The Two Rivers Board of Trustees supports and guides our community in service of our mission: to nurture a diverse group of curious, engaged learners.
Board Meetings Schedule with Agendas & Minutes
Agenda will become available approximately one week prior to each meeting.
Meetings are held at our 4th Street ES (1227 4th Street NE) unless otherwise noted. For more information or to attend, please email [email protected].
Tuesday, July 12, 2022 – held via Zoom
Tuesday, June 14, 2022 – held via Zoom
Tuesday, May 10, 2022 – held via Zoom
Tuesday, April 19, 2022 – held via Zoom
Tuesday, March 8, 2022 – held via Zoom
Tuesday, February 8, 2022 – held via Zoom
Tuesday, January 11, 2022 – held via Zoom
Tuesday, November 9, 2021 – held via Zoom
Tuesday, October 12, 2021 – held via Zoom
Tuesday, September 14, 2021 – held via Zoom
Board Retreat Saturday, September 11, 2021 – held via Zoom
John C. Phillips
Penelope Thornton Talley
Aswathi Zachariah (Chair)
Aswathi Zachariah currently serves as General Counsel for The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts (the Kennedy Center). Prior to joining the Kennedy Center, Aswathi was the General Counsel for the Inter-American Foundation and an Associate General Counsel for the National Endowment for the Arts. Aswathi also practiced real estate law at the DC law firm, Arent Fox Schiff 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.
Malik Husser (Vice Chair)
Eli Schlam (Secretary)
Eli Schlam is 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.
Gregg Treml (Treasurer)
Gregg serves as Two Rivers PCS Treasurer since 2022. He has nearly 20 years of civilian Federal and private sector finance experience. He has held leadership roles in budget, finance, and human resources at the Federal Emergency Management Agency, General Services Administration’s Public Buildings Service, and Department of Homeland Security. He was appointed to the Senior Executive Service in 2018 and currently serves as Assistant Inspector General & Deputy Chief Financial Officer at the Department of Health and Human Services Office of Inspector General. Gregg holds a Master of Science in Accounting from the University of Connecticut and Bachelor of Science in Accountancy, with minors in Finance and Western Civilization, from Providence College. He lives on Capitol Hill with his wife, Lisa, and their two children.
Kimberly Eddings is the Director, Talent & Organizational Development for the Infectious Diseases Society of America 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 National Association for the Education of Young Children, 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.
John C. Phillips
John C. Phillips is the current Store Director for the newly opened small format Target store in Washington, DC in the historic community of Ivy City on New York Avenue.
John started with Target as a seasonal team member eight years ago and due to his work ethic was promoted to various executive positions in guest service and logistics leading to his current role as Store Director.
John is a multifaceted professional with a stellar background in strengthening corporations through workflow management, relationship building, and mountain–top leading that has proven to increase efficiency crucial to sustained prosperity.
He started his career as a youth consultant for immigrant African and Caribbean communities for the Archdiocese of Atlanta. In response to the cultural needs of the youth community, he started his own culturally inclusive retreat program. Then he was promoted to special assistant to the director of the Office for Black Catholic Ministry where he coordinated culturally inclusive fundraising events raising over a $25,000 each year towards youth and young adult programming.
He has travelled to various countries including Jamaica, South Africa, Egypt, Morocco, Italy and Ecuador to volunteer and to create cross cultural and interreligious dialogue.
John is a member of the NAACP, and volunteers with multiple local DC nonprofits including National Salvation Army, So Others Might Eat, Human Rescue Alliance and many others.
John earned his Bachelor of Arts Degree from Morehouse College and studied at St. Louis University and Aquinas Institute of Theology for a Masters in Theology.
Matthew Steenhoek joined PN Hoffman & Associates in 2005 and is currently a Senior Vice President of Development. In the past 15 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, and was recognized by the Washington Business Journal as a member of the 40 Under 40 group in 2018. Matt lives in Takoma Park, MD with his wife and two young children and is an avid bike commuter.
Penelope Talley Thornton
Penelope Thornton Talley hails from a family of educators and is committed to ensuring all children have the opportunity for an excellent education. Her extensive career has included executive roles in the public, private and non-profit sectors including her tenure as Chief Operating Officer in the Office of the Attorney General for the District of Columbia. Prior to OAG, she successfully performed in senior leadership positions for Alvarez & Marsal, Maryland State Department of Education and AARP.. She also served as an Adjunct Business Professor for the University of Maryland system. She has built a positive career focused upon performance improvement, contract negotiation, operational efficiency and turnaround services.
Penelope possesses a Bachelor of Arts in Communications from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, a Juris Doctor for the University of Richmond and a MBA from Johns Hopkins University. She is a licensed attorney in the state of Maryland, where she resides.
Jenny Bradbury serves as R&D Project Director at Digital Promise. She currently works on projects focused on improving Math and adolescent writing outcomes for Black and Brown students and helping districts build their capacity for data equity through interoperability. She is a co-designer of Digital Promise’s Inclusive Innovation model, which centers and amplifies traditionally underrepresented perspectives and experiences in the R&D process. Prior to joining DP, Jenny spent roughly 15 years working in curriculum design and educational technology development and implementation at NFTE (the Network for Teaching Entrepreneurship), Discovery Education, and PBS. She began her career as a high school English and Humanities teacher at public, private, and charter schools. Jenny holds a Master of English Education degree from Teachers College, Columbia University and a Bachelor’s degree in Public Policy from Brown University. Jenny lives on Capitol Hill and is the proud mother of 2 Two Rivers students.
