Our Team

DC Prep attracts the best and brightest. Our team is passionate, analytical, energetic, and uncompromising – united in the fervent belief that learning has no limits. As a public Charter Management Organization, DC Prep is a supportive, innovative, and collaborative community that has the flexibility to adapt to the needs and priorities of its staff. Student learning is the primary focus of DC Prep, and all aspects of the organization exist to enable that outcome.

 

Leadership

DC Prep’s Home Office team establishes, supports, and ultimately oversees each campus as well as the health and stability of the organization – all while striving to support terrific teaching and learning in every classroom.

Principals

DC Prep’s School Leaders build a unique and close-knit learning community at each school campus.

  • Jonathan Caldera | Resident Principal
  • Neema Desai | Principal
  • Avise Hayes | Principal
  • Kent Strader | Principal
  • Rachel McClam | Principal
  • Erin Waldron | Principal

CEO

  • Laura Maestas | Chief Executive Officer
  • Neils Ribeiro-Yemofio | Chief of Staff

Academic Support

  • Maura Englender | Senior Director of Student Support
  • Michelle Hess | Senior Director of Student Support
  • Tara O’Flaherty | Senior Director of Schools
  • Cassie Pergament | Senior Director of Programs
  • Katie Severn | President and Chief Academic Officer

Talent

  • Suraj Patel | Chief Talent Officer

Operations, Data, Technology, and Enrollment

  • Dan Englender | Chief Operating Officer & Chief Financial Officer
  • Emily Johannsen | Senior Director of Operations

 

 

What our Supporters are Saying

“DC Prep is a remarkable charter school. It educates more than 1,500 students in the DC area, who previously would not have had access to such a truly solid education. It makes me very optimistic about the long-term future of education in America, even with so many systemic problems to be solved.”
Tom Gardner, Advisory Board Member, Co-founder of The Motley Fool