Guiding Us to a Better Future


Board Chair

Mr. Callis is an area native and a long-term resident of DC with national and international experience. He is a financial regulator with experience working with central banks in Europe, the Middle East, and Asia. He has specialized experience in corporate governance, and in developing, documenting, and describing financial operations, policies, and procedures. He has led staff development assignments including classroom and on-the-job training in bank financial and managerial analysis, loan review, anti-money laundering procedures, and compliance with laws and regulations. Mr. Callis comes from a family of teachers and maintains an interest in education and educational theory. He served on the master’s thesis review committee at the OECD Academy in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan. He has served as the senior lay officer at his place of worship and is the treasurer of a small agricultural non-profit that seeks to connect people to the land through agricultural preservation, cultivation, and provision of educational programs. He has a B.S. in Business Administration from the Florida A&M University and a M.A. in Liberal Arts from St. John’s College.


Board Member

Dr. Abu-Odeh is a Professor of Law at Georgetown University’s Law Center. Her expertise is in law and economic development, law and gender in the Arab world, family law, Islamic law, and women rights. Prior to joining the Law Center, Dr. Abu-Odeh was a consulting assistant professor at Stanford Law School. Dr. Abu-Odeh was also a writing instructor in the Graduate Program and Coordinator of Special Academic Projects, Islamic Legal Studies Program, at Harvard Law School. She has also worked at the World Bank as legal counsel in the Middle East/North Africa Division, Legal Department. As an elections’ observer for the United Nations, South Africa, Dr. Abu-Odeh participated in voter education, party monitoring, and election supervision in South Africa. She has published over two dozen articles and chapters in peer-reviewed journals. Dr. Abu-Odeh is a native Arabic speaker and DC resident, who has received degrees from the University of Jordan, the University of Bristol, the University of York and Harvard University.


Board Member

Mr. Enad Nebari owns and leads HomeGreen LLC, a real estate and project development firm in the Greater Washington area. He acquires properties and manages construction of residential, commercial, and industrial structures, working with local governments to ensure that land is being developed in compliance with zoning ordinances and regulations. He oversees project managers, construction project engineers, and other construction and real estate staff to create, maintain, track, and distribute assignments and deliverables to ensure completion of work for all parties. He coordinates information between contractors and clientele, monitoring and updating relevant parties on the current status of all ongoing projects on a weekly basis. He also tracks statistics regarding project goals, milestones, performance standards, and meets weekly with department leadership to review the same.


Board Member

Dr. Rodriguez is currently in his sixth year in Educational Leadership and Policy Studies and is the Director of Graduate Studies in the School of Education at Howard University in Washington DC. Prior to Howard University, Dr. Rodriguez served for five years at New Mexico State University as an assistant professor of Educational Leadership and Administration. Being raised in the Texas Borderlands of El Paso under hard-working immigrant parents from Mexico and studying in Germany as a U.S. Congress-German Bundestag scholar shaped the world views and research of Dr. Rodríguez. As such, Dr. Rodríguez' recent works and collaborations have been published in the Journal of Latinos and Education, Harvard Journal of African American Policy, Journal of Hispanic Higher Education, and most recently in Equity & Excellence in Education and the International Journal for Qualitative Studies in Education. Dr. Rodriguez recently provided an expert report and testimony in the ongoing school finance case Martinez v. New Mexico. Dr. Rodríguez also has various book chapters, including in Linguistic Minority Immigrants Go to College: Preparation, Access, and Persistence (Kanno, Y & Harklau, L., Eds., 2012), and a forthcoming book in Information Age Publishing with co-editors Melissa A. Martinez and Fernando Valle on Latino Educational Leadership: Serving Latino Communities and Preparing Latina/o Leaders Across the P-20 Pipeline. From 2010-2013, Dr. Rodríguez was nationally appointed as the University Council for Educational Administration (UCEA) Associate Director of Graduate Student Development and overseeing the Barbara L. Jackson Scholars program, dedicated to racially diversifying the professoriate. Because of these and other efforts, Dr. Rodríguez was in 2016 recognized with the White House Initiative on Educational Excellence for Hispanic Faculty Honors by the U.S. Dept. of Education program recognizing scholars across disciplines. Dr. Rodríguez received his Ph.D. in Educational Policy & Planning at The University of Texas at Austin in 2009.


Board Member

Dr. Saravana Bhavan has served as a Professor of Special Education in Virginia State University for 19 years, where she has taught special education courses for undergraduate and graduate students. She has also directed master’s projects and theses and served as a dissertation committee member, and is involved in scholarly and research activities such as presentations, book reviews, publications, grants, etc. Dr. Saravana Bhavan also has international experience, having taught leadership courses in India and English as a second language in Ethiopia. Dr. Saravana Bhavan holds an Ed.D. with an emphasis on Special Education, as well as an M.A. in Bilingual Multicultural Education, from Northern Arizona University.


Board Member

Dr. Najib brings more than 20 years of healthcare research and marketing experience in the pharmaceutical and contract research industries through various senior research, policy, product development, and general management positions. He has extensive experience in Outcomes Research, Quality-of-Life Evaluations, Health Economics Studies, Clinical Trials, Drug Development Services, Product Portfolio Management & Commercialization, Product or Disease Registries, and Evidence-Based Management. Dr. Najib is a graduate of the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC) where he received Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) and Master of Public Health (MPH) degrees. He also received a Master of Business Administration (MBA) from DePaul University.


Board Member

Mr. Davis is a corporate associate at Baker Botts, having previously worked at Vinson & Elkins LLP.  His practice focuses on capital markets and mergers and acquisitions transactions, particularly for publicly-listed energy and real estate companies. Mr. Davis represents underwriters and issuers in corporate securities transactions, including initial public offerings, private placements, Rule 144A/Regulation S, registered secondary equity and debt offerings, debt exchanges, and continuous equity (ATM) programs. He also represents clients in mergers and acquisitions and provides guidance on SEC compliance and disclosure, corporate governance and other general corporate matters. Mr. Davis has experience with shipping companies, mining companies, master limited partnerships (MLPs) and real estate investment trusts (REITs). He also has experience in forming and applying for tax-exempt status for DC non-profits.  For several years, Mr. Davis coordinated his firm’s partnership with Thurgood Marshall Academy, a public charter school in Anacostia. Mr. Davis is a native of Alabama and now lives with his wife and two-year-old daughter in Ward 6 in Washington, DC. Mr. Davis is a graduate of Duke Law School (cum laude, Duke Law Journal) and Yale University.


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