IDEA Public Charter School

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1027 45th St. NE, Washington, DC 20019 Phone: 202-399-4750
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Board of Trustees

Calvin R. Snowden, Chair
Director (Ret.)
University for the People, GSA
Lakeshia Highsmith, Vice Chair

Vice President, HR Compliance and FLEX
Marriott International 

Gizachew Andargeh
Special Projects Manager
DC Department of Transportation

Tiffini Andorful
Senior Director of Postsecondary Initiatives
Raise DC

Edward Dunson
Chairman, School of Architecture
Howard University
Sheewana Kerns
Parent board member

Kelly Nakamoto
Tax Partner

David Owens, Chair Emeritus
Executive Vice President Edison Electric Institute (Ret.)
Sean Townsend
Parent board member

Ex Officio (non-voting board members required to attend board meetings)
Nicole McCrae
Justin Rydstrom
Head of School/CEO

Nicole Seward
Chief Operating Officer
IDEA’s Board of Trustees meetings usually occur monthly on the fourth Thursday. All meetings are open to the public. If you would like to attend the next meeting, please email for dates, times, and location/dial-in information.