Center City PCS Board of Directors
Mr. Thomas O’Hara, Chair
Mr. O’Hara has served in leadership positions in education in the Washington DC area for many years. He joined the Center City PCS Board in 2010. He has served on the boards of Archbishop Carroll High School, Oxford House, and the Center City Consortium Schools. He was Chair of the Board of his alma mater, Mt. St. Mary’s University in Emmitsburg Maryland from 2003 – 2009. From 1980 to 2000, Mr. O’Hara was the Vice President for Government Affairs of Prudential Insurance Company. He holds a bachelor’s degree from Mt. St. Mary’s, the juris doctorate from Georgetown University Law School and an honorary doctorate from Mt. St. Mary’s.
George Brown, Vice-Chair
Mr. Brown, President and CEO of Global Visions LLC, a business formation and investment firm, has been a member of the Center City Board for six years. A native Washingtonian, Mr. Brown has served the community through leadership positions in government, the private sector and in nonprofit organizations. He served as the former Deputy Mayor for Economic Development for the District of Columbia, Associate Deputy Assistant Secretary of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, COO for the Office of the People’s Counsel and Senior Vice President Center for Community Self Help and the Center for Responsible Lending. A graduate of Howard University, Mr. Brown holds the Juris Doctorate from Georgetown University.
Betsy Hanlon, Treasurer
Betsy Hanlon is a senior financial executive who has held financial, strategic and administrative positions with private, public and non-profit companies. Since 2011, Ms. Hanlon has served as Chief Operating Officer of Dutko Grayling, where she is responsible for several functions, including finance, human resources, legal affairs, facilities and IT. For four years Ms. Hanlon held senior positions with Cambridge Information Group, a privately held investment and management company with 2,100 employees in 29 countries. From 2007 to 2010, she directed all financial operations of CIG and the company’s Sotheby’s Institute of Art, Bach to Rock, and Jindy Stores after serving as Controller of Sotheby’s Institute of Art New York. Previously, she was associated with prominent telecommunications, public relations, biomedical and law firms in the DC area. She began her career at Price Waterhouse in Philadelphia. A graduate of The College of William and Mary, Ms. Hanlon holds an MBA from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania and a Nonprofit Management Executive Certificate from Georgetown. She has served on the boards of several non-profit organizations and as a consultant to non-profits through Compass DC.
Lydia Adelfio, Secretary
Lydia W. Adelfio served as Assistant Head of School for Administration at Sidwell Friends School as well as Secretary to the Board of Trustees. She touched on myriad functions of the School including governance, development, special events, strategic planning and community and Quaker Life. Her support of the School continues on the Alumni Association Executive Board, fund raising for financial aid and other volunteer capacities. Ms. Adelfio also serves on the Siena School Board, a school in Silver Spring, MD for children with mild to moderate language-based learning disabilities, on the Edgemoor Club Board, as Membership Chair and Board Secretary, and directs an annual fund raiser for Bethesda Friends Quaker Meeting to raise scholarship funds for Ramallah Friends School. A graduate of Vassar College, Ms. Adelfio was an Institutional Portfolio Manager and Research Analyst covering the Telecommunications Sector at Kidder Peabody Inc.
Neville Waters, Member
Neville Waters currently serves as the Public Information Officer with the Department of For-Hire Vehicles. Previous work experience spanned the sports, hospitality and media industries with his professional career beginning in the music/radio industry.
Mr. Waters had various roles in broadcasting including on-air announcing, research and programming, media planning, promotions, public affairs and production. Other endeavors involved assisting to organize, promote and manage shows and events such as the Taste of DC; the Tibetan Freedom Festival; the Human Rights Campaign Concert; the WHFS Festival; World Cup soccer matches; tours for U2, N’Sync and the Promise Keepers; and the unique mass wedding sponsored by the Unification Church. Responsibilities included contract negotiation, development of marketing campaigns, staffing and the coordination of publicity, transportation, security and VIP hospitality.
A fifth generation resident of Georgetown neighborhood in Washington, DC, Waters graduated Magna Cum Laude from Springfield College in Massachusetts and also received a Master’s Degree in Psychological Services from there. He later earned his MBA from Georgetown University.
His professional achievements include the NBC Fellowship Award; the National Black MBA Scholarship; the Walter Kaitz Foundation Award; the Achievement in Radio Award; an Addy Award; an Effie Award; the Adrian Award for hospitality marketing; and Radio Program Director of the Year. He also won $5,000 on the TV game show Scrabble.
Ralph F. Boyd, Member
Mr. Boyd is a founding member of the Board of Directors of Center City Public Charter Schools and served as board chair from March 2009 to November 2012. Prior to his current position at Center City PCS, Mr. Boyd served as Chairman, President, and Chief Executive Officer of the Freddie Mac Foundation, Inc., and as Executive Vice President, Community Relations and General Counsel of the Federal Home Loan Mortgage Corporation. He also was a partner at two law firms, Goodwin Procter LLP and Alston & Bird. Mr. Boyd also served as an Assistant U.S. Attorney, Assistant Attorney General of the United States for Civil Rights, and as the U.S. member of the Geneva-based Committe on the Elimination of all Forms of Racial Discrimination, a United Nations human rights treaty body. Mr. Boyd is Chairman of the NHP Foundation, a nonprofit developer and provider of multi-family affordable housing and resident services. He is Treasurer and finance committee chair of the national board of Easter Seals, Inc., and the finance committee chair of the board of directors of the American Association of People with Disabilities. Mr. Boyd is a director of DirecTV and serves as the board’s audit committe chairman. He also is a director of Sandy Spring Bancorp, and a member of its credit and investment risk committee. Mr. Boyd is a graduate of Haverford College, and holds a juris doctorate from Harvard Law School.
