systems to help youth and adults obtain the education, training and other services, opportunities and supports needed to succeed in life.  Lisa served most recently as is the Director of the Center for Youth Development at United Way of the National Capital Area and was the founding manager for LEARN24’s (the District of Columbia’s Out-of-School Time Network) Institute for Youth Development at the University of the District of Columbia. Before joining the United Way of the National Capital Area, Lisa was the founding Director of the Center for Excellence in Youth Development at the DC Trust. Before serving in this role, Lisa led the Literacy Initiatives at the DC Trust, including the Lifelong Learning Initiative. Lisa has also worked at Friendship House, where she was Director of Community Services and Community of Hope where she was the Youth and Adult Education Program Manager. Lisa completed her master’s degree coursework in International Education and Training at the School for International Training in Brattleboro, Vermont, a Graduate Certificate in Adult Education from the University of the District of Columbia, and received her BA from the University of Virginia. She has taught SAT, ESL, and GED courses both in Africa and the US, and worked with at-risk youth at Upward Bound and the Freedom Youth Academy. Lisa resides in Columbia Heights with her husband Souleymane Diallo and their five children, four of whom attend Washington Latin. Since joining our community, Lisa has been an active volunteer at the school as well as at Capitol Hill Montessori School, as well as serving on the DCPS Special Education Parent Advisory Board and working with the parent advocacy group Parents Amplifying Voices Everywhere (PAVE).

Latin Board Meetings Information

Washington Latin’s board meetings are generally held the first Thursday of each month at 6pm. We list them on this web site’s calendar. Minutes from recent meetings are below. During the pandemic, meetings will be held via Zoom.

All information about our board meetings is posted here and on our board portal, Board on Track, including meeting dates, Zoom links, agendas, and for past meetings, recordings and approved minutes.

Charter Authority in DC

Washington Latin Public Charter School is authorized by and accountable to the District of Columbia Public Charter School Board (DCPCSB). This board evaluates all DC public charter schools for academic results, compliance with applicable local and federal laws, and fiscal management.  We are held accountable to the PCSB for our results and the goals established in our charter agreement. Washington Latin is ranked Tier One (see Our Results for more detail).

Washington Latin Board of Governors

Washington Latin is governed by an all-volunteer board, responsible for oversight of the school’s academic and fiscal well-being. Our Board of Governors is comprised of a maximum 15 members.  The Board currently includes four parents of Latin students, who bring this important perspective to our discussions about the school’s current work and future direction. There are seven Board-led committees, and the full Board meets eight times per year.  If you have questions about the board, please contact Peter Anderson, Head of School, or Chris Wilkinson, Board President.
Christopher Wilkinson, President

Christopher Wilkinson is Senior Counsel at Perkins Cole, maintaining a broad practice in labor and employment, Equal Pay, health and safety, government relations and administrative law. Chris served previously as Associate Solicitor for Civil Rights and Labor-Management. In that role, Chris was the senior career civil rights and labor management lawyer for the Department of Labor providing advice on regulatory, policy and enforcement matters for seven DOL agencies including the Department’s Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs, Civil Rights Center and Office of Labor Management Standards. Chris is an active member of the America Bar Association, having presented on numerous federal contractor compliance, LGBT and compensation discrimination topics at the ABA Conference on Equal Employment Law.

Kenneth Merritt, Vice President

Kenneth Merritt is a partner at DayBlink Consulting, a private firm focused on helping businesses manage change and grow. Ken has over twenty-five years of progressive leadership experience in strategy and transformation across multiple industries, types of organizations, and business functions. His specific transformation expertise is designing & delivering enterprise effectiveness & efficiency. Kenneth has also served as a Board Director for both a private operating company and not-for-profit organizations.Ken joined the Washington Latin Board of Governors in the fall of 2019.

