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  

Dr. Peter Leone, Board Chair
Michael Vu, Board Vice-Chair
Sharnice Anderson, Parent Board Member
Ms. Denise Jackson, Parent Board Member
Darren Cambridge
Dr. Cheryl Chun 
David Domenici
Lewis Goss II
James Forman, Jr.
Dr. Julie Johnson
Alise Marshall
Dr. Tanji Reed Marshall
Cheryl Mills
Ross Weingarten
Thomas White
Dr. Cheryl Chun 

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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. 

Clarisse earned her Ed.D. and M.Ed. in Education Leadership from Teachers College-Columbia University. She also holds a M.A. in Teaching from American University and her B.A. with Honors in English and Music from Loyola University in Chicago. In 2019, The Leadership Center for Excellence recognized Clarisse in their “40 Under 40” 2019 Class for her demonstrating exceptional and impactful leadership. 

Outside of her career, Clarisse enjoys spending time with her husband William, and their daughter Sophia. Some of her hobbies include baking, trying out new recipes in the kitchen, and reading. 

One of the ways Clarisse defines her leadership style is through this quote written by Dr. Maya Angelou, “Without courage we cannot practice any other virtue with consistency. We can’t be kind, true, merciful, generous, or honest.” 

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The See Forever Foundation and Maya Angelou Schools has a dynamic team of  highly-skilled and qualified professionals who are deeply passionate about serving opportunity youth. 


High School (MAPCS)

Young Adult Learning Center (YALC) Staff 

The Maya Angelou Academy Staff