Last Tuesday, the D.C. Council confirmed Mayor Bowser’s nominee Saba Bireda to a four year term on the DC Public Charter School Board, replacing Barbara Nophlin. Ms. Bireda appears to be a solid choice. She is a Ward 8 resident who currently serves as senior counsel at the U.S. Department of Education. Ms. Bireda’s education includes a B.A. in English and political science from Stanford University and a law degree from Harvard.
Ms. Bireda began her professional life as a teacher at Sousa Middle School here in the District of Columbia, where she worked for a couple of years. She has practiced law in a variety of settings, but then stepped into the think tank world as an education policy analyst at the Center for American Progress. Among other positions the new PCSB member has held was as deputy director for the Poverty and Race Research Action Council, a policy and legal advisor for EducationCouncil LLC, and a senior counsel at the U.S. Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights. She has also been an adjunct faculty member for the University of the District of Columbia School of Law.
Dr. Darren Woodruff, chairman of the PCSB, testified in his support of Ms. Bireda’s nomination before the D.C. Council Education Committee that he found her “passionate about improving neighborhoods across the District by improving schools and also in ensuring that all students, regardless of race, gender, or economic circumstances, receive the best possible education.”
You can’t ask for a better recommendation. At the same hearing Committee Chairman Grosso announced that another nominee for the PCSB would be coming from Ms. Bowser shortly.