Team

Vanessa Bertelli

Vanessa Bertelli

Executive Director and co-founder

Under Vanessa’s leadership, DC Immersion built a network of local and national influencers and experts, and shifted the paradigm around bilingual education in DC through targeted research, advocacy and leveraging existing best practices from other states. Prior to that, Vanessa advised private sector companies, not-for-profits and inter-governmental organizations on strategy, mergers and acquisitions, and business development. She holds a law degree from Université de Lausanne, a masters of laws from University College London and a master in business administration from INSEAD. She is quoted regularly in publications such as The Washington Post and The Atlantic. vanessa@dcimmersion.org

Linsey Silver

Linsey Silver

Director of Teaching and Learning

Linsey has over 15 years of experience working on collaborative problem solving using quantitative and qualitative research and making it accessible through visual communication tools. She worked on major product launches for many national and local non-profits in the areas of health, early childhood development, education and global affairs, including the InterAmerican Development Bank and the U.S. National Park Service. Linsey has designed and led the implementation of DC Immersion’s communications strategy and education and outreach campaigns. She holds a degree in Communications, Legal Institutions, Economics and Government from American University and a Master of Fine Arts from the California College of the Arts. She has been a faculty member at American University and is an award winning graphic designer and multilingual publications expert. linsey@dcimmersion.org

Johanna Barrantes

Johanna Barrantes

Commuity Outreach Strategist

Johanna is an education professional with eight years of experience inside and outside the classroom. She will be supporting our efforts to engage and empower families and community organizations in the District to promote access to more bilingual programs in our schools. Johanna grew up bilingually and understands the benefits it can bring, both academically and in the workforce. Johanna is currently learning French. johanna@dcimmersion.org
Renee Metellus

Renee Metellus

Research Assisstant

Renee is an M.Ed student at American University with a focus on Education Policy and Leadership. She holds a B.A. in French Studies and Political Science from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Renee loves to travel and is passionate about working to allow youth from all cultural backgrounds the opportunity to explore and interact with all that the world has to offer. She has studied and taught English in France, and has served as a tutor and mentor in Chicago. Renee is proficient in French and has limited proficiency in Haitian Creole. renee@dcimmersion.org
Nick Huang

Nick Huang

Volunteer Research Associate

Nick is working on quantifying the benefits of dual language programs and multilingualism in the DC context. When not volunteering at DC Immersion, Nick is a graduate student at the University of Maryland, working on his PhD in linguistics. Before starting his PhD, he worked in consulting and business development. He is also fluent in Mandarin Chinese and knows some Malay/Indonesian. nick@dcimmersion.org

Joshua Myers

Joshua Myers

Communications and Development Intern

Joshua is an undergraduate student at Georgetown University majoring in Linguistics and minoring in Classical Languages and French. Previously, he spent two summers working at City Hall in Hoboken, NJ as an assistant to the Director of Communications. Outside of DC Immersion, Joshua volunteers as a research assistant in Georgetown’s Linguistics department. joshua@dcimmersion.org

Daiyang Zhang

Daiyang Zhang

Communications and Development Intern

Daiyang graduated from Georgetown University in 2019 with a M.A in Communication, Culture and Technology, focusing on East Asian Studies. She holds a B.A in International Economics and Trade from Fudan University, Shanghai. Prior to her internship in DC Immersion, she worked as reporter and assistant to director in several Chinese news agencies. Daiyang is a native Chinese speaker and has intermediary proficiency in Japanese. daiyang@dcimmersion.org
 Saloni Sabatino

Saloni Sabatino

Communications and Outreach Intern

Saloni is an undergraduate student at American University double majoring in International Relations and Economics with a minor in French and Statistics. Over the summer she lived/worked in Brussels working as a statistician along with writing bilateral trade agreements between China and the EU. Outside of DC Immersion, Saloni is on the running team and is involved in the G20 summit.  saloni@dcimmersion.org 

Multilingual Ambassadors Program

Diego Bolaños

Diego Bolaños

Intern

Hola soy Diego Bolaños, soy del El Salvador, estudio en la escuela Roosevelt high school estoy en el grado 12th, mi meta es ser un electricistas ingeniero.En los deportes no soy muy bueno pero me interesa mucho el boxeo y artes Marciales , también estoy interesado en aprender muy bien el inglés y japonés.

Hello my name is Diego Bolaños, I’m from El Salvador. I’m studying at Roosevelt High School, I’m on the 12th grade. One of my goals is to become an electric engineer. I m not good at sports but I’m interested in boxing, and also I’m interested to learn English and Japanese.

Raul Edenilson Rosales Rivas

Raul Edenilson Rosales Rivas

Intern

Hello my name is Raul Edenilson Rosales Rivas tengo 18 años soy originario de El Salvador pero vivo en los Estados Unidos distrito de Columbia tengo casi 4 años viviendo en la usa. Soy un estudiante de la escuela Roosevelt es mi último año por lo cual quiero prepararme para alguna carrera ya sea como médico forense o ya sea como un ingeniero electricista  me gusta mucho el baseball hablo dos idiomas y me gustaría aprender francés estoy muy emocionado por mi futuro y quiero hacer lo mejor para ello.

Hello my name is Raul Edenilson Rosales Rivas. I am 18 years old. I am originally from El Salvador but I live in the District of Columbia, United States. I have lived for almost 4 years in the USA. I am a student at Roosevelt school, it is my last year, so I want to prepare for a career either as a forensic scientist or as an electrical engineer. I really like baseball. I speak two languages and I would like to learn French. I am very excited for my future and I want to do my best for it.

Rony Chavarria-Rodriguez

Rony Chavarria-Rodriguez

Intern

Hi my name is Rony. I’m from El Salvador. I am a senior of Roosevelt High School. I’ve been in the US for 4 years and I’m still learning English. I enjoy wrestling and would like to practice more. I like to help other students that do not know much English. I am still trying to figure out what job I want to have in the future and look forward to learning more about career where multilingualism is key.

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