Board of Trustees

BASIS D.C. Board of Trustees

Dr. Craig Barrett is a leading advocate for improving education in the U.S. and around the world. In 2009, he stepped down as Chairman of the Board of Intel Corporation, a post he held from May 2005 to May 2009, following 35 years of service to the company.

Dr. Barrett received his BS, MS and Ph.D. degrees in Materials Science from Stanford University. After graduation, he joined the faculty of Stanford in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering, rising to the rank of Associate Professor. Dr. Barrett was a Fulbright Fellow at Danish Technical University in Denmark and a NATO Postdoctoral Fellow at the National Physical Laboratory in England.

Dr. Barrett chairs Achieve, Inc., Change The Equation (a national science, technology, engineering and math [STEM] initiative), and Dossia. He is vice chair of Science Foundation Arizona, and is a member of the Board of Directors of BASIS Schools, Inc., K12 Inc., Society for Science and the Public, the Arizona Commerce Authority Board, and a faculty member of Thunderbird School of Global Management. Dr. Barrett has co-chaired the Business Coalition for Student Achievement, the National Innovation Initiative Leadership Council, and has served as a member of the Board of Trustees for the U.S. Council for International Business and the Clinton Global Initiative Education Advisory Board.

Chad Colby is the Vice President of Strategic Communications & Outreach at Achieve -- a nonprofit education organization that has spent two decades leading the effort to help states make college and career readiness a priority for all students. Chad works with states and districts to communicate Achieve initiatives, programs, and projects and coordinates with local and national media to advocate for a college- and career-ready agenda and raise the national profile of Achieve.

Chad has more than 20 years of experience in political and education communications. He has worked in three state education agencies included assisting New Mexico's secretary of education with the adoption of new education reform initiatives; serving as the Communications Director at the DC Office of the State Superintendent of Education; and working as an assistant to the Florida Commissioner of Education.

Chad also worked at the U.S. Department of Education from 2004 to 2009 and served as the deputy assistant secretary for media affairs and strategic communication during his final two years there. A native of Bloomington, Illinois, Chad graduated from Florida State University.

David Hedgepeth brings to the Board of Trustees, in addition to a parent's perspective, legal expertise, practical political experience, and familiarity with the legal issues faced by teachers. A graduate of Colgate University and Catholic University of America, Columbus School of Law, he has worked as a Litigation Support Specialist managing paralegal, administrative, and technical teams on cases such as discrimination against African American and Latino farmers, and protecting third party payers such as CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield from unfair business practices by Pharmacy Benefit Managers. Additionally, during his time at CUA, Hedgepeth pursued his interest in education and labor law by serving as a law clerk for the American Federation of Teachers (AFT) and a student lawyer at CUA's Families and the Law Clinic.

Andrew P. Kelly is a research fellow in education policy studies at AEI and a doctoral candidate in political science at the University of California, Berkeley. His research focuses on higher education policy, congressional policy-making, and political behavior. As a graduate student, Mr. Kelly was a National Science Foundation interdisciplinary training fellow and graduate student instructor. Previously, he was a research assistant at AEI, where his work focused on the preparation of school leaders, collective bargaining in public schools, and the politics of education. His research has appeared in Teachers College Record, Educational Policy, Policy Studies Journal, Education Next, Education Week, Forbes, and various edited volumes, and he is a coauthor of the 2009 AEI report "Diplomas and Dropouts: Which Schools Actually Graduate Their Students (and Which Don't)."

