Friday, April 26, 2019 was my last day serving in the role of Chief Student Advocate for the District of Columbia. It was truly an honor to lead the work of the Office of the Student Advocate for four year.
I penned the letter below on my last day of service. The full post can be found at https://educationindc.com/2019/04/26/a-letter-from-the-chief-student-advocate-faith-gibson-hubbard/.
A Letter from the Chief Student Advocate – Faith Gibson Hubbard
Dear Colleagues, Partners, and Friends,
After four years, I am leaving my role as Chief Student Advocate for the District of Columbia.
In May 2015, I opened the doors of the Office of the Student Advocate and became the first Chief Student Advocate for the District of Columbia. This experience has been life-changing for me. In our work, we support families in navigating the complexity of public education in the District and work to demystify our city systems in order to remove barriers and provide access for families. We partner with families and other education stakeholders to identify problems and work toward solutions. We work diligently to equip families with the information, resources, and tools they need to be their own best advocates. We collaborate with agencies, offices, and other partners to advocate and work toward the best possible outcomes for students. I am so proud of the great work we’ve accomplished during my tenure, and I am excited about the great work on the horizon.
As we all work for a more inclusive and equitable system, I ask that you continue to direct people to the great resources and support the Office of the Student Advocate has to offer. During this time of transition, I am confident that the work of the office will continue at a high level and deepen in its reach and scope. I have a phenomenal staff who live and breathe this work in the same way that I do. The vision of the office is not mine alone – it is ours – and I know, without a doubt, they will continue to do great things under the leadership of Dan Davis, who currently serves as my deputy. Dan’s career in this space spans over 12 years, and he has served as my deputy for almost three of those years. He is an amazing servant leader and will continue our work as the interim Chief Student Advocate.
I wholeheartedly believe students and families are the foundation of a quality public education system and the catalyst moving us forward to the prosperity everyone in our city deserves to experience. As Chief Student Advocate, I have been fortunate enough to witness families activate the power they inherently possess. We must recognize and value the voice, access, and power of families as it is what will continue to move our great city forward. My departure is bittersweet, but I am excited to continue my service to District families and communities as the first Executive Director of Thrive by Five DC. I look forward to our paths crossing again in my new capacity.
I am humbled to have served as the first Chief Student Advocate, and I thank you all for your partnership in this work.
Faith Gibson Hubbard
Outgoing Chief Student Advocate for Office of the Student Advocate