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Emily Lawson is the Founder, Outgoing CEO and a Board Member of DC Prep. Since 2002, she has led the growth of DC Prep from a single middle school to the highest-performing charter network in the nation's capital. DC Prep enrolls 1,100 Preschool - 8th grade students at three campuses and plans growth to ten campuses in the city's most underserved areas. Emily's work at DC Prep has been featured in The Washington Post and The Economist as well as on the NewsHour with Jim Lehrer, and has attracted the support of major national foundations focused on public education reform. Based on the 2012 DC-CAS, DC Prep's Edgewood Middle Campus is the highest-performing charter middle school in the city, and DC Prep's Edgewood Elementary Campus is the highest-performing public elementary school east of Rock Creek Park. Before launching DC Prep, Emily was the Vice President of Operations for Victory Schools and a member of the start-up team at the Academy of the Pacific Rim in Boston. Her business career includes three years at The Boston Consulting Group and two years at the New York private equity firm, New Mountain Capital. Emily holds an MBA with Distinction from Harvard Business School and an MPA, with a focus on education, from Harvard's John F. Kennedy School of Government. She is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of the University of North Carolina where she was a Morehead Scholar. In May 2007, she completed the Broad Center's Associate Residency in Urban Education.