Serving our Children Board
The Honorable Kevin P. Chavous, Chairman
Former Member of the Council of the District of Columbia
Kevin P. Chavous is a noted attorney, author, and national school reform leader. He is a founding board member of the American Federation for Children, and heads The Chavous Group, an education consulting firm. He is Chairman Emeritus of Democrats for Education Reform and a former chairman of the Black Alliance for Educational Options. He served for 12 years on the D.C. City Council, including as chairman of the Council’s education committee where he led the effort to enact the D.C. charter school law and helped shape the city’s three-sector education partnership with the federal government.
The Honorable Anthony A. Williams
Former Mayor of Washington, D.C.
Anthony A. Williams is President & Executive Director of the Federal City Council. Serving as a catalyst for progress, the Council tries to enhance the Nation’s Capital by focusing the creative and administrative talents of Washington’s business and professional leaders on major problems and opportunities that are facing the City. Mayor Williams served as mayor of the District of Columbia from 1999 to 2007. During his two terms, he stabilized the city’s finances, as well as effectively managed resources to improve services, lower taxes, improve the performance of city agencies, and invest in infrastructure and human services. As Mayor, Williams, together with then-Councilman Kevin Chavous, also worked with President Bush, U.S. Secretary of Education Rod Paige, and Congress to enact the D.C. Opportunity Scholarship Program as part of a three-sector federal initiative to support educational improvement in Washington, D.C.
Donald Hense, Treasurer
Founder and Chairman of Friendship Public Charter School
Donald Hense is Founder and Chairman of Friendship Public Charter School. Mr. Hense is a graduate of Morehouse College in Atlanta, Georgia, and attended graduate school at Stanford University. He has been a Rockefeller Intern in Economics at Cornell University; a Merrill Scholar at the University of Ghana; a Ford Foundation Fellow at Stanford; and a Lecturer at the University of California, Berkeley. Prior to founding Friendship, Mr. Hense served as Vice President at the National Urban League; Director of Development at the Children’s Defense Fund; and Director of Governmental Relations at Howard University, Boston University and Dartmouth College. He was also Vice President of Prairie View A & M University of the Texas A & M System. In 2011, he was inducted into the National Charter School Hall of Fame.
Sheila Morris is a parent activist and community leader in Washington, D.C. Her daughter Shawnee entered the D.C. Opportunity Scholarship Program in elementary school and graduated in 2013 as valedictorian of her high school. She is a strong advocate for parents in the city to be able to choose the best educational environment for their children and continues to work in the community to educate and engage parents about their educational options.