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

2021 – 2022 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
  • Charlene Fadirepo
  • Gretchen Guffy
  • Betsy Hanlon
  • Rev. Kelli Jareaux
  • Roneal Josephs
  • Art Moran
  • Ammena Nazeen
  • Meghan Quinn
  • 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


Rev. Kelli Jareaux


Jerenze Campbell


Meghan Quinn


Charlene Fadirepo


Charlene Fadirepo is the Founder and CEO of Guidefi, a fin-tech platform that makes it easier for women and people of color to find their ideal financial professional. Charlene started Guidefi after experiencing difficulty in finding the right financial advisor for her own multicultural family. Launched in 2019, Guidefi has garnered multiple awards including First Place in the In3 Labs Pitch Competition, and admission into the Washington, DC-based SeedSpot Impact Accelerator.

Charlene spent the last 20 years of her career in financial services. Most recently she spent 4.5 years at the Federal Reserve Board of Governors, where she worked on consumer compliance and bank supervision initiatives. Prior to the Federal Reserve she spent six years advising banks as part of PwC’s Financial Institution and Bank Regulation Practice.

Charlene is passionate about financial education and served as the President of Greater Washington Jumpstart Coalition for several years. She has hosted multiple live family money segments on the Good Morning Washington Show on ABC 7 and has has served as a keynote or workshop speaker for several conferences across the DC community. Charlene currently teaches financial education to youth through Guidefi’s sister organization, GuidefiKids. She is the author of two children’s books about money, Ayo’s Money Jar and Ayo’s Had Enough. She is also a real estate investor and agent with Keller Williams Capital Properties. Charlene studied Electrical Engineering at the University of Virginia and has a Masters In Business Administration from the Fuqua School of Business at Duke University. She lives in Washington, DC with her husband and two children. Learn more about Charlene at www.charlenefadirepo.com.

Roneal Josephs


Gretchen Guffy


Ammena Nazeen

Parent Member

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
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