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.
Matt Haggerty is a Manager of Outsourced Accounting Services at Tate & Tryon CPAs and Consultants, a mid-size accounting firm that exclusively services nonprofit clients. In this capacity, he serves as an outsourced CFO and leads professional finance/accounting teams for a handful of nonprofit organizations. Prior to this role, Matt held finance and operations leadership positions at a variety of nonprofit organizations, including a national education reform organization, a regional social services provider, a local community development association, and a large research institution.
Matt holds a Master of Public Policy (MPP) degree from the George Washington University and a Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA) degree from the University of Notre Dame, majoring in Finance and Economics.
Originally from Michigan, Matt has resided in DC since 2008. He currently lives in Eckington with his wife, son, and daughter (and their dog). His children attend Langley Elementary, where Matt and his family are active in the PTA and ECE program.
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.
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.
DC, her people, and issues of equity and social justice are in Maya Martin Cadogan’s history, heart, and home. Maya is a proud 5th generation Washingtonian whose great-great grandfather, George Martin, is featured on the cover of “Black Georgetown Remembered”, a book which celebrates the vibrant and beautiful history of what was once a 200 years old thriving black community in the Georgetown and Foggy Bottom neighborhoods of Washington, DC. A product of an excellent education and public policy programs targeted to serve low-income families, Maya was raised by a single mother from Harlem and the Bronx who is a lifelong educator and born to a native Washingtonian father who was an attorney representing the rights of taxicab drivers in the city. She currently resides in DC’s Ward 6 with her husband James Cadogan, a civil rights attorney and former Obama administration official who is the Vice President of Criminal Justice at Arnold Ventures, where he leads the team’s pretrial justice portfolio focusing on bail reform, court diversion, prosecution, and jails.
Prior to founding PAVE in April 2016 with an all-parent board of directors, Maya was an Entrepreneur in Residence with New Schools Venture Fund from November 2015 to April 2016. Previously, 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, 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 non-profit that places students of color in corporate financial internships, and as an Assistant Director of Admissions for her alma mater, Dartmouth College, focused on growing the number of racially underrepresented students at the college. Maya received her bachelor’s degree in Sociology and History from Dartmouth College and a Master’s of Public Policy from the Harvard Kennedy School of Government.