Golnar Abedin, Ph.D.
Founder/ Executive Director
Dr. Abedin is a Founder and the Executive Director at Creative Minds International PCS. She designed the CMI education plan and curriculum components, with the goal of providing DC public school students an international, inclusive, and arts-based educational opportunity.
Dr. Abedin is a graduate of the doctoral studies program in Organizational Leadership and Education Policy at the University of Maryland. The recipient of the Dean’s Scholarship, she completed her Ph.D. in May 2010. Her doctoral dissertation research was on the impact of arts-based education on student engagement in a public charter school inclusion setting, within the context of the No Child Left Behind Act and the IDEA policy frameworks. Dr. Abedin holds an M.A. in Special Education from Teachers College, Columbia University, and a B.A. in Psychology from Rutgers University.
During the last 20 years, Dr. Abedin has worked in the United States and abroad with students, teachers and school leadership teams in a variety of educational settings, as a teacher, an instructional coach, an inclusion specialist, special education director, academic researcher, and USAID consultant.
Chief Operating Officer
Craig has more than twenty years of business-leadership experience in sales, marketing, operations, and product management, as well as in entrepreneurship and consulting. His experience includes building a business from the ground up, managing budgets and finances, guiding and overseeing organizational culture, and bringing process and structure to a rapidly growing company. Before joining CMI, he was the COO of an IT consulting and staffing firm recognized on the Inc. list of 5,000 fastest-growing companies in 2013, 2014, and 2015, where he helped drive 30 percent top-line revenue growth. He began his career at General Electric and then worked in management consulting, on a project at the Defense Logistics Agency. From there he ran sales and marketing for a local software company. The world of education has always interested him, and he considers CMI the logical next step in his career.
Craig holds a BA in economics and political science from American University and an MBA from the Smith School of Business at the University of Maryland. He lives in Washington, DC, with his wife, Monica, and his two children, Mia, 5, and Liam, 3.
CMIPCS Board of Trustees
Senior Implementation Advisor
Center for Government Excellence at Johns Hopkins University
Associate Vice Provost for Academic Administration
Vice President, Policy and Public Partnerships Strategy
Teach for America
Dionne Tyus Garvin
Manager, People Advisory Services
Ernst & Young
Director of National and State Partnerships
Operations Manager/IT Coordinator
Capitol Hill Day School
Budget and Finance
US Department of State
Director of Multi Family Development
Capital City Real Estate