Dawn Vermilya, Director

Dawn Vermilya received a B.S. in Engineering from Cornell University and an M.B.A. from Wharton Business School. Dawn worked for the World Bank, including its China office, where she traveled extensively throughout the Chinese countryside visiting villages with architecture reminiscent of the China Folk House Retreat. In 2002, she and her husband Jinyong Cai established Daystar Academy – a bilingual school in Beijing – which she directed until 2010. She currently serves as a board member. After 17 years in Beijing, Dawn and Jinyong moved to DC along with their three daughters who attended Sidwell ’14, ’16, ’18.