board of trustees


Alicia robinson


President and Chair

Alicia Robinson is President and Chair of The Equity Lab's Board of Trustees. Alicia became Flamboyan Foundation's first-ever talent and equity officer and will help shape the future direction of the organization by spearheading efforts to recruit, retain, and develop diverse talent.

Alicia has years of experience as a talent and human assets executive — previously working as chief talent officer at DC Prep, manager of recruitment and admissions at New Leaders for New Schools, and senior director for education and outreach at the Washington Scholarship Fund. Most recently, however, she has led transformative educational efforts through the lens of equity at EdPlus Consulting. At the Washington, DC-based firm she founded, Alicia has worked at the intersection of social justice and education by helping schools and education organizations discover, train, and retain the best and brightest education professionals while supporting educational professionals to find their passion so they can locate career opportunities and resources.

Alicia earned a Bachelor of Arts in Public Communication and a Master of Arts in Elementary Education from American University. She is an active member on the Board of Directors at Digital Pioneers Academy and Young Education Professionals in addition to The Equity Lab, and she is a founding member of Women of Color in Education.


Maia a. Blankenship

Vice President

Maia A. Blankenship is a changemaker and equity advocate who works in public education to ensure that educators are valued, supported, and empowered to accelerate student learning. She is currently the Vice President of Strategic Growth & Partnerships at Achievement Network (ANet) and a Talent Strategist for her clients. She serves as an organization-wide leader for the national nonprofit after serving four years as the Executive Director for the DC and MD regional team, which provides instructional tools, formative assessment data, and leadership coaching to over 200 schools across the District of Columbia and Maryland.

Maia brings more than 15 years of experience with process improvement, strategic planning, organizational design and talent strategy to the education sector. As an independent consultant she is passionate about supporting school districts, charter schools and education organizations with recruitment, talent strategy, people development and retention planning.

Maia also serves as an advisor to the Equity Design Collaborative, which is a think and do tank that co-creates and shares the toolkits, experiences, and acumen to accelerate the design of equitable relationships and organizations. Maia earned a Bachelor of Science from Spelman College and a Master’s in Business Administration from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Her passion is to accelerate organizational change by empowering people to understand and leverage the strengths and talents of people, especially the most disenfranchised, to create a more inclusive and more equitable world. 


maura marino


Maura Marino, Chief Executive Officer at Education Forward DC, previously served at the Managing Partner of the DC Schools Fund at NewSchools Venture Fund. Prior to joining NewSchools, Maura served as Program Director and Lead Teacher at East Palo Alto High School, a charter school in Northern California founded by Aspire Public Schools. During graduate school, Maura worked on the Network Growth Team at the KIPP Foundation, implementing their national growth strategy. Maura sits on the board of directors for DC Prep, E.L. Haynes, and Ingenuity Prep Public Charter Schools, as well as Charter Board Partners and the Bainum Family Foundation. Maura earned a BA with honors in American Studies from Stanford University, an MA in teaching secondary social studies from Columbia University, and an MBA from Harvard University.


Vanessa Carlo-Miranda


Vanessa Carlo-Miranda, Chief Operating Officer at E.L. Haynes Public Charter School, is an expert in DC public education funding, federal grants management compliance, and charter school finance. She began her career as a real estate attorney before combining her passion for education and legal training as a program manager for the Office of Public Charter School Financing and Support in the Office of the State Superintendent of Education (OSSE), where she underwrote loans, credit enhancement, and grants to improve public charter school facilities in the District. Vanessa then joined the Office of the Attorney General as an attorney advisor in the General Counsel’s office, and led OSSE’s newly established compliance division as the first director of grants management and compliance. Vanessa is a graduate of the University of Florida and the David A. Clarke School of Law. She was born and raised in Guaynabo, Puerto Rico. She is married to Luis A. Miranda, and they have three children.