Maya Angelou Public Charter School Board of Directors
Dr. Peter Leone, Board Chair
Peter is a Professor in the Department of Counseling, Higher Education, and Special Education at the University of Maryland. He received his B.A. and M.A. in history and special education, respectively, at the University of Iowa and his Ph.D. in special education at the University of Washington. During his professional career he has taught adolescents with behavioral disorders in the public schools, trained teachers, and studied education programs and practices in institutional settings.
Michael Vu, Board Vice-Chair
Michael is a Principal with Artemis Real Estate Partners, a real estate fund manager based in metropolitan Washington DC. Michael is a member of the Investment Committee and is responsible for developing and implementing the Acquisitions and Asset Management priorities of Artemis. Michael was a founding member of the Artemis team and has participated in the acquisition of over $3.0 billion of real estate nationwide.
Thomas White, Board Secretary
Tom is a practiced corporate and bankruptcy law at WilmerHale from 1983 to 2017, where he was one of the firm’s leading practitioners in the area of corporate governance and disclosure, with extensive experience representing corporate and institutional clients in complex business transactions. Mr. White also served as General Counsel of the firm for nine years. He retired in 2017.
Darren Cambridge is a versatile and visionary education leader with 20 years of experience in professional learning, communications, technology, educational research, and policy. At the American Council on Education, he produces digital learning content, experiences, and spaces that help senior leaders of colleges and universities transform higher education. Previously, he was co-founder and CEO of Mia Learning, an educational software company developing conversational artificial intelligence that helps children to become more powerful and purposeful readers.
Dr. Cheryl Chun
Dr. Chun graduated from the Meharry Medical College School of Medicine in 2014. She works in Silver Spring, MD and 3 other locations and specializes in Internal Medicine/Pediatrics and Pediatrics. Dr. Chun is affiliated with Holy Cross Hospital.
David Domenici, Co-Founder
David is the co-founder of the See Forever Foundation and the Maya Angelou Public Charter Schools, a network of alternative schools in the District of Columbia, and a Senior Fellow at the Center for American Progress. He is one of a handful of practitioners who work at the intersection of education and juvenile justice reform. A graduate of the University of Virginia and Stanford Law School, David was awarded both an Echoing Green and an Ashoka Fellowship to support his work as a social entrepreneur developing programs for at-risk and court-involved youth.
Lewis Goss II
Lewis Goss II is a partner in the Real Estate group with an emphasis on finance, aquisitions, and dispositions. Lewis represents financial institutions, private equity funds, and other institutional investors in a wide variety of commercial transactions, including: real estate acquisition, bridge and construction financing; mezzanine and other subordinate debt structures; syndications and intercreditor agreements; and loan restructuring, distressed assets, and workouts. Lewis has experience with both single-asset and large portfolio transactions with domestic and international borrowers and collateral. Additionally, Lewis represents commercial real estate developers in their single asset and portfolio acquisitions and dispositions.
James Forman, Jr., Co-Founder
James is a Professor of Law at Yale Law School since 2011 and a 2018 Pulitzer Prize winning author in the general nonfiction category for his book Locking Up Our Own: Crime and Punishment in Black America. After attending Brown University and Yale Law School, he worked as a law clerk for Judge William Norris of the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals and Justice Sandra Day O’Connor of the U.S. Supreme Court. In 1994, Forman joined the Public Defender Service in Washington, D.C., where for six years he represented both juveniles and adults charged with crimes. In 1997, Forman and David Domenici started the Maya Angelou Public Charter school, an alternative school for opportunity youth.
Dr. Julie Johnson
Julie Johnson is founder and principal of StrategyForward Advisors, a higher education policy and strategy consultancy in Washington, D.C. As a higher education leader, Dr. Johnson brings 20 years of institutional, policy, and entrepreneurial expertise. She helped launch and lead a new community college as Deputy CEO of the University of the District of Columbia Community College.
Alise joined the Public Welfare Foundation as Director of Strategy and New Ventures in 2018 to identify new levers for impact and build cross-sector collaborations for social change. Alise has dedicated her career to advocating for the opportunity for people in need and leading system reform for transformative change. Prior to joining Public Welfare, Alise served as Senior Manager for Economic Opportunity at Walmart Foundation where she oversaw the Foundation’s Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion portfolio, among others.
Cheryl is a lawyer and corporate executive. She first came into public prominence while serving as deputy White House Counsel for President Bill Clinton, whom she defended during his 1999 impeachment trial. She has worked for New York University as Senior Vice President, served as Senior Adviser and Counsel for Hillary Clinton‘s 2008 presidential campaign, and is considered a member of Hillary Clinton’s group of core advisers.