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Flamboyan Program Leader Selected for Seeding Disruption Fellowship

At Flamboyan, our team is committed to ensuring children most impacted by inequity thrive. Part of that commitment is continually interrogating our own biases and mindsets to better serve the work we do and grow in our anti-racist journeys. Flamboyan’s DC office is honored to share that Emily Garcia, Senior Managing Director of DC programs, was selected for this year’s Seeding Disruption Fellowship with the Equity Lab.

The Seeding Disruption Fellowship brings together diverse educators and youth-facing professionals to pool their expertise and move towards racial equity. Emily is among 24 other Washington, DC-based fellows who focus on developing equitable solutions to what students experience day-to-day. 

“Seeding Disruption connects leaders across DC to help build our skills around elevating the importance of racial equity in our work and, more importantly, in our decision-making,” Emily explains. “Over the next year, I’ll connect with other leaders in DC to champion equity and bring that back to Flamboyan.” 

Emily is eager and excited to contribute to the Fellowship, and to apply her lessons learned from Flamboyan and from her 10+ years with DC Public Schools. 

“Every day, I continue my journey to becoming an anti-racist, both in my professional life and in my personal life. I recognize that because my perspective is limited, my power and the charge that comes with it is to create space at the table to authentically hear feedback from our external partners, internal stakeholders, and others. AND, I must act on this by using my platform and voice.” Emily shares. 

“Opportunities like the Seeding Disruption Fellowship create the space for me to continue to grow my practice and interrogate myself to be a stronger leader and advocate.” 

Flamboyan would also like to congratulate the fellows in Cohort IX with a special connection to Flamboyan: 

  • Josephine Bias Robinson, Executive Director, DC Ed Research Collaborative at the Urban Institute. Josephine has been a critical partner in family engagement at DC Public Schools, particularly around the Family Engagement Partnership (FEP). 
  • Morgan Hall, Assistant Principal at Powell Elementary School, a graduated partner of the FEP. 
  • Chelsea Coffin, Director of Education Policy at the DC Policy Center, a partner in our work in DC schools. 
  • Maria Boyer and Nicole Smith of E.L. Haynes Public Charter School, a graduated partner of the FEP. 

Learn more the Seeding Disruption Fellowship at