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

Community Leader


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. 

David Rich

President, Rich Entertainment


David Rich has held several roles during his tenure at Verizon since 2007 and currently works as a Product Line Manager-Mobile Backhaul Center of Excellence. Strategic planning, product enhancement, revenue forecasting and financial analysis are some of the responsibilities he oversees in his current position. He has served as the President of Rich Entertainment since 2010, providing concert promotions, event management and entertainment consulting. He received his MBA from Keller Graduate School of Management and his B.S. in Technology from Excelsior College. He recently authored a book titled Phase In: How Changing Your Mindset can Lead to Exponential Career Growth published in October 2016.

Thomas O’Hara

Chairman of the Board of Directors – Center City Public Charter School


Mr. O’Hara has served in several educational leadership positions in the Washington DC area for many years. He joined the Center City PCS Board in 2010. He has served on the boards of Archbishop Carroll High School, Oxford House, and the Center City Consortium Schools. He was Chair of the Board of his alma mater, Mt. St. Mary’s University in Emmitsburg, Maryland from 2003 – 2009. From 1980 to 2000, Mr. O’Hara was the Vice President for Government Affairs of Prudential Insurance Company. He holds a bachelor’s degree from Mt. St. Mary’s, the juris doctorate from Georgetown University Law School and an honorary doctorate from Mt. St. Mary’s.

Emmanuel S. Bailey

President and CEO – DC09



Mr. Bailey serves as President and CEO for DC09, a joint venture with Intralot Inc.
LLC.  He has over 20 years of experience in Commercial and Retail Banking, Secondary Mortgage Finance, Human Resources, Gaming Systems and Operations Management. Prior to partnering with Intralot, he served in various positions at Fannie Mae over a 15 year career including the role of Vice President and Chief Diversity Officer. Mr. Bailey serves as a Director for the Greater Washington Urban League, Executive Board Committee Member of the Greater Washington Boys & Girls Club of America and President of the Board of Directors for the Kevin Durant Charity Foundation.  Mr. Bailey has a degree in Business Administration from Eastern Kentucky University and holds and Executive MBA from the University of Maryland’s Robert H. Smith School of Business.