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March 12, 2001




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Press release Linda Wharton Boyd Louis J. Erste
Mary H. Gill Patricia Watkins Lattimore Ralph Haney Neal
Steven G. Seleznow Dreck S. Wilson Sarah Jane Woodhead

Contact: Office of Public Information, 202-442-5635


March 12, 2001

Dr. Paul L. Vance, Superintendent of D.C. Public Schools today named five of his top executives to fill senior level staff positions. The new appointments were made after an extensive search by a national search firm.

Calling his new staff his A-Team, Dr. Vance envisions that they will help him move forward in his vision to make the school district a world-class system. His appointments include Steven Seleznow, Chief of Staff; Louis Erste, Chief Operating Officer; Mary Gill, Chief Academic Officer; Patricia Watkins Lattimore, Director of Human Resources; Dr. Linda Wharton Boyd, Director of Communications. In addition, Dr. Vance will introduce three recently appointed staff members including: Dr. Ralph Neal, Assistant Superintendent of Student and School Services; Sarah Woodhead, Director of Capital Projects; Dreck Wilson, Deputy Director of Facilities.

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Linda Wharton Boyd, Ph.D.
7215 Sixteenth Street, N. W. Washington, D.C. 20012 (202) 291-1640 Fax (202) 291-5706

Educational Background

1998 -CPM Public Management - Center for Excellence in Municipal Management, Graduate School of Business and Public Management, George Washington University, Washington, D.C.
1979 - Ph.D. Communications - University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
1975 - M.A. Speech Communication - University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
1972 - B.A. Political Science and Speech Communication - University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Summary of Qualifications

More than fifteen years of professional experience in senior level/administration and management in Communications, Public Affairs, Organizational Development, Marking, and Municipal Management.

Skills and Knowledge

  • Speech Writer

  • Writer/Editor

  • Special Event/Conference Planning

  • Cable/Television

  • Media Strategy

  • Budgeting

  • Political Strategy

  • Internet Navigation

  • Publication and Production

  • Corel/Microsoft Office Application

  • Standards and Policy Development

  • Public Policy

  • Broadcasting

  • Promotional Campaign

  • Public Relations

  • Management

  • Training and Development

Work Experience

Director, Office of Communications/Public Affairs - Department of Human Services, Government of the District of Columbia (January 1999 - Present).

Responsibilities include: Developing and implementing a comprehensive communications and marketing plan for the Department that focuses upon all internal and external communications to the agency's customers, stakeholders, the media and employees on matters covering the programs, services and performance of the Department; Managing and Supervising a staff of public affairs professionals; Creating the agency and agency director's image; Coordinating all press relations; Serving as agency spokesperson; Establishing communication policies and procedures; Developing information campaigns; Evaluating the effectiveness of public relations activities; Cultivating an agency wide customer service focus; Establishing best practice social service information and referral system; Integrating the use of electronic communication vehicles, e.g. Internet and Intranet, into the overall communications function; Developing a viable employee relations programs and community outreach component; Conducting research and collecting information on social services treads and strategies: Representing the department at government, community and congressional affairs; other duties as assigned.

Director, Office of Communications - Executive Office of the Mayor, Government of the District of Columbia (April 1997 - January 1999)

Responsibilities included: Developing and implementing comprehensive citywide strategies for the dissemination of information, policies and direction to the public about district government services and programs; Providing guidance and coordination associated with public communications of agencies and offices under the jurisdiction of the Mayor; Setting communication policies and recommending legislative Mayoral Order for issuance; Coordinating all press relations with the Washington Press core and others relative to the Mayor and the District of Columbia Government; Coordinating daily press activities of agencies and department; Providing oversight responsibility for Cable Television and Telecommunications; Chairing the Telecommunications Advisory Task Force; Serving as a principal negotiator in the cable franchise renewal process; Serving as a principal on the negotiation team for the TCI/AT&T merger; Developing and maintaining close working relationship with the Office of the Press Secretary other district agencies; Coordinating activities of the Mayor and other agency heads; Working with the Legislative Branch of Government/Council of the District of Columbia; Working and coordinating communications activities with the District of Columbia Financial Responsibility and Management Assistance Authority (The Financial Authority) and maintaining a working relationship with the US Congress. Additionally, having developed the Rapid Response Information System, the Public Information Officers and Visual Information Skills Development Institute, and the Executive Media Skills Development Symposium.

Interim Direct, Office of Cable Television and Telecommunications - Executive Office of the Mayor, Government of the District of Columbia - (September 1997 - April 1998)

Responsibilities included: Overseeing the regulation of cable and telecommunications actives in the District of Columbia and the day-to-day operations of Office of Cable Television & Telecommunications; Monitoring the compliance of the District's Agencies Franchised private cable operator with the terms and conditions of the Cable Franchise Agreement, as well as applicable Federal and local laws; Managing the programming of all teal channels and government access channels; coordinating the Cable Television Advisory Committee, and the citywide Telecommunications Task Force; Establishing the PEG Partnership (Public Excess, Educational and Governmental channels); Designing and implementing the Cable Franchise Renewal process including Cable Television Town Hall Meetings, producing RFP's for developing and conducting a Cable Television-Related Needs Assessment and the Legal Services Contract: Developing the first District Cablevision Compliance Report, 1991 through 1997; providing testimony at public hearings before the Council of the District Columbia, Representing the executive branch in telecommunications issues.

Chief, Office of Communications and Community Relations - Department of Health (DOH), Government of the District of Columbia - (August 1996 - July 1997)

Responsibilities included: Designing and implementing a comprehensive agency-wide Communications and Copy Relations program; Designing and implementing several won campaigns including the first National Public Health Week, the Health Information Center and seal medical awareness campaigns such Breast Cancer, STD's, Prostrate Cancer and others; Publishing Health Care Tabloid, Agency Newsletter, The Pulse and brochures; Working with more than seventeen different agencies and offices in the Department; Serving as chief spokesperson for the agency; Working with and responding to media inquiries.

Senior Assistant to the Director/Public Information Officer, Department of Human Services, Government of the District of Columbia - (April 1995 - July 1996)

Responsibilities included: Designing and implementing the Strategic Communications Plan for the largest agency of the DC Government with more than a $4.5 million budget; Managing and motivating a team of Public Information Specialists to promote the work of four major commissions under the Department of Human Service including the Commission on Heal, Commission on Mental Health Services, Commission on Social Services and Commission on Health Care Finance; Developing agency wide policies and special events and programs; Working with community groups, professional organizations and federal agencies; Developing team building and effective communication training for management team.

Director of Communications/Administrator, D.C. Department of Recreation and Parks, Government of the District of Columbia - (January 1987 - November 1991)

Responsibilities included: Managing the day-to-day operations of the Communications Office; designing and implementing a communications media relations program; Managing special events; organizing fundraising projects; Deer and implementing several information campaigns including the well known Riverfest Celebration.

Special Assistant for Communications and Public Information, D.C. Department of Public and Assisted Housing - Government of the District of Columbia - (July 1990 - January 1991)

Responsibilities included: Developing internal and external public information and visual lion initiatives for the public housing community and employees of the agency; Creating an Inreach Program targeted at icing employee morale and team budding; Designing an information program entitled effective Communication and Team building: Public and Assisted Housing Employees on the Move a morale building project; Coordinating community outreach programs with church groups, community organizations, ANC, etc.

