Meet our Board of Directors

Adam L. Barr, President

As the DC Regional Director for Democracy Builders, Adam leads a team that empowers parents to have a greater voice in the push for more high performing public schools. He is a proven organizer with a passion for empowering everyday people to do extraordinary things, and has been organizing DC communities since early 2007, when he founded DC for Obama. Before joining Democracy Builders, Adam managed a leadership development program for high achieving black male college students at the Institute for Responsible Citizenship, directed outreach for a national juvenile justice reform initiative, advised and supported federal government clients as a Management Consultant at Deloitte Consulting, and most recently led school and parent engagement efforts as Director of GreatSchools DC. A California native, Adam has a B.A. in Political Science from the University of California, Davis.

Mark D’Agostino, Treasurer

As a Senior Vice President with Applied Predictive Technologies, Mark guides product strategy for the world’s largest cloud-based provider of predictive analytics software. He has over twenty years of experience building teams and growing organizations, with a focus on creating new technologies and applying quantitative analysis to drive decisions. Mark has a B.S in Physics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Christien Oliver, Secretary

As the Director of Business Development for, Christien implements growth opportunities for the only online procurement portal dedicated to the water and wastewater industries. Before joining, Christien practiced labor and employment law with an international law firm. A Detroit native, Christien has a B.A. from Michigan State University and a J.D. from The George Washington University Law School.

Gregory Neal Jackson Jr.

As the Director of the Office of Community Relations and Services for the Mayor of the District of Columbia, Gregory manages the team of Outreach and Service Specialists to address the concerns of constituents, organize communities throughout the city, and build community relations to connect residents with the government working on their behalf. Gregory has over 10 years of community organizing and outreach experience from political campaigns, issue advocacy to civic engagement, including leadership positions with the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, Organizing for America, and Organizing for Action. A Virginia native, Gregory has a B.A. from the University of Virginia.

Terra Wallin

As a Special Assistant (policy advisor) in the Office of Elementary and Secondary Education (OESE) at the US Department of Education (ED), Terra works on policy and program implementation issues related to ESEA flexibility, School Improvement Grants (SIG), standards and assessments, English language learners, and students with disabilities. Before joining OESE, Terra was a policy analyst in the Office of Planning, Evaluation and Policy Development (OPEPD) at ED. Prior to joining the Department full-time in May 2013, Terra was a program support assistant in OPEPD as she pursued a graduate degree at Georgetown University. She has also interned with the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee in the Education Policy office. Terra taught self-contained, high school special education science courses, and ninth and tenth grade English over three years in the Jefferson Parish Public School System in Louisiana, and was a 2008 Teach for America Corps member in New Orleans. An Iowa native, Terra has a Masters in Public Policy from Georgetown University, as well as a Bachelor of Business Administration in Accounting and B.A. in Political Science from the University of Iowa.