Ahnna Smith, Executive Director
Ahnna Smith is the Executive Director for the DC WIC. Prior to joining the WIC, she served as the Interim Deputy Mayor and Chief of Staff in the Office of the Deputy Mayor for Education. Ahnna focused on preparing every student in Washington, DC for college, career, and life by providing great schools; ensuring students can get to and from school safely every day; and providing opportunities for students to learn, grow, and thrive during and beyond the regular school day.
Ahnna has spent her entire career in education. Prior to joining the Bowser Administration, Ahnna served in the Obama Administration as the Chief of Staff for Innovation and Improvement in the U.S. Department of Education, where she provided strategic leadership in policy and operations, personnel, and external communications, for the more than 25 programs and initiatives within the office. Ahnna also served as the Executive Director of Teach For America in the Washington, DC region, where she managed the staff and operations that trained and supported more than 250 teachers in DC and Prince George’s County, Maryland.
Ahnna also worked in teacher recruitment, preparation, and development in the United States and the United Kingdom. She began her career as an elementary school teacher in Miami-Dade County Public Schools after earning a degree in government and politics, magna cum laude, from the University of Maryland, College Park.
Deputy Director’s Biography
Diane Pabich is the Deputy Director for the DC WIC, where she is responsible for directing the District’s publicly funded workforce system. Diane has been recognized for successfully managing economic and workforce development programs funded through the Workforce Development System and Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA). Prior to joining the DC WIC, Ms. Pabich served as Acting Executive Director for the state of Maryland Governor’s Workforce Investment Board.
While in Maryland, Ms. Pabich facilitated the development of the state’s industry sector strategies and secured $2.5 million dollars in funding for implementing innovative business centered initiatives. Ms. Pabich also led the re-design of Maryland’s One-Stop delivery system, moving towards a performance driven model centered on an integrated customer-centered flow of services to individual job seekers through the American Job Center. Ms. Pabich has Master’s in Public Administration from the University of Baltimore and Bachelor’s degree from Chapman University.
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Executive and Senior Staff
Joe Jaroscak, Program Manager
Joe Jaroscak is a Program Manager at the DC WIC. Prior to joining the WIC, Joe worked with the Center for Regional Economic Competitiveness (CREC), where he provided technical assistance and analysis to align programs and strategies that address state and regional workforce development needs, in accordance with the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA). While at CREC, Joe also helped to manage the Labor Market Information (LMI) Institute and the Projections Managing Partnership (PMP), two national associations dedicated to advancing the quality and use of labor market information toward informing state and local workforce investment decisions. Joe holds a Master of Community Planning degree from the University of Cincinnati and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science and Spanish from Butler University.
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Lauren Scott, Program Manager
Lauren Scott is a Program Manager at the WIC. Prior to joining the WIC, Lauren worked on employment, labor, and workforce-related matters in both the public and private sectors, including on the staff of former U.S. Senator Tom Harkin (D-IA), Chairman of the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions where she assisted in the development of policies that promote financial security for working families and the passage of groundbreaking legislation, including the Workforce Innovation and Investment Act. Lauren received her law degree from the University of Iowa College of Law and B.A. in Advertising from Iowa State University.
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Crystal Davis, Operations Specialist
Crystal Davis is the Operations Specialists with the WIC. Prior to the WIC, she was the Operations Specialist/Assistant Human Resources Advisor with the Office of the Deputy Mayor for Planning and Economic Development. With DMPED she assisted staff with human resources, solutions to operational issues within the agency, implement and updated agency policies and procedures.
Bridgette Royster, Grants Manager
Bridgette Royster is a Grants Manager at the DC WIC. She is responsible for administering, implementing, and monitoring grants issued through the WIC’s programs. Prior to joining the WIC, she served as the Grants Management Specialist with the Office of Victim Services and Justice Grants (OVSJG) and the Office of the State Superintendent of Education (OSSE). She has managed local and federal funding in excess of $1 million dollars. While at OVSJG, she served as the Juvenile Justice Specialist and developed the state’s 3-year juvenile justice plan as required by the Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention Act of 1974. At OSSE, Bridgette managed the No Child Left Behind and the American Recovery & Reinvestment Act of 2009 grants. She received her B.S. from the North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University and her M.A. from Bowie State University.