Director of Communications/Administrator, Dept of Administrative Services, Government of the District of Columbia - (September 1985 - January 1987)

Responsible for the internal and eternal communications products of the agency. Designing several information programs including the Procurement Information Program (PIP) to inform the contracting community about new procurement laws; Publishing the govt's first Procurement Digest, a weekly publication on Procurement Opportunities in the Government; Creating and implementing the government's first Procurement Information Fair; Designed a mufti-media information presentation of the procurement process.

Academic Experience

Assistant Professor, Department of Communications, Graduate and Undergraduate - Bowie State University, Bowie, Maryland (September 1995- Present)

Graduate Assistant Professor, Department of Communications, Howard University, Washington, D.C.

Graduate Assistant; Depart of Speech Communications, University of Pittsburgh-Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania (September 1975 - April 1979)


Diversified Resources, Inc., The Bridge Program, Washington, D.C.
Ministry of Posts and Telecommunications, Government of the Republic of Liberia
International Association of Business Communications, International Division
Second World Congress on Communication and Development in the African Diaspora, Bridgetown, Barbados
Alice Norton Public Relations, Ridgefield, Connecticut
Minority Trucking Transportation Development Corporation, Washington D.C.

Civic and Cultural Activities

Board of Directors, University of Pittsburgh
National Speech Language and Hearing Association, Research Project, Cincinnati, Ohio
Journal of Negro Education, Howard University, Washington, D .C.
Department of Black Community Research and Development, University of Pittsburgh

Professional Memberships and Affiliations

American Public Manager Association
International City/County Managers Association
American Management Association
Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc.
Speech Communication Association
Board of Christian Education, Mt. Gilead Baptist Church
Public Relations Society of America
Black Public Relations Society of Washington, D.C.

Awards and Honors

Black Public Relations Society of Washington's 1999 Communicator of the Year Award
Inaugural Class of the Center for Excellence in Municipal Management
International Who's Who of Professional Women
Who's Who Among Black Americans
Mary McLeod Bethune Legacy Award


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4612 South Hills Drive. Cleveland, Ohio 44109
216-661-9216, 216-681-9217 (FAX) erste@aol.com (E-MAIL)


Provided leadership and strategic management during Federal Court-ordered State control and the transition to and operation of mayoral governance, including collaborative efforts to: develop and implement a five-year Financial Stability Plan; successfully campaign for passage of the District's largest-ever property tax levy; lead the school-community strategic planning process; develop a Memorandum of Understanding between the Mayor of Cleveland and the State; facilitate communication between the Superintendent/CEO and the Mayor, State Superintendent, Governor and other senior officials; restructure the administration and budget to support school performance; lead collective bargaining teams; design and implement a new school opening management and oversight process, expenditure review process. and customer service system; assist in obtaining external foundation support; facilitate effective Board governance; support the Chief Executive Officer; coordinate efforts of Chief Academic Officer, Chief Communications Officer, Chief Operating Officer, Chief Financial Officer, Chief Legal Counsel, eight Executive Directors, Strategic Planning and Government Affairs.

ASSISTANT DIRECTOR AND RESEARCH DIRECTOR, The Citizens League Research Institute and The Citizens League of Greater Cleveland, Cleveland, Ohio.

Directed major citizen studies of public school reform, Ohio education governance, Cleveland Public School finances and decentralization; Ohio campaign finance reform; regional governance, problem-solving, comparative economic competitiveness and quality of life; special purpose government structure, finances, and performance; Board of Elections reform; impact of federal funding cuts on local governments; use of public economic development incentives; municipal finances, performance, and court reform. Directed staff reports on county, city, and school finances, and municipal charter reform. Directed public opinion research on public schools, school governance, ;school desegregation, race relations, political participation, campaign finance, environment, public safety, poverty, regional governance, and government finance. spending and performance.

ADJUNCT PROFESSOR, Cleveland State University, Cleveland, Ohio.

Taught graduate and undergraduate research methods and statistics courses, and comparative politics in the College of Urban Affairs and College of Arts and Sciences, developed courses, and advised students.


President's Blue Ribbon Commission on Defense Management (Packard Commission), The White House, Washington, D.C. Conducted national surveys of public and Department of Defense acquisition work force attitudes on defense management issues, including project design, report preparation and presentation, response to national media, and coordination with the White House General Counsel.

The Anniston Star, Anniston, Alabama. Conducted study of youth media needs, use and product evaluation.

City of Shaker Heights, Shaker Heights, Ohio. Conducted study of citizen satisfaction with municipal services and preferences for future economic development.

City of Bay Village, Bay Village, Ohio. Conducted study of citizen satisfaction with parks and recreation services and preferences for future park development

Women's Law Fund, Cleveland, Ohio. Designed national study of women's attitudes on legal issues.

Hudson Public Library, Hudson, Ohio. Designed study of citizen satisfaction with library and support for library expansion options.

SENIOR RESEARCH ANALYST, Market Opinion Research, Detroit; Michigan.

Conducted custom survey market and public attitude research for clients in media (New York Times, Palm Beach Post), consumer (PepsiCo. First Chicago), and social (U-M Hospital, Detroit Symphony Orchestra) sectors.


Market Opinion Research, Detroit, Michigan: Computer Programmer.

University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Michigan: Teaching Fellow, Lecturer, Adjunct Lecturer, Research Associate, Research Assistant, Administrative Assistant, Correlates of War Project Acting Director, Computer Assistance Program Director, and Computer Programmer (Departments of Political Science. Physics, and English, the Mental Health Research Institute, and the Department of Social Sciences at Dearborn).

Cleveland State University, Cleveland, Ohio: Teaching Assistant. Research Assistant, and Computer Programmer (Departments of Urban Studies and Political Science).

Interlock Technical Center Brecksville, Ohio: Administrative Assistant to the President.

DIRECTOR OF THE NIGHT SCHOOL AND INSTRUCTOR, Institute for Computer Management, Cleveland, Ohio..


1986 Doctoral Candidacy, The University of Michigan, Political Science.
1981 Bachelor of Arts, The Cleveland State University, Political Silence.

PUBLICATIONS (selected) 

1995 Using the Power of Collaboration to Help Cleveland's Children: Community Priorities for Reform During State Takeover, Cleveland, Ohio: Citizens League of Greater Cleveland.

1994 Rating the Region: Closing the Gap, Cleveland, Ohio: Citizens League Research Institute.

1992 Reforming the Elections Process in Cuyahoga County, Cleveland, Ohio: Citizens League Research Institute.

1986 "Children and Newspapers," Media Newsletter, Detroit, Michigan: Market Opinion Research.

1986 "DoD Acquisition Work Force Survey," Contract Management 26, with Captain Shelly Kalkowski, United State: Air Force.

1986 "U.S. National Survey: Public Attitudes on Defense Management," in A Quest for Excellence: Appendix to Final Report by the President's Blue Ribbon Commission on Defense Management, Washington, D.C.: U.S. Government Printing Office, with Frederick Steeper and Robert Teeter. '

1978 Computer Operations Manual, Cleveland: Institute for Computer Management, with Ron Cook.


1981-1984 University of Michigan: University Teaching Award; Teaching Fellowships (Political Science, Physics); Michigan First Year Fellowship (Rackham School of Graduate Studies).

