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

                Ciara Mackey-Hall

                Program and Research Associate

                  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

                                                                    Merlene Vassall

                                                                    Senior Education Grants Specialist

                                                                      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


                                                                                                  Ali Forman

                                                                                                  Senior Development 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

                                                                                                                                                  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