Leadership & Staff



National Office Staff

Andrew Jaime

Finance Manager

    Anourack Chinyavong

    Graphic Designer

      Ashley Moore

      Senior Policy Associate/Staff Attorney

        Austin Sowa

        Project Assistant, President’s Office

          Benjamin Dawson


            Bridget Cichello

            National Beat the Odds® Program Coordinator

              Chloe Levin

              Program Outreach and Engagement Associate, CDF Freedom Schools

                Crystal Rucker

                Regional Development Officer

                  David McClure

                  Director of Information Technology

                    Donneika Bullock

                    Development Donor Database Associate

                      Elizabeth Wilson

                      Benefits Administrator

                        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

                                      Jylise Smith

                                      Development Project Coordinator

                                        Kathleen King

                                        Deputy Director, Child Health

                                          KC Ortiz

                                          Development Database and Decision Support Manager

                                            Laura Trevino

                                            Accounting Manager

                                              Lisa Robinson

                                              Associate Managing Editor

                                                Lori Washington

                                                Foundation and Corporate Partnership Officer

                                                  Lovie Brock

                                                  Receptionist/Human Resources Assistant

                                                    Madison Sampson

                                                    Special Assistant to the Chief of Staff

                                                      Mamie Berry

                                                      Director of Administration/Human Resources

                                                        Marian Wright Edelman


                                                          Mark Publow

                                                          Chief Development Officer

                                                            MaryLee Allen

                                                            Director of Policy

                                                              Max Lesko

                                                              Chief of Staff

                                                                Michele Smith

                                                                Special Assistant to the President

                                                                  Mina Dixon Davis

                                                                  Legal Fellow

                                                                    Pamela Branch

                                                                    Grants and Accounting Associate

                                                                      Philippa Smithey

                                                                      National Director, CDF Freedom Schools

                                                                        Sarah Bonner


                                                                          Sean Dowdie

                                                                          Cash Manager and Senior Accountant

                                                                            Shannon Daley-Harris

                                                                            Religious Affairs Advisor

                                                                              Stefanie Sprow

                                                                              Deputy Director, Child Welfare and Mental

                                                                                Tara Alexis McCoy

                                                                                Director of Program and Training Initiatives

                                                                                  Yasmin Cespedes-Zamin

                                                                                  Beat the Odds® Program Associate

                                                                                    Yoonjung Park

                                                                                    Director of Education Research and Analysis, CDF Freedom Schools

                                                                                      Zachary Tilly

                                                                                      Policy Associate

                                                                                        Zarrar Mujaddidi

                                                                                        Facilities Manager


                                                                                          Alison Buist

                                                                                          National Director, Child Health

                                                                                            Angelica Salazar

                                                                                            Director of Education Equity

                                                                                              Betty Fang

                                                                                              Policy Associate, Education and Justice

                                                                                                Cadonna Dory

                                                                                                Director of Communications

                                                                                                  Danielle Lafayette

                                                                                                  Senior Community/Political Organizer

                                                                                                    Dominique Nong

                                                                                                    Senior Policy Associate

                                                                                                      Hanif Houston

                                                                                                      Digital Content Manager

                                                                                                        Janis Connallon

                                                                                                        Senior Health Policy Associate

                                                                                                        Linda Swank

                                                                                                        Administrative and Operations Coordinator

                                                                                                          Lorena Sanchez

                                                                                                          Senior Manager of Strategic Initiatives

                                                                                                            Patricia Soung

                                                                                                            Director of Youth Justice Policy and Senior Staff Attorney

                                                                                                              Rosa Cabrera

                                                                                                              Legislative and Advocacy Director

                                                                                                                Saira Soto

                                                                                                                Deputy Executive Director, Programs and Administration

                                                                                                                  Shimica Gaskins

                                                                                                                  Executive Director, CDF-CA

                                                                                                                    Haley Farm

                                                                                                                    Gerald Wagner

                                                                                                                    Facilities and Security Manager

                                                                                                                      Janet Wolf

                                                                                                                      Consultant on Nonviolent Organizing and Theological Education

                                                                                                                        Kenneth Libby

                                                                                                                        Business Manager

                                                                                                                          Michael Sands

                                                                                                                          Maintenance Technician

                                                                                                                            Ndume Olatushani


                                                                                                                              Theresa Flatford

                                                                                                                              Housekeeping Manager

                                                                                                                                Theresa Venable

                                                                                                                                Langston Hughes Librarian


                                                                                                                                  Alisha Porter

                                                                                                                                  Finance and Operations Director

                                                                                                                                    Bharti Wahi

                                                                                                                                    Executive Director, CDF-MN

                                                                                                                                      Jennifer Bertram

                                                                                                                                      Senior Manager of Administration

                                                                                                                                        Kristen Fabin

                                                                                                                                        Youth Development Associate

                                                                                                                                          May Losloso

                                                                                                                                          Senior Organizer

                                                                                                                                            Sarah Davis

                                                                                                                                            Sanford Middle School Afterschool Site Coordinator

                                                                                                                                              Stephanie Hogenson

                                                                                                                                              Outreach 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