Kristin Scotchmer, Executive Director
Kristin Scotchmer is the lead founder and executive director of Mundo Verde. She is passionate about Mundo Verde’s vision and has substantial knowledge of Mundo Verde’s philosophy, educational design and curriculum, as well as its operations and management. Kristin brings more than 17 years of professional management, governance and volunteer experience with nonprofit organizations, including expertise in management, board development, strategic planning and fundraising. She has considerable experience strengthening the capacity of small community-based organizations working to create change in the Washington, D.C., region, nationally and in Mexico. In addition, having lived in Guatemala for the first thirteen years of her life, Kristin is bilingual.
Kristin has completed coursework toward an M.A. degree in Latin American studies from the University of Texas at Austin and has a B.A. degree in political science and Latin American studies from the University of Chicago. Kristin lives in Washington, D.C.’s Petworth neighborhood and has two daughters, one of whom is a first grader at Mundo Verde and the other is a 7th grader at D.C. International.
Dahlia Aguilar, Founding Principal
Dahlia brings 20 years of school leadership and instructional experience in bilingual elementary and high school education. She has worked for over 10 years to strengthen the practice of teachers and leaders in public and public charter schools with multicultural and multilingual student bodies.
As Assistant Principal of Columbia Heights Educational Campus (CHEC), Dahlia helped launch the school’s first ever dual immersion middle school program and led the development of a professional learning community of teachers and school staff to support, push, and create effective practices among teachers. Dahlia’s teaching career began 23 years ago in early childhood development and early elementary programs, teaching pre-kindergarten and kindergarten in both bilingual immersion and English as a second language programs in District of Columbia public schools. Later, she served as the Director of Teaching and Learning for the National Council of La Raza where she designed professional development for educators serving Latino student populations nationally.
Dahlia is a Teach for America alumna and a former New Leaders for New Schools Fellow/Principal Resident. She earned a B.A. in English from Georgetown University, a M.A. in secondary education from Texas A&M University and a M.S. in educational leadership from Trinity University. Dahlia lives in Washington, D.C., and is the proud parent of a Mundo Verde student.
board of directors
The school is led by an active Board of Directors, who works with the executive director and the principal to run Mundo Verde effectively. The Board of Directors has an active committee structure that guides policy development, implementation, oversight and decision making. The current board is well-connected in the community, committed to Mundo Verde’s mission, and reflects expertise in education, nonprofit management, law, architecture, marketing and communications, and resource development as well as deep roots in the District of Columbia.
Kristin Scotchmer, Excecutive Director, Mundo Verde PCS
Alicia Williams, Board Vice Chair & Treasurer, Chair Internal Committee
Alicia Williams serves as the Director of Human Resources for FWW since July of 2018 and has over 21 years of Human Resources/Operations/Employee Relations/Training experience in the academic, telecommunications, manufacturing and non-profit industries, specializing in policy creation and administration, resolution of employee relations concerns, strategic and operational planning, benefits and payroll administration, training and development, recruitment, salary analysis and administration, worker’s compensation and safety in union and non-union settings. Alicia received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Spanish from the University of San Diego and her MBA, with a Certification in Human Resources from Keller Graduate School. Alicia is bilingual in Spanish and English and is currently a Doctor of Education Candidate at The George Washington University.
Alicia is a Certified Professional in Human Resources (PHR), holds a Professional Membership in the Society of Human Resources Management (SHRM), serves on the Board of Mundo Verde Public Charter School and holds the position of President for the Washington, DC Chapter of the National Association of African Americans in Human Resources (NAAAHR). Alicia is a member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. and in her spare time enjoys spending time with her family, being on stage with her kids, listening to music and reading books.
Corey Ealons, Vice Chair, External Committee
Corey Ealons is a Partner at Vox Global where he directs client efforts in broad political, public policy and reputational campaigns. Corey previously served as a communications director for The White House providing counsel on issues concerning specialty media. His political work also includes serving in presidential campaigns since 2000 as well as a number of congressional campaigns across the country. Additionally Corey served with the 3rd United States Infantry (The Old Guard), the U.S. Army Ceremonial Honor Guard for the President of the United States which conducts funerals and guards the Tomb of the Unknown in Arlington National Cemetery.Corey is a graduate of the University of Alabama where he earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Public Relations and Political Communications.
