EmpowerK12 has been serving the DC educational community since 2013. Our clients include charter schools and local educational nonprofits, and we specialize in data analytics, building school data infrastructure, and supporting the improvement of organizational data capacity and usage to drive improvement.


Josh Boots, Founder and Executive Director

Josh is the Founder and Executive Director of EmpowerK12. Prior to starting EmpowerK12, Josh served in a variety of education roles in DC over the last 16 years, including teaching 7th grade math in a DC Public School, leading the KIPP DC data team as their first Data Director, and contributing as a member of OSSE’s Assessment & Accountability team.

Josh is recognized as a leader in DC assessment and data analytics. He serves on multiple school accountability system task forces, leads the EdFuel Data Professional Learning Community, and is appointed to the DC State Board of Education ESSA Taskforce. He consults for multiple charter LEAs on their integrated data systems, strategic data-driven plans, and coaches school and data leaders. Josh has also consulted with MySchoolDC, the District’s common lottery system, during it’s first implementation year, running and auditing the lottery matching algorithm. 

In his free-time, Josh nerds out over astrophysics, is frequently found at Nationals Park and Audi Field, and planning his trip into low-Earth orbit. 

Noah Katzman, Data Analyst

Noah is a Data Analyst at EmpowerK12 on the school support services team. He is a recent graduate of American University  where he studied Business Administration and Psychology. Before joining EmpowerK12, Noah worked as a data intern with FOCUS DC where he was placed at Lee Montessori Public Charter School. Additionally, he worked as a teaching assistant in the American University Department of Information Technology. 

Noah is a Philadelphia sports fan who enjoys electronic music, lighting design and video games in his free time.


Rachel Wandell, Board President

Samantha Steverman, Vice President and Secretary


Capital City PCS  (DC, since 2017) 

Center City PCS  (DC, since 2014) 

DC Scholars PCS  (DC, since 2018) 

Eagle Academy PCS  (DC, since 2014) 

EdFuel  (DC and Detroit, since 2015) 

Friends of Choice in Urban Schools  (DC, since 2014) 

IDEA High PCS (DC, since 2018)

LEARN Charter Schools  (Chicago, since 2018) 

LAYC Career Academy PCS  (DC, since 2018) 

Maya Angelou PCS  (DC, since 2016) 

Monument Academy  (DC, since 2018) 

Somerset Prep PCS  (DC, since 2017) 

Washington Yu Ying PCS  (DC, since 2016)