Ahnna Smith currently serves as the Executive Director for the DC Workforce Investment Council. In that role she is responsible for the development, implementation, and continuous improvement of an integrated system that connects DC residents to education, training, and employment, and provides local employers with the skilled talent they require to grow and thrive their businesses. She previously served as the Interim Deputy Mayor and Chief of Staff in the Office of the Deputy Mayor for Education under Mayor Bowser, and in the Obama Administration as the Chief of Staff for Innovation and Improvement in the U.S. Department of Education. Ahnna also previously served as the Executive Director of Teach For America in the Washington, DC region, and worked in teacher recruitment, preparation, and development in the United States and the United Kingdom. She began her career as an elementary school teacher in Miami-Dade County Public Schools after earning a degree in government and politics, magna cum laude, from the University of Maryland, College Park.
Dr. Derek E. Pierce is a dedicated and committed educator and pushes for educational reform and equity for all students with varying disabilities. Derek’s work experience has extended between PK3- high school students and local education agencies. Among those years of experience, Derek has 24 years of continued and faithful service in the field of education. Derek currently serves as the Compliance Inclusion Specialist at a local public charter school. As their Compliance Inclusion Specialist, Derek supports all grade levels and the special education department that ensures the student’s goals and objectives are met, promotes parent-teacher collaboration, and a variety of other school-wide initiatives. In 2019-2020, Derek served on the Academic Excellence committee of Two Rivers Board of Trustees. Derek is an initiate and active member of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. Derek received a Bachelors in Counseling from Texas A&M University- Commerce, a Masters in Special Education and Doctorate in Education- Educational Leadership from Abilene Christian University. Derek currently lives in Maryland and enjoys time laughing and spending time with his family and close friends.
Lauren Hamilton Edwards
Lauren Hamilton Edwards is an Associate Professor at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County in the School of Public Policy where she serves as the Graduate Program Director. She is also a Fellow of the University’s STRIDE program which seeks to improve faculty diversity and inclusion through recruitment and retention practices. Her research focuses on practices and tools that improve government and nonprofits work, including strategizing and strategic management, diversity and inclusion, and better engagement with citizens/program participants in these endeavors. This work includes assisting government and nonprofit organizations with strategic planning facilitation and training. Lauren also serves on the Hearing and Speech Agency of Metropolitan Baltimore, Inc. (HASA) board. Lauren lives in Catonsville, Maryland with her husband, Brian, and the quintessential chihuahua with attitude, Scout. She enjoys hiking the many trails Maryland has to offer and dabbling in art in her free time.
Alvincent Hutson is a classroom teacher turned education counsel with over six years of experience advising a chief education officer on policy creation and strategic planning for a state-wide school system. His legal career started as a clerk at Superior Court of the Virgins and has progressed to where he is currently the Territorial Legal & Policy Council for the U.S. Virgin Islands Department of Education. He currently creates policy, oversees legal and legislative issues and engages stakeholders on behalf of the 12,000 students, 30 schools, and 2,400 employees of the U.S. Virgin Islands Department of Education. Alvincent has a proven ability to build coalitions and leverage relationships with state and local governmental officials to shape equity-focused policy. He obtained a BA in Political Science at Gettsburg College, his JD at Howard University and is currently a student at the Broad Center at Yale University pursuing an M.M.S. in Public Education Management.
Michael Murphy is a partner in the law firm of Bailey Glasser LLP. While his primary focus is on consumer class actions and antitrust litigation matters, he also has a number of non-profit and commercial clients. Prior to joining Bailey Glasser, Michael was an associate at O’Melveny. He also previously worked for the International Brotherhood of Teamsters where he provided support to the union’s national bargaining committees.
Michael grew up in San Rafael, California (just north of San Francisco). Michael attended California State University-Fresno where he earned a B.S. in Human Resources Management. He also received an M.S. in Industrial Relations from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and a J.D. from The Catholic University. He lives on Capitol Hill, but is splitting time in Rocky Mount, VA where his wife Jill is living and working as the Operations Manager for The Harvester Performance Center – a music venue. In her prior life, she taught at Capitol City PCS which follows the expeditionary learning model. They have two boys, Aidan (a rising sophomore at the University of Oregon) and Liam (a rising senior at Washington Latin PCS).
Ben Robins has been working in asset management for almost twenty years. He is currently a member of the emerging markets debt investment team at T. Rowe Price. His responsibilities include business development and relationship management. Prior to joining T. Rowe Price, he was a managing director at Cambridge Associates, where he managed portfolios on behalf of endowed nonprofits organizations, including universities, foundations and independent schools. He spent the first three years of his career on Wall Street in investment banking and equity research.
Ben spent his childhood in East Africa before moving to New York City for high school. He earned a BA in economics, with honors, from The College of William and Mary and received his MBA from the Tuck School at Dartmouth College.
Ben lives with his wife and two daughters in Capitol Hill.