Gimari oversees Flamboyan’s content, training, and product development initiatives, ensuring educator and leader preparation efforts lead to transformative shifts for students and families. She has a strong commitment to equity and believes it is our responsibility to create the conditions for students and families, especially those most affected by inequities, to thrive.
Prior to joining Flamboyan, Gimari led the development and implementation of the racial equity training program for Montgomery County Government (MCG) within the Office of Racial Equity and Social Justice. Before her time at MCG, Gimari was a Partnership Director at Equal Opportunity Schools where she was instrumental in helping schools dismantle systemic barriers that prevented students of color and low-income students from accessing and participating in rigorous courses across several states. Previously, she served as a Program Manager within the Office of the State Superintendent of Education (OSSE) leading the state Title III program, which included revising local regulations and the development of guidance to safeguard the civil rights of English learners, immigrant youth, and their families in Washington, DC school communities. Her role at OSSE also included stewardship over professional development and the annual English Learner Summer Symposium for educators and leaders, language acquisition program support, stakeholder engagement, and development of the district’s Title III accountability measures under ESSA. Her career in education began as an elementary school teacher at Mary McLeod Bethune Day Academy Public Charter School.
Gimari has a profound love for thrift store shopping, exploring new restaurants around the town with her 13-year-old daughter, watching her 9-year-old son sing and dance to Michael Jackson, and traveling with her college sweetheart and partner in life, her husband.
Gimari is also a lover of rhythm and blues, old and new. Connect with Gimari on LinkedIn.
My favorite teacher in school was… My 3rd grade teacher, Mrs. Howard, at Emerson Elementary in my hometown Seattle. She was sweet and nurturing, like my mom. In fact, I remember accidentally calling her mom often!