Meet the Team

The nerds behind Little Academy.

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Jennifer Dally,
Director of Communications
& Editor-in-Chief of The Lesson Plan

Jenny Dally is a Feminist Art History expert, museum enthusiast and creative strategist.

She works at The Phillips Collection and at the Smithsonian American Art Museum.

You can find her at @jennydally and in your inbox every week when you subscribe to The Lesson Plan, our Little newsletter that will instantly make you smarter.



Grace Ann Roberts,

Grace Ann works for the Folger Shakespeare Library.
She also runs the show each night at Little Academy, which is just as dramatic.

You can find her at @graceannroberts and front row at local theater across the city.



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Nick Gripp,
Bartender & Registrar

Nick is a craft cocktail creator and bar manager at Himitsu, one of DC’s best new restaurants.

Nick creates the cocktail menus that accompany each Little Academy class, including the crafted recipe that goes home with each student at the end of the night.


Empowerment Coach and Professor Kim Pendleton


Kim Pendleton,
Vice Principal & Co-Creator  

Kim is a Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies Professor as well as a coach who specializes in empowering women.

She has a PhD from George Washington University, a MA from Yale, a BA from Georgetown, and a certificate in magic from Hogwarts.

You can find her at
and at @kim.pendleton


Chris Maier,
Superintendent & Co-Creator

Chris Maier is the founder of the Little brand family, which includes Made By Little, Little Salon, Little Academy, and Summerhouse. He is always on the hunt for the next inspiring thing, in DC and beyond.


Want to join us?
We are always looking for volunteers.