1978-1981 Cleveland State University. Distinguished Student Award, Department of Political Science; Eta Sigma Omega, Pentelicus, and Blue Key Honor Societies; Dean's List ten of twelve quarters.


1995-1997 Fair Campaign Finance Commission, City of Cleveland, Chair, Cleveland, Ohio.
1994-1999 Commission on Catholic Community Action, Board Member. Cleveland. Ohio.
1993-1994 Old Brooklyn's Bridge Community Development Corporation, Board Member, Cleveland, Ohio.

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PHONE 202-291-9034
FAX 202-442-5602
E-mail: mary.gill@k12.dc.us 

Summary: Outstanding career in teaching and administration at the elementary and junior high school levels and in central administration Awarded for exemplary and vanguard program development and implementation that fogy on continuous school improvement and increased student achievement.

Objective: To serve as the Chief Academic Officer and team with the Superintendent, central officers, teachers, administrators, parts and community in unifying all resources to provide excellence of education through superior instructional delivery for all children and youth in the District of Columbia Public Schools.

Summary of Qualifications: 

November 2000 - present, District of Columbia Public Schools 

Acting Associate Superintendent Academic Services
Responsible for systemic leadership and coordination of instructional schools. Coordination with all offices to provide instructional services to students, and schools: standards, curriculum, reporting systems, instructional materials, etc.

  • Leadership of the teaching and learning process

  • Developing Guidance and Counseling Programs, Advanced Placement programs,

  • Developing Early Childhood, Middle/Junior High, Senior High Initiatives, and Career and Technical Education

  • Direction and support to schools for instructional improvement Developing programs for the Technology High School

  • Collaborate and plan with the Superintendent and other offices on issues that impact instruction and student achievement

  • Development and implement the STARS intervention program

August 1999 - November 2000, Deputy Academic Officer

  • Responsible for developing, implementing and evaluating the Saturday and Summer STARS Program

  • Responsible for training school-based staff for implementation of Saturday and Summer STARS

  • Responsible for textbook option

  • Respond to request for information

  • Responsible for all special projects

  • Responsible for problem resolution

  • Development of the Instructional Design Process

  • Coordination of literacy grants

  • Responsible for office management

  • Development of the instructional model for the New Magnet School

  • Responsible for the feasibility study for the Magnet Schools

  • Coordinator for the Educational Design Specifications

  • Parent and community liaison for presentations

  • Preparing responses to the Department of Education

  • Development of the descriptors

  • All duties as assigned by the Associate Superintendent

August 1998 - August 1999, Executive Director of Elementary Programs

  • Development of the Saturday and Summer STARS Program

  • Supervision of the Head Start Programs

  • Developing job descriptions for Guidance and Counseling and Advanced Programs positions

  • Responding to schools and parents

  • All duties as assigned by the Associate Superintendent

November 1984 - August 1998, Principal, Ben W. March Elementary School

  • Responsible for instructional planning, implementation and Monitoring, resource programs, fiscal management, marketing, communication, climate, partnerships, safety, security and facilities.

  • First public elementary school accredited by the Middle State Association for Schools and Colleges

  • Construction of a Model National Science Foundation Science Lab

  • Construction of the pre kindergarten classroom

  • Implemented the Johns Hopkins Math program for city wide students

  • Implemented the Great Books Program

  • Construction of a wing for the building for kindergarten and art 

  • Population increased from 300 to 550 students

  • Addition of art, vocal and instrumental music (chorus and band)

  • First place National History Fair

  • Grand prizes, first and second places in the city wide science fair

  • First placed Geography Bee .

  • Award for State-of the Art Playground Renovation

  • Third Place, World's Finals, Odyssey of the Mind

  • First Place, Odyssey of the Mind, city-wide (5 years)

  • Superintendent's Award for Highest Test Scores

  • Five Cafritz Awards

  • Implementation of the Renzulli School Wide Enrichment program

  • Wired the school for technology; all classrooms and offices with access

  • Three computers in every room with software

  • Renovation of Media Center (state-of-the-art)

  • Development of daycare programs for before and after school

  • National Preservation Grant for the cupola

  • Computers in all offices

  • Development of the DAPS Model

  • Renovation of main office and principal's office

  • Auditorium renovation

  • Pilot site for the PACE Program

  • Installation of cable in all classrooms

  • Completion or new roofing and exterior painting

1980 - 1984, District of Columbia Public Schools, Assistant Principal, Jefferson Junior High School

  • Responsible for implementation of the Transition Program

  • Responsible for all remedial students

  • Responsible for developing the gifted and talented program

  • Responsible for all community service

  • Developed a parent club for gifted/talented students

  • Responsible for developing the Student Center

  • Responsible for organizing the seventh grade chorus and school song

  • Co-developed the Intensive Junior School Instructional Program

  • Training for the Antilles School District administrators, DOD schools

  • Exemplary School for Student Achievement Award presented by the Department of Education

1979-1980, Transition Teacher, Jefferson Junior High

  • Responsible for developing the Transition Program

  • Coordinated students' transition from grade 6 to junior high school

  • Developing curricular and co-curricular program for seventh graders

1968-1060, Elementary, Grade 1 Teacher

  • H.D. Cooke, Watkins, Van Ness

  • Responsible for the total instructional program for grade one students: English as a Second Language, Special Education, Art and Music

  • Served as Music teacher


1963-1968, Howard University, Washington, D.C., B.A. Elementary Education
1975-1977, Howard University, Washington, D.C., M.A. Curriculum and Teaching
1980-1981, Certificate of Administration, University of the District of Columbia, Washington, D.C,
1986 and 1988, Certification of Administration, Vanderbilt University, Nashville, Tenn., Principal's Institute, Advanced Principals' Institute
1988-1991, University of Massachusetts, Amherst, Massachusetts, Doctoral Studies leading to Ed.D., All course work completed, Urban Education and Administration
1995, Certificate of Educational Leadership, University of Delaware, Newark, Delaware, Principal's Leadership Academy 
Graduate Courses: LaVerne College, Catholic University, Trinity College

Awards Received

  • Outstanding Coach, Odyssey of the Mind, 1979-1984

  • U. S. Office of Education, Outstanding Achievement, 1983

  • DCPS Outstanding Performance as a Principal, 1985-1988

  • DCPS Superintendent's Award for Achievement in Performance, 1989

  • Outstanding Community Recognition, Democratic State Committee, 1990

  • First D.C. Public Accredited Elementary School, 1991

  • DCPS Superintendent's Award for Outstaying School for Academic Achievement, 1993

  • Exemplary Award for Design of State-of-the-Art Playground, 1993

  • Washington Post Outstanding Educational Leadership Award, Principal of the Year, 1993

  • Resolutions of the Board of Education and City Council, 1994 and 1999

  • U. S. Department of Education and NAESP, National Distinguished Principal, 1994

  • National Sorority of Phi Delta Karma, Principal of the Year, 1994

  • Mayor's Award for Outstanding Community Service 1994

  • Government of D.C. Merit Award for Outstanding Principal in DC, 1994

Professional Experiences and Affiliations

  •  Schools of the Future Conference, National Academy of School Executives, 1987

  • Commissioner, two terms, Elementary Commission, Middle State Association of Schools and Colleges

  • Board of Directors Audubon Society

  • George Washington University Certificate of Municipal Leadership, 1998

  • Examiner, National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education, 1999


Available upon request.

