Leadership Team

Adriane Williams

Vice Principal of College & Career

Britney Wray

Vice Principal of 9th grade & Mathematics

Christina Moore

Vice Principal of Student Services

Eric Collazo

Vice Principal

Jaishri Shankar

Vice Principal

Jaishri is a Vice Principal at WLA. She joined WLA in its founding year and taught math here for two years before transitioning to her current role. Prior to becoming a part of the WLA team, Jaishri taught 8th grade science in Kingstree, SC with Teach for America.

Joey Webb

Chief Academic Officer

Layla Pena

Director of School Culture

Natalie Gould

Director of Operations

Stacy Kane

Executive Director & Co-Founder

Stacy is Co-Founder & Executive Director of Washington Leadership Academy. Stacy began work on the WLA charter application in 2014, and has led the school since its inception. Stacy has a Bachelor's in Sociology and Human and Organizational Development and a Master's in Education Policy from Vanderbilt University. She has a law degree from Emory University.

Stephanie Renee Young



Rachel Torres

Board Chair

Rachel is a senior executive with the U.S. Department of Labor, Wage and Hour Division and is an advocate for civil service. She has over 20 years of experience overseeing federal budget and finance, procurement, human resources, information technology, and training development. She has held several leadership positions including the Job Corps Budget Director, where she served as key advisor to the National Director on all financial matters. She holds a Bachelor’s Degree in psychology and a Master’s Degree in public administration, both from Baruch College, City University of New York.

Mario Sutton

Board Vice Chair, WLA Parent

Andrea Sparks-Brown

Board Secretary

Andrea Sparks Brown has 28 years of experience as an educator. She’s been a principal, assistant principal, science teacher, and educational consultant. She’s worked in rural, urban, and suburban schools.

Arya Parvizi

Board Treasurer

Arya Parvizi is Senior Vice President for Healthcare, Education, & Not for Profit at Bank of America Merrill Lynch. Previously, Arya spent ten years as a Vice President in Healthcare and Not for Profit Banking and Vice President in Business and Professional Banking at M&T Bank. Arya graduated from the University of Maryland Smith School of Business and has a Master’s in Finance from The Johns Hopkins University Carey Business School.

Marvette Cofield

Board Member

Marvette Cofield is a Sr. Associate at Booz Allen Hamilton and also an advocate for girls in STEM. With more than 24 years of experience in program management, Marvette is focused on information resource management, program operations, and financial analysis. In her current role, she optimizes complex processes by integrating systems of people, information and services to create increased efficiencies and duplicable methods within organizations. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Industrial Engineering Management, a MBA from Florida Institute of Technology and a Virginia Real Estate Broker’s license.

Jim Doyle

Governance Committee Chair

Jim is president of Portico Policy Advisors, a policy research firm, and Business Forward, a trade group and foundation that advocate for affordable health care, climate action, and immigration and education reform, among other issues. He is a graduate of the University of Michigan and Harvard Law School.

Simon Rodberg

Board Member

Simon Rodberg was the founding principal of DC International School, a Tier 1 charter school, and an assistant principal and teacher in other DC public schools. He is a writer and consultant on education and leadership.

“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed people can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.”

— Margaret Mead, Cultural Anthropologist