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Chairman Linda W. Cropp at the request of the Mayor
IN THE COUNCIL OF THE DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA
Chairman Linda W. Cropp, at the request of the Mayor, introduced the following resolution, which was referred to the Committee on Education, Libraries and Recreation.
To confirm the mayoral appointment of Deborah Anne Gist as State Education Officer, State Education Office.
RESOLVED, BY THE COUNCIL OF THE DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA, That this resolution may be cited as the "State Education Officer Deborah Anne Gist Confirmation Resolution of 2005".
Sec.2. The Council of the District of Columbia confirms the appointment of:
Deborah Anne Gist
as State Education Officer, State Education Office, established by section 2 of the State Education Establishment Act of 2000, effective October 21, 2000 (D.C. Official Code §38-2601), and in accordance with section 2 of the Confirmation Act of 1978, effective March 3, 1979 (D.C. Law 2-142; D.C. Official Code §1-523.01), to serve a 4-year term.
Sec. 3. Fiscal impact statement.
The Council adopts the fiscal impact statement in the committee report as the fiscal impact statement required by section 602(c)(3) of the District of Columbia Home Rule Act, approved December 24, 1973 (87 Stat. 813; D.C. Code section 1-233(c)(3)).
Sec. 4. The Council of the District of Columbia shall transmit a copy of this resolution, upon its adoption, each to the nominee and to the Office of the Mayor.
Sec. 5. This resolution shall take effect immediately.
DEBORAH A. GIST
529 14th Street, NE
Public sector and nonprofit manager, educator and public policy analyst with 16 years of professional experience. Visionary leader with proven management, strategic planning, training and development skills. An innovative problem solver, effective motivator and well-organized professional with excellent communication skills and successful experience supervising diverse groups.
July 2004-present, State Education Office, Washington, DC, Interim State Education Officer
Serves as the Interim State Education Officer and is responsible for enhancing state-level educational services and opportunities for all District residents through research, effective policy, and programs that ensure the equitable distribution and availability of administrative, financial and nutrition resources. Supervises 67 staff members and a budget of $56 million.
2001-2004, Serve DC, Executive Office of the Mayor, Washington, DC, Executive Director
Served as inaugural Executive Director for Serve DC, formerly known as the DC Commission on National and Community Service. Designed and implemented plans to create the Mayor's office on volunteerism and "state" office for national service programs in the District of Columbia; formulated budgets totaling over $4 million in local, federal and private funds; and selected, trained and supervised staff of 14. Worked with Commission board members, staff members, city officials and community leaders to develop citywide strategic plan for service and volunteerism.
January 2001-June 2001, Discovery Creek Children's Museum, Washington, DC, Director of Marketing and Development
Conceptualized and directed the museum's comprehensive fundraising programs and led new fundraising initiatives for contributed revenue, major gifts and program specific support. Managed development team including 3 staff members, interns, board members and development committee members to conduct fundraising activities, including grant writing, annual giving, donor cultivation, special events and corporate sponsorship development.
July 2000-January 2001, U.S. Department of Education, Washington, DC, Senior Policy Analyst
Served as political appointee and advised the Deputy Secretary on selected initiatives and priority issues. Analyzed proposed policy initiatives and conducted background research and short-term feasibility studies. Defined and described feasible policy options, including the consequences of their adoption. Informed members of Congress, White House Staff, key Departmental officials and managers of other agencies. Evaluated and developed responses to managers to implement findings and recommendations on policy issues. Reviewed correspondence, policy memoranda, legislation and reports for accuracy, clarity and policy coordination.
1996-1999, Hillsborough Education Foundation, Tampa, FL, Founder/Director, Hillsborough Reads
Conceived, designed and initiated the award-winning program, Hillsborough Reads, to serve the literacy needs of students and families in the 11th largest school district in the United States. Supervised 7 staff members in coordination of a tutoring program, a parent-involvement component and a service-learning strand with services available to the children, families and teachers in 108 elementary schools. Managed the recruitment, training and supervision of literacy tutors including 300 community volunteers, 70 AmeriCorps members, federal work-study students from 5 colleges and universities and 15 Foster Grandparents. Created and implemented public relations/marketing campaign, engineered business and community partnerships, produced reporting requirements, coordinated programming and managed yearly budget of $880,000.
1994-1996, Hillsborough County School District, Tampa, FL, Teacher, Northwest Elementary
Taught second grade students and was awarded "Teacher of the Year." Served on school-wide committees including the School Advisory Team. Presented at local, state and national conferences on curriculum and classroom management topics.
1988-1994, Ft. Worth Independent School District, Ft. Worth, TX, Teacher, Kirkpatrick Elementary Teacher, Alice Carlson Applied Learning Center
Taught first, second and third grade and was awarded "Teacher of the Year." Designed and developed, in collaboration with a team of teachers, a professional development school dedicated to progressive educational techniques. Wrote and received multiple grants to implement innovative projects and school reform initiatives.
Harvard University, John F. Kennedy School of Government Master in Public Administration, June 2000
University of South Florida
University of Oklahoma
Personal interests include as camping, hiking, politics, reading and long-distance running
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