Board of Trustees
Kannon Shanmugam, Chair
Mr. Shanmugam is a partner in the law firm of Williams & Connolly LLP, specializing in Supreme Court and appellate litigation. He has argued 11 cases before the Supreme Court. Washingtonian magazine recently selected him as one of the top lawyers practicing before the Supreme Court and also as one of the top 40 lawyers under 40 practicing in Washington. Kannon earned his A.B. and J.D. from Harvard University and his M. Litt. from the University of Oxford where he was a Marshall Scholar.
Jonathan Stoel, Vice-Chair
Mr. Stoel is a partner in the Washington, DC office of Hogan Lovells US LLP. He represents clients in the arbitration and litigation of international trade and investment disputes and with respect to international economic policy issues. In 2012, Jonathan was recognized as a “Rising Star Under 40,” International Trade by Law360.com. Mr. Stoel is a Washington, DC native and received his A.B. from Dartmouth College and his J.D. from the Georgetown University Law Center.
Mark Harrison, Secretary
Mr. Harrison is the President and Managing Member of Totem Enterprise Group, a business development/consulting firm in Washington DC. Mr. Harrison has served as an entrepreneur-in-residence at the U.S. SBA Office of Advocacy and is the former President of the Business Consortium Fund, Inc. which is the nation’s only financing and business support organization focused exclusively on the certified minority-owned corporate supplier business sector. Mr. Harrison also has experience in venture capital investing, economic development and small business finance and has practiced corporate and securities law with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission and the Venable law firm. He received his B.S. in Business and Marketing Management from Cornell University and his J.D. from the University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law.
Kenneth M. Jones, Treasurer
Mr. Jones was appointed Vice President and Chief Financial Officer for the Annie E. Casey Foundation in 2008. The Annie E. Casey Foundation is the 24th largest foundation in the country with an endowment of approximately $2.6 billion and 200 staff. Jones is responsible for all finance, accounting, compliance, grants management, facility, operations and information technology functions for the Foundation. In addition, Ken spearheads the Foundation’s disaster recovery & relief process. Previously, Jones worked at Danya International, a public health and education strategy development organization where he served as Chief Financial Officer as well as President & CFO for Zebra jobs, a subsidiary organization of Danya. In addition, Jones served as Chief Financial Officer at Jhpiego, an international health NGO affiliate of Johns Hopkins University.
Jones also has significant corporate experience from Prudential, Ford, Mirant and Pfizer corporations. He received his MBA from the M.I.T. Sloan School of Management, a master’s degree in economics from the University of Buffalo, and a bachelor’s degree from Boston University. Ken currently serves on the boards of the Council on Foundations, the Association of Black Foundation Executives (ABFE), the Center for Disaster Philanthropy, National Prevention Science Coalition and New Leaders (Baltimore).
Ken is the recipient of the 2013 SmartCEO Magazine’s Executive Magazine Award for his role as CFO in the mid-Atlantic region as well as a 2012 Fellow of the Council on Foundations’ Career Pathways Program. Jones was also included in the inaugural addition of Who’s Who Black Baltimore in 2010.
Mellanie Brady has more than 15 years of experience vested in education. She is the Assistant Principal of Leckie Elementary School, where she first began her career as a teacher in DCPS at in 1999. She has a firm belief that all students deserve, and have the right to, an equitable quality education.
Ms. Brady has held several administrative positions, and has been involved in many facets of education — family engagement, school culture, school planning and management, to name a few. Ms. Brady earned a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Livingstone College and a Master’s in School Administration from Trinity University.
Ms. Brady has a sincere love for the students and families of Ward 8. She is a true Washingtonian — raised in Southeast DC and a proud graduate of DC Public Schools. She considers her biggest accomplishment, however, to be a proud mother to her son, Max (a student at Thurgood Marshall Academy). During her down time, Ms. Brady enjoys spending time with her son, eating crabs, playing spades, shopping, dining out, and spending time laughing with her family.
Danielle has been in education for over 12 years, starting as an 8th grade ELA teacher in her hometown of Brooklyn, NY and then teaching 4th, 5th, and 6th grade students in DCPS through Live It Learn It, an experiential education non-profit. Danielle then began a doctoral program at George Washington University, where she has also served as an instructor in the secondary education program. She is putting the final touches on her dissertation, which focuses on how teachers engaged in reflection can develop self-insight. More recently, she developed curricular materials and designed professional development for 6-12 grade ELA teachers in DCPS. Currently, Danielle works for an educational technology start-up, LearnZillion, where she designs and manages the production of instructional materials for teachers across the country. Danielle has presented at several conferences, including the American Educational Research Association (AERA). Danielle earned her B.A. from American University and her M.A. from Brooklyn College.
Mr. Epstein is a partner in Jenner & Block LLP’s Washington, DC office. He handles a wide array of commercial disputes for Fortune 500 companies, with particular emphasis on complex contract and fraud litigation. In 2007, Jerry was recognized by Legal Times as one of the ten Leading Business Litigation Lawyers in DC. He earned his B.S. and J.D. from the University of Pennsylvania.
Ms. Foshée attended Howard University before beginning a career as a Visual Information Specialist in the Federal sector. Her passionate desire to positively impact the hearts and minds of others through clear yet creative communication, has resulted in a challenging and fulfilling career that has spanned more than 20 years. Ms. Foshée is the proud parent of a Thurgood Marshall Academy alumnus as well as a current sophomore student.
Mr. Gordon is a Senior Legal and Policy Advisor at EducationCounsel, a mission-driven education consulting firm. Dan formerly served the District of Columbia Public Schools as a senior advisor for school design; as deputy chief academic officer for college and career readiness, early childhood education, language acquisition, and out-of-school time programs; and as chief of staff to the chief academic officer. Previously, he was a lead English teacher at Columbia Heights Education Campus in Washington, D.C. He started his career as a trial attorney at the U.S. Department of Justice Civil Rights Division’s Educational Opportunities Section, where he enforced federal education antidiscrimination statutes across the nation. Dan holds degrees from American University (MAT) and Harvard University (BA and JD) and is an alumnus of both AmeriCorps and the Broad Residency in Urban Education.
Mr. Roe is a professor at Georgetown University Law Center and the director of its Street Law Clinic. In addition, Rick established and directs the D.C. Family Literacy Project, which helps incarcerated parents of young children to build their capacities to develop their children’s literacy, and the Georgetown Even Start Project, which works with homeless families. He earned his B.A. from Yale College and his J.D. from the University of Maine.
Mr. Rosenberg has over 20 years of experience as a lobbyist, Capitol Hill staffer and former congressional candidate. In 2010, he co-founded the bipartisan lobbying firm of Thorn Run Partners, which now has ten members. Throughout his career, Mr. Rosenberg has counseled a wide range of corporations, trade associations and non-profits on strategic matters involving public policy. Mr. Rosenberg received his bachelors of arts in History and Russian Studies from Amherst College, and obtained his masters degree in Urban and Environmental Planning, as well as his law degree, from the University of Virginia.
George Brown, Board Member Emeritus
Mr. Brown is Senior Vice President and Director of the Center for Responsible Lending in their Washington, DC office. The Center for Responsible Lending is focused on policy research and advocacy to stop predatory lending practices. George’s distinguished 30-year career includes founding the Community Development Corporation and working for the District of Columbia Government and the United States Department of Housing and Development, as well as teaching courses at the University of the District of Columbia in the School of Business and Public Management. George is a graduate of Howard University and the Georgetown University Law Center.