Patience B. Peabody, Vice Chair, is the Managing Director of Communications at the Flamboyan Foundation, where she oversees brand strategy, marketing, media relations, and leadership visibility efforts. She served as the Director of Communications and Community Engagement at D.C.’s $1.2 billion state education agency, the Office of the State Superintendent of Education (OSSE). She led OSSE’s communications, brand, digital media, internal communications, crisis communications, and co-led the agency’s internal culture change efforts. Prior to joining OSSE, Patience was vice president of communications and creative at the national poverty-alleviation organization, LIFT. Patience has held roles at The Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids, Share Our Strength, and the Advisory Board Company. A native Washingtonian, Patience supports several local and national charities and is committed to making communities stronger and closing the opportunity gap. She holds an Executive Master of Global Strategic Communication from Georgetown University and a Bachelor of Science in Marketing from Hampton University.