DCI Board of Trustees:

Andrea Lachenmayr, President, US Department of Energy

David Carl, Vice-Chair, The Columbia Company

Jamila Frone, Secretary, US Department of Justice

Evelyn Lee, Treasurer, Sun Trust Bank

Clinton Randolph, Trustee, McGuireWoods LLP

Melissa Kim, Trustee, KIPP DC

Sandra Licon, Trustee, Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation

Lise Clavel, Trustee, Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation

Asheesh Misra, Trustee, Urban Teachers

Sarah Snyder, Trustee, American University

Yuanxia Ding, Trustee, Opportunity@Work

Deanna Troust, Parent Trustee, 3 Stories Communications

Leroy Clay, Trustee, Metropolitan Police Department

DCI Leadership:

Mary Shaffner, Executive Director

Deidra Bailey, High School Principal

Maya Stewart, Middle School Principal

Board Meetings

Board meetings are the third Thursday of the month and the Board endeavors to hold one open board meeting each year.

Andrea Lachenmayr
Chair Board of Trustees, Chair Finance Committee

Ms. Lachenmayr is an Attorney-Advisor and Senior Loan Counsel in the US Department of Energy. Prior to this position Andrea had her own practice advising Charter Schools in public finance and governance. For five years prior, Andrea Lachenmayr served as a Partner at Norton Rose Fulbright. Prior to that, Ms. Lachenmayr served as a Partner at Thelen Reid Brown Raysman & Steiner L.L.P. With nearly a fifteen years of legal experience, she focuses her practice on transactions relating to investments in and financing for energy and infrastructure assets, including stock and asset sales as well as partnership and joint venture arrangements. Ms. Lachenmayr represents project developers, sponsors, investors and lenders in a broad range of matters including project finance, mergers and acquisitions, dispositions and private equity investments in power and other infrastructure. She has served as founding counsel to Washington Yu Ying Public Charter School, a parent-founded public charter elementary school providing bilingual (Chinese and English) education in Washington, DC. Ms. Lachenmayr received her J. D. from Georgetown University Law Center in 1999 and B.A. in Economics from Wesleyan University in 1992.

David Carl
Vice Chair Board of Trustees, Chair Governance Committee

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.

Evelyn Lee
Treasurer, 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 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.

Jamila Frone
Secretary, Parent Trustee

Jamila Frone is an attorney and senior exective in the federal sector. She currently serves as the Director of the US Department of Justice, Office of Attorney Recruitment and Management where she provides management and program oversight of legal recruitment and outreach, suitability and background investigations, FBI Whistleblower cases, attorney disciplinary matters, and policy issues.  Prior to her appointment, she served as OARM’s Deputy Director of Legal Recruitment and Outreach. Ms. Frone’s career at the United States Department of Justice also includes four years as an Assistant General Counsel for the Executive Office for United States Attorneys General Counsel’s Office. In that role, she provided legal advice and counsel to the 94 United States Attorneys’ Offices (USAOs) and represented the USAOs in administrative litigation before the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and the Merit Systems Protection Board. Her work has been recognized by the Department with an Attorney General’s Award for Equal Employment Opportunity given for her service in advancing diversity and inclusion.

Prior to serving in the United States Department of Justice, Ms. Frone was an Attorney-Advisor with the United States Office of Special Counsel and the Federal Election Commission. Ms. Frone received a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Virginia and a Juris Doctor from the George Washington University Law School.  Ms. Frone is a member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc and she is the proud parent of a DCI student.

Deanna Troust
Parent Trustee, Chair Public Affairs Committee

PR, content, and marketing strategist with expertise in both the social change and corporate sectors. I’m passionate about people- and community-driven solutions that address pressing issues in health, energy/environment, equity/inclusion, the workplace, and education — and have almost two decades’ experience supporting the organizations that advance them.

I’ve developed comprehensive analyses, plans, and outreach strategies for entities ranging from NIH institutes to local nonprofits; tackled health disparities through audience-driven campaigns; demonstrated the impact of inclusion by supporting underrepresented youth, scholars, and advocates; advocated for community- and consumer-based energy solutions and quality principles; and more.

