The Board

Meet Our Board of Directors

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Max Levasseur

Board Chair
Max Levasseur is a seasoned business professional with expertise in Technology Strategy and Operations Management. He has worked in a range of public and private arenas, including Fortune 500 corporations, the Federal Government, and innovative tech start-ups. Max is currently a Sr. Technical Program Manager in the Engineering division of Google. As a long-time resident of the DC Metro area, Max has contributed more than a decade of volunteer service to youth welfare and education in the District, including terms on the boards of a child development center and public charter schools, and time as a Court Appointed Special Advocate. Max is a graduate of Harvard College with an AB in Economics and an MBA from Columbia Business School.
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Christine Miller

Board Vice Chair, Governance Committee Chair
Christine Miller has worked in the Middle East in both academic and international development, and supported the development of new businesses and proposal writing while working with several USAID contractors. Christine has shifted her focus from international work to local advocacy work in education and is a member of the Ward 1 PAVE Parent Leaders in Education (PLE) and on their Citywide Board. She has served on her school’s Local School Advisory Team, and President of the Parent Teacher Organization. She serves as a Commissioner for Advisory Neighborhood Commission 1A (Columbia Heights) and is Chair of the Commission’s Education Committee. Christine graduated with a BS in Political Science from the University of Missouri – Kansas City and has a Master of International Relations from the American University in Cairo.
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Maura Dunn

Board Treasurer, Finance Committee Chair
Maura Dunn, CRM, is President and Founder of TrailBlazer Consulting, LLC., a certified woman-owned business enterprise (WBE). A proud graduate of an all-girls school, Maura started her business seven years ago following 15 years consulting for US Federal agencies; public utilities and energy companies; and global corporations in media, healthcare, and manufacturing. She is a well-known speaker and author on records and information management and has years of dedicated service as a volunteer leader at the chapter, regional, and international levels of ARMA, an association for information management and governance professionals. Maura earned a Master of Library Services degree from the University of Maryland and an undergraduate degree in English from Georgetown University. Maura earned a Masters in Library Science degree from the University of Maryland and an undergraduate degree from Georgetown University. She is a well-known speaker and author on records and information management and was a volunteer leader at the chapter, regional, and international levels of ARMA, the Information Management Professionals (professional association) for many years. Maura serves on the Governance, Operations and Management, Finance, and Audit and Risk Committees of the Girls Global Academy Board.
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Elaine Harris

Secretary
Elaine is the Founder of Golden Rule Technology, a firm that uses new technologies, design thinking, and innovation to bring fresh solutions to issues of bias and inclusion. Prior to Golden Rule, Elaine co-founded Breakthrough Marketing Technology, a business and marketing analytics consultancy where she worked with business leaders in manufacturing, technology, and advertising using market-based insights to support strategic decision-making. She serves on the MIT Alumni Association Board of Directors and on the Board of Advisors for Diversity, a tech company in the diversity and inclusion space. Elaine holds a BS in Chemical Engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and an MBA from Stanford Graduate School of Business.
Beth Blaufuss

Mary Beth Blaufuss

Audit Committee Chair
Mary Beth Blaufuss (Beth) is a former English teacher and has taught in an Australia, Nashville, and Prince George’s County at a variety of private, public and religious schools. Ms. Blaufuss led Archbishop Carroll High School in Washington, DC for twelve years. As vice-principal she implemented the International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme and expanded the program to include IB for all as the school’s president. She serves as the senior director for principal support for the Partnership for Inner City Education. She has served on boards at the Latino Student fund, the Harpeth Hall School, and St Anselm Abbey School. She consults with a variety of nonprofits on strategic planning, capacity building, program design and curriculum development. Blaufuss is a graduate from Yale College and received a Master’s Degree from Vanderbilt. Beth has been serving as an advisor for GGA and has extensive experience as head of school. Beth will transition from advisor to Board Chair.
Shalini Benson

