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State Education Officer Deborah Ann Gist Confirmation Resolution of 2005
PR 16-190




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Chairman Linda W. Cropp at the request of the Mayor


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
529 14th Street, N.E.
Washington, D.C. 20002

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.

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529 14th Street, NE 
Washington, D.C. 20002 
(202) 396-3105


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.

  • Increased funding for programs granted to the community including AmeriCorps, Citizen Corps and Learn and Serve by 500%.
  • Led Serve DC to create and implement the DC Citizen Corps to train over 1,600 volunteers in emergency preparedness and served as the lead for Emergency Support Function 15 for the city participating in several disasters and disaster exercises.
  • Launched several new programs including the Mayor's. Community Service Awards, the DC Youth Advisory Council, Learn and Serve, and The Early Chapters, an early childhood literacy initiative.
  • Passed rigorous audit tests by managing the Commission staff to design operational systems, policies and procedures for budget and program management, grant making and program monitoring. Met 125 of 126 performance indicators in the Corporation for National and Community Service's Standards Review, and passed multiple site visit reviews from funding sources, including a pre-audit survey by the Inspector General that concluded with no findings or recommendations, an unusual event.
  • Hosted National Youth Service Day in the District of Columbia with over 8,100 volunteers serving with over 100 partner community organizations making it the largest single volunteer service day in the history of the city.

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.

  • Created the Circle of Friends, the museum's first formal group for volunteer support with fundraising and assistance with special events. Facilitated development staff and co-chairs of the Circle of Friends to conceptualize the group, host a kick-off luncheon and organize volunteers.
  • Supervised special events coordinator in all aspects of preparation for the museum's first annual black tie event, the Birds and Bees Ball. Managed sponsorship effort and table sales resulting in significant financial gain.

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.

  • Designed, in collaboration with a team of Department staff, a new $20 million competitive grant program for schools to provide dual language, an innovative bilingual education strategy. Coordinated development of non-regulatory guidance, application packages and media outreach plan. Planned the grant award ceremony featuring remarks by Secretaries Riley, Minetta and Caldera.
  • Secured community involvement for three key White House events. Developed a report for the President to use to demonstrate the need for school construction funding at an event in New Jersey.

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.

  • Raised $2 million from federal and private foundation grants, individuals and corporate giving.
  • Secured and administered a US. Department of Education subcontract for America Reads training of over 1,000 tutors throughout the United States. Wrote curriculum for the tutor training resulting in the publication of a nationally utilized literacy tutor training video and training manual.

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.

  • Founded and directed a center on the school's campus to provide environmental education and service-learning opportunities for students throughout the school district. Wrote grants, developed community and business partnerships and secured private donations to raise over $40,000 for school programs.

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.

  • Served as a demonstration teacher by maintaining a model language, arts program and mentoring and training teachers in Texas and surrounding states on literacy education curriculum, authentic assessment procedures and applied-learning.


Harvard University, John F. Kennedy School of Government Master in Public Administration, June 2000

  • Selected as a Kennedy Fellow and received the Littaur Fellow award for academic excellence and community service.
  • Elected Harvard Graduate Council Representative and was chosen Council Vice President of Professional Affairs.
  • Completed courses at Harvard Business School and Harvard Graduate School of Education.

University of South Florida
Master of Arts in Elementary Education/Curriculum, December 1997

University of Oklahoma
Bachelor of Science in Early Childhood Education, May 1988


  • 2002-present, Active in the District of Columbia as foster caregiver for homeless animals; as a volunteer for START DC, a literacy program for children; and as a Sunday School teacher and Deaconess Board Member at National City Christian Church.
  • 2001-2002, Served as a volunteer for the DC Animal Shelter and as a foster caregiver, volunteered as a tutor in a local public school; served as charter member and Vice President of Membership of the bipartisan National Women's Political Caucus.
  • 1998-1999, Served as board member for Seniors in Service and as President Elect for the Hillsborough County International Reading Association. Selected to serve on steering committees for a statewide America's Promise Summit and the local Hillsborough's Promise Summit.


  • Certified Public Manager training, anticipated completion 2005
  • Washington Support Center training on fundraising and nonprofit management, 2001
  • Excellence in Nonprofit Leadership and Management, Certificate Program, 1999

Personal interests include as camping, hiking, politics, reading and long-distance running

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