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 create vibrant learning environments for students. She currently serves as a Partner for Wildflower Schools and is charged with building out a regional hub of one-room, shopfront Montessori schools in the District of Columbia, led by their teachers and connected to community, in which children, families and teachers follow life’s unfolding journey.

Formerly Maia served as the Vice President of Strategic Growth & Partnerships at Achievement Network (ANet) where she established national and regional partnerships that would lead to student impact and sustained instructional support and development in schools systems. Prior to that she served four years as the Executive Director for the DC and MD team expanding the reach of the region to Baltimore serving more than 200 schools.

Maia brings more than 15 years of experience with strategic planning, talent strategy, process improvement and organizational design to the education sector. 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 create a more inclusive and more equitable world by empowering leaders to understand and leverage the strengths and talents of communities and our most valuable resource - people, especially the most disenfranchised. She is the proud mom of an independent and adventurous toddler that is two years old.


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.