Board of Directors
Margie Yeager is a Partner at Education Forward DC leading their Advocacy portfolio. In this role, she helps direct philanthropic resources to create enabling conditions to advance quality and equity in public schools. Most recently, she was the Director of Advocacy and Policy at Chiefs for Change, a bipartisan coalition of state and district members. Prior to this, Margie was the Chief of Staff to the DC Deputy Mayor for Education where she supported education policy in DC from birth to career including early childhood centers, DC public and charter schools, and higher education. Margie began her career as a second-grade teacher at Simon Elementary in DCPS with Teach for America.
She received her BA from Tufts University summa cum laude and her MPP from the Harvard Kennedy School with thesis honors. Margie lives in DC with her husband and three young sons. Her oldest two sons are in pre-kindergarten and kindergarten in DCPS at Key Elementary.
Suzie Parsons graduated from the University of Florida, College of Architecture with a major in design and a minor in architectural studies. She moved to Washington, DC with her husband in 1990. She has two sons, one is a tenth grader at DC International School Public Charter School, and the other is a fifth grader at Elsie Whitlow Stokes Community Freedom Public Charter School. Suzie has always been active in the EW Stokes parent-teacher association and is currently part of the Wellness Committee and the Bylaws Committee.
She is part of the Parent Alumni Leadership Council for the DC Public Charter School board. Suzie is currently working as a parent advocate with DC School Reform Now on their High Quality Schools Campaign.
Nathaniel Beers is the President and CEO at The HSC Health Care System. He served as the Chief Operating Officer, Chief of Specialized Instruction, and Executive Director for Early Stages in the Office of Special Education in DC Public Schools since 2009.
Nathaniel volunteers as a general and developmental behavioral pediatrician at Children’s National Medical Center, where he was the Medical Director of the Children’s Health Center at CNMC. Prior to joining DC Public Schools, he was the Deputy Director of Policy and Programs for the Community Health Administration of the DC Department of Health and the Title V Director for DC. He has served on the Mayor’s Advisory Committee on Child Welfare and the Children with Special Health Care Needs Advisory Board.
Nathaniel was a Past President of the DC Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics. He was also the Chair of the AAP National Committee on Membership. He serves on the Council of School Health for the AAP and serves in a variety of other roles for the AAP, both regionally and nationally.
Nathaniel completed his undergraduate education at the University of Rochester and his medical school education at George Washington University. Nathaniel remained in DC to complete his residency at Children’s National Medical Center. He completed the Anne Dyson Child Advocacy fellowship at Children’s Hospital of Boston and was the chief fellow for the Division of General Pediatrics. While in Boston, Nathaniel completed a Master’s in Public Administration at the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University and was also the Medical Director of the Perkins School for the Blind.
Since his return to DC, Nathaniel has worked on many issues as they relate to children in DC. He was part of the executive committee and a founding member of the DC Partnership to Improve Children’s Healthcare Quality, a collaborative between the DC pediatric community and Medicaid. He was an active member of the Children’s Advocacy Roundtable, coordinated by DC Action for Children. He has served on a number of advisory committees relating to children and their health and education. He also led efforts to coordinate the first DC City-wide Childhood Obesity Summit. Nathaniel has done research on children with special needs and access to care issues and the interface between health and education systems.
Nathaniel is a DC native and graduate of the School Without Walls Senior High School. He is married to Lee Savio Beers, a pediatrician at Children’s National Medical Center, and has a daughter and a son. Both of whom attend DCPS.
LaJoy Johnson-Law is a Ward 8 resident with a beautiful special needs daughter named Abria who attends Rocketship RISE Academy Public Charter School. LaJoy is heavily involved in the education landscape in DC, previously serving as a Board Member at AppleTree Early Learning Public Charter School, and currently as a parent leader at Rocketship Public Charter School, where Abria is enrolled in Kindergarten. She is constantly inspired by her daughter, who was born at 23 weeks and 1 pound 6 ounces. Motivated by her advocacy for Abria and other children like her, she has also served as a classroom paraprofessional at St. Coletta Special Education Public Charter School. LaJoy has an associate’s degree in elementary education, and she is currently taking courses towards a bachelor’s degree in psychology.
Tiffany Quivers is a leadership development consultant, specializing in program development and instructional design and delivery.
