Leadership & Staff



National Office Staff

Andrew Jaime

Finance Manager

    Anourack Chinyavong

    Graphic Designer

      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, CDF Freedom Schools®

                Crystal Rucker

                Regional Development Director

                  David McClure

                  Director of Information Technology

                    Donneika Bullock

                    Development Donor Database Associate

                      Emily Gardner

                      Communications Director

                        Erica Fields

                        Data and Systems Manager, CDF Freedom Schools®

                          Everett Johnson

                          Donor Data Coordinator

                            Farai Sikipa

                            Development Digital Marketing Director

                              Gijs deLeede

                              Chief Financial Officer

                                Janet Canada

                                Business Office Manager, CDF Freedom Schools®

                                  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

                                                        Project Manager, Executive Office

                                                          Mamie Berry

                                                          Director of Administration/Human Resources

                                                            Marian Wright Edelman

                                                            President Emerita

                                                              Mark Publow

                                                              Chief Development Officer

                                                                MaryLee Allen

                                                                Director of Policy

                                                                  Max Lesko

                                                                  National Executive Director

                                                                    Merlene Vassall

                                                                    Senior Education Grants Specialist

                                                                      Michele Smith

                                                                      Special Assistant to the President

                                                                        Mina Dixon Davis

                                                                        Legal Fellow

                                                                          Pamela Branch

                                                                          Grants and Accounting Associate

                                                                            PeLar Bennett-Pryor

                                                                            Benefits Administrator

                                                                              Philippa Smithey

                                                                              National Director, CDF Freedom Schools

                                                                                Rev. Shannon Daley-Harris

                                                                                Religious Affairs Advisor

                                                                                  Sarah Bonner


                                                                                    Sean Dowdie

                                                                                    Cash Manager and Senior Accountant

                                                                                      Sheehan Whelan

                                                                                      Donor Stewardship Manager

                                                                                        Stefanie Sprow

                                                                                        Deputy Director, 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-Zamin

                                                                                                Beat the Odds® Program Associate/21CCLC Administrative Clerk

                                                                                                  Yoonjung Park

                                                                                                  Director of Education Research and Analysis, CDF Freedom Schools®

                                                                                                    Zachary Tilly

                                                                                                    Policy Associate

                                                                                                      Zarrar Mujaddidi

                                                                                                      Facilities Manager


                                                                                                        Ali Forman

                                                                                                        Senior Development Manager

                                                                                                          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

                                                                                                                            Meghan Best

                                                                                                                            Assistant Staff Attorney/Policy Associate

                                                                                                                              Patricia Soung

                                                                                                                              Director of Youth Justice Policy and Senior Staff Attorney

                                                                                                                                Saira Soto

                                                                                                                                Deputy Executive Director, Programs and Administration

                                                                                                                                  Shimica Gaskins

                                                                                                                                  Executive Director, CDF-CA

                                                                                                                                    Haley Farm

                                                                                                                                    Dr. Janet Wolf

                                                                                                                                    Director of Public Theology and Nonviolent Organizing

                                                                                                                                    Children’s Defense Fund

                                                                                                                                      Gerald Wagner

                                                                                                                                      Facilities and Security Manager

                                                                                                                                        Kenneth Libby

                                                                                                                                        Business Manager

                                                                                                                                          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

                                                                                                                                                      Caroline Fong

                                                                                                                                                      Youth Program Associate

                                                                                                                                                        Eric Armacanqui

                                                                                                                                                        Policy and Legislative Affairs Director

                                                                                                                                                          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

                                                                                                                                                                        Education Justice Policy Manager

                                                                                                                                                                          Jamila Baucom

                                                                                                                                                                          Director of Development

                                                                                                                                                                            Julia Davis

                                                                                                                                                                            Director of Youth Justice and Child Welfare

                                                                                                                                                                              Kimberley Chin

                                                                                                                                                                              Deputy Director

                                                                                                                                                                                Korla Roberts

                                                                                                                                                                                Youth Leadership and Advocacy Manager

                                                                                                                                                                                  Maria Caba

                                                                                                                                                                                  Director of Youth Justice and Child Welfare

                                                                                                                                                                                    Naomi Post

                                                                                                                                                                                    Executive Director, CDF-NY

                                                                                                                                                                                      Olga Gonzalez

                                                                                                                                                                                      Senior Manager of Administration


                                                                                                                                                                                        Alison Paxson

                                                                                                                                                                                        Policy Fellow

                                                                                                                                                                                          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 Director

                                                                                                                                                                                                              Rubystine Bridges

                                                                                                                                                                                                              Program Development Associate, CDF Freedom Schools®

                                                                                                                                                                                                                Shaquite Pegues

                                                                                                                                                                                                                Director of Ella Baker Leadership Development

                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Shirlett Stapleton

                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Administrative & Grants Management Officer

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Verlillian Williams

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Gateway to Kindergarten Readiness Project Director


                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Cecilia Joseph

                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Director of Operations

                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Cheasty Anderson

                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Senior Policy Associate

                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Cindy Ross

                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Community Health Program Coordinator

                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Clarissa Webb

                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Youth Programs

                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Crystal Marcial

                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Community Health Outreach Associate

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Graciela Camarena

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Program Manager

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Jo DePrang

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Policy Research Associate

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Laura Guerra-Cardus

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Deputy Director

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Mary Carreon

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Community Health Outreach Associate

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Michelle Castillo

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Youth Civic Education and Engagement Coordinator

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Patrick Bresette

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Executive Director, CDF-TX