At-Large Council candidate Sekou Biddle was born and raised in Columbia Heights. Sekou knows from his work to improve public education that we can, and must, do better as a government to serve our residents. Sekou believes the District of Columbia can only reach its full potential when our leaders are as honest, competent and hard working as our citizens.
Sekou has over 18 years of experience in urban public education reform and is a former State Board of Education member representing wards 3 and 4. As Executive Director for Jumpstart for Young Children, he partnered with trained adults in year- long relationships with preschool aged children to prepare them for success in school and was elected to Board of Education in the Spring of 2007.
He previously served as the Director of Community Outreach for KIPP DC, which operates three middle schools in the District of Columbia. Prior to this he trained, and supported first and second year teachers as a program director with Teach for America, the national teacher corps. Sekou has hands on experience in the classroom working as a teacher in New York City, Atlanta, and Washington, DC. While in the Atlanta Public School System, he provided science professional development for elementary school teachers through the Elementary Science Education Partnership (ESEP) sponsored by the National Science Foundation.
Sekou is a DC native and a graduate of DC Public Schools. He attended Stevens and Eaton E.S., Alice Deal J.H.S., and Woodrow Wilson S.H.S. Sekou has a B.A. in Business from Morehouse College and a Master’s in Early Childhood Education from Georgia State University with a focus on urban education. He also completed advanced studies in education policy at Georgia State University.
Sekou and his wife Cara, a pediatrician at Children’s National Medical Center, live in the Shepherd Park community with their two sons.