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Raise DC
Executive Director


Laurie Wingate has more than 20 years of experience in education. Her career began with Teach for America in Oakland, CA where she taught for seven years, followed by three years at Robert Brent Elementary School, a DC Public School. Wingate serves as a founding board member of the Inspired Teaching Demonstration School, a public charter school that works to improve instruction, build teacher capacity, and ensure that school makes the most of students’ innate desire to learn.

Wingate most recently worked as Director of Strategic Planning and Development at the Center for Inspired Teaching where she drove strategic planning efforts and developed successful strategies to gain support for expanded programming. She also served as the National Director of Lawyers for Hillary and the Director of the National Lawyers Unity Project. Wingate is on the board of directors of DC Vote and is a member of the StriveTogether Membership Advisory and StriveTogether Advisory Councils, as well as the Washington Area Women's Foundation, Young Women's Initiative. She also serves as an executive committee member for the DC Workforce Investment Council.