Leadership & Staff



National Office Staff

Andrew Jaime

Finance Manager

    Anourack Chinyavong

    Graphic Designer

      Austin Sowa

      Policy Associate, Office of the Founder

        Beki San Martin

        Special Assistant, Executive Office

          Benjamin Dawson


            Ciara Mackey-Hall

            Program and Outreach Manager, CDF Freedom Schools®

              Crystal Rucker

              Regional Development Director

                David McClure

                Director of Information Technology

                  Donneika Bullock

                  Development Donor Database Associate


                    Emily Gardner

                    Communications Director

                      Erica Fields

                      Data and Systems Manager, CDF Freedom Schools®

                        Farai Sikipa

                        Development Digital Marketing Director

                          Gijs deLeede

                          Chief Financial Officer

                            Janet Canada

                            Business Office Manager, CDF Freedom Schools®

                              Jennifer Gaillard

                              Development Marketing Director

                                John Robinson

                                Network Administrator

                                  Joseph Worthy

                                  National Organizer

                                    Joshua Stewart

                                    Communications Associate

                                      Joy Masha

                                      DC Freedom Schools Instructions and Administrative Supervisor CDF Freedom Schools®

                                        Julie Clover

                                        Director of Foundation Relations

                                          Jylise Smith

                                          Development Project Coordinator

                                            Kathleen King

                                            Kathleen King

                                            Interim Policy Director

                                              KC Ortiz

                                              Development Database and Decision Support Manager

                                                Kia Croom

                                                Director of Strategic Partnerships

                                                  Kindra Nicol

                                                  Program Outreach and Engagement Associate, CDF Freedom Schools®

                                                    Laura Trevino

                                                    Accounting Manager

                                                      Lisa Robinson

                                                      Associate Managing Editor

                                                        Lori Washington

                                                        Foundation and Corporate Partnership Officer

                                                          Lovie Brock

                                                          Receptionist/Human Resources Assistant

                                                            Mamie Berry

                                                            Director of Administration/Human Resources

                                                              Marian Wright Edelman

                                                              Founder and President Emerita

                                                                Mark Publow

                                                                Chief Development Officer

                                                                  Max Lesko

                                                                  National Executive Director

                                                                    Mina Dixon Davis

                                                                    Legal Fellow

                                                                      Pamela Branch

                                                                      Grants and Accounting Associate

                                                                        PeLar Bennett-Pryor

                                                                        Benefits Administrator

                                                                          Philippa Smithey

                                                                          National Director, CDF Freedom Schools

                                                                            Rev. Shannon Daley-Harris

                                                                            Religious Affairs Advisor

                                                                              Sarah Bonner


                                                                                Sean Dowdie

                                                                                Cash Manager and Senior Accountant

                                                                                  Sheehan Whelan

                                                                                  Donor Stewardship Manager

                                                                                    Sierra Campbell

                                                                                    Special Assistant

                                                                                      Stefanie Sprow

                                                                                      Deputy Director, Child Welfare and Mental Health

                                                                                        Steven Olender

                                                                                        Steven Olender

                                                                                        Senior Policy Associate, Child Welfare and Mental Health

                                                                                          Tara Alexis McCoy

                                                                                          Director of Program and Training Initiatives, CDF Freedom Schools®

                                                                                            Tara Barr

                                                                                            Salesforce Database Manager

                                                                                              Teri Hatch

                                                                                              Digital Communications Manager

                                                                                                Yasmin Cespedes-Zaman

                                                                                                Beat the Odds® Program Associate/21CCLC Administrative Clerk

                                                                                                  Yoonjung Park

                                                                                                  Director of Education Research and Analysis, CDF Freedom Schools®

                                                                                                    Zachary Tilly

                                                                                                    Policy Associate

                                                                                                      Zarrar Mujaddidi

                                                                                                      Facilities Manager


                                                                                                        Ali Forman

                                                                                                        Senior Development Manager

                                                                                                          Angelica Salazar

                                                                                                          Director of Education Equity

                                                                                                            Betty Fang

                                                                                                            Policy Associate, Education and Justice

                                                                                                              Cadonna Dory

                                                                                                              Director of Communications

                                                                                                                Danielle Lafayette

                                                                                                                Senior Community/Political Organizer

                                                                                                                  Dominique Nong

                                                                                                                  Senior Policy Associate

                                                                                                                    Janis Connallon

                                                                                                                    Senior Health Policy Associate

                                                                                                                      Kruti Parekh

                                                                                                                      Probation Coalition Coordinator

                                                                                                                        Linda Swank

                                                                                                                        Administrative and Operations Coordinator

                                                                                                                          Lorena Sanchez

                                                                                                                          Senior Manager of Strategic Initiatives

                                                                                                                            Meghan Best

                                                                                                                            Assistant Staff Attorney/Policy Associate

                                                                                                                              Patricia Soung

                                                                                                                              Director of Youth Justice Policy and Senior Staff Attorney

                                                                                                                                Saira Soto

                                                                                                                                Deputy Executive Director, Programs and Administration

                                                                                                                                  Shimica Gaskins

                                                                                                                                  Executive Director, CDF-CA

                                                                                                                                    Haley Farm

                                                                                                                                    Dr. Janet Wolf

                                                                                                                                    Director of Public Theology and Nonviolent Organizing

                                                                                                                                    Children’s Defense Fund

                                                                                                                                      Gerald Wagner

                                                                                                                                      Facilities and Security Manager

                                                                                                                                        Kenneth Libby

                                                                                                                                        Business Manager

                                                                                                                                          Melanie Crowley


                                                                                                                                            Michael Sands

                                                                                                                                            Maintenance Technician

                                                                                                                                              Ndume Olatushani


                                                                                                                                                Theresa Venable

                                                                                                                                                Langston Hughes Librarian


                                                                                                                                                  Alisha Porter

                                                                                                                                                  Finance and Operations Director

