Darren Woodruff, Ph.D., is the Chair of the DC Public Charter School Board. He has long been involved in education research and policy.  Currently, he is the senior director of education at the DeBruce Foundation Research Institute where he focuses on the role of schools and education in transforming underserved communities.  Prior to this, Woodruff worked as a principal research analyst at the American Institutes for Research where he focused on a wide range of educational topics including support for at-risk youth, special education and closing the achievement gap.  Before joining AIR, Woodruff was a faculty member at the Yale Child Student Center.  He also serves on the boards of other research institutions including the Walter and Theodora Daniel Education Research Fund at Howard University.