Richard Pohlman Named Permanent Executive Director


Richard Pohlman, Executive Director

Dear members of the Thurgood Marshall Academy community,

On behalf of the Board of TMA, I am pleased to announce that Richard Pohlman has been appointed the permanent executive director of Thurgood Marshall Academy. In August, Rich began his role as the school’s interim executive director; since that time, he has proven to be an effective and inspiring leader and a great fit for the TMA community.

As the school’s third executive director, Rich will continue to oversee all areas of school operations, lead our strategic planning initiatives, and work directly with the board, families, and staff to fulfill the school’s mission and build on TMA’s successes.

As we shared in the fall, Rich is an experienced leader with more than a decade of experience in the Washington education, legal, and policy sectors. He was most recently the Chief of Operations and Policy at E.L. Haynes Public Charter School, overseeing the daily operations and budgets across three schools, and he served as its Acting Head of School with the departure of founder Jennie Niles. Rich also has classroom experience working with upper elementary and middle school students.

As we continue the school year, Rich will prioritize filling the Head of School position. He will also lead the school’s ongoing efforts to explore the possibility of replication.

Rich has my enthusiastic support and that of my colleagues on the Board. With your continued support of TMA and Rich’s immense experience and track record of proven success, we are confident that TMA will remain among the highest performing high schools in the city.

Thank you for your dedication to our students’ futures. Your support continues to have a profound impact on their lives.

With best wishes,


Kannon Shanmugam
Chairman of the Board of Trustees