                                                                                                                                                    Bharti Wahi

                                                                                                                                                    Executive Director, CDF-MN

                                                                                                                                                      Caroline Fong

                                                                                                                                                      Youth Program Associate

                                                                                                                                                        Eric Armacanqui

                                                                                                                                                        Policy and Legislative Affairs Director

                                                                                                                                                          Jennifer Bertram

                                                                                                                                                          KIDS COUNT Coordinator

                                                                                                                                                            May Losloso

                                                                                                                                                            Senior Organizer

                                                                                                                                                              Nicole Hernandez

                                                                                                                                                              Youth Development Director

                                                                                                                                                                Sarah Davis

                                                                                                                                                                Sanford Middle School Afterschool Site Coordinator

                                                                                                                                                                  Yvonne Lerew

                                                                                                                                                                  Development Director

                                                                                                                                                                    New York

                                                                                                                                                                    Benjamin Anderson

                                                                                                                                                                    Director of Health Policy

                                                                                                                                                                      Charlotte Pope

                                                                                                                                                                      Education Justice Policy Manager

                                                                                                                                                                        Jamila Baucom

                                                                                                                                                                        Director of Development

                                                                                                                                                                          Julia Davis

                                                                                                                                                                          Director of Youth Justice and Child Welfare

                                                                                                                                                                            Kimberley Chin

                                                                                                                                                                            Deputy Director

                                                                                                                                                                              Korla Roberts

                                                                                                                                                                              Youth Leadership and Advocacy Manager

                                                                                                                                                                                Maria Caba

                                                                                                                                                                                Youth Leadership and Advocacy Coordinator

                                                                                                                                                                                  Naomi Post

                                                                                                                                                                                  Executive Director, CDF-NY

                                                                                                                                                                                    Olga Gonzalez

                                                                                                                                                                                    Senior Manager of Administration


                                                                                                                                                                                      Alison Paxson

                                                                                                                                                                                      Policy Fellow

                                                                                                                                                                                        Ashon McKenzie

                                                                                                                                                                                        Policy Director

                                                                                                                                                                                          Nicole Thomas

                                                                                                                                                                                          Project Manager, Research and Data

                                                                                                                                                                                            Pamela Kreber

                                                                                                                                                                                            Associate Director of Operations & Fundraising

                                                                                                                                                                                              Tracy Nájera

                                                                                                                                                                                              Executive Director, CDF-OH

                                                                                                                                                                                                Southern Regional

                                                                                                                                                                                                Amanda Furdge

                                                                                                                                                                                                Young Women’s Leadership Director/Social Media DB Manager

                                                                                                                                                                                                  Gloria Shields

                                                                                                                                                                                                  SRO Program Associate/ Benefits Bank Coordinator

                                                                                                                                                                                                    Mary Cook

                                                                                                                                                                                                    Cleaning Staff

                                                                                                                                                                                                      Mary Fennell

                                                                                                                                                                                                      Senior Program Operations Associate

                                                                                                                                                                                                        Oleta Garrett Fitzgerald

                                                                                                                                                                                                        Southern Regional Director

                                                                                                                                                                                                          Rubystine Bridges

                                                                                                                                                                                                          Program Development Associate, CDF Freedom Schools®

                                                                                                                                                                                                            Shaquite Pegues

                                                                                                                                                                                                            Director of Ella Baker Leadership Development

                                                                                                                                                                                                              Shirlett Stapleton

                                                                                                                                                                                                              Administrative & Grants Management Officer

                                                                                                                                                                                                                Verlillian Williams

                                                                                                                                                                                                                Gateway to Kindergarten Readiness Project Director


                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Cecilia Joseph

                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Director of Operations

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Cheasty Anderson

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Senior Policy Associate

                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Cindy Ross

                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Community Health Program Coordinator

                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Clarissa Webb

                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Youth Programs

                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Crystal Marcial

                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Community Health Outreach Associate

                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Graciela Camarena

                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Program Manager

                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Jo DePrang

                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Policy Research Associate

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Laura Guerra-Cardus

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Deputy Director

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Mary Carreon

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Community Health Outreach Associate

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Patrick Bresette

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Executive Director, CDF-TX