Washington, D.C. associate board
Our associate board is a group of professionals who are committed to supporting and promoting our AmeriCorps members and organizational goals.
As a company, EverFi’s primary focus is on “critical skills.” This includes financial literacy, digital literacy, health and wellness, and several other domains. Zach’s team is responsible for the research, design, development and evaluation of all digital curriculum published by EverFi. In addition to the content development, he also oversees platform development, ensuring an optimal user experience for both internal stakeholders and external customers. The role combines equal parts technical proficiency, communication across departments and content strategy.
Jacques Arsenault is digital communications manager for the U.S. Government Accountability Office. In this role, he leads GAO’s social and digital media efforts, including Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and the GAO Watchblog. He also manages the agency’s audio and video production efforts, including report-related videos, live chats and a regular podcast series. He started at GAO as an analyst covering issues including education, environmental policy and federal contracting.
Prior to GAO, Jacques held public affairs and organizational strategy positions in the nonprofit and higher education sectors. He holds an master’s in public policy and a bachelor’s in American studies from Georgetown University and teaches courses on social media strategy for Georgetown’s School of Continuing Studies.
Allyson Baker is trial attorney, civil litigator and counselor in private practice. She previously worked as an Enforcement Attorney at the CFPB and as a trial attorney at the Department of Justice, Tax Division. Currently she represents financial services companies and individuals in confidential, non-public law enforcement investigations and serves as litigation counsel for financial services companies. In her role she advises on all aspects of consumer financial laws and provide strategic counsel and risk management counsel.
Stanton Elementary is a turn-around elementary school in Anacostia. Sanja manages all aspects of the upper school (3rd-5th grade), including setting the vision for instruction and school climate, staff development and accountability, data-monitoring, and operations. At Stanton, she also served as the special education coordinator and director of interventions.
Charlie has experience in the federal, education and nonprofit sectors across both IT and strategy consulting projects. He has led projects across various disciplines, including CIO strategy, organizational and staffing analysis, performance management, change management, process improvement, operational efficiency and procurement. Charlie interned with Censeo in 2014, and then returned full-time in 2015 upon completion of his M.B.A. at Duke University’s Fuqua School of Business.
Kristyn Kelly is serving the board in her personal capacity. Her work experiences include human resources, logistics, finance, security, training, strategy, policy and compliance.
Raleigh currently works as a legislative counsel in the Council of the District of Columbia where she serves as the resident legal expert on the legislative procedure of programs, functions and activities of the departments within the District of Columbia government. Raleigh’s experience spans across various legal planes including litigation, political, government and nonprofit work. Ronny B. Lancaster, Raleigh’s father, has proudly served on the City Year Board for eight years and Raleigh is excited to continue in their shared passion for early education engagement.
Zhen led a case team at Bain to help clients solve business problems. He tells people that consultants are like doctors for businesses. They diagnose what is wrong with the client’s business based on data and facts prescribe solutions tailored to the client to help fix what is wrong and administer the solutions to make sure that the client business conditions improve.
Outside of his day job, he is actively involved with Bain Cares (Bain’s social impact effort), BGLAD (the LGBT affinity group at Bain) and recruitment.
Megan Mason helps education clients comply with federal, state and industry-specific requirements and best practices. Her work assists a wide variety of education-related entities, including universities and colleges, school districts, education associations and companies that invest or operate in the education sector. Before starting her legal career at Hogan Lovells, Megan taught Geometry at a D.C. public high school and served as a student attorney with Georgetown Law’s Juvenile Justice Clinic. In addition to her work with City Year, Megan volunteers with several other education-related nonprofit organizations and does pro bono work centered on youth and education.
With nearly 15 years of experience driving operational policy and strategy on behalf of our nation's young people, focusing on the most vulnerable populations, including disconnected youth, justice-involved students and students with disabilities, Sarah is dedicated to connecting the dots of policy, process and performance.
As the founder and CEO of FlipTurn Education Consulting, Sarah partners with schools and education-focused organizations on strategic operations and policy projects to improve outcomes for all students. FlipTurn works with clients to craft policy, improve compliance, build effective systems and translate vision into action in order to achieve measurable and sustainable results on behalf of children. Sarah has also founded and runs The Ability Challenge (ABC), an initiative to redefine improvement in special education. Prior to FlipTurn and ABC, Sarah worked as the senior director for litigation and policy in the Office of General Counsel for the New York City Department of Education (NYC DOE) where she created and managed the Litigation Implementation Unit. Sarah also worked for the alternative school district in the NYC DOE running the district’s special education services and other strategic advocacy/policy projects across seven citywide programs.
Sarah’s professional experience also includes working at Teach for America – New York City, as well as practicing corporate law in the areas of education law and litigation at Hogan and Hartson, LLP (now Hogan Lovells) in Washington D.C.
As part of Deloitte Consulting’s Government and Public Services Practice, Josh works with government and nonprofit organizations to identify strategic opportunities and improve operational performance. Josh’s experience spans project management, data analytics, process improvement, executive reporting, innovation strategy and cyber analytics. Josh has been involved with City Year at both a local and national level for the past eight years. Josh proudly served as a City Year AmeriCorps member at City Year Philadelphia from 2011-2013.
Lemar T. White has been teaching at Wilmington University since 2011 in the College of Business. Lemar currently works full-time for Google in the legal department managing three program areas - anti-bribery, anti-human trafficking and data protection.
A native of Barbados currently living in Fort Washington, MD, Lemar received the 2018 Google Diversity Champion Award. He was also recognized by Diversity MBA as a Top 50 Under 50 Leader and received the Impact Award for community service and engagement by The ShineHard Foundation. Lemar earned a bachelor’s degree in accounting from Florida International University, an M.B.A. from Texas A&M University - Commerce, two Master of Science degrees from Wilmington University and a Doctor of Education from Northeastern University. He is also a certified fraud examiner, leadership professional in ethics and compliance, and certified compliance and ethics professional.