Carroll Welcomes Four New Members to Board of Directors

Board chairman Roger Fairfax shared, "These four new members bring a wealth of expertise and experience to the Carroll board, and will bolster our efforts to support and guide the school's leadership in the implementation of the strategic plan. We are blessed and fortunate to have them join the board, and we appreciate their vote of confidence in Carroll's trajectory and mission."

Jacqueline Berrien
Ms. Berrien is the former chair of the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC). In 2009, President Barack Obama nominated her to a four year term that ended in July 2014. In announcing her nomination, the President said that Berrien “has spent her entire career fighting to give voice to underrepresented communities and protect our most basic rights.” Ms. Berrien came to the EEOC from the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, where she served as Associate Director-Counsel. Prior to that, she practiced civil rights law for more than 15 years.

Rev. Mark Knestout ’82

Rev. Knestout has spent over two decades serving the Archdiocese of Washington, currently as pastor of St. Bartholomew Catholic Church and as director of the Office of Worship at the Archdiocese. After working as a lobbyist and legislative analyst on Capitol Hill for seven years he entered Theological College at The Catholic University of America and studied Philosophy in 1992. He then went on to seminary studies in Rome at the Pontifical North American College. Rev. Knestout earned two degrees while studying in Rome – one in Sacred Theology (STB) and another in Moral Theology (STL). He was ordained a priest in 1998 by His Eminence James Cardinal Hickey.

Michael Steele ’77
Mr. Steele is the former Lieutenant Governor of Maryland (2003-07) and the first African American elected to statewide office in Maryland. He was also the first African American to serve as chairman of the Republican National Committee (2009-11). While he is most well-known for accomplishments in the political arena, he has over four decades of experience in government relations, communications strategies, small business reform, and education reform. Mr. Steele has served as counsel for several prominent law and real estate firms and as CEO of his own consulting firm, the Steele Group. In addition, he has worked as a political analyst for television and radio news outlets.

Mark Tuohey, III
Mr. Tuohey is a prominent defense attorney who has spent over 40 years working in the public and private sectors, including as past president of the DC Bar (1993-94), chair of the DC Sports and Entertainment Commission (2004-07), and an assistant U.S. attorney.  Most recently, he was appointed by Mayor Muriel Bowser to serve as the first director of the Mayor’s Office of Legal Counsel (MOLC). The new office, created by the DC city council in 2014, provides legal and policy advice to the mayor, coordinates with the attorney general and trains and supervises executive branch agency general counsels.

To view the full list of members serving on our 2014-2015 Board of Directors, click here.