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2325 Thirteenth Place, Northeast
Washington, D. C. 20018
Office (202) 4941100 Residence (202) 526-8523


Director, Administration & Cooperative Consultations, Commission for Labor Cooperation, Washington, DC, November 2000 to Present

Assistant Secretary for Administration & Management, Chief Information Officer, U.S. Department of Labor, November 1997 to November 2000

Chief Information Officer and Primary advisor to the Secretary of Labor on management and administrative policies anal programs in human resources, safety and health, budget and finance, procurement, information technology resources, administrative services and overall compliance with nondiscrimination statutes for recipients and beneficiaries of DOL's financial assistance programs, employees and applicants; and the Department's annual budget of $40 billion. Directly oversees an organization- of 800+, deployed nationwide, with an operating .budget in excess of $200 million.

Acting Assistant Secretary for Administration & Management, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Administration & Management, October 1995 to November 1997

Associate Director for Investigations, U. S. Office of Personnel Management, June 1994 to October 1995

Direction and oversight of all aspects of the nationwide operations of OPM's investigations, suitability and security programs. Managed 1000+ employees nationwide and a self-generating revolving fund which averaged between $70 and $80 million annually; responsibility for the security and integrity of an independent, automated system in Boyers, PA that is the hub of Federal personnel security records with direct linkages to systems maintained by the Department of Defense, Federal Bureau of Investigations, Interpol and state law enforcement entities. Devised and implemented a financial recovery/stabilization for Investigations' revolving fund-which reduced $80M deficit to less than $20M in one year. Structured and spearheaded OPM's privatization initiative, establishing the first federal government Employee Stock Ownership Plan (ESOP), and privatized the function without compromising the integrity of the product or the process. Recognition for successfully privatizing this function was the President's Distinguished Executive Rank Award.

Associate Director for Administration, U. S. Office of Personnel Management, December 1991 to June 1994

Served as the Acting Director of the Office of Personnel Management for four months during 1992 Presidential transition; and then as the Acting Deputy Director for four months. Responsible for the effective operation of OPM's nationwide administrative infrastructure -acquisition planning and procurement, human resource management, accounting and payroll systems, information resources management, telecommunications, facilities and property management. Served as OPM's Designated Senior Official with responsibility for the agency's overall Strategic fiscal planning for information technology that covered federal wide systems for retirement and insurance; staffing and examining, labor relations case tracking, and the Civilian Personnel Data File. Administered the program with an annual operating budget of $45.2 million and a nationwide staff of 575.

Deputy Associate Director for Career Entry & Employee Development U. S. Office of Personnel Management, May 1990 to December 1991

As Deputy manager in a nationwide organization responsible for day-to-day management to develop and implement programs used by all feral agencies to recruit, train, develop and retain their respective workforces. Functions included development and validation of psychological test and examining instruments, federal-wide affirmative hiring initiatives, and operation of an automated nationwide hiring/register system in Macon, GA. Managed nationwide workforce of 1272 with an operating budget of $54_6 million.

Director, National Capital Service Center, U. S. Department of Labor, September 1986 to May 1990

Provided centralized administrative services (personnel, contracts and grants, finance, budget, management systems) for major components of the Department of Labor, with a staff of 168 and an operating budget of $5.7 million.


Bachelor of Science, Southeastern University, Washington, DC 1070
Graduate/Professional Development:: Federal City College, American & Harvard Universities


Federal Chief Information Officers (CIO) Council; AMTRAK's Diversity Advisory Council; former member Administrative Conference of the United States; Macedonia Baptist Church, Arlington, VA; Board President. Delta Housing Corporation; Washington DC Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc.; member Board of Directors Africare.


Alexis M. Herman, Secretary of Labor, Frances Perkins Building, Washington, DC 20210
Constance Berry Newman, Deputy Secretary, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, DC 20001
Lorraine Green, Vice President for Human Resources, AMTRAK, Washington, DC 20002
Mark Valente, Valente, Lake Lopatin & Schulze, 1900 L Stmt, NW, Washington, DC 20036

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Ralph Harvey Neal

1909 Tulip Street, N.W.
Washington, D.C. 20012
(H) 202-722-4275
(W) 202-t42-6200
(F) 202-442-5303
(E) RaIph.Neal@k12.dc.us 

Career Goals To use my leadership skills to assist in tile implementation of the school system's mission, goals and priorities in order to make our D.C. School System exemplary.

Employment History

2000-Present, DCPS Division of Student Services, Union Square Building, Washington, DC

Assistant Superintendent

  • Student Hearings (Special Education)

  • Student Hearings (Appeals and Expulsions)

  • Student Affairs Branch

  • Student Intervention

  • Student Residency

  • International Affairs

  • Athletics Branch

  • Closed Schools Records

  • CHOICE Academy (Taft and Douglas)

  • Opening of School Task Force Committee

  • Out of Boundary Application Process

  • DC College Access Program

  • Oak Hill Transition Planning Committee

  • DC Street Law Program

  • DC Youth Orchestra

1997-2000, DCPS Division of Senior High Schools, Presidential Building, Washington, DC

Assistant Superintendent

  • Ballou SHS - detailed to school to bring discipline

  • 18 Senior High Schools

  • 2 STAY Programs

  • 3 Schools Within -A-School

  • 2 Special Education Programs

1991-1997, DCPS Clusters 3 and 8, Eastern Senior High School, Washington, D.C., LEAD Principal

  • Schools: 39

  • Student Population: 20,000

1984-1997, Principal

  • Faculty: 145

  • Student Population: 2400

1984-1988, DCPS Eastern Senior High School, Washington, DC, Executive Board Member

  • Eastern Senior High School Home and School Association

1980-1984, DCPS Sousa Junior High School, Washington, D.C., Principal

  • Faculty: 45

  • Student Population: 500

Executive Committee Member

  • Sousa Junior High School PTSA

1973-1980, DCPS Rabaut Junior High School, Washington, DC, Assistant Principal

1971-1973, DCPS Langley Junior High School, Washington, DC, Assistant Principal


1996 Washington Post Annual Distinguished Principal of the Year Award

1996 NASSP State Winner Outstanding Principal of the year

1988 Outstanding Principal Award, Save Our Youth America United States-United Kingdom "Schools that Work," Administrate Teacher Exchange Program Feature - "Schools that Work," U.S. Department of Education publication - Washington, DC - Evaluation Team, Brooklyn Park High School Baltimore, MD

1987 Feature - "Student of the Month Program." CBS Evening News Feature Article - "Washington , DC Principal Takes Action Against Dropout Rate," 'The Port St. Lucie News - The Mission of the Schools Seminar, Fairfax, VA - (invited as participant)

1986 NASSP Certificate of Achievement - Assessment Center Training Recognition Award, Summer Academic Reinforcement Program

1985 ANC Outstanding Service Award - Outstanding Leadership and Service to the Athletic Program, District of Columbia Public School System

1984 Certificate of Appreciation, Penn-Branch Citizens Association Principals Center Seminar, Harvard University Graduate School of Education (invited as participant)

1982 Certificate of Honor, East of the River Health Association, Inc.

1980 Outstanding Community Leader of America Award


Organized and directed a Junior High School Inter-Athletic Program for the District of Columbia Public School System.