Shalini Benson

Board Member
Shalini Benson brings over 20 years of experience in the public and nonprofit sectors. Shalini has served five federal agencies, all in a mission support capacity. As a member of the Federal Emergency Management Agency, she led the finance and budget operations for the National Flood Insurance Program, a $5B enterprise; oversaw the human relations aspects of a 400+ person organization; and developed relationships with stakeholders within the executive and legislative branches. She was also the Vice President of Headquarters and Operations at A Wider Circle, a local anti-poverty nonprofit organization. Shalini holds a BA in Political Philosophy from Brandeis University and an MA in Public Policy from Georgetown University.
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Kevin Bryant

Development Committee Chair
Mr. Bryant is the Resource Development Planning Manager at United Planning Organization where he oversees grant-seeking functions including prospecting, cultivating, and stewarding grant-making entities. He also serves as a board member and Treasurer of SciTech2U, a local STEAM after- and out-of-school time provider. He has expertise in project management, resource development, research, qualitative and quantitative analysis, and technical writing. Kevin has an MA from Georgetown University and a BA in English from the University of the District of Columbia where he also serves as an Adjunct Professor instructing Capstone courses.
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Maureen Colburn

Board Member
Maureen Colburn is an executive with over fifteen years of leadership experience in the nonprofit and public education sectors. She currently serves as the Executive Director of JUST TRYAN IT and is skilled at working collaboratively with a variety of stakeholders to develop and grow organizations, talent systems and quality education programs. Maureen founded the Baltimore Leadership School for Young Women, a highly successful public charter school in Baltimore and established a network of Young Women’s Leadership Schools in NYC along with affiliate schools across the country. She holds a BA in History and Theology from Fordham University and an MPA in Nonprofit Management from New York University.
Marilyn Edmonds

Marilyn Edmunds Bowser

Board Member
Marilyn is a Human Resources and Talent Consultant who has worked in the Washington, DC charter school space most recently as the Director of Talent and Human Resources for DC Scholar Public Charter school in Ward 7 of Washington, DC. Marilyn has extensive experience in diversity recruitment, talent management, and human resources. Her passion lies in developing and implementing education and people programs to support equity and achievement.

As a former teacher and self-described people connector, she has recognized the importance of transforming the educational system and broader society through the power of connecting people to opportunities.

Marilyn was born and raised in the Washington, DC metro area. She holds a bachelor’s degree in political science from Saint Paul’s College and an MS in Education from Johns Hopkins University. In her free time, you can find her spending time with her husband and three young children. She also serves on The Collective alumni board of color for Teach for America.
Scott Ganske

Scott Ganske

Recruitment Committee Chair
Scott Ganske leads the Youth Service America (YSA) collaboration with local and national partners in K-12 education. Ganske has extensive experience with youth development, community and national service, and resource development. Scott has developed the YSA innovative education framework designed to create a culture of sustainable service in schools and communities. He is a nationally and internationally recognized trainer, facilitating trainings representing over 80 countries. Prior to his work at YSA, Scott was an education consultant and co-founded a nonprofit organization that matched community volunteers with students in Title I schools. Scott will use his expertise in creating programs in China, Taiwan, India, Singapore, Kazakhstan, Nigeria, and the United States in the LEADership academy at Girls Global Academy. Ganske is a graduate from Arizona State with a B.A. in Education and Masters in Public Administration. Scott has supported GGA as an advisor for service learning. He is also a contributor to the LEADership academy program that girls will participate in on Wednesday’s. He will also assist the GGA Director of Culture in developing international partnerships for cross-school collaborations.
Mary Anna Pendleton

Mary Pendleton

Board Member
Mary Pendleton serves as the Director of Literacy at DC Prep. As the organization’s first Director of ELA, her responsibilities have centered around overseeing and owning curriculum development, programmatic leadership, and the development of ELA leaders across all five schools. She served as a corps member with Teach for America in New Orleans. While in the classroom, Mary taught 3rd-12th grades before moving into teacher-leader roles such as ELA Department Chair and Grade Level Leader. Mary holds a BSW in Social Work from the University of Georgia and a Master of Education from American University.