• Jacinta Greene

    Jacinta Greene

    District A

    A native of Richmond, VA, Jacinta Greene is a proud graduate of Virginia Commonwealth University. Born into a family of educators, Jacinta learned early and firsthand the importance of a great education and the doors it can open for the future. Jacinta moved to Alexandria in 2002 and quickly became involved in community activism by serving as Vice President of the Alexandria Young Democrats and for 5 years served as Chair of Volunteer Coordination for the Alexandria Democratic Committee.

    Jacinta spent 10 years in Corporate America before venturing out on her own as an independent marketing consultant and meeting planner. Her main passion centers around advocacy for disadvantaged women, children and civil rights for all. This passion led her to the Alexandria Commission for Women where she has served as a commissioner and First Vice Chair for 10 years. Jacinta also serves on the board for the Twelve Days of Christmas, Inc.-DC Chapter, a nonprofit organization that raises money for disadvantaged children in the DC Metro area. Other volunteer activities include serving as coordinator for the Ruby Tucker Readers organization which teaches a love for reading and literacy to underserved children in Alexandria.

    In 2018 Jacinta was elected to the Alexandria City School Board and takes pride in advocating for a quality and equitable education for all children in her beloved Alexandria, VA. The quote that Jacinta centers her life around is" A hundred years from now,  it will not matter what my bank account was, the sort of house I lived in, or the kind of car I drove, but the world may be different because I was important in the life of a child."

  • Michelle Rief

    Michelle Rief

    District A

    Dr. Michelle Rief is a former college professor and education non-profit executive. She is a parent of three Alexandria public school students and has held leadership positions in the Mount Vernon Community School PTA, and the Alexandria PTA Council.

    Michelle was born into a military family and attended public schools in Iowa, California, and Florida. She was the first in her family to graduate from college, earning her degree from Florida State University and later her PhD in African American Studies at Temple University. As a graduate student, she directed a non-profit prison education program where she taught life skills to incarcerated individuals, many of whom had dropped out of school. Michelle went on to become a professor at Borough of Manhattan Community College in New York, and later at Northern Virginia Community College teaching history and sociology courses.

    Michelle has lived in Alexandria for 15 years with her husband and three children, who attend Alexandria City High School and Mount Vernon Community School. She was first elected to the Alexandria School Board in 2018 and currently serves as the School Board liaison to Alexandria City High School, Naomi L. Brooks Elementary School, the Career and Technical Education (CTE) Advisory Committee, and the City of Alexandria’s IT Commission.

  • Margaret Lorber Margaret Lorber

    District B

    Margaret Lorber, has been a lifelong advocate for children, nationally and locally. She was instrumental in expanding nationwide the USDA school breakfast program, developed and trained a national network of parents to advocate for early intervention services for children with disabilities, then helped the District of Columbia reestablish its Birth – 2 Early Intervention program.  In Alexandria, on the board of the non-profit Bienvenidos, she led the effort to create the highly successful Building Better Futures program at the High School, which has helped hundreds of students become the first in their families to attend college.  

    For the decade prior to her election to the School Board, Margaret served as the parent liaison for the English Language Learner Office at Alexandria City Public Schools. Margaret has enabled ACPS to better serve students who are learning English by bringing innovative language translation services to ACPS so their families can be successfully involved in their education.

    A resident of Alexandria for the past 40 years, both of her children attended ACPS from kindergarten through high school graduation.

  • Meagan L. Alderton Meagan L. Alderton, Chair

    District C

    Meagan Alderton was first elected to represent District C of the School Board in November 2018 and is the second African American female to be elected to the role of Board Chair in the history of Alexandria City Public Schools, following in the footsteps of Shirley Tyler.

    Alderton is a trained Special Education teacher who currently works for The DC Special Education Cooperative, a non-profit organization aimed at ensuring that students with disabilities within the District of Columbia receive a rigorous, individualized and inclusive education. Alderton first came to Alexandria City Public Schools in the fall of 2005 and previously served as a Special Education teacher at George Washington Middle School, Francis C. Hammond Middle School and Samuel W. Tucker Elementary School.

  • Heather Thornton Heather Thornton

    District C

    Heather Thornton was born and raised in Northern Virginia. Her education in Virginia's public school system gave the foundation and opportunities that have allowed her to graduate from high school and college with honors, study and work in six different countries, and engage in professional experiences directly tied to public policy and equity for diverse communities.

    Heather’s previous work includes experiences at the Arlington Juvenile and Domestic Relations District Court, U.S. Senate, U.S. Embassies in Mozambique and Mexico, and the Department of Justice.

    As a college student, she was an avid supporter of arts education and collaborated with middle and high school artists in community-based workshops. Later, Heather’s global perspective led her to assist with the implementation of a school in rural India and to spend time teaching English to students in Mexico.

    As a resident of Alexandria’s West End, Heather enjoys spending time as a community volunteer and relishing the area’s international dining scene. She serves as a School Board liaison to Patrick Henry K-8 School, William Ramsay Elementary School, and Francis C. Hammond Middle School.

    Heather graduated from the University of Richmond with a B.A. in International Studies and received her M.A. in International Politics from American University. She is a 2012 Charles B. Rangel International Affairs Fellow, recipient of two Meritorious Honor Awards, and is proficient in Spanish. She is the proud auntie of three nephews and one niece; all of whom are on a path to becoming lifelong learners.