DCI Board of Trustees:
Andrea Lachenmayr, Chair, DCI Parent
David Carl, Vice-Chair, DCI Parent
Jamila Frone, Secretary, DCI Parent
Leroy Clay, Treasurer
Yuanxia Ding, Trustee
Melissa Kim, Trustee
Evelyn Lee, Trustee
Sandra Licon, Trustee
Luis Pozo-Lin, Trustee, DCI Parent
Clinton Randolph, Trustee
Sarah Snyder, Trustee
Deanna Troust, Trustee, DCI Parent
Mary Shaffner, Executive Director
Deidra Bailey, High School Principal
Maya Stewart, Middle School Principal
Andrea Lachenmayr is an attorney with over 20 years of varied legal experience. Currently an attorney advisor with the U.S. Department of Energy, Andrea was previously a partner with the international firms of Norton Rose Fulbright and Thelen Reid & Priest. In private practice, she primarily advised developers, lenders, and others in connection with investments in, and financing for, energy and infrastructure projects. During this time, she also represented several charter schools and other nonprofits on a pro bono basis with respect to corporate governance and related matters, and she served as the founding counsel to both DCI and Washington Yu Ying Public Charter School, a Chinese immersion elementary school in Washington, DC. Andrea received her J D from Georgetown University Law Center and BA in Economics from Wesleyan University. She lives in Washington, DC, with her husband and daughter, a DCI student.
Vice Chair, Governance Committee Chair
David is the owner and Principal Broker for The Columbia Company, an independent real estate brokerage serving clients in the greater DC and Baltimore metro areas. His committed leadership to his clients and agent ensures smooth & successful transactions for both buyers and sellers. As a premier service provider, honesty and caring about the quality of service provided to each client is paramount.
Jamila Frone has a 20+ year legal career in the federal government and non-profit sector. Jamila’s federal service includes work as an employment litigator, ethics and crisis advisor, and senior executive at the United States Department of Justice. Jamila was appointed by former Attorney General Eric Holder to lead the DOJ Office of Attorney Recruitment and Management, and she received the Attorney General’s Award for her leadership in the area of diversity, equity and inclusion. Jamila left the federal government in 2019 and now serves as the Vice President of Litigation Practice at Earthjustice, a large nonprofit public interest environmental law organization.
Jamila was raised in Washington, DC, where she attended public schools. Jamila received a BA in English and African American Studies from the University of Virginia and her law degree from the George Washington University Law School. She lives in DC with her husband and two kids — both of whom are fluent in Mandarin thanks to Washington Yu Ying and DCI. When she isn’t hanging out with her family, Jamila enjoys listening to podcasts, bargain shopping, and traveling.
Treasurer, Finance Committee Chair
Leroy is a Certified Public Accountant with over 15 years of progressive experience in finance and accounting, including six years as a CFO. Leroy began his career at Arthur Andersen as an auditor where he primarily served clients in the real estate, hospitality, and financial services industries. His engagements included financial statement audits, audits of internal controls and compliance, due diligence projects, IPOs, annual and quarterly SEC filings, and ad hoc consulting projects. After spending four years at Arthur Andersen, Leroy left Andersen as a Senior Auditor and began developing his career in the media and entertainment industry. He has held positions and provided consulting services to several leading media companies. Over the course of his career, Leroy has developed expertise in the areas of financial modeling, financial planning and analysis, internal and external auditing, business process reengineering, internal control evaluation and development, and financial accounting. Currently as the Agency Fiscal Officer at the Metropolitan Police Department of the District of Columbia (MPD), Leroy is responsible for directing the financial operation of the agency. In this role, Leroy is responsible for the oversight of the formulation and execution of MPDs $500 million budget.
Yuanxia Ding is the Chief Impact Officer for Skills Fund, a quality assurance and lending platform for skills-based training programs. Yuanxia was appointed by President Obama to serve as Chief of Staff to the Under Secretary at the U.S. Department of Education, where she managed the Administration’s work in postsecondary education. Before joining the Department, she worked at McKinsey & Company focused on education and economic development, where she led teams of consultants working on growth strategies for nonprofits and investment strategies for foundations. She has also served in a number of leadership positions at education and workforce development nonprofits, including Teach For America and Opportunity@Work. Ms. Ding lives in Washington, D.C. with her husband, her son, and their two cats.
Melissa Kim has been working in DC education for 22 years. She currently serves as the Deputy Chancellor of DC Public Schools. Previously she was the CAO for KIPP DC, Partner at NewSchools Venture Fund, and Principal of Alice Deal Middle School. Melissa is proud to be affiliated with Teach for America and NewLeaders for NewSchools. Melissa holds a BS from Colby College, an MS from Trinity College, and an Ed.D from the University of Pennsylvania. Her dissertation positions student voice and student perception of race identity at the center of school leadership to enable thriving school cultures that close both academic and social engagement gaps.
Trustee, Chair Facilities Committee
Evelyn is Senior Vice President for SunTrust’s Aging Services Industry Mager. In this role she has structured and approved over $800 Million in a combination of single bank and syndicated loans, bonds, and lines of credit to facilitate mergers, acquisitions, and real estate purchases for the Bank’s clients. She oversees a $1.5B+ portfolio of tax-exempt and taxable facilities extended to a variety of corporate and nonprofit organizations including Professional Service firms, Associations, Educational Institutions, and Healthcare Providers. Prior to her current role, Evelyn was with SunTrust’s Corporate and Investment Banking division focused primarily on Private Equity sponsored transactions for large privately held and small cap publicly traded clients across the Mid-Atlantic footprint. Evelyn resides with her husband and two daughters in Washington, DC. She received her BA Magna cum Laude from the College of William and Mary in 2000 and is RMA Credit Risk Certified. She graciously served as DCI’s Board Chair for three years.
