The SEED School of Washington, D.C.





4300 C Street, S.E. Washington, DC 20019


Head of School | Dr. Adrian Manuel

Dr. Adrian Manuel is the head of school. He joined SEED in July 2014 and brings a collaborative, student-centered approach with a focus on technology and a proven ability to dramatically improve school achievement. Dr. Adrian Manuel has been an educator for over 14 years, starting as a middle school social studies teacher in the Bronx. He served as principal at ACCION Academy Middle School, where he implemented a technology-enriched curriculum, and at Kingston High School in Kingston, New York. An alumnus of the New York City Teaching Fellows program and the New York City Leadership Academy, Dr. Manuel holds a bachelor’s degree in history from New York University, a master’s in secondary education from Lehman College, a master’s in educational administration from Baruch College, and a doctorate in education from the University of Pennsylvania.


Desa J. Sealy | U.S. General Administration

Kenneth Slaughter | Venable, LLP

David Steinberg | SnappCloud

Raj Vinnakota | SEED Co-Founder, The Aspen Institute

Joseph L. Wright | Children's National Medical Center

Donald Brown | Trustee Emeritus, JBG Companies

Marc E. Miller | Trustee Emeritus, McLeod, Watkinson & Miller


Dennis Chestnut | Parent Trustee, Groundwork Anacostia River

Brooke Coburn | The Carlyle Group

Vasco Fernandes | Chairman of the Board, The Avascent Group

Huck O’Connor | Multiplier Capital

Marina Ottaway | Woodrow Wilson Center

Lesley Poole | CEO, The SEED Foundation

Tasha Poulson | Parent Trustee, Insurance Solutions Associates, Inc.

Core Values

Our core values drive everything we do--from our instructional practices to our school culture to the systems and processes we put in place each day: