A longtime resident, Lou Steadwell moved to the District of Columbia from Cambridge, Massachusetts in 1978 where he was Director of Site Operations for a national study of childcare and children’s service. Lou grew up in New Haven, CT, the eldest of four children in a host Foster family. As a graduate student in City Planning and Urban Design at the University of California at Berkeley, Lou pursued an interest in child welfare and family issues.
Since moving to Washington, Lou has raised 3 daughters and a nephew in the public school system. As a school reform activist, he served two terms as president of the Woodrow Wilson High School PTA and school restructuring committee. As a volunteer, he sat on the boards of Adoptions Together, Capital City Charter School, and Meridian Public Charter School, where he was founding director.