She has worked domestically and internationally in the for-profit and nonprofit sectors. She spent several years at Capital One Financial Corporation. There, Tiffany worked on leadership development, team performance, mergers and acquisitions, and international expansions. She left Capital One to pursue her passion to improve the lives of children in low-income communities. She was one of the founding staff members of Appletree Early Learning Public Charter School.
Today she continues to find ways to marry her passion for children with her passion for leadership development. Her work ranges from designing Stand for Children’s Stand University for Parents (UP) curriculum, to being a moderator for Harvard Business Publishing. Regardless of the sector, it is a sincere passion and desire to see individuals and organizations reach their highest potential that drives her work.
Tiffany holds a Bachelors of Science in Marketing from Hampton University and a Masters in Education from Harvard University.
Nick Rodriguez is a principal at Delivery Associates, an organization whose mission is to improve the effectiveness and accountability of government worldwide.
Nick’s primary expertise is in the effective management of public sector reforms at scale. Prior joining Delivery Associates, Nick was the co-founder and K-12 Director of the Education Delivery Institute (EDI), a nonprofit organization that focuses on helping education leaders improve the implementation of their reforms. In this role, Nick was responsible for growing and maintaining a network of school, district, state, nonprofit, and philanthropic leaders who are changing the way they work to serve students through better practices in planning, performance management, and organizational change. Nick also co-authored with Sir Michael Barber, “Deliverology 101,” a field guide for education leaders that is the basis of EDI’s approach to implementation, and its successor, “Deliverology in Practice,” which was published in 2017.
Prior to joining EDI, Nick was an Engagement Manager with McKinsey & Company’s education practice, where he advised education leaders on policy and implementation at the district, state, and national level in the U.S. and abroad. He began his career in education over a decade ago when he served as the student member of the California State Board of Education and as a youth advocate and trainer with the California Association of Student Councils. Nick holds a Bachelor’s degree in Public Policy from Stanford University, a Master’s degree in Economics from the London School of Economics, and a Master’s degree in Latin American Studies from Oxford University, where he was a British Marshall Scholar.
Elizabeth Sullivan is a nonprofit management professional with progressive accomplishments and leadership in organizations committed to systemic social change. Through her 18-year career working alongside leading U.S. nonprofits, foundations and companies, Liz brings deep knowledge on nonprofit effectiveness, philanthropy, and corporate giving. Her current work as an independent consultant to a diverse array of nonprofit clients focuses on building capacity to align strategy, leadership development, and talent in service of mission. She is a Gallup-trained StrengthsFinder© coach and integrates this asset-based approach in her work with individuals and teams.
In 2015, Liz consulted with the National Center for Family Philanthropy to launch the Community Foundations Family Philanthropy Network, designed to enhance the effectiveness of families working with community foundations as their giving partners.
In 2006, Liz joined the Council on Foundations, a membership association of grantmaking foundations and corporations. As Managing Director of Corporate, Independent, and Family Philanthropy, Liz stewarded a portfolio of ~850 members and led a change management process to integrate and unify member products and programs aimed to strengthen organizations and leaders in philanthropy. During her tenure at the Council, Liz led signature projects including the Disaster Philanthropy Network; a Corporate Philanthropy Initiative that resulted in the seminal guide, Increasing Impact, Enhancing Value: A Practitioner’s Guide to Leading Corporate Philanthropy; and “Philanthropy Solutions: Promising Practice in Corporate Giving,” a set of peer-learning activities that facilitates knowledge sharing among corporate philanthropy leaders. Liz also developed collaborative relationships with external colleague groups and designed professional education programs for national conferences, workshops, webinars, and peer-learning.
Liz began her nonprofit career as a fundraiser and board liaison at the National Campaign to Prevent Teen Pregnancy (now Power to Decide) where she devised and implemented a revenue diversification plan to increase giving among high net-worth individuals, Fortune 500 companies, and private foundations.
Adopted from the Philippines, Liz spent her childhood in Tokyo, Japan and in Hong Kong. A graduate of Georgetown University, Liz lives in Bethesda, MD with her husband and two daughters. She is a singer in Cantate Chambers Singers and an avid foodie.