Mali is an ICF Certified Professional Coach focused on Empowerment and Restorative Relating, a Collaborative Communication Trainer and a Certified Positive Discipline Classroom Educator with a mission to grow collaboration, effective partnerships, intrinsic engagement and inclusion beyond diversity and conflict. As an Implementation Team trainer with "Restorative DC", an initiative of SchoolTalk in partnership with DCPS and OSSE, Mali facilitates and teaches restorative practices, mediation, conflict-resolution, communication skills and collaborative techniques to D.C. schools and educators as well as to individuals, families, community groups, and organizations through her private coaching/training practice. With her past career and strengths as a marketing/social media and fundraising manager and as a natural community organizer and networker, Mali enjoyed being part of the team to bring BASIS to Washington, D.C. in 2011 as she believes it brings a world-class, affordable, and powerful education that offers a diversity of options for D.C. children and their families. Mali is a native of France, and an American who has lived in the District of Columbia itself since 1998. She graduated with Honors from Sorbonne University, France, with a Master in International Economics and Management.

Anne House Quinn is President & CEO of Quinn Marketing & Development, Inc. (QMD, a consulting firm providing marketing and fundraising management services to nonprofit organizations and associations. Some clients include StepAfrika!, The Duke of Edinburgh's Award World Fellowship (Prince Philip's international charity), the National Parks Conservation Association, the Kennedy Center, Ford's Theatre, and Folger Shakespeare Library. She also has consulted with many associations including the American Association of Pharmaceutical Scientists , the American Institute of Biological Sciences, and the Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies.

Ms. Quinn is an Advanced Certified Fund Raising Executive (ACFRE) through the Association of Fundraising Professionals. The ACFRE program is the most rigorous step in the certification process available to all fundraisers. Currently, there are 107 ACFREs in North America. A life-long volunteer, Ms. Quinn has served as a board member of many nonprofit organizations, and she served on her church finance council and endowment committee. She has an MBA degree from The George Washington University and earned a BA from James Madison College at Michigan State University.

Candice Santomauro is Director of Program Development for GreatSchools, the nation's leading online K–12 school guide. After serving in the Air Force and earning a B.S. in Computer Information Systems from Strayer University, Candice had a successful sales career building and overseeing a 500+ member sales force. Candice eventually transitioned to the non-profit sector to apply her talents to support worthy organizations. Prior to joining GreatSchools, Candice was the Director of Operations and Outreach at the Thomas B. Fordham Institute, overseeing their information technology, fundraising, and human capitol efforts. Candice also served as Director of Development for Cornerstone Schools of Washington, D.C., Inc., a private school that provides an academically rigorous education to 200 low-income, at-risk students.

Cecily Miles Slater has more than 20 years of experience in event management and development for non-profit organizations whose missions focus on the arts, education, and youth. After completing her BA in Art History from Barnard College of Columbia University, she began her career in Washington, D.C. working for organizations such as the Robbins Center for Cross-Cultural Communication, the Washington Area Lawyers for the Arts, and the Duke Ellington School of the Arts. She also served on the production teams for the D.C. Olympic Soccer Opening Ceremonies and the World Cup USA ‘94 Opening Ceremonies.

After these early years in D.C., Cecily moved to Los Angeles, where she continued her work in non-profit arts management. She was on staff at the City of LA Cultural Affairs Department, the University of Southern California Public Relations Department, and was the LA Program Director for Youth, I. N. C., a hybrid organization that selected and trained non-profit Executive Directors and Development Directors in event-based fundraising. Cecily was also the Director of Events for Women in Technology International for three years during which she managed their annual national conferences in the Silicon Valley. Cecily moved back to Washington in 2005, and served as the Director of Development and Outreach for Capital City Public Charter School, and as a fundraising consultant for the Academy for Learning Through the Arts Public Charter School. She is currently an independent development and special events consultant.

Cecily is also an accomplished jazz vocalist. She has performed at Washington's legendary One Step Down, The Ritz, the Corcoran Gallery of Art, and for the Friends of the Soldiers Home among other venues and private functions. In Los Angeles, she performed at venues including The World Stage, Miceli's, the Shabazz and the Atlas Bar and Grill. New York City area appearances include the Nuyorican Poets Café, Trumpets Jazz Club, and Make Music New York. She has also performed on Martha's Vineyard, in the U.S. Virgin Islands, Natchez, Mississippi, England, and Ireland.

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