New members on the DC Public Charter Schools Board


After being approved by the DC Council last month, the three new members of the DC Public Charter Schools Board (DC PCSB) took office on Monday.

That day, the body in charge of supervising 69 education agencies in the country’s capital welcomed Shukurat Adamoh-Faniyan, Nick Rodríguez and Shantelle Wright as its new members.

They were received by the president of the Board, Lea Crusey; the vice president, Jim Sandman, and Dr. Ricarda Ganjam. Current Board member Rick Cruz will step down in August when he completes his term, it was announced.

The new Board members were approved by the DC Council on June 30. Lea Crusey was also reconfirmed as chair of the DC PCSB Board.

Nick Rodriguez, who is the only Hispanic in the group of new Board members, is a District 6 resident and CEO of Delivery Associates. He has a bachelor’s degree in public policy from Stanford University, a master’s degree in economics from the London School of Economics, and a second master’s degree in Latin American Studies from the University of Oxford.

Shukurat Adamoh-Faniyan, meanwhile, is born in Washington and a resident of DC’s District 8. She is executive director of Reading Partners DC and has a bachelor’s degree in political science from the University of New Orleans and a master’s degree in teaching from American University.

As for Shantelle Wright, she is a resident of District 8 and director of programs for EdNavigator. She also founded and served as executive director of Achievement Prep. Wright received her bachelor’s degree in sociology from Hampton University and her juris doctorate from The George Washington University School of Law.

The DC Public Charter School Board (DC PCSB) is the sole authorizing body for public charter schools in the nation’s capital.

Its goal is to “ensure that all DC students receive a quality education that makes them feel valued and prepares them for lifelong learning, fulfilling careers and economic security,” said President Lea Crusey.

The DC PCSB oversees 69 local education agencies that operate 134 public charter schools that educate more than 45,000 students who live in every neighborhood of the District of Columbia.

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