Natasha Warsaw has 16 years of experience as a teacher, administrator and consultant in the District of Columbia. She began her career as a middle school English teacher with the DC Public Schools. She is passionate about ensuring that equity in education becomes a reality for all children. Natasha thrives on being a part of a community of learners and in leading with a fresh eye and a creative approach.
Director of Curriculum & Instruction
Janel Brown refers to herself as a teacher by trade, educator by passion. She holds a B.A. in American Ethnic Studies and double minor in Education and Diversity, as well as a Master’s degree in Curriculum and Instruction. Originally from Seattle, WA, she began teaching non-academics with the University of Washington’s Upward Bound Program. Janel relocated to Washington, D.C. where she began teaching middle school in District of Columbia Public Schools. She transitioned to teaching High School, gaining experience in D.C. Public Charter and Disciplinary Alternative Education. Janel is passionate about and committed to consistently doing what is truly best for students, even when such work is not easy for adults.
Director of Finance & Operations
Lauren Bryant serves as the founding Director of Finance and Operations at Sustainable Futures Public Charter School, a school opening in Ward 4 of Washington, D.C. to serve 65 at-promise youth beginning September 2017.
Prior to her transition to Sustainable Futures, Lauren served as an Associate Director of Operations at Ingenuity Prep Public Charter School, a charter school located in Ward 8 of Washington, D.C. serving over 370 students. In this role, she managed all daily operations ensuring that teachers were set up to lead engaging lessons and that students are ready to learn. As a member of the leadership team, Lauren also built out Ingenuity’s diversity, equity, and inclusion work. In this capacity, she facilitated monthly, whole staff sessions that created a space for staff to wrestle with and better understand the role that race (and racism) play in creating equitable schools for low-income, black and brown students.
Lauren ‘s career in education began at CityBridge Foundation. As a member of the Stewardship and Engagement team, Lauren supported and executed high-impact programs that engaged funders and philanthropists in CityBridge’s transformational investments across the city. In this capacity, Lauren managed the D.C. Public Education Learning Series and the collaborative First Fridays tour series, in addition to a variety of other engagement opportunities.
In her final role at the foundation, Lauren was the Program Manager of the Education Innovation Portfolio, where she worked most intimately on the Education Innovation Fellowship, a yearlong program that introduces the District’s top public school teacher leaders to the most promising innovations in personalized and blended learning. Outside of developing content for monthly Education Innovation Fellowship Program Days and providing one-on-one coaching to Fellows, Lauren supported the Education Innovation Fellowship Alumni Program and managed operations for the entire Education Innovation Portfolio.
Lauren is a graduate of Georgetown University with a Bachelor of Arts in Classical Studies. During her time on the Hilltop, she managed the varsity women’s basketball team and supported them during their 2010 and 2011 NCAA Tournament appearances.