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Eric Goldstein

CEO & Founder

Eric Goldstein

CEO & Founder

Eric founded the program as a classroom teacher at SEED Public Charter School in Anacostia and has run the organization ever since. His career in education started after a solo, 5,000-mile bicycle trip across the United States. As a teacher, Eric earned a United States Department of the Interior Partners in Education Award. Eric holds a Master’s in Education from the University of Vermont and Master’s in International Policy from George Washington University.

Grace Katabaruki

Grace Katabaruki

Chair

Grace Katabaruki

Chair

Grace Katabaruki is an Organizational Transformation Manager at Deloitte Consulting. She was previously a Principal at Venture Philanthropy Partners (VPP), where for seven years she led day-to-day operations of the Investment Practice Group. Grace began her career as an educator, teaching for five years at Washington, DC’s Maret School, where she was awarded the Thomas Prize for Teachers New to Teaching. She received a Master of Public Policy from Georgetown University and was selected as one of the inaugural Pablo Eisenberg Public Interest Fellows. She also graduated, cum laude, from Harvard College.

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Margie Yeager

Vice Chair

Margie Yeager

Vice Chair

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. Prior to this, she was the Director of Advocacy and Policy at Chiefs for Change, a bipartisan coalition of state and district members, and the Chief of Staff to the DC Deputy Mayor for Education. Margie began her career as a second-grade teacher at Simon Elementary in DC 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.

Debbie Harrison

Debbie Harrison

Treasurer

Debbie Harrison

Treasurer

Debbie Harrison is the senior manager of Public Policy at the National Business Group on Health. She has extensive experience advising employers, plan administrators, and health industry entities on employee benefits and related tax matters and is an expert on ERISA, PPACA, HIPAA, COBRA, ADA, and other federal laws affecting employer-sponsored plans. She holds a J.D. from Georgetown University Law Center, an M.A. in international policy from the University of Sydney, and a B.A. in English and American literature and language from Harvard College. Debbie has been a member of the Rotary Club of Capitol Hill since 2008.

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Brett Holmgren

Brett Holmgren

Brett Holmgren recently left his position as Vice President for Cyber Management Oversight at Capital One to spend more time at home with his one-year-old son Teddy. Prior to this, Brett was Special Assistant to the President and Senior Director for Intelligence Programs at the National Security Council. He previously served as Chief of Staff and Senior Policy Advisor to the Assistant to the President for Homeland Security & Counterterrorism and, before that, as Special Assistant to the Deputy Secretary of Defense Ashton Carter. Brett earned a B.A. in journalism and political science from the University of Wisconsin, and a M.A. in global security studies from Johns Hopkins University.

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Brian Kildee

Brian Kildee

Brian Kildee is a native Washingtonian and third generation trade unionist. Brian is the owner of Tellspring LLC, a communications firm that serves labor unions, non-profit organizations, and progressive candidates. In addition, he is the Lead Donor for the Terp DREAM Fund, a scholarship to assist first generation students at the University of Maryland. Brian also serves on the board of the Christopher Carter Foundation. He is a graduate of the University of Maryland College Park and serves on the College of Behavioral and Social Sciences Fundraising Campaign Committee.

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Katrina Mbaye

Katrina Mbaye

Katrina Mbaye is an events and venue management professional who currently serves as Managing Director of the National Housing Center in Washington, DC. Prior to this, she managed the American Geophysical Union Conference Center for two years after working for Casey Family Programs, the nation’s largest operating child welfare foundation as an operations manager for seven years. Outside of work she is passionate about urban agriculture and has a small vegetable farm in Prince George’s County. She holds a BA of Communications from University of Maryland University College.

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Dave Paris

Dave Paris

David Paris is the Managing Director of Paris Advisory, LLC. He has more than 30 years’ experience addressing damages and competition issues in complex commercial disputes in US courts and arbitration proceedings and advising clients on issues involving intellectual property. These disputes and advisory engagements have involved patents, trademarks, copyrights, and trade secrets, and covered a wide range of industries. He has provided expert testimony on damages issues, including lost profits and reasonable royalties, and on economic issues relevant to granting an injunction, including irreparable harm.

Cherrelle Swain

Cherrelle Swain

Cherrelle Swain

Cherrelle Swain is the Associate Director for Strategic Partnerships and Outreach at CityBridge Education, where she develops the talent pipeline of new school founders, establishes relationships to support school founders develop the business side of their model, and builds strategic partnerships. Prior to this, Cherrelle was the Development Officer for Friends of Choice in Urban Schools (FOCUS). Cherrelle majored in International Business with a concentration in Information Systems at Howard University. She then spent three years teaching English in Spain as a fellow for Spain’s Ministry of Education, while earning an MBA from the University of Seville in International Business.

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Terri Taylor

Terri Taylor

Terri Taylor is the strategy director for postsecondary finance at Lumina Foundation, where she works to illuminate and address the many facets of financial need, especially for adult learners and students of color. Prior to this, she spent six years at Education Counsel as Senior Policy & Legal Advisor, advising organizations, institutions, and foundations on ways to achieve their goals in the complex American K-12 and higher education policy and practice environment. Terri earned her B.A., with distinction, in American studies and religious studies from the University of Virginia and her J.D. from Georgetown University Law Center.