Commissioner of Juror High School Inter-School Basketball, Softball and Volleyball Program, District of Columbia Public School System.


  • Teacher

  • Developed and implemented Early Morning Physical Fitness Breakfast Program

  • Health and Physical Education Department, Woodson Junior High School, Washington, DC


  • Assistant Director

  • In-Service Training Program

  • Department of Physical Education, District of Columbia Pubic Schools, Washington, DC


  • Citywide Championship (Basketball)


  • Citywide Championship (Track)


  • Outstanding Community Leader of America Award


1963 - B.S.

  • District of Columbia Teachers College - Washington, DC

1971 - M.A.

  • George Washington University - Washington, DC

1971 - 30 hours of Post-graduate work (Education and Manages)

1985-87 Management Institute, Phase 1, Cycle 2

1987 -1991 Doctoral Program GW University - (Completed refined course work)


Totally responsible for developing and implementing a wide diversity of curricula and education projects: examples: Physical Fitness Breakfast Program (Woodson Junior High School), Vocational Education Program (Langley and Rabaut Junior High Schools), 3K Home Town Run (Women's Auxiliary, Washington Urban League); (preparing reports on projects on project an program activities); providing input in the development of needed curricula change; establishing goals and objectives, and developing procedures to accomplish same.

Responsible for identifying and recruiting appropriate staff; supervising and training shaft establishing cost effective curricula, programs and procedures; preparing budgets and teacher/student records and reports.

Strong managerial, organizational and IPR skills. Able to serve as mediator and counselor, can reason with students and parents during crises.

Computer Skills

Microsoft Word and Microsoft Outlook


"The Time is Now! Improving Student Outcomes in Urban Schools," Chicago, IL

"Positive School Climate - An Agent for Change; Professional Development Seminar, Boston Public Schools, District B

"Schools: Front Line in the War Against Drugs," The Washington Times Forum, Washington, DC (Panelist)

Community Service


  • Member, Ward Six Neighborhood Advisory Committee


  • Member, Mayor's Advisory Committee on Education


  • Executive Committee Member, Area 4A Council


  • Education Committee Member, Southeast Neighbors Association

References Upon Request

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9208 Levelle Drive
Chevy Chase, Maryland 20915
301/718-0421 (H)


Harvard University, Cambridge, MA

Graduate School of Education, including coursework at the John F. Kennedy School of Government and Harvard Law School 
Doctor of Education, 1994 
Emphasis in Administration, Planning and Social Policy 
Dissertation: Urban Superintendents and The Print Press: The Current of Influences 
Research Associate, National Center for Educational Leadership 
Steering Committee, Urban Superintendents Program

Harvard University, Cambridge, MA

Graduate School of Education
Master of Education. In passing, 1989
Emphasis in Labor Relations and Organizational Behavior
Teaching Fellow, Harvard Principals' Center, Seminar on the Principalship
Dean's Committee on Schooling and School Leadership

University of Maryland, College Park, MD

Graduate School
Master of Arts, 1982
Emphasis in Management, Policy Development slid Curriculum Theory
Thesis: Policy Termination: A Conceptual Framework

Boston University, Boston, MA

School of Education
Bachelor of Science, magna cum laude, 1975
Emphasis in Education, Psychology and Sociology
Varsity Rowing Team


Montgomery County Public Schools, Rockville, MD

Deputy Superintendent for Education, 1999-2000

Led all education, school performance and accountability, instruction and program development, pupil and community services, applied research, and program evaluation activities far school district of 19,000 employees serving 131,000 racially, economically, and culturally diverse students. Supervised six unity superintendents, two associate superintendents and three senior-level department directors. Oversaw the performance of all students and staff enrolled in over 200 regular, special, alternative and magnet schools covering 300 square miles adjacent to Washington, DC. Assisted the superintendent and Board of Education in analyzing and developing new policies that promoted systemic reform and measurable student improvement. Led implementation of educational plan focused on early intervention, literacy, workforce excellence, shared accountability, reorganization of assets, and family and community friendly partnerships. Designed and managed large-scale, administrative reorganization that substantially expanded customer service and technical assistance to schools. Built and secured approval for $1.2 billion annual operating budget, allocated these funds across schools, offices, and programs, and monitored their use and effectiveness. Led development of technology-based accountability, assessment, and performance evaluation systems tied to student results. Conducted curriculum, program, and financial audits. Managed the design and development process for new curriculum products with special emphasis on technology applications and content standards. Established collaborative governance structures that embraced corporate leaders, unions, elected officials, community activists, foundations, staff, parents, and students. Created and co-led interagency and private-provider early childhood and school-based social/health services programs. Promoted leadership development and succession plans through establishment of a Leadership Academy and joint leadership training programs with local universities. Organised campaigns to market and communicate school system priorities and programs, areas for improvement, and achievements to all employees, community groups, government and political leaders, advocates, and media.

Associate Superintendent far School Administration, 1996-1999

Responsible for the leadership and day-to-day administration of 189 schools employing more than 12,500 school based staff serving 128,000 students from highly diverse urban, suburban, and rural communities. Through the Office of School Administration, led system-wide school improvement and reform efforts and assured implementation of the district's strategic plea. Supervised staff of 21 including seven regional executive directors. Oversaw the professional development, leadership training, and performance of all principals and provided accountability for school improvement. Trained principals to use technology and software applications for decision making. Assisted in building annual operating budget and capital improvement plan. Aligned school system supports and resources with school needs, Board of Education priorities, and performance measures. Allocated staff and instructional resources to schools to assure equity and promote flexibility. Designed and implemented community engagement programs with special emphasis on under-represented groups. Negotiated collective bargaining agreements using interest-based processes. Deployed and directed crisis management tests. Utilized continuous quality improvement practices, collaborative problem-solving, extensive data analysis, and strategic: planning to meet performance standards for student achievement, Planned and coordinated programs, services, and supports for enrollment growth of 3,000 students annually. Designed and implemented innovative change initiatives, such as high school "signature" programs, "preferred choice" student assignment plot, school-based "quality management council:," and early literacy project. Measured effectiveness of new initiatives and .inspired the benchmarking and duplication of successful practices.

Director of School Administration, 1992-1996

Directed all instructional and administrative functions for 25 schools - three high schools, four middle schools, and eighteen elementary schools - employing 1,900 professional and support staff serving nearly 20,000 students in three diverse communities across Montgomery County, MD. Supervised and evaluated the performance of all principals and their schools. Managed principal selection and dismissal processes, and implemented principal leadership and development programs. Directed continuous improvement efforts. Mortared the academic achievement of SU students using networked databases and assisted principals with the development, appraisal, and execution of long-range school improvement plans. Collected, analyzed, and disseminated school performance data to assure public accountability and involvement. Developed budget priorities with school personnel, central office stag and community organizations. Allocated financial and staff resources to schools. Led $6 million state grant program fur the systemic reform of seven schools; initiated community mediation project for eleven school communities; and began ethics/character education program in seven schools. Monitored program design teams for the development, preparation, and opening of new schools. Conducted due process, grievance, and appeal hearings for staff, parents, and students. Managed school-related crises, including coordination with public health end safety agencies, and the media.