Danielle M. Allen, Co-Chair External Committee
Danielle Allen is Managing Partner at Impact for Education. Previously, she was Director of Partnership Development at Mass Insight Education. Danielle performed a wide range of organizational duties to support business development, and strategic and operational goals at Mass Insight. Prior to Mass Insight, Danielle was an Education Pioneers Fellow at NewSchools Venture Fund where she led an exploration of alternative investment strategies and the selection of their fourth geographically based fund. She has also worked in the Office of School Innovation at District of Columbia Public Schools (DCPS) supporting the district's portfolio of turnaround schools and autonomous schools. Danielle received her Bachelor's degree in Public Policy and Economics with highest honors from UNC-Chapel Hill, where she was a Morehead-Cain Scholar. She also holds an MPA from Harvard Kennedy School of Government, an MBA from the Stanford Graduate School of Business, and is a Harry S. Truman Scholar.
Mikaela Seligman, Chair Governance Committee, parent trustee
Mikaela is Executive Director of AchieveMission. She has led and supported many organizational projects, while working in partnership across the sector to build movement for the full integration of equity-informed leadership and talent practices. Mikaela began as an elementary school classroom teacher and soon sought to impact the system-level challenges she saw urban schools face. She has served as a founding charter school leader, c-suite nonprofit executive, program officer and coach in social justice nonprofits across the nation. In any space, Mikaela enables leaders to exercise leadership without formal authority, with the ample resources they have. Mikaela has worked as coach and consultant for Higher Achievement, Martha’s Table, the Annie E. Casey Foundation, NCCD, EarthJustice, The Democracy Fund, and others. Prior to joining AchieveMission, she was VP for Nonprofit and Philanthropic Leadership at Independent Sector. There, she helped found the coalition that designed and hosted the first ever White House Conference on Nonprofit Leadership and she redesigned and taught the NGen Fellows program, a leadership development program for under 40 emerging leaders.
She has lived in and worked with diverse communities her entire career and is especially skilled at working across cultures and power dynamics. In addition to Mundo Verde’s Board, Mikaela currently serves on the national advisory boards of Equity in the Center and Fund the People.
Francisco “Paco” Fabian, Secretary, Chair External Committee, parent trustee
Paco Fabian is the Communications Director at Change to Win Federation. Before that he served as Communications Director at America’s Voice, as Senior Account Executive at Fenton Communications and Journalist/Analyst with AFA Press. He has an extensive history of political activism and defense of human rights, immigration, health and worker rights. Paco holds a Masters in International Relations and Political Theory from University of Westminster and a Bachelor's degree in Political Science, International Relations from University of Arizona. He is also the parent of two Mundo Verde students.
Valecia Biddix, Chair Academic Committee, parent trustee
Valecia Biddix is an ESL teacher who teaches students from around the world how to speak, read, and write English. Valecia is passionate about language learning and previously owned LAF4kids LLC, where she managed and trained instructors to teach foreign languages to children in bi-weekly classes and as part of after-school programming. Valecia started her professional career as a business consultant with Accenture and went on to practice law for five years after obtaining a J.D. from Georgetown University Law Center. She received her B.S. and M.B.A. degrees from Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University. Valecia enjoys spending time with family, learning Spanish and playing almost any board game. She is the proud parent of one current Mundo Verde student and one graduate.
Bisi Oyedele, Partner of Schools and Human Capital Investments at Education Forward DC
Prior to leading the Schools and Human Capital grantmaking teams at Education Forward, Bisi was a Leadership Effectiveness Director at the Lynch Leadership Academy at Boston College. There, Bisi was responsible for designing and delivering curriculum to train and prepare school principals, providing individualized coaching and support to program participants, and providing strategic support to public schools, charter management organizations, and the Archdiocese of Boston. Before joining Lynch Leadership Academy, Bisi was the Executive Director of Match Charter Public High School, Principal of Nativity Preparatory School in Jamaica Plain, MA., and spent several years as a history and English teacher. Bisi holds a Doctorate in Education Administration, a Masters in Curriculum and Instruction and Secondary History Education, and a BA in Political Science from Boston College.
highlights of our team
Listen to a story for families raising multilingual children; a podcast interview with our MV biliteracy instructional guide, Berenice Pernalete, and Marianna DuBosq from Bilingual Avenue.
Check out this article published about our work in the Natural Resources Management (NRM) Education Weekly Digest. Tara, our Sustainability Coordinator, deepened our connection to the education for sustainability work being done in Australia.