Brendan Williams-Kief, Secretary

Brendan Williams-Kief is Vice-President of Georgetown Public Affairs, LLC where he focuses on assisting clients with media, communications, and government affairs needs, particularly in the areas of education, health care, technology, and economic development policy.  He draws on his experiences as a former journalist, at the highest-levels of municipal politics, and for an internationally respected advocacy organization to help clients develop their message and ensure that it is heard.  Prior to his time in politics, Brendan was an evening news editor at NBC Washington, the leading news bureau in the Nation’s Capital. He has also served as Director of Communications for the National Center on Education and the Economy (“NCEE”), leading media relations and messaging for NCEE’s work around the globe. Brendan served in a number of critical roles in city politics in Washington, DC, including as the Chief of Staff, Communications Director, and Committee Director for the D.C. Council’s Committee on Education.  Brendan was instrumental in building winning legislative campaigns, securing critical public policy reforms, and generating positive press coverage in local and national media outlets.  Brendan is a graduate of the George Washington University (“GWU”) in Washington, DC, with a degree in Political Communication.  At GWU, he was a scholarship member of the University’s nationally competitive policy debate team.

Elizabeth Pollitt Paisner, Treasurer

Elizabeth Pollitt Paisner is the Director of Financial Analysis and Feasibility for Quadrangle Development Corporation, a leading full-service real estate developer in Washington, DC and the surrounding region. Prior to joining Quadrangle in 2014, she worked for the Office of Economic Development Finance for the Government of the District of Columbia. She has been involved in real estate and economic development in DC for over 20 years. Early in her career, she served as a senior consultant to Arthur Andersen. She serves on the board of the Hill Center on Capitol Hill and is the parent of a rising sixth grader at Washington Latin. She has a Masters in Public Policy from University of California, Berkeley and a BS in Business Administration from Villanova University. And she used a Fulbright Fellowship to study at the Humboldt University of Berlin.

Laurie Ballenger

Laurie Ballenger is General Counsel to The Donohoe Companies, Inc., one of the DC region’s largest real estate companies, and is involved in all aspects of the company’s real estate and operating businesses. She has over 20 years of experience in commercial real estate law in both private practice and as a corporate executive. Prior to joining Donohoe, she practiced commercial real estate law with the firms of Bregman, Berbert, Schwartz & Gilday, and Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman, and also served for nine years as General Counsel to The Artery Capital Group, LLC, a privately-held commercial real estate company. Laurie and her husband have five children, four of whom are students at Washington Latin. She joined the board in 2018.

Barry Caldwell
Barry Caldwell has had a long career in business as a C-Suite Public Affairs & Communications, Human Resources, and Legal executive. He recently stepped down as Waste Management’s Senior Vice President for Corporate Affairs and Chief People Officer, responsible for leading the company’s human resources, state and federal policy, corporate communications and community relations, and aviation. Prior to joining WM, Barry was the Vice President for Government Relations for CIGNA Corporation. Previously, he was Vice President of Federal Affairs for the Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America and Chief of Staff to US Senator Arlen Specter. Barry began his professional career practicing law with two Washington, DC law firms. He also benefits from significant board service on several nonprofit organizations and trade groups.  Barry holds an AB from Dartmouth College and a JD from Georgetown University Law Center, and is the father of three adult children. He joined the board in 2018.
Alyse Graham

Alyse Graham is a teacher and lawyer with broad public sector experience.   Alyse graduated from Yale University and received her law degree from Stanford Law School.  She served as a prosecutor for the U.S. Department of Justice and the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Columbia, and she has taught criminal law and criminal procedure at George Mason University Law School and American University School of Law.  Five years ago, Alyse joined Teach for America and became a teacher at Everett Middle School in San Francisco. She taught science and social studies in both Spanish and English as part of the school’s dual immersion curriculum, and served on the school’s Parent Engagement Committee.  Alyse has also served on the Superintendent’s Committee on Equity for the San Mateo Foster City School District and consulted to Amplify, a national curriculum developer, on a new NGSS-aligned K-8 science curriculum. Alyse is a native Washingtonian who lives here with her husband and three children. 