Lucretia Talley was born and raised in Washington, DC and attended public school in the District. She has been married for 22 years and has two children with her husband. The elder of the two is a senior at the University of the District of Columbia (UDC), and the youngest is enrolled in seventh grade at BASIS DC.
Lucretia has been an active participant in public school parent associations for her children’s schools. She also served as a voting member of the KIPP DC Board of Trustees when her daughter was a student at KIPP DC. She currently works at the National War College and was voted as the 2016 MVP Employee of the Year at her seasonal job with the Washington Nationals.
Maya Martin Cadogan is a fifth-generation Washingtonian who resides in DC’s Ward 6. Currently, Maya serves as the Executive Director of PAVE, which she founded in 2016 as an Entrepreneur in Residence with New Schools Venture Fund from November 2015 to April 2016. Prior to PAVE’s founding, Maya served as the Chief of Staff at Achievement Prep, a public charter school network located in Ward 8, where she focused on developing and leading the organizational infrastructure as the network grew. In her role, she managed operations, enrollment, board relations, development, data, compliance, external relations, and special projects. Prior to her role at Achievement Prep, Maya served as the Director of Policy and Special Programs for Center City PCS, another DC charter network with six campuses throughout DC, as a Senior Program Manager for Sponsors for Educational Opportunity (SEO), a nonprofit that places students of color in corporate financial internships, and as an Assistant Director of Admissions for her alma mater, Dartmouth College.
Maya received her bachelor’s degree in Sociology and History from Dartmouth College and a Master in Public Policy from the Harvard Kennedy School of Government. Maya serves on the Advisory Board of the DC chapter of Democrats for Education Reform (DFER) and on the Alumni Board of the DC chapter of Education Pioneers.
Rachael Berman comes to PAVE with a strong background in grassroots organizing and nonprofit work. Prior to joining the PAVE team, Rachael worked at the American Humanist Association for five years. During her time there, she supported the growth and development of affiliated grassroots groups and enhanced their organizational structure and strategic planning processes. She also helped create quarterly teleconferences, promotional materials and a mentorship program.
Rachael earned her Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from Elon University.
Sarah Blanke joins PAVE after two years working at The Madeira School in McLean, VA. During her time there, she developed professional experience overseeing logistics, event planning, communications, and web content. Sarah also worked with families and staff to streamline communications pathways, disseminate program information, and optimize data tracking. She additionally created content for the program's website, social media, and newsletters and oversaw a major web content redesign.
Sarah earned her Bachelor of Arts in History from the College of William and Mary.
Tara comes to PAVE with a passion for grassroots organizing and educational equity. Tara started her career in education as a Teach for India Fellow in Pune, India, where she taught eighth grade and fourth grade. She then went on to work at Varthana Finance, where she led a school transformation pilot program to improve affordable private schools across South Asia. In graduate school, Tara worked as a consultant for the New York State Education Department, working on the state's ESSA plan. Most recently, Tara worked in Houston, Texas as a Field Organizer on the Beto for Texas Campaign.Tara holds a Bachelors of Arts in Anthropology from the University of Texas at Austin and a Masters in Education Policy from Columbia University.
Alexandra Bower comes to PAVE with a background in education and passion for progress. As the daughter of Army Veterans, she had a diverse educational career in Washington, Georgia, North Carolina, and Germany. Along the way, she developed a deep understanding of educational inequity. Before PAVE, Alexandra began her career as a first grade teacher in Quitman County, Mississippi. After two years in the Delta, she spent a year teaching first grade at a charter school in Harlem before moving to Washington, DC to pursue education reform.
Alexandra earned her bachelor's degree in Government and Politics from the University of Maryland at College Park, and a Master of Elementary Education from Delta State University.
Chandler comes to PAVE from an internship for Voices of Community Activists and Leaders (VOCAL-NY), a statewide grassroots membership organization. At VOCAL-NY, Chandler gained community organizing experience when he created public voter education tools for Brooklyn residents, engaged in website design, organized a Brooklyn District Attorney candidates’ forum, and fought for bail reform and fair housing.Chandler earned his Bachelor of Arts from the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs at Princeton University.
Peter joins PAVE after two years of AmeriCorps service with City Year DC. Peter was a Team Leader in his second year, taking on a leadership role for nine other City Year AmeriCorps fellows. His responsibilities ranged from in-classroom support, tutoring, coaching and professional development, to event planning and communications. He also has held internships with Breakthrough Greater Boston, Ready for Hillary, and the Sheridan Group.
