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Young Professionals Committee

The Young Professionals Committee (YPC) supports DCSRN by serving as ambassadors to the community and thought-partners to the organization, enabling DCSRN to meet its goal of helping families navigate the school application process through the High Quality Schools Campaign (HQSC). 

Kaisha Baker

Kaisha is the recruitment associate at KIPP DC, a network of open-enrollment, college preparatory public charter schools in Washington, DC. Prior to this position, Kaisha was a community organizing fellow at Leadership for Educational Equity (LEE) where she worked to organize parents, students, teachers and community members around issues such as ending the school to prison pipeline in Washington, DC. Kaisha started her career in education as a Teach For America corps member in Houston, Texas. She taught sixth and eighth grade reading, created the reading intervention curriculum for her school, was name Teacher of the Year, and held the roles of Data Analysis Specialist and Grade Level Chair. Kaisha’s passion for what she calls the "tough customers" led her to found a program at her school called the Boy’s Collaborative. This program focused on providing character building, community service and mentorship opportunities to students who were struggling to meet the behavioral and/or academic expectations at school. Kaisha was recognized by the Department of Education for her commitment to closing the achievement gap and serving under-resourced communities as part of the White House Initiative on Educational Excellence for African Americans. Kaisha joins DCSRN's Young Professionals Committee excited about the opportunity to work alongside passionate individuals to support students and families in Washington, DC. 

Kellie Burns

Kellie Burns, originally from New Jersey, has made the Mid-Atlantic her home now for over ten years. After graduating from Loyola University Maryland, where she studied biochemistry and fell deeply in love with all things social justice, she decided to pursue a career in public health. After several years supporting a behavioral research group at The Johns Hopkins School of Public Health, she became an early Program Manager for Health Leads, a rapidly growing social enterprise that aims to address all patients’ basic resource needs as a standard part of quality healthcare. During her time with Health Leads Kellie recruited, trained and managed hundreds of undergraduate volunteers and supported the organization in program model development, curriculum writing and grant compliance. Kellie currently serves as a Senior Associate at The Advisory Board Company, where she helps hospitals and health systems to make better use of their data for performance improvement. A resident of the vibrant Station North Arts and Entertainment District in Baltimore City, Kellie also serves on the board of her community association and is leading a project to revitalize vacant lots. Above all else, Kellie is passionate about innovation and she hopes to support DCSRN as they continue to innovate on behalf of students everywhere.

Sarah Hillware

Sarah Hillware is a social entrepreneur, marketing and communications strategist. She has spent her career helping organizations execute both short-term and long-term growth and engagement strategies. She has an academic background in international development, global health and entrepreneurship and has held positions in media, technology and philanthropy. She currently works as a consultant, crafting marketing and communications campaigns, as well as consumer and stakeholder engagement strategies.In 2012, Sarah founded Girls Health Ed, a nonprofit health education program for girls and young women ages 8-17. The organization has since hired employees to manage day-to-day operations, but Sarah continues to advise the organization on strategic initiatives. Sarah has appeared on NBC Washington, in the Washington Examiner, the Washington Post, as well as multiple blogs and magazines and has presented at TEDxBerkeley as well as at the United Nations through TEDxUNPlaza. In her spare time, she is a contributor for the Huffington Post

Taryn Hochleitner

Taryn Hochleitner is a senior associate for policy and advocacy at Data Quality Campaign (DQC), a national nonprofit organization leading the effort to bring every part of the education community together to empower educators, parents and policymakers with quality information to make decisions that ensure students achieve their best. Taryn supports DQC’s work to help state policymakers understand their ongoing role in creating conditions that ensure student data is safeguarded and used in service of student learning, especially as schools and teachers are using data in new ways to personalize instruction. She also focuses on understanding the landscape and role of policy in empowering teachers to use data in the classroom and empowering families with information they need to be partners in their children’s education. Before joining DQC in 2014, Taryn was a research associate for Education Policy Studies at the American Enterprise Institute, a public policy think tank. There she helped write and disseminate policy analysis and recommendations on a number of issues such as digital learning, empowering parents, and teacher quality. Originally from Pennsylvania, Taryn has been a proud DC resident for nearly 10 years. She earned her bachelor’s degree in Sociology from American University and is an alumna of the Washington, DC chapter of the Institute for Educational Leadership’s Education Policy Fellowship Program. 
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