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Community Action Team

The DCPS Engagement and Partnerships Office’s Community Action Team (CAT) is comprised of four individuals who serve communities based on DCPS Clusters.

Each CAT member is responsible for building and sustaining strategic relationships with key community stakeholders, including those who have been historically underrepresented in our decision-making process. 

The CAT is also responsible for assisting DCPS stakeholders in accessing information and resources offered by DCPS and communicating external needs and trends back to DCPS. 

Connect with us on Twitter @DCPS_Community

Call (202) 719-6613 or email [email protected].

See the chart below to connect with the CAT member who works with your school community.

Sharona Robinson
(202) 423-5091

Anacostia 
Ballou   
Ballou STAY 
Banneker 
Bard 
Bunker Hill 
Duke Ellington 
Garfield 
Hart 
Hendley 
Johnson 
King 
Kramer 
Leckie 
Luke C. Moore 
Malcolm X 
McKinley HS 
McKinley MS 
Military Road/Stevens ELC 
Noyes 
Patterson 
River Terrace 
Ron Brown 
Simon 
Sousa 
SWW @ FS 
School Without Walls HS 
Turner 
Woodson 

 

Quintin Floyd
(202) 805-2908

Beers 
Boone 
Burroughs 
Burrville 
CW Harris 
Drew 
Dunbar 
Eastern 
Excel 
Ketcham 
Kimball 
Langley 
Moten 
Nalle 
Payne 
Phelps 
Plummer 
Randle Highlands 
Savoy 
Smothers 
Stanton 
Thomas 
Walker-Jones 
Wheatley
Whitlock (formerly Aiton) 
Whittier 

Bijan Verlin
(202) 386-5055

Barnard 
Brent 
Brookland 
Capitol Hill Montessori 
Deal 
Eaton 
Eliot-Hine 
Hardy 
Hearst 
Hyde-Addison 
Ida B. Wells 
Janney 
Jefferson 
JO Wilson 
Kelly Miller 
Key 
Lafayette 
MacFarland 
Mann 
Miner 
Murch 
Peabody/Watkins 
Ross 
School Within School 
Stoddert 
Stuart-Hobson 
Thomson 
 

Damian Popkin
(202) 615-9153

Amidon-Bowen 
Bancroft 
Brightwood 
Bruce-Monroe 
Cardozo 
CHEC 
Cleveland 
Coolidge 
Dorothy Height 
Garrison 
HD Cooke 
Houston 
Jackson-Reed 
John Lewis 
Langdon 
LaSalle-Backus 
Ludlow-Taylor 
Marie Reed 
Maury 
Oyster-Adams 
Powell 
Raymond 
Roosevelt 
Roosevelt STAY 
Seaton 
Shepherd 
Takoma 
Truesdell 
Tubman 
Tyler 
Van Ness 

 

CAT Members

Damian Popkin, CAT Specialist

Photo of Damian Popkin

Damian is originally from El Salvador and grew up primarily in the DMV in Silver Spring. He has a passion for putting his skills to work in service of his communities. He worked as a Spanish-English Medical and Community Interpreter throughout the DMV, a Community Sports Organizer and Director in Montgomery County, and most recently as an educator in Ward 1. Damian believes in the power of buying in to create positive change, both individual and systemic. Damian believes all students deserve and need high quality opportunities and high quality support to take advantage of those opportunities. He looks forward to working with and supporting schools and communities on a larger scale. In his free time, he loves playing sports, fishing, and chasing down amazing meals with friends and family. Visit the Facebook page.

Email: [email protected]
Phone: (202) 615-9153

 

Bijan Verlin, CAT Specialist

Bijan VerlinBijan Verlin strongly believes in the power of communities and their voices. As the Community Action Team Specialist for Clusters 4 and 7, Bijan is excited to put students and parents at the forefront of the conversation. Bijan began his teaching career in his native Philadelphia. He eventually moved to San Francisco where he continued teaching high school chemistry and began coaching resident teachers. In San Francisco Bijan worked with parents to start a parent teacher organization which advocated for and won key reforms on behalf of students. After moving to Washington D.C. to work on education policy for U.S. Senator Brian Schatz, he felt the pull to return to serving students and their communities. Bijan holds a Bachelors in English Literature from Northwestern University, and a Masters in Secondary Education from the University of Pennsylvania. You might find him in his natural habitat biking around DC!Visit the Facebook page.

Email: [email protected]
Phone: (202) 386-5055

 

Quintin Floyd, CAT Specialist

Photo of Quintin Floyd Quintin is a 6th generation native Washingtonian who grew up in Ward 8. He attended The Naylor Road School, then attended St. Vincent Pallotti High School in Laurel, MD. He is currently a Ward 5 resident and father to Zola Floyd, future class of 2036. Quintin has served as an afterschool coordinator and most recently as a community outreach assistant in the Mayor’s office. He believes that all children deserve a quality education, equitable access to opportunities, and that all voices are needed to create change. Visit the Facebook page.

Email: [email protected]
Phone: (202) 805-2908

 

Sharona Robinson, Manager Community Affairs and Engagement 

Photo of Sharona RobinsonSharona is a native Washingtonian who grew up in Wards 7 and 8. She attended Martin Luther King Jr. Elementary School, Jefferson Junior High School, and Ballou High School. She is a Ward 7 resident and mother of four Ballou graduates, Class of 2015, 2019 2021, and 2022. Sharona currently serves as the PTSA President at Ballou High School and has served on a variety of education committees, including the Chancellor’s Parent Cabinet and the DC Advisory Committee on Student Assignment. She believes that all children deserve a quality education, no matter where they live. Although Sharona works with school communities across the city, her goal is to engage more families and community stakeholders, especially those who live East of the River.  Visit the Facebook page.

Email: [email protected]
Phone: (202) 423-5091