I have been involved in education for over 20 years and it’s been my privilege to utilize both my instructional and management experience to serve my community as a school board member. I have served in the classroom as a teacher and an adjunct professor, been a nonprofit CEO, and I have been a proud ACPS parent for the past 10 years (10 more to go!).
- Veronica began her professional career working with foster care youth and adjudicated youth in Charlottesville, VA.
- She then was a teacher for four years at Eastern Senior High School in Washington, DC through the Teach For America program. While at Eastern, Veronica taught high school Spanish, sponsored several clubs, and was a member of several school committees.
- Since 2015 Veronica has been an adjunct professor at Trinity University and teaches Critical Reading – a course specifically designed to prepare first generation students for their University experience. The class strengthens students’ reading and writing skills while exploring their identity through race, gender and language. Trinity Washington University is a liberal-arts institution rooted in a history of social justice.
- Veronica currently oversees her own firm that provides management consulting and leadership coaching to nonprofits in a moment of significant transition. The premise is to focus on practical solutions that allow mission driven organizations to reach their potential and positively impact the community.
- Veronica previously led Urban Alliance as Executive Director and CEO from 2002 - 2014. Under Veronica's leadership, Urban Alliance significantly grew to serve over 10,000 low-income youth towards lifelong self-sufficiency by providing paid internships, training, and mentoring. In order to expand its reach Veronica developed a portfolio of partnerships ranging across sectors from Fortune 100 companies to government agencies to high performing nonprofits while increasing the budget from $400,000 in 2002 to $6.5 Million in 2014.
- In an effort to serve her hometown of Alexandria City, Veronica expanded Urban Alliance's proven model into TC Williams, at no cost to the school district or taxpayers, by securing funding from foundations and local corporations. As a result over 130 students have received paid internships and over 75% of them have gone on to college due to Urban Alliance’s post high school planning services.
- Veronica earned several recognitions for running a high performing nonprofit including: Washingtonian of the Year, the Meyer’s Exponent Award, Washington Business Journal’s “Real Women Who Mean Business” and a finalist of the Washington Post Nonprofit Excellence Award. She participated in the 2010 Class of Leadership Greater Washington
- Veronica has served on eight boards including: Valley Drive Cooperative Preschool, DC Alliance of Youth Advocates, and Capital Area Asset Builders.
Veronica is personally invested and has been a proud ACPS parent for the last 10 years with 10 more years to go! In the past her oldest son attended Polk and Hammond. He is currently attending TC. Her younger son attends Maury Elementary (will in the future attend GW Middle and cannot wait to be a TC Titan). She also has a niece who attends George Mason Elementary and a nephew at Douglas MacArthur. (A true District B family!)
Board accomplishments over this past term:
- I’ve been extremely responsive and transparent to the community (I’ve personally responded to over 14,000 emails during my last term!). As a result of listening to their needs I advocated for literacy specialists, increased recess time, ensuring undocumented parents were welcomed to volunteer and opening school libraries during summer months in walkable low income communities - to name a few.
- Hired both an accomplished interim who seamlessly took us through a transitional period and a strong superintendent who will lead us through this next pivotal phase of ACPS
- Increased the capacity by overseeing the building of 2 new schools, and adopted a well thought out CIP that addresses the overcrowding crisis over the next few years and continue the work of the Joint Task Force that provided a city-wide overview of our facilities’ needs.
- Supportive of staff and worked to ensure board policies assist them with their critical work and advocate for salary increases in the budget.
- Always thoroughly prepared for board meetings, ask appropriate questions and over the past term the board updated hundreds policies and are up to date according to state regulations.