Bibi Yasmin Katsev, Executive Director
Bibi Yasmin Katsev is the Executive Director of the District Charter Alliance (DCA), an organization dedicated to district-charter partnerships, student-centric education reforms and collaborative work focusing on improving student outcomes across Texas. During her time with DCA, Bibi has helped support the launch of DCA, the growth of partnerships across the state and assisted in passing legislation for partnerships and school finance reforms. Bibi is also on the board of a subchapter C charter school and non-profit School Innovation Collaborative.
Prior to joining the DCA, Bibi worked with the Texas Education Agency and the Division of Systems Support and Innovation, developing their System of Great Schools program, the SB 1882 (District Charter Partnerships) Rulemaking, and developed and published the Transformation Zone Grant and School Redesign Grant. She was also the previous Education and Policy Advisor to Texas Senator Donna Campbell, where she helped propose legislation that impacted online education for military dependents, charter schools facilities funding, Pre-K education, foreign languages in elementary schools and the refinement in charter schools application process.
During her education studies, Bibi assisted Texans for Education Reform, a non-profit organization of education and business leaders committed to improving public schools in Texas and worked for Governor Rick Perry in his legislative office. She also interned for the Miami Dade County Public Schools Superintendent’s office of Alberto Carvalho, where she gained interest in politics concerning K-12 education.
Bibi holds a master’s degree from the University of Texas at Austin in Education Policy and Administration, as well as a bachelor’s degree in political science and history from the University of Miami (FL). Bibi resides in DFW with her husband, Roman, her two sons, Ezra and Joel, and their French bulldog, Austin. Fun fact: Bibi speaks multiple languages and loves to bake birthday cakes, cycle, and travel.
Tracy D. Young, Principal, TDY Partners
Tracy Young has combined her unique communications skills, creative vision, and policy background to plan and implement successful public policy and issue efforts for more than twenty years. Through TDY Partners, she has focused on a variety of education issues with an emphasis on matters before the Texas and Florida Legislatures, including district-charter partnerships, innovation in education, workforce-connected academies, charter schools, school finance reform, strong accountability, parent engagement and community involvement. Since 2019, Tracy has led communications efforts for the Texas District Charter Alliance.
Before the start of TDY Partners, Tracy joined the George W. Bush Institute in Dallas, Texas in 2014, as the Director of Education Reform. She also served as senior advisor for the Laura Bush Foundation for America’s Libraries, a restricted fund at the George W. Bush Presidential Center, providing grants to school libraries across the U.S. Before joining the Bush Institute, she served as the Vice President of Public & Government Affairs at the Texas Charter Schools Association in Austin, Texas. Prior to her non-profit work, Tracy served as Director of Communications for Texas House Speaker Joe Straus. She also served eight years in the George W. Bush Administration at the White House as associate director of communications, deputy assistant secretary for communications and outreach at the U.S. Department of Education, and deputy regional representative for the U.S. Secretary of Education. Before the start of her public service, Tracy worked with the NRCC in media outreach on behalf of congressional candidates across the country. At the start of her career, Tracy worked in the non-profit sector with college students, university, and community leaders to increase awareness of and participation in volunteer service. A native Texan, Tracy proudly graduated from Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge, LA.
When she is not working as a consultant on issues she cares deeply about, Tracy volunteers as a CASA supporting children in foster care, serves on the Circle of Friends board for New Friends New Life, an anti-human trafficking support organization, supports the work of A21, and serves with The Policy Circle in Texas to help inform, inspire, and develop civic leaders.
Christi Martin, Principal Consultant, Martin Policy
Christi Martin is an attorney with expertise in local and state education agency innovations enabling disadvantaged students to access to highly effective educators and schools. Her leadership roles in legislative, state education, and philanthropic organizations over the course of twenty-five years have enabled a nuanced approach to legal strategy development at the edges of system improvement in public education.
Ms. Martin’s career includes service as senior advisor to the Texas Commissioner of Education at the Texas Education Agency, Deputy Director for Policy Development for the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, and founding executive director of Texas’ first association of charter schools. She currently advises state and national foundations and stakeholder organizations regarding opportunities to dramatically improve student achievement via district portfolio management structures, alternative education delivery platforms, district/charter partnerships, strategic compensation, focused governance, and better data-sharing practices.
Ms. Martin holds a law degree from the University of Texas School of Law, as well as M.A. and B.A. degrees in political science from the University of Houston.