Specialties include strategic planning and counsel, audience insights, branding, earned and shared media strategy, multicultural issues, and creative development, plus subject matter expertise in energy innovation, behavioral health, nonprofit branding, and cultural competence. I have a penchant for the outdoors and for new thinking in education and in the workplace that helps both kids and parents to succeed — especially here in DC. Twitter: @DeeLT

Melissa Kim

Melissa Kim is the Prior to KIPP, Ms, Kim was the Director of the Instructional Practice at NewSchools Venture Fund and is responsible for leading the DC Pilot for the DC Schools Fund. In her role with NewSchools, Melissa currently serves on the board of directors for the DC International School and Paul Public Charter School. Prior to joining the NewSchools team, Melissa served as the principal of Alice Deal Middle School, the highest-performing and largest public middle school in the District of Columbia. During her seven years as principal, Melissa transitioned the school from a traditional junior high serving 700 students in grades 7-9 to a team-based middle school serving more than 1,000 students in grades 6-8. During this time, classrooms were desegregated and detracked and math standards were raised to ensure that all 8th graders enter high school with at least an Algebra or Geometry credit. She also led the successful effort by Alice Deal to become certified as the first International Baccalaureate Middle Years Program in DC Public Schools. She was able to lead these changes while managing a $60 million in situ modernization of the historic school facility. Melissa came to the District of Columbia as a Teach for America Corps member and taught for six years in Northeast and Southeast DC. After receiving her Masters in school leadership, she joined the inaugural cohort of NewLeaders in Washington, DC. She has served as an assistant principal in Washington, DC, as well as in Arlington, VA. Melissa holds a BS from Colby College, an MS from Trinity College, and an Ed.D from the University of Pennsylvania. Her dissertation focused on practices to integrate within schools to close both the academic achievement gap as well as the social engagement gap.

Clinton Randolph

Clinton’s practice focuses on public finance and commercial lending transactions. He 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. 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.

Lise Clavel

Lise Clavel is a Senior Program Officer at Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. She was the Virginia State Director for Obama for America. She managed all operations on the ground, and her team carried the state for President Obama by almost 4 points on November 6th, 2012. Prior to her service on the Obama campaign, she worked as Chief of Staff to Congressman Tom Perriello, a Democrat from the 5th District of Virginia, and then as deputy director of the Fox campaign at Media Matters. She also served as campaign manager for Perriello’s first congressional race in 2008, engineering his dramatic come-from-behind victory and earning national media attention. Before getting into politics, Lise was a teacher at the Mountain School of Milton Academy in Vermont and then worked in education technology as a producer, liaising with school districts to implement reading comprehension software. Lise holds a BA from Yale University.

Yuanxia Ding

Yuanxia Ding is a Senior Policy Advisor to the Under Secretary at the U.S. Department of Education, where she manages the policy design and implementation of the Department’s financial aid experiments in higher education. Before joining the Department, she was an Engagement Manager at McKinsey & Company focused on education and economic development, where she led teams of consultants working on growth strategies for non-profits and investment strategies for foundations. She also launched and managed the operations for a teacher-training institute for Teach For America. Ms. Ding was born in China, but has spent the majority of her life in the U.S., and lives in Washington, D.C. with her husband and their two cats.

Sarah Snyder

Sarah B. Snyder is an Associate Professor at 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. Her 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. The Society for Historians of American Foreign Relations awarded it the 2012 Stuart Bernath Book Prize by for best first book by an author and the 2012 Myrna F. Bernath Book Award for the best book written by a woman in the field in the previous two years. She previously served as a Lecturer at University College London, a Cassius Marcellus Clay Postdoctoral Fellow in the Department of History at Yale University, the Pierre Keller Post -Doctoral Fellow in Transatlantic Relations at the Whitney and Betty MacMillan Center for International and Area Studies also at Yale, and as a professorial lecturer at Georgetown University. She received her Ph.D. from Georgetown, a M.A. from University College London, and a B.A. with honors from Brown University.

Leroy Clay

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 primarly 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 MPD’s $500 million budget.

Mary Shaffner
Executive Director, Ex-Officio Member Board of Trustee

Mary Shaffner is the Executive Director of DCI. She led the effort to build the school serving as its Board Chair, visionary, and organizational lead during the planning year. She then moved into the role of ED with ultimate responsibility for the success of the IB, Language Immersion middle and high school. In 2015 DCI achieved its designation as an IB World School and status, one year earlier than planned. In 2016 DCI received the Public Charter School Boards highest ranking of Tier 1. In 2017, DCI moved to its permanent home in historic Delano Hall on the Walter Reed campus. DCI opened in 2014-15 with 210 students and will grow to 1450 students. It is the first school to establish a feeder pattern for elementary public charter schools. In 2012, Ms. Shaffner left her position as Executive Director of Washington Yu Ying to pursue opening DCI. From 2008 until 2012, she was the Founding Executive Director of Washington Yu Ying PCS where she successfully led the school from its opening. Yu Ying achieved great financial and educational success under her leadership, her team achieved PCSB Tier 1 status, IB World School, purchased its permanent home at 220 Taylor Street and built extensive waitlists. She successfully led and managed the business, operations, financial and outreach activities of the school since efforts to establish Yu Ying began in 2005. She has more than 20 years experience in management and marketing in not-for-profit organizations and the private sector. She has an MBA and a BA in International Affairs from George Washington University. She has called the District of Columbia her home for over twenty-five years. She has two children one who attends Yu Ying and one at DCI.