President & CEO

Mr. Williams joined Center City Public Charter Schools as President and CEO in April 2013, after 15 years of progressive leadership roles in Washington, DC nonprofits and charter schools.

Center City, a Pre-K-8 charter network that serves 1,400 students across six schools throughout DC, is committed to the intellectual, physical, moral and emotional well-being of each scholar and the belief that every child can learn, lead and serve. Under Mr. Williams’ leadership, the organization has seen continued improvements in its fiscal and academic outcomes. For the 2021-2022 school year, Center City was among the highest performing networks of schools in Washington DC as measured by the annual PARCC assessments.

Managing Director of Schools

Demetria Gartrell serves as the Managing Director of Schools of Center City Public Charter Schools, a public charter school whose mission is to empower students for lifelong success by building strong character, promoting academic excellence, and generating public service throughout Washington, DC.

Dr. Gartrell has over 20 years of professional experience working in urban school districts, paving the way for school reform. She uses her expertise to design programming, develop leaders, and manage partner relationships aligned with organization-wide goals. While at Center City, Demetria has served in two leadership roles and supported a few targeted initiatives. Before joining Center City, she held several leadership roles at Friendship Public Charter Schools. She believes in providing every student with a high-quality education and views school leadership as a critical lever in the transformation process.

Dr. Gartrell earned a doctorate in Educational Leadership from the University of Maryland Eastern Shore.

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.

  • Jerenze Campbell
  • Charlene Fadirepo
  • Margaret Horn
  • Rev. Kelli Jareaux
  • Roneal Josephs
  • Art Moran
  • Ammena Nazeen
  • Tom O’Hara
  • Meghan Quinn
  • Neville Waters
  • JD Wilde

Tom O'Hara


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.

Josh Boots


Jerenze Campbell


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.

Margaret Horn


Rev. Kelli Jareaux


Roneal Josephs


Areesah Mobley


Ammena Nazeen

Parent Member

Meghan Quinn


Our Mission

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

Central Office

301 N Street NE, Suite 200
Washington, DC 20002
(202) 589-0202
(202) 589-1629 (fax)