Peter earned his Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from Tufts University.
Marielys Garcia is a native New Yorker who has spent the last twelve years working and living in Washington, DC. She began her career as a high school Spanish teacher for six years in Ward 8 and then transitioned to school leadership, assuming academic and culture building capacities during that time. In her most recent role prior to joining PAVE, Marielys was an Elementary Dean of Culture at E.L. Haynes PCS and was a member of the elementary Family Engagement Leadership Team (FELT), co-executing a strong vision for the school’s family engagement work in which families were engaging in a two-way partnership with members of the school community. She has a deep passion for building leader capacity to effect change that leads to quality learning experiences for DC students.
Marielys received her Bachelor’s degree in Spanish from Cornell University, a Master of Arts in Teaching degree in Secondary Spanish Teaching from American University and a Master of Education degree in Educational Leadership from Teachers College, Columbia University.
Julia Reed was born and raised in Washington DC. She joins PAVE and returns home to Washington after two years teaching on the South Side of Chicago as a member of Teach for America. Julia taught 5th and 7th grade literacy at CICS-Basil, a charter middle school. In 2016-17, she served as 7th grade team leader and her students achieved the highest annual achievement gains in the school. Julia has also taught kindergarten and first-grade students in East Los Angeles. During college, she was a White House intern at the National Economic Council for President Barack Obama.Julia received her bachelor's degree in English from Wesleyan University, a Masters of Education from Dominican University, and a coding degree from Northwestern University.
Kerry comes to PAVE with a passion for educational equity. Kerry spent three years in the classroom as a Teach For America corps member in North Carolina. She taught English and Language Arts, served on the School Leadership Team to consult on culture and policy, and served as a lead for professional development. Kerry gained significant policy experience from her time as an Urban Leaders Fellow with the Metro Nashville Public Schools Board and Hands on Nashville.
Kerry earned her bachelor’s degree in Management and Marketing at the University of South Carolina.
Courtney joins PAVE after working at the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, Inc. (LDF) as a Senior Associate for Policy & Operations, where she led the development and execution of LDF's Thurgood Marshall Institute's (TMI) campaigns, programs, and initiatives while managing all associated operations including budget, hiring, and grants. Prior to LDF, Courtney was a Special Assistant to the Deputy Secretary at the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) where she worked on streamlining budget, hiring, and procurement processes. Prior to HUD, Courtney was a Confidential Assistant in the Office for Civil Rights (OCR) at the U.S. Department of Education where she oversaw OCR's communications, policy, and enforcement rollouts while managing the legislative portfolio by responding to inquiries from Congress regarding civil rights in schools.
Courtney earned her Bachelors of Arts in Law and Society from American University.
Sabriya I. Williams joins PAVE as the Special Assistant to the Executive Director. Sabriya resides in Chevy Chase in Ward 4, and is a District of Columbia International School (DCI) and Washington Yu Ying parent. Sabriya attended Paul Laurence Dunbar High School and has deep experience in meeting planning, event coordination, and communications. Sabriya worked at the Office of Minority Health Resource Center for 12 years as Outreach Manager, and co-managed several high profile campaigns including "A Healthy Baby Begins with You." After leaving the Office of Minority Health Resource Center, she was home for 5 years with her children. During that time she has been on the PA Board and volunteers regularly at both DCI and Washington Yu Ying. Sabriya is excited to bring her work experience and her experience as an active parent of two PCS students to PAVE.
Jackie comes to PAVE after three years (and a half) as an educator. She began her teaching career in Nashville, TN with Teach for America where she taught 6th grade History at a charter school for two years. Following her commitment, she moved back to her hometown of Miami, FL to specifically teach the lowest 25% of 3rd grade at a public school. During this time, Jackie also worked as a bilingual education organizer for PS. 305, a local education advocacy organization dedicated to empowering students, parents, teachers, and community members to create a more equitable public school system. Additionally, Jackie gained policy experience as an Urban Leaders Fellow with Indianapolis Public Schools and TeenWorks.
Jackie earned her bachelor’s degree in Business Administration with a specialization in Criminology at the University of Florida.