President & CEO

Russ E. Williams, Jr. was appointed President and CEO of Center City Public Charter Schools in April 2013, after serving in leadership and teaching roles in Washington, DC charter schools for more than 15 years.

Center City has achieved significant growth during his tenure. Center City’s improvement in achievement in the two years since PARCC was first administered in 2015 is the largest of any multi-campus LEA in the city. In addition, Center City serves more than 1,000 students who are classified as either Special Education, English Language Learners, or At-Risk, and each of these populations outperformed their peers across the city on the PARCC in the spring of 2017.

Our Board members bring valuable expertise and leadership experience to Center City informing decisions that push our six schools to be better for the students we serve.
Lydia Adelfio

Former CCPCS Board Chair

2020 – 2021 Board Members

The Board of Directors is the governing body for Center City Public Charter Schools.

We are fortunate to have a diverse and committed group of individuals who bring their perspectives and skills from different sectors to support our scholars and help build a sustainable future for our organization.

  • Lydia Adelfio
  • Jerenze Campbell
  • Gretchen Guffy
  • Betsy Hanlon
  • Margaret Horn
  • Roneal Josephs
  • Art Moran
  • Thomas O’Hara
  • Neville Waters
  • JD Wilde

Betsy Hanlon


Art Moran

Vice Chair

Neville Waters


JD Wilde


Jeffrey D. Wilde is a Managing Partner at Omicelo, LLC, where he oversees acquisitions and asset management. Omicelo is a mission-based real estate investment firm tasked with improving the lives of community members in low to moderate income areas by providing safe and affordable housing along with necessary services to catalyze wholesale economic change. Prior to Omicelo, JD was a Vice President in US Real Estate at The Carlyle Group, where he managed real estate funds and led various housing research projects. As part of the research projects, he developed econometric models to analyze supply and demand imbalances and quantify investment opportunities throughout the US. In addition, he has held various positions in the financial industry ranging from investment management to financial consultant. Mr. Wilde holds bachelor’s degrees in mathematics and statistics from Pennsylvania State University and a master’s degree in statistics from Purdue University. He lives in the DC area with his wife and two children.

Lydia Adelfio


Jerenze Campbell


Margaret Horn


Gretchen Guffy


Roneal Josephs


Thomas O’Hara


Additional Board of Directors Information

Our Mission

Empower our students for lifelong success by building strong character, promoting academic excellence, and generating public service throughout Washington D.C.

CCPCS Central Office

900 2nd Street NE | Suite 221
Washington, DC 20002
(202) 589-0202
(202) 589-1629 (fax)

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