School Leaders


Izabela Miller

Head of School




LeAngelo Emperator 

Resident School Director



Brittany Whitby

Director of Mathematics 



Alexis Redeemer

Director of English Language Arts

Marilyn Edmunds Bowser

Director of Talent 

Marilyn serves as the Director of Talent and Human Resources for DC Scholar Public Charter school in Ward 7 of Washington, DC with responsibility for the development and implementation of Talent and human resources policies and practices in support of DC Scholar’s transforming workforce. 

Marilyn’s passion lies in developing and implementing education and people programs to deal with educations most pressing problems. Through her undergraduate work in education program development and recruitment with low-income communities, as a former teacher, and  Associate Director of Recruitment for DC Prep, she have recognized the importance of transforming the educational system through the power of people.

Marilyn is a founding member of the board for Girls Global Academy an all-girls Public Charter school with a IB-service focus in Washington, DC. She also serves on The Collective alumni board of color for Teach for America. Marilyn was born and raised in the Washington, DC metro area. She holds a bachelor’s degree in political science from Saint Paul’s College, and a master’s degree in Education from John’s Hopkins University. In her free time, you can find her spending time with her husband and three young children.


Jennifer Guste Leonard 

Executive Director

Jennifer Leonard joined DC Scholars as its Executive Director in July 2019.  Prior to that, she served as Executive Director DC Scholars Community Schools, the school management organization partnering with DC Scholars for 2 ½ years.  She is passionate about ensuring that students in Ward 7 have amazing educational opportunities.

Jennifer has advised and worked with leaders in the public, non-profit, and private sectors, primarily focusing on system and policy changes to improve the lives of children, youth and families.   She brings strong management, education policy, budget experience to the team in addition to a drive for operational excellence.   Under Mayor Vincent C. Gray, she served as Interim Deputy Mayor for Education after serving as Chief of Staff and the Special Education Coordinator in that office.  She has provided consultative services on issues related to strategic and organizational planning, school health, and special education. 

Jennifer holds a JD from Georgetown University Law Center and an MBA, BS, and BA from Louisiana State University.  She lives in DC with her husband and three children.  She loves tennis, reading, the Redskins, and the New Orleans Saints.