Advisory Board

Emily Bloomfield

Emily Bloomfield

Emily Bloomfield is founder and CEO of Monument Academy—a Washington, D.C., public charter weekday boarding school targeting youth who are involved in the foster care system. In this capacity, she led the design of the school, the charter application process, and the subsequent launch of the academy, overseeing recruitment of the Board and the Principal, and execution of the implementation plan. Ms. Bloomfield has a deep understanding of the public school sector from years of serving on the D.C. Public Charter School Board, and as an elected member and president of the Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District Board of Education. She received her bachelor's degree from the University of Chicago, an MPA from The Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs at Syracuse University, and a Masters in Economics from Oxford University.

Joslyn Hills

Joslyn Hills, LCPC, MA

Joslyn Hills, LCPC, MA, is a psychotherapist and educational consultant in the Washington, D.C., area. Trained in Jon Kabat Zinn’s Mindful-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR), Ms. Hills has developed curriculum for teaching mindfulness, integrative health and social skills in D.C. area schools. Ms. Hills is on staff at the Meyer Treatment Center and has completed clinical Training at the Washington School of Psychiatry. She received an MA in clinical counseling from The Johns Hopkins University, and a MEd in Educational, Instructional, and Curriculum Supervision from University of Maryland, College Park.

Carrie Irvin

Carrie Chimerine Irvin

Carrie Chimerine Irvin is the CEO and co-founder of Charter Board Partners, a non-profit focused on improving the quality of public education, especially for underserved children, by strengthening the governing boards of public charter schools. Her work has been featured in national publications, and in 2013, she delivered a TEDx talk about her organization’s innovative work. Ms. Irvin has an extensive background in educational policy and public school reform.  She was a consultant for Education Resource Strategies, held a leadership position at New American Schools, worked as a policy researcher and analyst at Policy Studies Associates, and taught eighth grade at the American School in Japan. She recently chaired the Board of Trustees of the National Child Research Center, a model preschool in Washington, D.C.  Ms. Irvin holds a master's degree in educational policy from the Harvard Kennedy School and a bachelor's degree from Brown University.

Dr. Matthew Biel

Matthew Biel, MD, MSc

Matthew Biel, MD, MSc, is the chief of child and adolescent psychiatry at MedStar Georgetown University Medical Center and associate professor of clinical psychiatry and pediatrics at Georgetown University School of Medicine. Dr. Biel’s clinical interests include child development, trauma and resilience, mood and anxiety disorders, autism spectrum disorders, and psychiatric care of children with medical illnesses. He is widely published and has been involved in research addressing access to mental health care for underserved populations, trauma and resilience, and family factors in mood and anxiety disorders. He also serves as the training director for the child and adolescent psychiatry fellowship at Georgetown. Dr. Biel received his undergraduate degree from Amherst College and his medical degree and Masters in community medicine at Mount Sinai School of Medicine. He completed residency and fellowship training in psychiatry and child and adolescent psychiatry at NYU School of Medicine.

Lin Delaney

Lin Delaney

Lin Delaney is a partner with Delaney McKinney LLP, a family law firm dedicated to working on behalf of families of separation and divorce. Ms. Delaney has extensive experience working in complex child custody matters involving families dealing with issues of domestic violence, mental health, addiction, and adults and children with special needs. Ms. Delaney is a fellow with the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers (AAML); a National Academy of highly skilled family law attorneys, this organization provides tools and resources to its members who are committed to preserving and fostering the advancement of divorce and family law. Ms. Delaney serves as President of the Maryland Chapter of the Association of Family and Conciliation Courts (AFCC), an international association of professionals dedicated to improving the lives of children and families through the resolution of family conflict. Ms. Delaney also serves as a Board Member of School the World, a non-profit organization working to make quality education accessible to all children living in rural villages of Central America.

William Licamele, MD

William Licamele, MD, is a retired child and adolescent psychiatrist who practiced for more 38 years.  He was also a clinical professor of psychiatry and pediatrics at Georgetown University School of Medicine, served as the director of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at Georgetown University for nearly 14 years, and was director of the Georgetown University Tourette Syndrome Clinic. During more than three decades of caring for the psychiatric needs of children, Dr. Licamele was named “Top Doctor” a number of times and has served as a volunteer for multiple organizations advocating for the needs of children.  He is a Life Fellow for the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry and professor emeritus of the Society of Professors of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry.  He is a graduate of Georgetown University of Medicine, and completed his psychiatric residency and fellowship in child and adolescent psychiatry at MedStar Georgetown University Hospital.

Aaron Rakow

Dr. Aaron Rakow

Dr. Aaron Rakow is the Director of Operations of the WISE Center. Much of Dr. Rakow’s professional background focuses on improving access to empirically supported mental health treatments via training and dissemination efforts within school systems and primary care offices. Dr. Rakow has previously been involved in the successful launch of a statewide mental health training and dissemination effort with the Departments of Health and Mental Health in the State of Vermont. Dr. Rakow is the former co-founder and Co-Executive Director of InSite Solutions. Dr. Rakow is also an Associate Professor within the Department of Psychiatry at MedStar Georgetown University Hospital. Collectively, Dr. Rakow has fifteen years of experience working within the behavioral health field including at the National Institutes of Mental Health, Children's National Health System, The Medical University of South Carolina and the University of Vermont. Dr. Rakow is a licensed Child Psychologist in Washington, D.C.


Cynthia Raposo

Cynthia Raposo is an attorney with more than 30 years of legal experience. Her most recent position was Senior Vice President, Legal of Under Armour, Inc., where she built and led the legal team from 2006 until her retirement in 2015. She also was a partner at Gill & Sippel, a general practice firm in Rockville, Maryland and worked as a commercial litigation counsel for MCI Communications, Inc., a telecommunications company based in Washington, D.C. Cynthia obtained her law degree from the University of Baltimore School of Law, an MA degree from Brown University, and a BA degree from Emmanuel College. She serves as Chairman of the Board of the Maryland Humanities Council, a state-wide, educational non-profit that promotes lifelong learning through educational experiences in the humanities. She is also a member of the Board of Directors of the Sandy Spring Friends School in Sandy Spring, MD, where she serves as co-clerk of the Finance Committee and Recording Clerk.


Bill Tucker

Bill Tucker is the Senior Advisor, K-12 Program at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. Bill leads the K-12 team’s pathways work, focused on ensuring that students successfully navigate from high school into – and through – postsecondary education. Bill has served in leadership roles on both the K-12 and US Policy & Advocacy grantmaking teams, led the development and review of major strategy components, and managed the prioritization, budgeting, allocation, and evaluation of multi-million dollar grantmaking portfolios. Before joining the Foundation, he served seven years as Managing Director at Education Sector, where he built and led all aspects of organizational management and growth – from start-up to mature organization – of a nationally prominent education policy think tank. At Education Sector, he also served as a nationally recognized policy expert, writer, speaker, and source on a wide-range of educational issues including technology, innovation, data use, and student assessment. Throughout his career, as both a founder and board member, he’s helped to launch and grow many nonprofit and for-profit entities focused on improving education, civil society, and community engagement. Bill is a graduate of Duke University and earned both an MBA and a Master's of Education from Stanford University.