Amoretta Morris is the Director of Student Attendance for the District of Columbia Public Schools. She provides leadership to a continuum of activities ranging from truancy intervention and dropout prevention to supports for homeless students. Previously, she served as a youth and education policy adviser in the Executive Office of the Mayor in the Anthony Williams and Adrian Fenty administrations. She joined local government after serving as the founding director and lead organizer for the Justice 4 DC Youth! Coalition, an advocacy group that mobilized youth and adults to promote juvenile justice reform.
She joined Third Wave’s board to give back to an organization that has given so much to her. In 2001, she was honored to be a ROAMS (Reaching Out Across Movements) Tour participant. Spending two weeks traveling around the Southwest in a not-so-big van with oh-so-fabulous young feminists broadened her perspective of social justice work, forced her to explore her assumptions about what “qualified” as radical politics and allowed her to forge connections with fellow women she remains inspired by today.
In addition to her work with Third Wave, she is privileged to have served on the boards of the Youth Education Alliance and Helping Individual Prostitutes Survive. She has consulted for philanthropic, community-based and municipal organizations in the areas of strategic planning, organizational development, performance measurement and policy research.
When she was growing up, her career aspiration was to be the lead-singer and keyboardist in an all-girl band. She was planning to balance this role with her duties as an Olympic gymnast. Though she fell just short of realizing her aspirations, she thinks the work she is doing now is pretty cool, too. When she’s not working, Ms. Morris enjoys traveling, writing and local performance art. She graduated from Washington University in St. Louis, MO with a degree in Economics and African Studies. And, she received her Master in Public Policy from the Harvard University John F. Kennedy School of Government.