Board of Trustees
Kannon Shanmugam, Chair
Mr. Shanmugam is a partner in the law firm of Williams & Connolly LLP, specializing in Supreme Court and appellate litigation. He has argued 11 cases before the Supreme Court. Washingtonian magazine recently selected him as one of the top lawyers practicing before the Supreme Court and also as one of the top 40 lawyers under 40 practicing in Washington. Kannon earned his A.B. and J.D. from Harvard University and his M. Litt. from the University of Oxford, where he was a Marshall Scholar.
Elizabeth Hale, Vice Chair
Ms. Hale is a Senior Fellow at the Institute for Educational Leadership, Inc. She is actively involved in the Institute’s efforts to create action and learning networks to improve outcomes for children and their families. She earned her B.A. from the University of Kentucky, and her Ed. M. and MPA from Harvard University.
Jocelyn Henderson, Treasurer
Ms. Henderson is an Assistant Controller at The Washington Post Company. She is responsible for managing the Company’s ongoing finance compliance efforts with the Sarbanes-Oxley Act. Prior to joining The Washington Post Company, Jocelyn spent much of her professional career in Atlanta serving as Assistant Vice President of Corporate Audit and Director of External Reporting for Turner Broadcasting System, Inc. She earned her B.S. and B.A. from Duke University.
Mr. Baffer is a Rear Admiral in the United States Coast Guard and serves as the Director of Acquisition Programs, where he manages a portfolio of new ships, boats, aircraft and computers in support of all Coast Guard missions. He holds a BSCE from the Coast Guard Academy, an MSCE from the Univ. of Illinois, an MBA from the Univ. of Massachusetts, an MS in the Management of Technology from MIT and an MS from the Marine Corps War College. He is a licensed professional engineer and a DHS certified level III acquisition professional.
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.
Mr. Epstein is a partner in Jenner & Block LLP’s Washington, DC office. He handles a wide array of commercial disputes for Fortune 500 companies, with particular emphasis on complex contract and fraud litigation. In 2007, Jerry was recognized by Legal Times as one of the ten Leading Business Litigation Lawyers in DC. He earned his B.S. and J.D. from the University of Pennsylvania.
Ms. Herman is a former Thurgood Marshall Academy administrator, serving as Managing Director from 2005–07 and as the Director of Strategic Initiatives from 2007–2008. During her tenure, Katie oversaw the academic program, youth development programs, partnerships, and general school operations, as well as spearheading the Executive Director search. She earned her B.A. from Brown University.
Ms. Jackson has been an employee of the Federal Transit Administration for over 20 years in the Office of Budget and Policy and the Office of Research, Demonstration and Innovation. She currently serves as the Workforce Development Program Manager. Ms. Jackson graduated in 1988 with a Bachelor’s of Arts Degree in Sociology and a 2nd Lieutenant Commission in the United States Army, from the University of Maryland-Eastern Shore and Salisbury State University. In 1996, Ms. Jackson graduated from the University of the District of Columbia with a Master’s Degree in Counseling and is currently seeking professional licensure within the District of Columbia.
Ms. Pasley is the mother of a Thurgood Marshall Academy student and serves as a Parent Representative on the Board of Trustees.
Mr. Roe is a professor at Georgetown University Law Center and the director of its Street Law Clinic. In addition, 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.
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.
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 Law360.com. 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.