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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.
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
Bio coming soon.
Aleta Margolis
Aleta Margolis is Founder and President of Center for Inspired Teaching, a 20 year old 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.

Eshauna Smith
Parent Member
Eshauna Smith is the CEO of Urban Alliance, providing leadership in key areas including development, policy and advocacy, communications, and strategic partnerships. Prior to joining Urban Alliance, Eshauna worked as a Senior Policy Advisor in the DC Office of the Deputy Mayor for Education where she led the development of Raise DC, the District’s first cradle-to-career partnership focused on improving educational and workforce development outcomes for DC youth from 0-24. Between 2006-2010, Eshauna served as the founding Executive Director of the DC Alliance of Youth Advocates, a coalition of over 100 youth-serving organizations focused on youth employment, youth homelessness and strengthening out-of-school-time supports. She received her undergraduate degree from the University of California, Berkeley and a Masters of Public Affairs from the University of Texas, Austin.

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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