Leadership & Staff



National 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

                          Emma Mehrabi

                          Director of Poverty Policy

                            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®

                                    Jeanne Middleton Hairston

                                    Interim National Director, 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

                                                            Lisa Robinson

                                                            Associate Managing Editor

                                                              Lori Washington

                                                              Foundation and Corporate Partnership Officer

                                                                Mamie Berry

                                                                Director of Administration/Human Resources

                                                                  Mark Publow

                                                                  Chief Development Officer

                                                                    Mary Fennell

                                                                    Senior Program Operations Associate

                                                                      Max Lesko

                                                                      National Executive Director

                                                                        Mina Dixon Davis

                                                                        Policy Associate

                                                                          Pamela Branch

                                                                          Grants and Accounting Associate

                                                                            PeLar Bennett-Pryor

                                                                            Benefits Administrator

                                                                              Rubystine Bridges

                                                                              Program Development Associate, CDF Freedom Schools®

                                                                                Sarah Bonner


                                                                                  Sean Dowdie

                                                                                  Cash Manager and Senior Accountant

                                                                                    Shaquite Pegues

                                                                                    Director of Ella Baker Leadership Development

                                                                                      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

                                                                                                    DC Beat the Odds® Program Coordinator

                                                                                                      Yoonjung Park

                                                                                                      Director of Education Research and Analysis, CDF Freedom Schools®

                                                                                                        Zachary Tilly

                                                                                                        Policy Associate

                                                                                                          Zarrar Mujaddidi

                                                                                                          Facilities Manager

                                                                                                            Office of the Founder

                                                                                                            Dr. Janet Wolf

                                                                                                            Director of Public Theology and Nonviolent Organizing

                                                                                                            Children’s Defense Fund

                                                                                                              Lenora Robinson

                                                                                                              Senior Administrator Assistant, Office of the Founder

                                                                                                                Marian Wright Edelman

                                                                                                                Founder and President Emerita

                                                                                                                  Rev. Shannon Daley-Harris

                                                                                                                  Religious Affairs Advisor


                                                                                                                    Ali Forman

                                                                                                                    Senior Development Manager

                                                                                                                      Angelica Salazar

                                                                                                                      Director of Education Equity

                                                                                                                        Betty Fang

                                                                                                                        Policy Associate, Education and Justice

                                                                                                                          Cadonna Dory

                                                                                                                          Director of Communications

                                                                                                                            Dominique Nong

                                                                                                                            Senior Policy Associate

                                                                                                                              Janis Connallon

                                                                                                                              Senior Health Policy Associate

                                                                                                                                Janis Lambert Connallon

                                                                                                                                Senior Policy Associate

                                                                                                                                  Kruti Parekh

                                                                                                                                  Probation Coalition Coordinator

                                                                                                                                    Linda Swank

                                                                                                                                    Administrative and Operations Coordinator

                                                                                                                                      Lorena Sanchez

                                                                                                                                      Senior Manager of Strategic Initiatives

                                                                                                                                        Milinda Kakani

                                                                                                                                        Senior Policy Associate

                                                                                                                                          Saira Soto

                                                                                                                                          Deputy Executive Director, Programs and Administration

                                                                                                                                            Sevly Snguon

                                                                                                                                            Policy Associate, Economic and Health Justice

                                                                                                                                              Shimica Gaskins

                                                                                                                                              Executive Director, CDF-CA

                                                                                                                                                Haley Farm

                                                                                                                                                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

                                                                                                                                                                            Hassanah Smith

                                                                                                                                                                            Youth Leadership and Advocacy Coordinator

                                                                                                                                                                              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

                                                                                                                                                                                              Katherine Ungar

                                                                                                                                                                                              Policy Associate

                                                                                                                                                                                                Kelly Vyzral

                                                                                                                                                                                                Senior Health Policy Associate

                                                                                                                                                                                                  Kimberly Eckhart

                                                                                                                                                                                                  KidsCount Project Manager

                                                                                                                                                                                                    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

                                                                                                                                                                                                          Oleta Garrett Fitzgerald

                                                                                                                                                                                                          Southern Regional Director

                                                                                                                                                                                                            Shirlett Stapleton

                                                                                                                                                                                                            Administrative & Grants Management Officer

                                                                                                                                                                                                              Verlillian Williams

                                                                                                                                                                                                              Gateway to Kindergarten Readiness Project Director


                                                                                                                                                                                                                Cecilia Joseph

                                                                                                                                                                                                                Director of Operations

                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Cheasty Anderson

                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Cheasty Anderson

                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Director of Immigration Policy and Advocacy

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Cindy Ross

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Child Health Outreach Program Director

                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Clarissa Webb

                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Youth Programs Coordinator

                                                                                                                                                                                                                        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