Meet our Trustees

Clara Haskell Botstein (Chair)

Clara Haskell Botstein is the Associate Vice President of the Bard Early Colleges, Bard College’s network of tuition-free early college programs, which includes a campus in Washington, D.C. In that role, Clara is responsible for overseeing policy, public partnerships, and strategic initiatives. Clara has over a decade of experience in policy and advocacy work, with a focus on public education and youth development. Clara holds a Master of Public Policy degree from the University of California, Berkeley, and a Bachelor's degree in history from Princeton University. She lives in Petworth, Washington, D.C.



Saumil Shah (Treasurer)

Saumil currently serves as KIPP DC’s Vice President of Planning of Design. Saumil began his career as a Strategy Consultant with Deloitte, working across multiple functional areas and industries. After several years at Deloitte, Saumil obtained his MBA at the Haas School of Business at Berkeley. After business school, Saumil worked at SunPower as a Product Marketing Manager, working closely with creative, technical, marketing, and sales teams to develop technology platforms to allow channel partners to be more successful.

He began his education career through Education Pioneers where he worked at the Oakland Unified School District developing alternative teacher compensation models. Since serving as an Education Pioneer fellow with the Oakland Unified School District in 2009, Saumil has devoted most of his career to solving knotty strategic and operational challenges in education reform. In 2011, Saumil worked on the team that launched the Achievement School District in Tennessee, a government agency devoted to turning around persistently failing schools in the state. He then became an educational consultant serving a diverse array of clients in D.C. and across the country.



Ann McElwain

Ann is the Chief Development Officer at Carnegie Institution for Science. In that role she identifies philanthropic objectives, and develops programs to engage all Carnegie constituents, and has implemented a major and principal gifts program. Ann has worked in Development for 30 years, primarily at the University Level. Ann holds an MBA from Nova Southeastern University and a BA from the University of Florida.



Lucas Pipes


Lucas is a senior analyst and managing director at B. Riley FBR. Lucas has built an international reputation for in-depth industry analysis and timely updates on key developments across the world of basic materials. He was recognized as a “Rising Star of Wall Street Research” by Institutional Investor magazine in the metals & mining sector. Lucas earned his B.A. from Bard College and is a CFA charterholder. He is currently completing his M.B.A. at the University of Pennsylvania, Wharton. Mr. Pipes has been actively involved in a number of non-for-profit organizations including the Bard Music Festival and the Hannah Arendt Center of Bard College, among others.



Matthew Steenhoek

Matt joined PN Hoffman & Associates in 2005 and is currently the Vice President of Development. In the past 14 years, Matt has helped lead the design, entitlement, and construction of approximately 1,800 residential apartments, more than 450 condominiums, 380,000 square-feet of urban in-line retail, 1-million square-feet of Trophy and Class-A office, over 1,000 hotel rooms, 20 acres of parks, piers, streets, and public spaces, and approximately 150,000 square feet of cultural or civic uses. He has completed developments in Alexandria, VA, and the Kalorama, NoMA, and Southwest neighborhoods of Washington, DC. Additionally, Matt works on master planning and development visions for new deals and oversees the development process.

Matt received his Bachelor of Science in Architecture from the University of Maryland, is a graduate of the 2012 Urban Land Institute Regional Leadership Institute, and holds a Master of Urban and Regional Planning degree from Virginia Polytechnic Institute where he was recognized by the local chapter of the American Planning Association as the 2011 Outstanding Graduate Student for Virginia Tech - Alexandria. He is a LEED Accredited Professional, was recognized by the Washington Business Journal as a member of the 40 Under 40 group in 2018, and member of the Anacostia Watershed Steering Committee. Matt lives in Northeast, DC with his wife and two young children and is an avid bike commuter.




Justin Valentine (Vice Chair)

Justin has over 15 years of strategic sourcing and management consulting experience and has been responsible for sourcing over $1B in goods and services globally. He is currently an advisor to the Chief of Corporate Procurement at the World Bank. Prior to his current position, Justin was most recently a Consultant to the General Services Administration where he led a team that was responsible for designing the Federal Government’s category management program. He also served as VP of Strategic Alliances at FedBid and as a Director of Procurement at SunGard, a Fortune 500 company, where he was responsible for oversight of $335M in annual spend and procurement process improvement. As a management consultant for Novantas, he specialized in airline industry sourcing and industry merger economics. Focusing on technology and outsourcing initiatives including CRS Management, telecom and F&A off-shoring, Justin spent over five years in sourcing organizations at United Airlines and Lufthansa. He has an MA in International Business from The Fletcher School at Tufts University, a BA from the University of Virginia, and completed the Program on Negotiation at Harvard Law School.





Aswathi Zachariah

Aswathi currently serves as General Counsel for the Inter-American Foundation (IAF), a U.S. federal agency that supports community-led development in Latin America and the Caribbean through grant-making, technical assistance, and public-private partnerships. Prior to joining IAF, Aswathi was an Associate General Counsel for the National Endowment for the Arts. Aswathi also practiced real estate law at the DC law firm, Arent Fox for a number of years where her focus was real estate and corporate transactional law. She is also a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) and spent three years in the audit practice at PricewaterhouseCoopers. Her audit practice concentrated on clients from the financial services sector.

Aswathi graduated from the University of Colorado at Boulder with a Bachelor's degree in Business Administration (emphasis in Accounting) and received her law degree from the University of Denver. She grew up right outside of Denver, Colorado and now lives in Capitol Hill with her husband Richard and two boys, Samuel and Elijah.