Principal, White Oak Middle School, Silver Spring, MD, 1990-1992

Led middle school conversion of racially and ethnically diverse intermediate school serving 1,000 students. Designed and implemented middle school training plan for 103 staff members. Planned and managed successful relocation of facility and staff to holding school. Coordinated renovation and modernization for two school sites simultaneously. Developed and successfully executed local school management improvement plans. Instituted instructional models that dramatically improved reading and mathematics achievement within one year and reversed multi-year downward tread on state-mandated testing. Implemented specialized programs for exceptionally advanced students. Instituted high technology programs in all academic areas and expanded computer and interactive video access for all students. Restructured scheduling, program planning, monitoring processes, and course offerings. Established parent and community outreach teams, including bi-lingual advisory committee and African American parents network. Implemented instructional management system to monitor, analyze, and evaluate staff and student performance. Managed all staffing, budgeting, procurement, fundraising, and labor relations. Directed all facilities management activities for 10,000 sq. ft. building on 26 acre campus.

Acting Director, Department of Information, 1988

Planned and directed all internal and external communications for the Montgomery County Public Schools. Managed local and national media relations and counseled superintendent, executive staff and Board of Education on public relations/communications issues. Served as chief spokesperson communicating school system policies, procedures, and exemplary programs to staff, citizens, and news media. Directed professional staff of editors, community relations specialists, and corporate affairs manager. Coordinated the writing, design, and dissemination of press releases, speeches, scripts, brochures, and institutional reports, including nationally acclaimed weekly employee newsletter. Served as executive producer of weekly cable TV broadcast spotlighting school system news and issues. Implemented emergency communications plans and coordinated interagency information exchange. Designed and conducted citizen polling and survey activities. Evaluated and managed all departmental operations, finances, and staff.

Principal, Highland View Elementary Magnet School, Silver Spring, MD, 1984-1988

Led mufti-faceted magnet school employing 50 professional and support staff serving a culturally and racially diverse student body numbering 430. Transformed school-wide magnet program into one of the most successful in the district. Launched instructional improvement effort that led to substantial gains in student achievement and participation. Instituted numerous special emphasis programs including interdisciplinary and computer-related instruction, bi-lingual, developmental counseling, cognitive mapping, and extended day academic centers. Administered federal Title 1, free and reduced lunch, and special education programs. Created model software program used district-wide to measure, monitor, and predict student/class progress rates.

Specialist for Gifted/Talented and Honors Programs, 1982-1984

Advised senior level administrators and principals on the implementation of policies and procedures for gifted/talented (g/t) and honors programs. Planned instructional programs and coordinated educational activities for g/t and honors student in 50 schools, K-12. Directed student identification and program articulation efforts and managed admissions process for "highly gifted" centers. Developed differentiated curricula and established regional instructional materials resource center. Provided training and planning support to principals for school-based use of personal computers. Conducted in-service training for teachers and administrators and disseminated research about promising practices and exemplary programs.


Montgomery County Collaboration Council
Chair, Teacher Evaluation Steering Committee
Founder, Superintendent's Council on Business and Education
Chair, Local School Governance Workgroup
Chair, Global Access Oversight Committee
Chair, Academic Performance Standards Workgroup
Assessor, Elementary and Secondary Assessment Centers
Educational Accountability Oversight Committee
Task Force on Shared Decision Making. Flexibility, and Autonomy
PreK-12 Policy Revision Committee
Professional Development and Educational Improvement Committee
Advisory Committee on Minority Achievement
Chair, Extended Day Committee
Honors Program Development Committee
Superintendent's Advisory Committee on Gifted and Talented and Honors
Evaluation and Selection Committee
Task Force for the Study of G/T Cluster Programs
Staff' Development Instructor, Teacher Competency Program/Computer Related Instruction
Curriculum Writer


Montgomery County Public Schools, Rockville, MD

Grades K-9, Area-based Teacher of the Gifted, 1981-82
Grades 4-6, Ayrlawn School, Bethesda, MD, 1980-81
Grades 2-5, Oakland Terrace School, Kensington, MD, 1977-80
Grades 1-2, Glen Haven School, Wheaton, MD, 1975-77


Maryland: Superintendency; Administrative and Supervisory; Advanced Professional, Teaching, 1-8
Massachusetts: Teaching, K-6


2000 National PTA: Life Member Award
1997 Montgomery County Council of PTAs: Life Member Award
1992 American Bax Association: National Model for Peer Mediation
1988 Montgomery County Public Schools, Successful Practices: Exemplary School Leadership and Instructional Improvement Programs 
1987 Montgomery County Public Schools: Outstanding Service Award 
1987 U.S. House of Representatives, Committee on Education and Labor: School Effectiveness
1987 Maryland State Department of Education; Outstanding Volunteer Programs
1987 National PTA: Parent Involvement and Parent Services Program
1986 Montgomery County, MD Government: Community Service
1985 National AAA; Exemplary School Safety Record


"Reinventing America's High Schools," US Department of Education, National Conference, Washington, DC, June 2000.
"Urban Superintendents and Journalists." Harvard University, Urban Superintendents Conference, Cambridge, MA, October 1994 and December 1996.
"School Leadership and Change," Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, MD, July 1994.
"Principles and Practices of Instructional Management: Quality Assurance," National Academy for School Executives, AASA, Orlando, FL, January 1988.
"Running a Magnet School: The Principal's Perspective," U.S. Department of Education, OERI, Washington, DC, April 1997.
"Using Expectancy Rate to Manage Instruction," ESAA Spring Conference. Hagerstown, MD, March 1986.
"Successful Practices in Education: Teachers Training Teachers in Their Own Classrooms," AASA National Convention, New Orleans, LA, February 1982.

References available upon request.

Addendum to Resume

The George Washington University, Washington, DC

Special Assistant to the Dean and Associate Research Professor, Graduate School of Education and Human Development, Summer 2000 - Present

Develop engagement strategies, partnership opportunities, and outreach programs for graduate school faculty to deliver technical assistance to area school district executives and staff. Advise dean and faculty on current issues and problems in public. Assist faculty team in the design of new administrative training and leadership development programs leading to a terminal degree. Formulate and implement partnership initiatives between the university and a local school district focused on professional development and training for 10,000 classroom teachers. Design and coordinate implementation of large-scale, multi-year staff development program evaluation. Develop relationships with foundations and granting agencies and prepare proposals to secure additional sources of funding for partnerships. Established partnership with the University of Pennsylvania and Johns Hopkins University to compete for the 335 million Mid-Atlantic Regional Educational Lab, part of the US Department of Education's regional educational laboratory system. Served on lab design team and coordinated proposal development with state and local public education officials to New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Maryland, Delaware and the District of Columbia. Tech graduate seminar on school/community relations.

