Capital City's board members bring a wealth of experience to the critical task of providing leadership for our award-winning school.
Capital City Board of Trustees
Capital City is governed by a Board of Trustees. Our volunteer Board provides oversight, support and expertise for the successful operation of the school. The Board of Trustees meets bi-monthly. While meetings are public, the Board reserves the right to hold closed executive sessions when dealing with confidential matters like personnel issues.
2013-2014 Board Members
Simmons Covington-Lettre, Chair
Simmons Lettre is the co-founder and Executive Director of Charter Board Partners, a non-profit that fosters exceptional charter school governance by recruiting, training, and supporting effective charter school board members.
Lettre’s prior work focused on education communications, school district improvement, and comprehensive school reform at organizations including Education Resource Strategies, Boston Plan for Excellence, Expeditionary Learning Outward Bound, and New American Schools. She also taught first grade at a charter school in Massachusetts. Lettre has a Masters in School Leadership from Harvard University and a B.A. in Psychology from Davidson College.
Alison Arnold-Simmons currently serves on the board of the Washington Performing Arts Society where she is a member of the Education Committee and the Governance Committee. She is also on the executive board of the Reston Chapter of Jack and Jill of America, Inc. During the last two years, she has served as treasurer of the organization – creating and managing the chapter’s budget. In addition to these duties, she is a past President of the Parents Association at Maret School and a former member of the Trustee Board.
Her professional experience includes teaching business law at Kennesaw State University and practicing corporate law, at Hale and Dorr (Boston) and Kilpatrick and Cody (Atlanta) law firms. She received her J.D. degree from Harvard Law School and her M.B. A. degree from Harvard Business School. She also holds a BA in Economics from Harvard-Radcliffe College. Over the past 20 years, Arnold-Simmons has enjoyed being involved in the schools of her three sons.
David Bennett was appointed vice president, corporate partnerships, of the National Geographic Society in August 2011. He leads the team that builds integrated funding and marketing partnerships with corporations that work with National Geographic to further its mission to inspire people to care about the planet.
Prior to joining National Geographic, Bennett was chief advancement officer of Safe Kids Worldwide, an international injury prevention organization. In this role, he was responsible for the fundraising, communications and public policy functions of an organization with over 350 affiliates in the United States and operations in 17 other countries. His previous experience includes serving as vice president of United Cerebral Palsy of America and as director of the Fundraising and Sponsorship Group of Odell, Simms & Lynch, a consulting firm that provides services to nonprofit organizations. Early in his career, Bennett worked in federal politics as a finance director for two United States Senate campaigns and as a fundraiser for a national political party. Bennett is a graduate of the University of Virginia.
Maggie Boland, Parent Trustee
Prior to joining Signature Theatre, Boland spent nearly 10 years at Arena Stage in increasingly senior positions, beginning as Marketing Director, responsible for Arena’s earned income, and assuming oversight of the organization’s Annual Fund and Next Stage Campaign in subsequent seasons as the Director of External Affairs. She also spent several previous years working in development for Roundabout Theatre Company inNew York.
Boland currently serves as a member of the League of Resident Theatres’ Executive Committee. She graduated from Boston College and lives in Washington DC with her husband and daughter, who is currently a fifth grade student at Capital City.
Kristi Craig is the Director of Private Markets for the Georgetown University Investment Office where she is part of the team responsible for the investment of Georgetown’s endowment. Prior to joining Georgetown, Craig led business development for the Small Business Investor Alliance, the premier organization of lower middle market private equity funds and investors. Craig was the Senior Investment Officer for the US SBA’s SBIC program from 2002 to 2011, where she led due diligence and review of private equity and mezzanine funds. Craig’s experience early in her career included venture capital fundraising, start-up corporate development, and business consulting.
Craig earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics from Georgetown University and is a CFA charter holder. She resides in Chevy Chase, Maryland with her husband and two children.
Alix Guerrier is a co-founder of a new educational web company, LearnZillion. Prior to founding LearnZillion, he was a consultant in McKinsey & Company’s Education Practice, where he advised school systems and foundations on strategic matters. His previous work experience includes: teaching in and directing an after-school program in one of Boston’s public housing projects; working as a member of the housing group in the public finance department of an investment bank in New York; and teaching full-time for several years, including in an international school in Brazil.
He most recently taught math at a public charter high school in San Francisco, and subsequently served on the Board of Trustees for the school. He currently sits on the board of Guidestar. Guerrier has an MBA from Stanford’s Graduate School of Business and a Master’s in Education from the Stanford University School of Education. He graduated from Harvard University with an AB in physics. He lives with his wife and daughter in Washington, D.C.