John F. Griffin, Member
Mr. Griffin is a founding member and former Chair of the Board of Center City Public Charter Schools. For eight years, Mr. Griffin was the Chair of the Center City Consortium Board, which was responsible for 14 inner city parochial schools. A retired real estate developer, he is President of the Griffin Foundation, which has provided generous financial support to Center City PCS and the Center City Consortium. He served on the Board of Directors of SOME (So Others Might Eat), which serves homeless and low-income individuals in DC. In 2007, Mr. Griffin received the Humanitarian Award form SOME. Mr. Griffin was Chair of Victory Housing Inc. for 12 years and a member of the Board of Archbishop Carroll High School. Mr. Griffin is a graduate of Georgetown University.
Margaret Horn, Member
Ms. Horn, who joined the Center City PCS Board in 2012, is the Vice President, State Leadership and Policy Development for Achieve, a national organization promoting college- and career-ready policies in schools. Ms. Horn, a former senior education policy adviser to Tennessee Governor Phil Bredesen, after leading Tennessee’s involvement in the Tennessee Diploma Project, the College & Career-Ready Policy Institute, and, most recently, coordinating the state’s “Race to the Top” proposal. Ms. Horn holds a bachelor’s degree in anthropology from Vanderbilt University and a master’s in medical anthropology from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Jessica Sutter, Member
Jessica G. Sutter has served in policy-level management and consulting roles for public schools for more than 12 years. Ms. Sutter is Founder and President of EdPro Consulting, LLC. She also works as a Senior Consultant and Project Manager for Kitamba, Inc., where she is managing the creation of a school accountability system for a large urban school district and is supporting the development of a large-scale data management system for a national education membership association. She previously served as a consultant to the District of Columbia’s Office of the State Superintendent of Education’s Office of Public Charter School Finance and Support (OPCSFS). Her policy roles have included service as a Senior Advisory to DC’s Office of the Deputy Mayor for Education and, Program Officer and Education Pioneers Fellow for OPCSFS and as Education Policy Fellow for a member of the Maryland House of Delegates. She began her career as a Catholic school teacher in Chicago and worked at KIPP charter schools in both Los Angeles and Washington, DC. She was a content specialist for Teach for America. A graduate of Loyola College in Baltimore, Ms. Sutter holds a master’s degree from the University of Maryland, where she is currently pursuing a PhD in Education Policy Studies.
F. John Duncan, Member
John Duncan is a Principal at Meridian Research Group, which he co-founded. Meridian provides public policy insight to leading investment management firms. John brings a perspective developed from his time in various senior-level government and corporate roles. John has served as Director of Policy for the U.S. Secretary of Commerce and as acting Chief of Staff to the U.S. Secretary of Labor. He also served as a senior advisor and campaign manager to Newt Gingrich, the former Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives. Throughout his time in government, John has worked with the White House, Congress, and federal agencies to develop policy across a broad variety of issue areas. John also brings a rigorous analytical perspective to his role in developing and advising on public policy. He has led corporate strategy, industry analysis and new technology initiatives at Microsoft Corp. and SEVEN Networks. In addition, he has worked in the venture capital community at Ignition Partners, a leading Seattle-based firm, where he contributed to investment decisions. John Duncan has a MBA from the Harvard Business School and a B.A. from Georgetown University.
Nasir Qadree, Member
Nasir, who joined the Center City PCS Board in 2016, serves as Village Capital’s Economic Opportunity Lead, enabling investors, foundations, and corporations to engage with high-growth businesses around the world solving pressing challenges in education, health, and financial services. Most recently, Nasir served as Head of Village Capital’s Education Practice, where he was responsible for helping cohorts scale their businesses, connect with mentors and advisers, and gain exposure to investors. Nasir began his career as an Analyst at Goldman Sachs and later worked as an Associate at the State Street Corporation. Subsequently, Nasir served as an Education Pioneer Fellow and Special Assistant at the Connecticut State Department of Education, focusing on improving digital learning and infrastructure to empower teachers and school leaders to improve persistently low-performing schools. Nasir is committed to running a full marathon in every state and the District of Colubmia to raise scholarship funding for first-generation college students. Nasir holds a Bachelors of Science from Hampton University.
Diedra Henry-Spires, Member, Parent Representative
Diedra Henry-Spires is the staff professional for human services and income security for the United States Senate Committee on Finance, where she began her tenure in 2006 as a Brookings Institute LEGIS fellow. Her legislative portfolio includes Temporary Assistance for Needy Families, child support enforcement, child welfare, maternal and child health, social services, unemployment insurance and women’s issues. Mrs. Henry-Spires also served for 10 years at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, where she was the Principal Public Health Advisor on violence against women where she developed national policies in violence against women, HIV/AIDS and young women’s health. She holds a degree in Health Policy and Administration from Penn State and is an alumnus of the Harvard Kennedy School Executive Education program in Shaping the Health Care Delivery System. Ms. Henry-Spires is the parent representative from the Congress Heights campus.
Tiffany Tabb, Member, Parent Representative