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Board of Directors

John Leibovitz
Board Chair, Parent Member
John is a Venture Partner with Columbia Capital, an investment firm that specializes in building telecommunications companies. Previously, he served as Deputy Chief of the Wireless Bureau and Special Advisor to the Chairman for Spectrum Policy at the Federal Communications Commission. Prior to the FCC, John helped launch the Technology, Innovation, and Government Reform working group for President Obama’s transition team. Before that, he was a wireless entrepreneur and strategy consultant. He started his business career with McKinsey & Company. John has written about technology and telecom policy in the Yale Law Journal and the Yale Journal of Law and Technology. He holds a B.A. from the University of Pennsylvania, an M.Phil. from Cambridge University, and a J.D. from Yale Law School. John's two children attend ITDS and his family lives in nearby Brookland.
 
Andrea Browning
Andrea Browning is currently the Director of Regional Initiatives for the Mid-Atlantic Comprehensive Center at WestEd, a nonprofit research, development, and educational service agency. At WestEd, she provides professional development, technical assistance, and policy analysis to help state education agencies and school districts meet the needs of all students. Andrea’s background is in child and youth development and is informed by two decades of cross-sector experience in studying and advising education systems on how to best create responsive learning environments. She is a nationally recognized leader in personalized learning and previously led a $500 million program U.S. Department of Education program, focused on supporting school districts in their transformation to next-generation learning systems. Andrea began her career as a high school dropout prevention counselor. In her spare time, she teaches yoga and mindfulness and can often be found exploring the trails in Rock Creek Park. Andrea holds a BS in Education and Social Policy from Northwestern University and a Master of Public Administration from George Washington University.
 
Morris Clarke
Bio coming soon.
 
Jeri Epstein
Jeri Epstein received a Masters Degree in Education and Foreign Languages from Tufts University. After 15 years of teaching French, Spanish and English as a Second Language in high school, she, subsequently, was VP of Business Development in several Internet and software companies. Her background in helping businesses to define their markets, build solid well-funded foundations, and correctly assess their entry into the marketplace translates well to working with ITDS. Retired from the position of Executive Director of The Ambit Foundation, she has been active on the Board of Trustees of Arena Stage. In November 2018 she was elected to a two-year term as the District of Columbia Advisory Neighborhood Commissioner (DC-ANC) from 2A-06 in the West End. Jeri Epstein and her husband have two children, three grandchildren, and one large brown dog. They believe strongly in the revitalization of the city and both volunteer time and resources to make Washington a livable environment with social justice, education and arts programs that are inclusive for all of the residents and their children.
 
Joanne Irby
As the Chief Operating Officer of The Raben Group, a national public affairs consulting firm, Joanne brings over twenty years of operations and organizational development experience across the private, public, and nonprofit sectors. Prior to joining Raben, Joanne served first as Director of Human Resources and then COO for Prosperity Now, a national advocacy organization focused on expanding economic opportunity for low income communities. Earlier career experiences include serving as deputy to the head of Human Resources for the Association of American Medical Colleges, as well as fulfilling a range of HR functions for The George Washington University, Hechinger Stores Company, and the Advisory Board Company. Joanne earned a B.S. in Industrial & Labor Relations from Cornell University, executive continuing education certificates from the Harvard Kennedy School and MIT, and holds the Society for Human Resource Management – Senior Certified Professional (SHRM-SCP) designation, personally contributing to the development of these certification standards for the HR profession. In addition to her service on the ITDS Board, Joanne is privileged to serve on the boards of the National Employment Lawyers Association (NELA) Institute and the Green Diversity Initiative/Green 2.0. She is an avid football fan, an amateur powerlifter, and as the proud but busy single mom of a teen and a tween, an active proponent of breakfast foods for dinner.
 
Aleta Margolis
Aleta Margolis is Founder and President of Center for Inspired Teaching, a Washington, DC-based organization that invests in teachers from recruitment to retirement to ensure schools make the most of children’s innate desire to learn. A third-generation Washingtonian, Aleta has taught elementary and middle school in Chicago area public schools, has been a professor of education at American University, and has created and run alternative education programs for DC high school students in the juvenile justice system.

Lucy Newton
Parent Member
Lucy Newton teaches and supervises law students in a clinical education program and is the co-director of eviction defense services at D.C. Law Students in Court. Over the course of her career, Lucy has represented low-income clients in a wide range of housing, public benefits, consumer law, and family law matters, including at the Legal Aid Society of D.C., the Neighborhood Legal Services Program of D.C., and the Georgia Legal Services Program. She was a legal fellow at the National Women's Law Center and has advised students in the Office of Career Services at Howard University School of Law. Prior to law school, Lucy worked backstage at an opera company. Lucy has a J.D. from New York University School of Law and a B.A., with a major in music, from Emory University.
 
Peter Weber
Over the past 25 years, Pete Weber has worked in K-12 education in a variety of capacities. Currently, as an independent consultant, Pete works with organizations to help build stakeholder support for ambitious goals and to ensure that their work is aligned to achieving those goals. He helps schools, school districts, and non-profit organizations establish great strategic plans and implement those plans effectively. From 2007 to 2017, Pete served in a number of roles at the District of Columbia Public Schools. where he managed strategic planning, accountability, data systems, human resources, resource allocation, assessments, grants, communications, and intergovernmental affairs for the district. From 2014 to 2017, a time when DCPS was the fastest improving urban school district in the country, Pete served as the Chief of Staff to the Chancellor, with responsibility for building alignment of resources to achieve the district’s goals. Pete began his educational career as a teacher in Houston, Texas, teaching high school English as a Second Language, English, U.S. History, World Geography, and Government. He also established a successful Advanced Placement U.S. History program. After his teaching career, Pete served as a budget analyst for education programs at the federal Office of Management and Budget. Beginning in 1999, Pete worked as Deputy Budget Director and Interim Budget Director at DC Public Schools, overseeing budget development and execution for the school district’s billion-dollar budget. Following his time in the DCPS budget office, Pete became Director of Finance and Administration for Achieve, Inc. a non-profit focused on improving K-12 standards and assessments. Returning again to a school district, Pete served as the Director of Federal Intergovernmental Affairs for the New York City Department of Education. Pete earned a bachelor’s degree in English and History from the University of Iowa and a Master’s in Public Affairs from the Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs at the University of Texas.

Deborah Dantzler Williams
Deborah Dantzler Williams, Head of School, serves on the Board in an ex officio capacity. Deborah is an experienced educator who has taught students in elementary grades through graduate school and has also been senior administrator for area independent schools including Sidwell Friends and Beauvoir The National Cathedral Elementary School. She was appointed to Strategic Planning, Diversity and other Committees for independent school Boards of Directors. Deborah was formerly Director of Strategic Partnerships at Center for Inspired Teaching and member of the Founding Group for Inspired Teaching Demonstration School. Deborah and her husband are lifelong residents of the District of Columbia where they raised both of their daughters. 

Rusty Wilson
Parent Member
Rusty Wilson is an attorney and business executive. He is the co-founder and principal of an information services company with offices in Washington, DC and Shanghai, China. He was previously a vice president of business development and strategy at AOL, in-house counsel at a telecommunications company, and he practiced law as a real estate attorney at the firm of Hale and Dorr LLP (now Wilmer Hale LLP). He is a graduate of Yale University and Cornell Law School. He and his wife live in Washington DC and have two children who attend the Inspired Teaching School.
 
"I feel like we've found a school that genuinely supports our child's emotions and intellect. I am glad that we're part of this school and community."
 
- ITDS Parent