Nick Rodriguez
Nick is a Director at Delivery Associates, an organization whose mission is to improve the effectiveness and accountability of government worldwide.

Nick’s primary expertise is in the effective delivery of public sector reforms at scale. In this role, he advises local, state, and national governments on delivery and continuous improvement in climate and sustainability, P-20 education, economic development, and global public health. Prior to his work at Delivery Associates, he was a co-founder and Director at the Education Delivery Institute (EDI), a nonprofit that focused on helping education leaders change the way they work to serve students through better practices in planning, performance management, and organizational change. He is also a co-author, with Sir Michael Barber, of “Deliverology 101,” a field guide for education leaders using these approaches, and its successor, “Deliverology in Practice,” which was published in 2015.

Prior to joining EDI, Nick was an Engagement Manager with McKinsey & Company’s public sector practice, where he advised governments on policy and implementation at the local, state, and national level in the U.S. and abroad. Nick holds a Bachelor’s degree in Public Policy from Stanford University, a Master’s degree in Economics from the London School of Economics, and a Master’s degree in Latin American Studies from Oxford University, where he was a British Marshall Scholar.




Kimberly Eddings

Kimberly is the Senior Director of Human Resources at the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) where she is responsible for designing the strategic direction for talent strategy, development, acquisition and operations. Kimberly has provided Human Resource, DE&I, and talent strategy expertise for NAEYC, George Washington University, Friendship Public Charter School, and The Ohio State University in a variety of HR roles. Kimberly holds a Masters of Science in Educational Leadership from St. Thomas University in Florida and a Bachelor’s degree in Political Science and African American Studies from The Ohio State University. Kimberly also completed an Executive Certificate in Diversity & Inclusion for HR from Cornell University’s School of Industrial and Labor Relations. Kimberly’s passion for education and people led her to complete fellowships with Education Pioneers in Washington, DC and the Progressive Leadership Academy in Columbus, Ohio. Kimberly currently lives in Maryland and loves spending time with her seven nieces and nephews and best pup, Mingo.


Ali Khawar (Secretary)

Ali is an ERISA attorney who works at the US Department of Labor, Employee Benefits Security Administration (EBSA). Ali has worked at the Department of Labor for approximately fifteen years in a variety of capacities, including as EBSA’s Chief of Staff and as a Counselor to the Secretary. In his different roles, he has been responsible for policy and regulatory development and implementation, overseen external relations, and served as a key advisor on many strategic, administrative, and programmatic matters.

Ali has a law degree from Emory University School of Law and a Bachelor’s degree from the Johns Hopkins University. He lives in NW DC with his wife Nadia, son Zayd, and daughter Amara.

Anne Lackritz

Anne brings over fifteen years of experience in education and human development to the Two Rivers Board. She teaches master’s level courses in leadership and organizational change at The George Washington University, and has conducted extensive research on leadership coaching. She is an experienced leader, having served as the school principal of Girls Prep Lower East Side Elementary School, where she successfully led the expansion of the first all-girls public charter school in New York City. Anne holds a B.A. from Washington University in St. Louis, an Ed.M. in Educational Leadership from Bank Street College, and an Ed.D. in Human and Organizational Learning from The George Washington University. Anne lives in Potomac, MD with her husband Victor and children, Russell and Daniela.




Eli Schlam

Eli s Associate University Counsel for George Mason University. Eli assists members of the University community with legal issues related to student conduct, university life, technology, contracts, admissions, privacy, and other areas of the University. Eli also represents Mason in litigation.

Prior to joining Mason, Eli was an associate at Williams & Connolly where he represented companies and individuals in complex civil litigation. He handled a wide-range of litigation matters, with a focus on defending lawyers and law firms against legal malpractice claims. In addition to representing clients at Williams & Connolly, Eli also ran the firm's partnership with Dunbar High School. Through that program Eli and other associates taught a Street Law class and coached students participating in a city-wide mock trial competition. Eli was also the founder and co-chair of the firm's Environmental Sustainability Committee and the leader of its Generous Associates Campaign to raise funds for DC Legal Aid.

Eli clerked for Judge Richard Clifton of the United States Circuit Court for the Ninth Circuit in Honolulu, Hawaii. He attended Harvard Law School, where he was a member of the Harvard Legal Aid Bureau for two years. As a member of the Bureau he represented low income clients in eviction and domestic relation cases. Before going to law school, Eli received a Rotary Ambassadorial Scholarship to attend the London School of Economics and Political Science, where he received a Masters Degree in Nationalism and Ethnicity Studies. He also attended the University of Pennsylvania as an undergraduate.

Eli lives Fairfax, Virginia with his wife, Emilee, and daughter, Carmen. Eli’s passion is discovering, tasting, and cooking with unique fruits, especially different varieties of mangoes. He can often be found at farmers markets or fruit festivals.




Reem Labib Tyson

Reem is the Founder of EDspired Leadership Coaching and Consulting. Founded in 2010, EDspired partners with mission-driven leaders and organizations to inspire transformation and unleash potential.

Prior to launching EDspired, Reem served as head of schools for a multi-campus charter school organization, principal of an inclusive elementary school and as deputy director of professional development for a charter school management organization. Reem started her career teaching elementary school in Washington, DC, Egypt, and Lebanon.

Reem earned a B.A., in Psychology from The George Washington University, an M.Ed. in Education from George Mason University, and received an Executive Certificate in Leadership Coaching from Georgetown University’s Institute for Transformational Leadership.

She is an ACC certified coach through the International Coach Federation.




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