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Board of Trustees

Thurgood Marshall Academy’s Board of Trustees primarily serves as a governing board, with responsibilities focusing on executive and financial oversight. Our Board is comprised of parents and professionals in the legal and corporate communities who are committed to working together to fulfill the mission of the school. The Board thinks and acts strategically, and maintains appropriate and constructive relations with parents, students, staff, the community, and with each other in the interest of serving the needs of the students. Meetings are open to the public and held quarterly each year, with an annual meeting in May.

SY19-20 Dates: To attend, please email Giselle Pole at

September 19, 2019: 8am at TMA
November 7, 2019: 8am at TMA
February 13, 2020: 8am at TMA
April 8, 2020: 2:00pm (by phone; please email for conference info)
Members of TMA’s Board of Trustees

headshot of Jonathan Stoel TMA Board member

Jonathan Stoel, 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 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.

Headshot of Mark Harrison, TMA Board memberMark Harrison, Vice-Chair
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.

headshot of Kenneth Jones, TMA Board memberKenneth 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.

headshot of Dan Gordon, TMA board memberDan Gordon, Secretary
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.

Bruce Berman

Bruce Berman is General Counsel of WilmerHale. He is a partner in WilmerHale’s Litigation/Controversy Department, leads the firm’s Education Practice and is a member of the Strategic Response Practice and Regulatory and Government Affairs Department.


Headshot of Danielle Bierzynski, TMA Board memberDanielle Bierzynski, Ed.D.
Danielle has been in education for 15 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. More recently, she developed curricular materials and designed professional development for 6-12 grade ELA teachers in DCPS and has also designed and managed the production of instructional materials for teachers across the country. She currently works for an educational startup, huddle, where she oversees research and content design. Danielle has presented at several conferences, including the American Educational Research Association (AERA). Danielle earned her B.A. from American University, M.A. from Brooklyn College, and Ed.D. from George Washington University, where she also serves as an instructor in the secondary education program.

photo of Kia BurnettKia Burnett

Ms. Burnett is a native Washingtonian and parent of a TMA junior. She has worked for the federal government for almost 30 years, the majority with NASA. As a Parent Representative on the Board, Ms. Burnett is proud to represent the school community, and will help leadership around parent and community engagement, in addition to supporting continued growth in the school’s core subjects.

photo of Jerome Epstein, TMA Board memberJerome Epstein

Mr. Epstein is a litigation consultant with the Natural Resources Defense Council. He is currently litigating environmental justice  cases including an enforcement action involving excessive levels of lead in a city’s drinking water. Mr. Epstein was previously a litigation partner at Jenner & Block, and a trial attorney in the Civil Division of the U.S. Department of Justice. He earned a B.S. in Economics from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania, and a  J.D. from the University of Pennsylvania.

Regina Foshée, Parent Representative
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 two Thurgood Marshall Academy alumni.

Picture of Rick Roe, TMA Board MemberRichard Roe
Mr. Roe is one of the founders of Thurgood Marshall Academy. He recently retired from Georgetown University Law Center where he was a professor and director of its Street Law Clinic. 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.

headshot of Andy Rosenberg, TMA board member

Andy Rosenberg
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.

headshot of TMA Parent Rep Ms. TelsonLaurence Telson, Parent Representative

Ms. Telson is a Senior Operations Specialist at the Inter-American Development Bank where she is works on gender issues in the Caribbean.   In 2016, she was awarded the IDB Group Outstanding Mentor Award as a recognition of her dedication to promoting diversity and her leading role in the creation of the Afro-Descendant Alliance Group (ADAG).  Laurence earned a BA in Anthropology and Economics from Franklin and Marshall College and master’s degrees in Public Policy and Econometrics from the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor.  Laurence is the proud parent of a current TMA senior.

headshot of George Brown, TMA board member emeritusGeorge 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.