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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.
Marc Fisher
Marc Fisher is a senior editor at The Washington Post, where he has reported and written about education and other subjects for more than two decades. He has taught non-fiction writing at Princeton University, George Washington University and at news organizations around the country. Marc is the author of three books, on the history of American radio, the unification of Germany, and English grammar. He comes to the Inspired Teaching board after six years on the board at Georgetown Day School, where he served on the executive committee. Marc has a bachelor’s degree in history from Princeton University. He and his wife live in Washington and have two 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.

Anika Simpson
Vice Chair, Parent Member
Anika Simpson, PhD, is a Visiting Associate Professor in the Department of Philosophy and Religion at American University. She also serves as the Director of the Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies Program. Prior to her visiting appointment, Dr. Simpson was Associate Professor in the Department of Philosophy and Religious Studies at Morgan State University. She also served as the coordinator of MSU’s Women’s and Gender Studies program, which was established under her leadership, and was co-chair of the LGBTQA Advisory Council. Her publications focus on black feminism, African American philosophy, and sexuality. A graduate of Spelman College, Dr. Simpson is deeply committed to supporting and advancing racial equality, women’s rights, and LGBTQ equality through advocacy and education. Alongside her ITDS board service, she currently sits on the Board of Directors for the National LGBTQ Task Force and serves as a Commissioner for Washington, DC’s Office of Human Rights. Dr. Simpson lives in Petworth with her two daughters.

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.
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