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Dreck S. Wilson, ASLA, NOMA, BOCA
505 Dahlia Street, NW
Washington D.C. 20012
(202) 726-2101 home
(240) 777-6229 work


Bachelor of Science, Urban Planning, Iowa State University, 1971
Master of Arts, Urban Sciences, University of Chicago, 1975


Montgomery County, Maryland, Department of Permitting Services, 255 Rockville Pike, Rockville, Maryland 20850, 1989-present

Senior Engineer (formerly Environmental Protection Manager-our department is in the process of reorganizing) responsible for managing and enforcing a variety of functions in environmental and building code enforcement programs. As de facto Building Official I managed thirty architects, structural, mechanical, electrical and life safety engineers and site, building and zoning plan reviewers, and building and zoning inspectors responsible for enforcing zoning, site, architectural, structural, mechanical, energy conservation, electrical, and fire safety codes and historic preservation regulations, as well as, the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). I scheduled, assigned, supervised and reviewed the work of staff engaged in plan reviews, inspection scheduling and field inspections.

Significant aspects of the work I perform include coordination with other County departments such as Montgomery County Public Schools and quasi-government agencies such as the Maryland National Capital Park and Planning Commission to resolve zoning, environmental and building code compliance problems and issues. I was responsible for Montgomery County being among the national government leaders in the enforcement of the ADA. For my efforts the Montgomery County Commission on People with Disabilities honored me with an award.

I represent the department before the County Board of Appeals for zoning and building code appeals. I testify before the County Council on program and budget matters affecting the department.

District of Columbia Department of Housing and Community Development, 1133 North Capitol Street, NE,  Washington, D.C. 20002, 1984-88

Deputy Director with supervisory responsibility for over 1,100 employees and overseeing a department budget of $350 million. As Deputy Director I acted as 'alter-ego" of the director. Responsible for day-to-day operation of community development functions. Supervised staff who provided technical support to the Redevelopment Land Agency Board of Directors, the urban renewal entity of the District of Columbia which had no staff per se. I supervised the following divisions:

Administration and Management provided staff training, procurement, contract preparation, audit compliance, budget preparations, policy formulation, and computer services. I was responsible for preparation of the District's annual, $35 million CDBG application to HUD which included a broad variety of economic development, housing and community development activities.

Development Administration carried-out urban renewal and redevelopment activities. I coordinated capital improvements (scheduling and budgeting) for the disposition of RLA and DHCD-owned land. I was project manager for District of Columbia and federally-funded projects such as street tree planting and historic restoration of District-owned buildings.

Public Housing Modernization Administration provided management and maintenance services to approximately 60,000 residents occupying over 12,000 units spread over 52 properties. Formulated, developed and implemented policies, plans and budgets for the National Capital Housing Authority. Initiated the designation of Langston Terrace Public Housing as a National Historic Site, one of the first public housing sites to be listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Coordinated all building modernization activities with a total construction cost of $199 million.

Frequently appeared before the District of Columbia Council to testify on programs and budget issues involving the department.

City of Baltimore, Department of Housing and Community Development, 222 East Saratoga Street, Baltimore, Maryland 21202, 1981-84

Deputy Commissioner with supervisory responsibility for 500 employees and managed a budget of $650 million. I supervised the following divisions:

Administration Division managed all staff training and personnel functions, legal matters, property appraisals, land acquisition, condemnation, contract preparation and compliance, budget preparations, equal employment opportunity, fair housing compliance, policy formulation, and computer services and technical support.

Planning Division worked with citizen member Community Based Organizations (CBOs) to create urban renewal plans and the preparation of zoning amendments. I was responsible for the preparation of the city's Community Development Block Grant (CDBG). I was the Urban Renewal Administrator responsible for the acquisition, disposition, appraisal and maintenance of all publicly-owned land within urban renewal districts.

Center City Development and Planning Division coordinated the urban design and architectural review for all projects within the downtown and Inner Harbor that were financed wholly or partially with municipal funds. I approved projects eligible to receive industrial bonds financing and historic facade tax credits.

Department liaison to Charles Center-Inner Harbor Development Corporation and Market Center Development Corporation which were quasi-public-private organizations which assisted the department in the implementation of plans for downtown and the Inner Harbor. Led multidiscipline design teams in the preparation of redevelopment plans for the Inner Harbor and the west sector of downtown. I was project manager for, the Baltimore Waterfront-Fells Point and Canton Urban Design Plan which recommended reinforcement of the continuous waterfront promenade and integration of the neighborhood with the waterfront.

Chaired the city's Design Advisory Panel which approved all municipally financed capital improvements. While serving as Deputy Director, I designed "Museum Row Walk" which parallels the Jones Falls Expressway where it terminates at the Inner Harbor and "di Suvero Sculpture Plaza" which surrounds the World Trade Building at the Inner Harbor. I contributed to the urban design of the public right-of-way, which surrounds the Inner Harbor, which in 1985 won recognition from the American Institute of Architects as "one of the best designed urban spaces in America."

Construction and Building Inspection Division coordinated all federally and locally funded capital improvements for public housing. Responsible for modernizing and rehabilitating public housing for the Baltimore Public Housing Authority.

Center for Urban Economic Development, University of Illinois at Chicago Circle, Chicago, Illinois 60680, 1979-81

Assistant Director of the center. Supervised eight professionals trained in marketing, urban economics and small business finance. Staff conducted retail market studies, demographic analyses and developed business plans for local development corporations. The center functioned as the technical assistance arm of the regional office of the U.S. Economic Development Administration (EDA). We reviewed loan proposals and industrial bond issues. Successfully made grants to over forty small businesses, which leveraged over $1 million in federal Community Development Block Grant funds provided by the City of Chicago.

Perkins & Will Architects and Engineers, 2 North LaSalle Street, Chicago, Illinois, 1976-79

Senior Landscape Architect for domestic and international projects. Project manager for King Faisal Military Cantonment, a 10,000-person town in the middle of the Sinai desert which included mosques and four, gender-specific schools, located in Khamis Mushayat, Saudi Arabia. Landscape architect for the 400-bed Wafa Wa Amal Military Hospitaal (equivalent to our Walter Reed Hospital) in Cairo, Egypt. Duties included preparation of site drawings, leading multinational survey teams, designing site-related civil engineering improvements, and project coordination with our client the US Corps of Engineers.

Domestic projects I designed include East Chicago, Indiana Parks Master Plan, Park Forest South, Illinois Bike and Recreation Trail, rejuvenation of Jackson Park in Chicago originally designed by Frederick Law Olmsted, Oakton Community College campus in Des Plaines, Illinois and Chicago State University campus. I also prepared the Chicago Park District's Urban Park and Recreation Recovery grants funded by the US Department of Interior.

Skidmore, Owings & Merrill Architects and Engineers, 410 South Michigan Avenue, Chicago, Illinois, 1973-76

Landscape Architect for domestic projects. Duties included urban design, site planning, landscape design and site-related civil engineering for a variety of multi-family, commercial and institutional projects.

Prepared the Chicago 21 Plan which focused on redevelopment of 7,000 acres at the center of Chicago's Loop which included downtown and surrounding neighborhoods. Key proposals included a 600 acre South Loop New-Town-in-Town on the southern edge of the downtown and an Open Space Development Plan which linked the inland park system to the Chicago River and Lake Michigan waterfront.

Site architect for the 3 acre Sears Tower and plaza. I was responsible for siting the world's tallest building (at the time) in the midst of a rapidly developing business distract at the western edge of Chicago's downtown.

