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OUR TEAM

Our organizational infrastructure is configured to address the specific needs of the See Forever Foundation and the Maya Angelou Schools. Accordingly, our board members have expertise in key fields, including education, community service and nonprofit management, parenting and community engagement, finance, law, communications and corporate governance. There are ad hoc and standing committees of each board who engage in more in-depth organizational planning, support, and operations. 

Maya Angelou Public Charter School Board of Directors  

Board Chair

Dr. Peter Leone
Board Chair
Board Committee(s): Board Development and Engagement, Executive Committee
Biography: Peter is a Professor in the Department of Counseling, Higher Education, and Special Education at the University of Maryland. Read more

Board Vice-Chair and Secretary

Michael Vu
Board Vice-Chair
Board Committee(s): Finance and Audit Committee, Executive Committee
Biography: Michael is a Principal with Artemis Real Estate Partners, a real estate fund manager based in metropolitan Washington DC. Read more
Thomas White
Board Secretary
Board Committee(s): Strategic Planning, Executive Committee
Biography: Tom is a practiced corporate and bankruptcy law at WilmerHale from 1983 to 2017. Read more

Members

Darren Cambridge
Board Member
Board Committee(s): Strategic Planning
Biography: Darren Cambridge is a versatile and visionary education leader with 20 years of experience in professional learning, communications, technology, educational research, and policy. Read more
Dr. Cheryl Chun
Board Member
Board Committee(s): Strategic Planning
Biography: Dr. Chun graduated from the Meharry Medical College School of Medicine in 2014. Read more
Andrew Dana
Board Member
(bio coming soon)
David Domenici
Co-Founder
Board Committee(s): Finance and Audit Committee, Fundraising, Partnerships, and Advocacy, Executive Committee
Biography: 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. Read more
Lewis Goss II
Board Member
Board Committee(s): Finance and Audit Committee,
Biography: Lewis Goss II is a partner in the Real Estate group with an emphasis on finance, aquisitions, and dispositions. Read more
James Forman, Jr.
Co-Founder
Board Committee(s): Board Development and Engagement, Fundraising, Partnerships, and Advocacy,
Biography: 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. Read more
Dr. Julie Johnson
Board Member
Board Committee(s): Maya Angelou Academy Support
Biography: Julie Johnson is founder and principal of StrategyForward Advisors, a higher education policy and strategy consultancy in Washington, D.C. Read more
Denise Jackson Kelley
Parent Board Member
(bio coming soon)
Alise Marshall
Board Member
Board Committee(s): Fundraising, Partnerships, and Advocacy, Maya Angelou Academy Support
Biography: 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. Read more
Cheryl Mills
Board Member
Biography: Cheryl is a lawyer and corporate executive. Read more
Shemeka Pugh
Parent Board Member
Board Committee(s): Shameka Pugh
(bio coming soon)

                    ADMINISTRATION 

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CLARISSE MENDOZA DAVIS

 CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER 

Clarisse Mendoza Davis currently serves as the Chief Executive Officer for the See Forever Foundation and Maya Angelou Public Charter Schools. In this role, Clarisse will lead the organization’s network of schools with a primary focus on academic performance, long-term planning, and sustainability. Dr. Mendoza Davis joined our team in 2016 as the Chief of Schools, with over ten years of experience serving students and families in urban schools in both traditional district and charter settings. After teaching high school English in the District of Columbia Public Schools (DCPS), Clarisse served as Principal of Tindley Renaissance Academy in Indianapolis, Indiana, Chief Operating Officer of the Early Stages Division of DCPS, and Deputy Chief of Schools at the UNO Charter School Network (now the Acero Network of Schools) in Chicago, Illinois. 

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Senior Leadership

Clarisse Mendoza Davis
Chief Executive Officer
Department: See Forever Foundation
vCard: (Link to Card coming soon)
Marvin Harden
Chief Operating Officer
Department: See Forever Foundation
vCard: (Link to Card coming soon)
Leah Lamb
Chief Officer of Institutional Advancement
Department: See Forever Foundation
vCard: (Link to Card coming soon)
Azalia Speight
Deputy Chief of Schools
Department: Maya Angelou Public Charter School
vCard: (Link to Card coming soon)
Kari Smith
Deputy Chief of Policy Performance and Advocacy
Department: See Forever Foundation
vCard: (Link to card coming soon)
Felecia Hayward
Deputy Chief of Secure Programs
Department: See Forever Foundation
vCard: (Link to card coming soon)
Kamal Wright-Cunningham
Deputy Chief of Student Support Services
Department: See Forever Foundation
vCard: (Link to card coming soon)

Staff Directory

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Abdurrazaq Gbadamosi
IT Systems Administrator
Maya Angelou Public Charter School
Adrian Dhanaraj
Assistant Principal
MAA @YSC
Akoshia Yoba
Director, Career Academy
Maya Angelou Public Charter School
Alexandra Sprecher
Americorp VISTA Human Resources
See Forever Foundation
Alyssa Williams
Special Education Teacher/Case Manager
MAA @YSC
Ameen Lawal
IT Systems Administrator
Maya Angelou Public Charter School
Amy Anderson
School Social Worker
MAA @YSC
Andre Stokes
Math Teacher
Maya Angelou Public Charter School
Andre Warren, Sr
Student Development Manager
Maya Angelou Public Charter School
Anthony Esho
History Teacher
MAA @New Beginnings
Arielle Holliday
Dean of Students
MAA @New Beginnings
Ashley Jones
Clinical Counselor
Maya Angelou Public Charter School