Leadership & Staff



National Office Staff

Andrew Jaime

Finance Manager

    Anourack Chinyavong

    Graphic Designer

      Austin Sowa

      Policy Associate, Office of the Founder

        Beatrice Dermer

        Senior Education Grants Specialist

          Beki San Martin

          Special Assistant, Executive Office

            Benjamin Dawson


              Caitlin Sickler

              Development Data Associate 1

                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

                                      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

                                                        Lenora Robinson

                                                        Senior Administrator Assistant, Office of the Founder

                                                          Lisa Robinson

                                                          Associate Managing Editor

                                                            Lori Washington

                                                            Foundation and Corporate Partnership Officer

                                                              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

                                                                      Policy Associate

                                                                        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

                                                                                        Director of Child Welfare Policy

                                                                                          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

                                                                                                                                    Sevly Snguon

                                                                                                                                    Policy Associate, Economic & Health Justice

                                                                                                                                      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

                                                                                                                                                  Theresa Venable

                                                                                                                                                  Langston Hughes Librarian


                                                                                                                                                    Alisha Porter

                                                                                                                                                    Finance and Operations Director

                                                                                                                                                      Bharti Wahi

                                                                                                                                                      Executive Director, CDF-MN

                                                                                                                                                        Caroline Fong

                                                                                                                                                        Youth Program Associate

                                                                                                                                                          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

                                                                                                                                                                        Hassanah Smith

                                                                                                                                                                        Youth Leadership and Advocacy Coordinator

                                                                                                                                                                          Jamila Baucom

                                                                                                                                                                          Director of Development

                                                                                                                                                                            Julia Davis

                                                                                                                                                                            Director of Youth Justice and Child Welfare

                                                                                                                                                                              Kimberley Chin

                                                                                                                                                                              Deputy Director

                                                                                                                                                                                Maria Caba

                                                                                                                                                                                Youth Leadership and Advocacy Coordinator

                                                                                                                                                                                  Melissa Clarke

                                                                                                                                                                                  Youth Justice and Child Welfare Policy Associate

                                                                                                                                                                                    Melissa Genadri

                                                                                                                                                                                    Poverty and Health Policy Associate

                                                                                                                                                                                      Naomi Post

                                                                                                                                                                                      Executive Director, CDF-NY

                                                                                                                                                                                        Olga Gonzalez

                                                                                                                                                                                        Senior Manager of Administration


                                                                                                                                                                                          Alison Paxson

                                                                                                                                                                                          Policy Fellow

                                                                                                                                                                                            Kelly Vyzral

                                                                                                                                                                                            Senior Health Policy Associate

                                                                                                                                                                                              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

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Cheasty Anderson

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Senior Policy Associate

                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Cindy Ross

                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Child Health Outreach Program Director

                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Clarissa Webb

                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Youth Programs

                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Crystal Marcial

                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Community Health Outreach Associate

                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Ernestina Guel

                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Community Health Outreach Associate

                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Graciela Camarena

                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Program Manager

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Laura Guerra-Cardus

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Deputy Director

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Mary Carreon

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Community Health Outreach Associate

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Patrick Bresette

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Executive Director, CDF-TX

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Stephanie Negrete

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Community Health Outreach Associate