Andrew Marino is a Managing Director at The Carlyle Group focused on U.S. buyout opportunities in the industrial sector. Prior to joining Carlyle in 2005, Marino was a Vice President at Morgan Stanley where he focused on mergers, acquisitions and restructuring assignments in a variety of industries in both the U.S. and Europe.
For four years prior to business school, Marino lived and worked in Hong Kong identifying private equity investments in China and Southeast Asia. Marino is a graduate of Dartmouth College and received an M.B.A. from the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School. He has extensive experience in both for profit and not for profit boards of directors, including the board of a private high school.
Joseph Michalczyk is a Partner at PricewaterhouseCoopers and has been part of the Transaction Services group since 1998. He has extensive diversified financial management experience providing merger and acquisition advice, as well as finance and accounting services to publicly and privately owned companies of various sizes and industries. He has worked on numerous large private equity, venture and multi-national transactions during his tenure at PwC. Michalczyk is a Certified Public Accountant, a member of the American, Virginia, and Pennsylvania Institutes of Certified Public Accountants, and a published author of several thought leadership pieces. He is currently a member of the Best Buddies Virginia Advisory Board.
Hiram Puig-Lugo, Parent Trustee
Hiram E. Puig-Lugo joined the Superior Court of the District of Columbia in 1999. He has handled criminal, juvenile delinquency, child abuse and neglect, domestic relations, truancy, and domestic violence calendars. He is currently Deputy Presiding Judge of the Family Court.
Prior to his appointment to the Superior Court, Judge Puig-Lugo was a trial attorney with the United States Department of Justice (DOJ), Civil Rights Division, Criminal Section, and a staff attorney with the Public Defender Service of DC. He has taught at the American University Washington College of Law, the University of the District of Columbia School of Law, the George Washington University Law School, and the National Judicial College Pacific Islands Law Institute.
Nick Rodriguez is the leader of EDI’s K-12 practice. He is responsible for growing and maintaining a network of K-12 education systems that are changing the way they work to serve students. A member of the organization’s founding leadership team, Rodriguez began his work at EDI as its Program Director, where he helped to develop and continuously refine EDI’s tools and practices for serving education leaders. He is also co-author, with Sir Michael Barber, of “Deliverology 101,” a field guide for education leaders that is the basis of EDI’s approach to implementation.
Rodriguez began his career in education over a decade ago when he served as the student member of the California State Board of Education and as a youth advocate and trainer with the California Association of Student Councils. Prior to joining EDI, he was an engagement manager with McKinsey & Company’s education practice, where he advised education leaders on policy and implementation at the district, state, and national level in the U.S. and abroad.
Rodriguez holds a Bachelor’s degree in Public Policy from Stanford University and a Master’s degree in Economics from the London School of Economics and Political Science, where he was a British Marshall Scholar.
Susan Sabella, Treasurer
Susan Sabella is the Operations Director for the Healthy Building Network, an environmental non-profit concerned with the environmental, health and social impacts of green building materials. Her other work in the environmental movement includes 13 years working for Greenpeace USA as Oceans Program Director and Antarctic Campaigner.
Prior to joining the Healthy Building Network, Sabella worked for seven years as a founding administrator in charge of business and operations at Capital City. Since departing Capital City’s staff, she has served as Treasurer and President of the Capital City board. Sabella is a parent of one current student and one Capital City alumnus. She is a graduate of Boston College.
Jennifer Van Driesen, Secretary
Jenny Van Driesen is a Partner at Latham & Watkins and has practiced with the firm since 1997. She is currently serving as the Chair of the Washington D.C. Finance Department and the Co-Chair of the Private Equity Finance Group. Her practice includes advising equity sponsors, borrowers and lenders in the structuring, negotiation and documentation of private and public financing transactions.
Van Driesen has substantial expertise in acquisition financings, debt restructuring and financings in workout situations. She received a J.D. from Georgetown University Law Center and a B.A. from Duke University. She is a member of the Maryland Bar and the District of Columbia Bar.
Anne Wallestad is President & CEO at BoardSource, a national organization focused on strengthening nonprofit boards and inspiring board service. Throughout her 15-year career in nonprofits, she has worked closely with boards to strengthen board leadership and organizational capacity, particularly in the critical area of fundraising, and is a passionate advocate for board service as an essential strategy for positive social change.
Prior to joining BoardSource’s leadership team in 2008, Wallestad led fundraising and volunteer management efforts at the Gay & Lesbian Victory Fund and Leadership Institute, and has held leadership positions with a number of other local and national organizations. Wallestad holds a BA from Drake University, and currently serves on their Washington, DC regional advisory board. She lives in Washington, DC’s historic Capitol Hill neighborhood.