Environmental Planning and Research, 410 South Michigan Avenue, Chicago, Illinois 60622, 1971-73

Urban Planner responsible for the preparation of Neighborhood Improvement Programs and urban renewal plans for small and medium-size cities that did not have in-house staff capable of preparing these federal applications. Prepared urban renewal applications and plans for East St. Louis, Illinois; Waterloo, Iowa; Gary, Indiana; Grand Forks, Nebraska; and East Cleveland, Ohio. Duties included training city staff on how to gather data, organizing community meetings, developing urban renewal plans, briefing city councils on the contents of the plan, submission of application to HUD, training city staff on how to manage grant funds.


State of Minnesota Landscape Architect No. 12905
State of South Carolina Landscape Architect No. 161


Illinois Arts Council, Architects-In-Residence Program, Harvey, Illinois, 1976
Lecturer, Urban Planning and Policy, University of Illinois at Chicago, 1978-80
Adjunct Professor, Horticulture Program, Triton College, Des Plaines, Illinois, 1982
Adjunct Professor, Institute of Architecture and Landscape Architecture, Morgan State University, 1999-present.


American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA)
Latrobe Chapter, Society of Architectural Historians (SAH)
National Organization of Minority Architects (NOMA)
Building Officials and Code Administrators (BOCA)


Contributing Author, Two Centuries of Black American Art. Los Angeles: Los Angles County Museum, Alfred Knopf, 1976.
Author, "David Williston, The First Black Landscape Architect." Landscape Architecture Magazine. (Louisville: January 1982): 82.
Author, "The Druid Hill YMCA of Baltimore, The First One Hundred Years." Maryland Historical Society Magazine. (Baltimore: winter 1988): 73.
Author, "Building a Foundation for the Future, Black Architects Washington, D.C., 18901940." Washington View Magazine. (D.C.: vol. 2, 1991):24.
Contributing Author, Dictionary of American Negro Biography. "Julian Abele". New York: Wiley & Sons, 1994.
Author, Julian Abele, Architect, Beaux-Arts and Beige. New York: Oxford University Press, 2001.
Editor, Biographical Dictionary of African-American Architects, 1865-1945, New York: Routledge, 2002.
Contributing Author/Editor, And the Walls Came Tumbling Down, the Early Black Architects of Washington, D.C. and Tidewater Virginia. Seeking a publisher.

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Sarah Jane Woodhead, AIA, NCARB
1201 Kearney Street, NE, Washington, DC 20017


March 2000 to present, SHW Group, Inc.

Project Manager

  • Manage all phases of school planning, design and construction projects.

  • Assist in development of Reston office strategic plan.

  • Assist in marketing, profit center management, and related duties.

1996 - March 2000, Sarah Woodhead AIA / Architecture & Planning


  • Manage all phases of projects from inception through programming and design to construction administration and project close-out.

  • Specialize in educational facility planning and programming.

  • Serve as Senior Associate to the 21st Century School Fund on issues relating to educational facilities planning, programming, and architectural design for urban school systems.

1993 - 1996, Maryland State Department of Education

Architect, School Facilities Branch

  • Facilitated, reviewed and recommended action on educational specifications, schematic designs and construction documents for public school construction projects.

  • Researched, wrote, published and marketed guidelines for school design:

Building Ecology and Partition Design, 1996
Building Ecology and School Design, 1995
Science Facilities Design Guildelines, 1994
Technology Education Facilities Design, (coauthor), 1994.

  • Developed policy for Interagency Committee on Public School Constructions Program (FY1997 state funding level: $133 million).

  • Reviewed year Capital Plans with local educational . Analyzed proposed projects for feasibility. eligibility, cost and scope.

  • Guided local educational agendas through state regulatory processes.

  • Coordinated annual $4.9 million science renovation program LOOK OF THE FUTURE for Interagency Committee on School Constuction.

1991 - 1993, District of Columbia Schools Div. of Facilities Management

Senior Project Manager, Capital Planner

  • Established funding priorities and developed public process for 10 year capital plan for $30 - $45 million annual school improvement plan.

  • Designed innovative database for project management.

  • Supervised a staff of 20 architects, engineers. and inspectors.

  • Developed and interpreted scopes of work.

  • Solicited and evaluated professional and construction services.

  • Administered design arid construction contracts.

  • Supervised construction documents for in-house projects.

  •  Secured permits and waivers from regulatory agencies.

1989 -1991, Sarah Woodhead AIA/Architecture


  • Sole proprietor in private practice in Boston, Massachusetts.

  • Established architectural programs.

  • Designed projects from schematics through construction administration.

  • Handled all phases including specification writing, cost estimating, drafting, finance and marketing.

1987-1989, A&AD/Urbanworks, Boston, Massachusetts

Project Architect and Intern

  • Managed all phases of design and construction administration on Projects to $5 million; collaborated on projects to $90 million.

  • Projects included multi-site projects for the City of Boston, including libraries and community centers; historic preservation; mass transit stations, including accessibility improvements to six stations; residential projects; and institutional projects.

1983 -1986 Assist, Incorporated, Salt Lake City, Utah

Intem Architect 1983 -1985
Board of Directors 1985 -1986

  • Designed and managed projects for a variety of non-profit agencies and low-income clients.

  • Projects emphasized access for persons with disabilities, economy, and leveraged funding from a variety of sources.

  • Developed conceptual design tools and presentations for urban design issues.


University of Utah, Salt Lake City, Utah

  • Master of Architecture, 1985

  • Architectural History Fellowship, 1984 -1985

  • Bachelor of Arts, Middle East Studies, 1980

  • Graduated cum laude

Professional Affiliations

Certificate holder, National Council of Architectural Registration Boards
Registered Architect: Maryland, The District of Columbia, and Utah
Member, American Institute of Architects
Member, AIA Committee on the Environment
Member, AIA Committee on Architecture for Education
Member, ACCESS BOARD/AIA Project Planning Team, 1998-2000
Member, ANSI Working Group on Classroom Acoustics for the ATBCB, 19992000

Publications and Presentations

Planning School Facilities: Publication for the National Clearinghouse on Presentations Educational Facilities. United States Department of Education. Currently in final draft. Also workshop for NSBA, March 2000, In collaboration with the 21st CSF and NCEF.

Unlikely Partners: Collaboration Across Sectors to Solve Problems Facing Urban Schools. Presentation to the American Institute of Architects Committee on Architecture for Education, Chicago, Illinois, September 1998.

An Alternative Educational Facilities Master Plan for the District of Columbia Public Schools: 1997 - 2007, the 21st Century School Fund, 1997. Co-author.

Building Ecology and Partition Design, Maryland State Department of Education, 1996.

Building Ecology and School Design, Maryland State Department of Education, 1995.

Science Facilities Design Guidelines, Maryland State Department of Education, 1994.

Technology Education Facilities Design Guidelines, Maryland State Department of Education, 1994. Co-author.

Education Specifications, Oyster Elementary School, District of Columbia Public Schools, 1995.

A Framework for a Capital Improvement Plan, District of Columbia Public Schools, 1993.

Towards an Evocative Architecture, Utah Architect, 1986.

A Zoroastrian Fire Temple, Studio Project, Architectural Record, Mid-April 1985 and Faith and Form, 1985.

For further information. Sarah Woodhead can be contacted as follows:

Address: 1201 Kearney Street, NE, Washington, DC 20017
Voice & Fax: 202-832-0188
Email: woodhead@erols.com 

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