Priya Jayachandran

Priya Jayachandran is the President of The National Housing Trust (NHT), a Washington D.C. based nonprofit, focusing on affordable housing preservation. Priya came to NHT from Volunteers of America, where she served as the Senior Vice President of Affordable Housing Development. Previously she worked for the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development’s (HUD) Office of Multifamily Housing Programs, serving as a Senior Policy Housing Tax Credit Advisor, Acting Director of the Program Administration Office, and finally Deputy Assistant Secretary for Multifamily Housing Programs. Prior to joining HUD, Priya spent over 15 years in community development real estate banking in New York and Washington, DC. During that time, she led teams delivering debt and tax credit equity, Historic Tax Credits and New Markets Tax Credits for real estate developers of affordable housing and charter schools. Priya has also worked for the InterAmerican Development Bank (IDB) in La Paz, Bolivia as a consultant to women’s microcredit organizations and for Credit Suisse as an investment banking analyst. Priya earned her BA from the University of California and her MPA from the Woodrow Wilson School at Princeton University.

Carl McFadgion

Carl McFadgion is a partner in the full-service Real Estate Construction, Property Management and Investment solution company, Affinity Group, LLC and the Director of Strategy & Logistics for the District of Columbia Public School’s River Terrace Education Campus in Northeast, DC.  Carl has over 18 years of experience in Facilities, Operations, Management, and Construction as well as Entrepreneurship that equipped him with a solid knowledge of all faucets of business. Having held senior positions in Operations and Management, he has been directly responsible for the overall administration, coordination and evaluation of the various organizations’ operational functions; which includes directing and coordinating the activities of both direct and support personnel. Carl is most proud of his work to rebuild the Boys to Men mentoring program at the New Samaritan Baptist Church in Washington, DC. His efforts helped to improve the visibility, processes, systems implementation, and management of the program. He received his BA in Communications from Howard University in Washington, DC. 

Josiah Osgood

Josiah Osgood is Professor and Chair of Classics at Georgetown University. His teaching and research cover many areas of Roman history and Latin literature, with a special focus on the fall of the Roman Republic. He is the author of many published books, including How to Be a Bad Emperor: An Ancient Guide to Truly Terrible Leaders. Josiah has earned BA, MA, and PhD degrees from Yale University. He is the winner of numerous awards and prizes.

Lisa Gail Rucker

Lisa Gail Rucker brings more than 25 years of experience in the fields of grants management, youth and adult education, training, organizational development, and nonprofit leadership.  She has worked to create community- based programs and city-wide systems to help youth and adults obtain the education, training and other services, opportunities and supports needed to succeed in life.  Lisa served most recently as is the Director of the Center for Youth Development at United Way of the National Capital Area and was the founding manager for LEARN24’s (the District of Columbia’s Out-of-School Time Network) Institute for Youth Development at the University of the District of Columbia. Before joining the United Way of the National Capital Area, Lisa was the founding Director of the Center for Excellence in Youth Development at the DC Trust. Before serving in this role, Lisa led the Literacy Initiatives at the DC Trust, including the Lifelong Learning Initiative. Lisa has also worked at Friendship House, where she was Director of Community Services and Community of Hope where she was the Youth and Adult Education Program Manager. Lisa completed her master’s degree coursework in International Education and Training at the School for International Training in Brattleboro, Vermont, a Graduate Certificate in Adult Education from the University of the District of Columbia, and received her BA from the University of Virginia. She has taught SAT, ESL, and GED courses both in Africa and the US, and worked with at-risk youth at Upward Bound and the Freedom Youth Academy. Lisa resides in Columbia Heights with her husband Souleymane Diallo and their five children, four of whom attend Washington Latin. Since joining our community, Lisa has been an active volunteer at the school as well as at Capitol Hill Montessori School, as well as serving on the DCPS Special Education Parent Advisory Board and working with the parent advocacy group Parents Amplifying Voices Everywhere (PAVE).

Latin Board Meetings Information

Washington Latin’s board meetings are generally held the first Thursday of each month at 6pm. We list them on this web site’s calendar. Minutes from recent meetings are below. During the pandemic, meetings will be held via Zoom.

All information about our board meetings is posted here and on our board portal, Board on Track, including meeting dates, Zoom links, agendas, and for past meetings, recordings and approved minutes.

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