DC State Board of Education Ward I School Board Candidate
Service: Teach for America
Callie Kozlak is a candidate for the DC State Board of Education in Ward 1. She is a former DC teacher who has committed herself to service and educational equity, working both in her local community and education policy. Callie currently works as the Field Campaign Manager for Education Policy at UnidosUS (formerly National Council of La Raza), managing multi-state advocacy campaigns. Prior, Callie worked with senior staff at the U.S. Department of Education on regulations for the federal Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), and led educator engagement initiatives. She worked as the National Director of Public Policy and Funding for Citizen Schools, an education non-profit partnering with Title I schools to expand the learning day for middle school students.
Callie taught first grade and Pre-K in DC public schools through Teach for America. Prior to teaching, she worked in the Education Opportunities Project at the National Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law, managing a community education program for parents, No Child Left Behind reauthorization, and the organization’s human rights work. In her first year after undergrad, Callie served in the Jesuit Volunteer Corps in Raleigh, North Carolina, where she worked with Legal Aid, providing services and outreach to migrant farm workers and immigrant communities. Callie currently serves on the Board of Directors for the Young Playwrights Theater—a DC-based non-profit partnering with local public schools to teach playwriting to K-12 students. She holds a master’s degree in early childhood education from George Mason University, and a bachelor’s degree from Boston College. Callie has seen education from many angles, and is ready to bring her experience to the State Board to ensure a high-quality education for every child in Washington, DC.