Leadership & Staff



National Office Staff

Andrew Jaime

Finance Manager

    Anourack Chinyavong

    Graphic Designer

      Ashley Moore

      Senior Policy Associate/Staff Attorney

        Austin Sowa

        Project Assistant, President’s Office

          Benjamin Dawson


            Bridget Cichello

            National Beat the Odds® Program Coordinator

              Chloe Levin

              Program Outreach and Engagement Associate, CDF Freedom Schools

                Crystal Rucker

                Regional Development Officer

                  David McClure

                  Director of Information Technology

                    Donneika Bullock

                    Development Donor Database Associate

                      Emily Gardner

                      Communications Director

                        Erica Fields

                        Data and Systems Manager

                          Everett Johnson

                          Donor Data Coordinator

                            Gijs deLeede

                            Chief Financial Officer

                              Janet Canada

                              Business Office Manager

                                John Robinson

                                Network Administrator

                                  Joseph Worthy

                                  National Organizer

                                    Julie Clover

                                    Director of Foundation Relations

                                      Jylise Smith

                                      Development Project Coordinator

                                        Kathleen King

                                        Deputy Director, Child Health

                                          KC Ortiz

                                          Development Database and Decision Support Manager

                                            Kia Croom

                                            Director of Strategic Partnerships

                                              Laura Trevino

                                              Accounting Manager

                                                Lisa Robinson

                                                Associate Managing Editor

                                                  Lori Washington

                                                  Foundation and Corporate Partnership Officer

                                                    Lovie Brock

                                                    Receptionist/Human Resources Assistant

                                                      Madison Sampson

                                                      Special Assistant to the Chief of Staff

                                                        Mamie Berry

                                                        Director of Administration/Human Resources

                                                          Marian Wright Edelman


                                                            Mark Publow

                                                            Chief Development Officer

                                                              MaryLee Allen

                                                              Director of Policy

                                                                Max Lesko

                                                                Chief of Staff

                                                                  Michele Smith

                                                                  Special Assistant to the President

                                                                    Mina Dixon Davis

                                                                    Legal Fellow

                                                                      Pamela Branch

                                                                      Grants and Accounting Associate

                                                                        Philippa Smithey

                                                                        National Director, CDF Freedom Schools

                                                                          Sarah Bonner


                                                                            Sean Dowdie

                                                                            Cash Manager and Senior Accountant

                                                                              Shannon Daley-Harris

                                                                              Religious Affairs Advisor

                                                                                Sheehan Whelan

                                                                                Donor Stewardship Manager

                                                                                  Stefanie Sprow

                                                                                  Deputy Director, Child Welfare and Mental

                                                                                    Tara Alexis McCoy

                                                                                    Director of Program and Training Initiatives

                                                                                      Yasmin Cespedes-Zamin

                                                                                      Beat the Odds® Program Associate

                                                                                        Yoonjung Park

                                                                                        Director of Education Research and Analysis, CDF Freedom Schools

                                                                                          Zachary Tilly

                                                                                          Policy Associate

                                                                                            Zarrar Mujaddidi

                                                                                            Facilities Manager


                                                                                              Alison Buist

                                                                                              National Director, Child Health

                                                                                                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

                                                                                                          Hanif Houston

                                                                                                          Digital Content Manager

                                                                                                            Janis Connallon

                                                                                                            Senior Health Policy Associate

                                                                                                            Linda Swank

                                                                                                            Administrative and Operations Coordinator

                                                                                                              Lorena Sanchez

                                                                                                              Senior Manager of Strategic Initiatives

                                                                                                                Patricia Soung

                                                                                                                Director of Youth Justice Policy and Senior Staff Attorney

                                                                                                                  Rosa Cabrera

                                                                                                                  Legislative and Advocacy Director

                                                                                                                    Saira Soto

                                                                                                                    Deputy Executive Director, Programs and Administration

                                                                                                                      Shimica Gaskins

                                                                                                                      Executive Director, CDF-CA

                                                                                                                        Haley Farm

                                                                                                                        Gerald Wagner

                                                                                                                        Facilities and Security Manager

                                                                                                                          Janet Wolf

                                                                                                                          Consultant on Nonviolent Organizing and Theological Education

                                                                                                                            Kenneth Libby

                                                                                                                            Business Manager

                                                                                                                              Michael Sands

                                                                                                                              Maintenance Technician

                                                                                                                                Ndume Olatushani


                                                                                                                                  Theresa Flatford

                                                                                                                                  Housekeeping Manager

                                                                                                                                    Theresa Venable

                                                                                                                                    Langston Hughes Librarian


                                                                                                                                      Alisha Porter

                                                                                                                                      Finance and Operations Director

                                                                                                                                        Bharti Wahi

                                                                                                                                        Executive Director, CDF-MN

                                                                                                                                          Jennifer Bertram

                                                                                                                                          Senior Manager of Administration

                                                                                                                                            Kristen Fabin

                                                                                                                                            Youth Development Associate

                                                                                                                                              May Losloso

                                                                                                                                              Senior Organizer

                                                                                                                                                Sarah Davis

                                                                                                                                                Sanford Middle School Afterschool Site Coordinator

                                                                                                                                                  Stephanie Hogenson

                                                                                                                                                  Outreach and Communications Director

                                                                                                                                                    Theodore Marcil

                                                                                                                                                    South High School Afterschool Site Coordinator

                                                                                                                                                      Yvonne Lerew

                                                                                                                                                      Development Director

                                                                                                                                                        New York

                                                                                                                                                        Benjamin Anderson

                                                                                                                                                        Director of Health Policy

                                                                                                                                                          Charlotte Pope

                                                                                                                                                          Juvenile Justice Policy Associate

                                                                                                                                                            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

                                                                                                                                                                    Director of Youth Justice and Child Welfare

                                                                                                                                                                      Naomi Post

                                                                                                                                                                      Executive Director, CDF-NY

                                                                                                                                                                        Olga Gonzalez

                                                                                                                                                                        Senior Manager of Administration


                                                                                                                                                                          Ashon McKenzie

                                                                                                                                                                          Policy Director

                                                                                                                                                                            Jessica Haywood

                                                                                                                                                                            Program Coordinator, Beat the Odds® and Freedom Schools

                                                                                                                                                                              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 Directo

                                                                                                                                                                                              Rubystine Bridges

                                                                                                                                                                                              Senior Administrative Assistant

                                                                                                                                                                                                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

                                                                                                                                                                                                        Health Policy Associate

                                                                                                                                                                                                          Cindy Ross

                                                                                                                                                                                                          Community Health Program Coordinator

                                                                                                                                                                                                            Clarissa Webb

                                                                                                                                                                                                            Youth Programs

                                                                                                                                                                                                              Crystal Marcial

                                                                                                                                                                                                              Community Health Outreach Associate

                                                                                                                                                                                                                Graciela Camarena

                                                                                                                                                                                                                Program Manager

                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Joanna Bennett

                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Community Health Outreach Associate

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Laura Guerra-Cardus

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Deputy Director

                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Mary Carreon

                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Community Health Outreach Associate

                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Michelle Castillo

                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Youth Civic Education and Engagement Coordinator

                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Patrick Bresette

                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Executive Director, CDF-TX

                                                                                                                                                                                                                            WyKisha Thomas-McKinney

                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Program Director