Saba Bireda, Board Secretary

Saba Bireda is an attorney at Sanford Heisler Sharp, LLP, a national civil rights law firm. She also serves as a member of the District of Columbia Public Charter School Board.

From 2013-2016, Ms. Bireda served as a member of the senior political staff at the U.S Department of Education. She worked as a senior counsel in both the Office for Civil Rights and the Office of the General Counsel. Ms. Bireda has also served as policy and legal advisor for EducationCounsel LLC providing strategic advice and legal analysis to clients at state education agencies, state-level entities, and nationally- and federally-focused organizations. Ms. Bireda also served as deputy director of the Poverty & Race Research Action Council where she provided management and strategic planning with a focus on education policy, analyzed and provided commentary on proposed legislation and regulations, and provided technical assistance to education advocates working on issues of educational equity. Ms. Bireda also worked for the Center for American Progress as an Education Policy Analyst where she researched and wrote issues briefs and reports on education policy topics including school improvement strategies, fiscal equity, and federal education law. Following law school, Ms. Bireda participated in a public service fellowship, in Philadelphia, where she worked as a staff attorney for the Education Law Center and as a litigation associate for an international law firm. Ms. Bireda began her career in education as a teacher at Sousa Middle School in Washington, DC. Ms. Bireda earned her Juris Doctor from Harvard Law School. During law school, she served as an executive articles editor for the Harvard Civil Rights-Civil Liberties Law Review, teaching assistant to Professor Lani Guinier, and as a student attorney for the Trauma and Learning Policy Initiative. Ms. Bireda earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in English and Political Science from Stanford University.