Sandra Licon, Trustee, Education Committee Chair
Sandra Licon is an education consultant working with nonprofits and foundations working to create better educational opportunities for students. Previously, Sandra worked at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, where her work focused on ensuring all U.S. students graduate from high school with the skills necessary to be successful in college and the workplace. She led efforts to build global learning partnerships connecting school and system leaders with best practices. Previously, Sandra held a variety of roles in a series of education organizations, including Teach For All, Education First, and The Education Trust. Sandra is a first generation college graduate who earned a BS in Foreign Service and Latin American Studies from Georgetown University and an MA in Administration, Planning, and Social Policy from the Harvard Graduate School of Education. Sandra was excited to join DCI’s board to support its vision of exposing students to languages and culture. She is originally from Mexico and proud to be bicultural and bilingual. She is also fluent in French.
Luis Pozo Lin, Trustee
Luis is an elementary school teacher with DCPS. He has taught in dual language programs and is invested in promoting bilingualism. He has taught for 21 years at the elementary school level. He joined the Board of Trustees at DCI in the fall of 2018 and is a member of the Education Committee. He works with the Spanish speaking community in DC to develop awareness of services and opportunities available to their children. One of his priorities is to support and encourage parents to be involved in the education of their children.
Luis graduated from Macalester College in Minnesota with BAs in Psychology and Education. He received his Master’s Degree in Education from George Mason University in Virginia.
Luis lives in Washington, DC. His two daughters attended Washington Yu Ying and are currently high schoolers at DCI.
Clinton is an attorney with McGuireWoods LLP. His practice focuses on public finance and commercial lending transactions. Clinton represents small and large cap corporations, lenders, credit and liquidity facility providers, swap providers, investment banks, governmental issuers, corporate trustees and nonprofit organizations in a broad range of public and private financings and related commercial transactions. Clinton has significant experience in publicly offered and privately placed taxable and tax-exempt financings of a broad range of asset classes and credit profiles, including project and real estate-based revenue bond financings of sewage and solid waste disposal facilities, manufacturing facilities, airport facilities and education, healthcare and other nonprofit facilities. He also has commercial lending experience representing a variety of regional and international banks in credit transactions across the country in a variety of industries, including health care, education, institutional nonprofit and senior living. Clinton also devotes a considerable portion of his practice to counseling financial institution, investment bank, governmental and corporate clients in a variety of federal securities matters, tax matters and other regulatory compliance matters. While earning his law degree from the University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law, Clinton was a recipient of The Public Service Award in 2007. Prior to his legal career, he was an arbitrage rebate and post-issuance compliance analyst at Ernst & Young LLP. McGuire Woods provides pro bono legal services to DCI.
Sarah B. Snyder is an associate professor in the School of International Service at American University. She is a historian of U.S. foreign relations who specializes in the history of the Cold War, human rights activism, and U.S. human rights policy. She is the author of two award-winning books. From Selma to Moscow: How Human Rights Activists Transformed U.S. Foreign Policy (Columbia University Press, 2018) explains how transnational connections and 1960s-era social movements inspired Americans to advocate for a new approach to human rights. Her first book, Human Rights Activism and the End of the Cold War: A Transnational History of the Helsinki Network, (Cambridge University Press), analyzes the development of a transnational network devoted to human rights advocacy and its contributions to the end of the Cold War. She is also the co-editor of The CSCE and the End of the Cold War: Diplomacy, Societies and Human Rights, 1972-1990 (with Nicolas Badalassi; Berghahn Books, 2018). In addition to authoring several chapters in edited collections, she has also published articles in Diplomatic History, Cold War History, Human Rights Quarterly, Diplomacy & Statecraft, Journal of Transatlantic Studies, European Journal of Human Rights and Journal of American Studies. She previously taught at University College London, Yale University, and Georgetown University. Snyder received her Ph.D. from Georgetown, a M.A. from University College London, and a B.A. with honors from Brown University. She lives in Capitol Hill Northeast with her husband.
Deanna Troust, Trustee, Public Affairs Committee Chair
Deanna is a seasoned communicator with experience in both internal communications and social change-oriented PR. Since 2017 she has worked as a consultant in the inclusion and diversity space, where she assesses organizations’ cultures, develops strategies, and teaches about cultural competence and the power of storytelling. Previously, she was an SVP at Vanguard Communications, where she built the brand practice and worked with Tribal nations, communities of color, individuals with behavioral health needs and clients ranging from GLAD to the U.S. FDA to address some of our most pressing social issues. Deanna has been a board member at DCI since 2016; her daughter is a junior there and her other daughter is an 8th grader at Oyster-Adams Bilingual School. Deanna is founder of 3 Stories Communications, a co-founder of DC March Lodging and a graduate of Cornell University. She is inspired by her husband and daughters, who share her passion for social justice, and her local community of Adams Morgan, where she’s lived for over 20 years. Twitter: @DeeLT