Who We Are

Board of Directors

Amanda Alexander, Deputy Chief of Schools, District of Columbia Public Schools

Ryan Compton, Of Counsel, DLA Piper

Betty Feng, Federal Practice - Manager, Deloitte Consuting LLP

Avni Gupta-Kagan, Executive Director, Emerging Leaders Program, New Leaders

John Kern, Director, Community Wealth Partners, Inc.

Adam Levner, Executive Director, Critical Exposure (Ex Officio)

Anjali Nagpaul, Capacity Building Specialist, Fair Chance

Rebecca Renard, Director of Strategic Initiatives, DC Children and Youth Investment Trust

Heather Rieman, Senior Policy Advisor, US Dept. of Education; Co-Founder, Critical Exposure

Lee Whack, Communications Director, Congresswoman Jan Schakowsky


Dr. Fred Frelow, Program Officer, Ford Foundation (Emeritus, Founding Member)

Dr. John Jackson, President, Schott Foundation for Public Education (Emeritus, Founding Member) 

Eliza Leighton, Director of Strategic Initiatives, CASA de Maryland (Emerita, Founding Member) 

Adam Levner, Executive Director & Co-Founder

Adam is the Executive Director and Co-Founder of Critical Exposure. Previously, Adam worked as a fifth grade teacher and then as a community organizer with Stand for Children, where he led successful reform efforts at the local and state level that resulted in over $20 million annually in additional revenue for the severely under-funded Prince George’s County, MD school district.  Adam has also worked as an education consultant for the Center for Community Change and as a freelance photographer. Adam attended Tufts University and received a Nonprofit Management Executive Certificate from the Georgetown University Center for Public & Nonprofit Leadership. Named one of the Youth Empowerment Coalition’s “Leading Young Change-Makers,” Adam has been profiled in the National Journal, the Baltimore Sun, Roll Call, and Tufts University Magazine. Adam is a member of the Board of Directors of Leadership Greater Washington.

Lauren Campbell, Communications & Design Manager

Lauren is passionate about the intersection of design, art and social change. Prior to beginning at CE, she worked with arts, community organizing, and documentary film nonprofits, in both the U.S. and Chiapas, Mexico. Lauren graduated from the University of North Carolina in 2011 where she studied Global Issues, Spanish, and Theater Design. She will be pursuing a MFA in Graphic Design from the Rhode Island School of Design beginning in 2015.

Jacquelyn Horstmann, Director of Development & Communications

Jackie’s most recent position was the Senior Manager of Individual Giving at Higher Achievement, DC Metro.  During her four year tenure as volunteer and then staff member she learned the value in power of nonprofit communications and education advocacy. She looks forward to sharing her experience and voice to become an agent for change and innovation at Critical Exposure.

Jackie has also worked for Susan G. Komen for the Cure and Event 360.She brings experience in fundraising and communications from her experiences at: the Susan G. Komen Global Race for the Cure, the Kennedy Center Honors, and most recently, as the D.C. Chapter President for buildOn.

 Jackie attended the University of Florida where she discovered her passion for education reform when working with Alachua County Public Schools Foundation. In 2011, she received a Nonprofit Leadership Certificate from UDC.

Tyler Grigsby, AmeriCorps*VISTA

Before beginning at Critical Exposure, Tyler was a full time freelance photojournalist focusing primarily on documenting social justice movements and organizations in his hometown of Washington, D.C. In addition to his photography work, he has been involved in various public health, LGBT, youth, and anti-violence organizations & coalitions in D.C. and surrounding areas. Critical Exposure is the perfect opportunity to combine Tyler's passions for photography, education, visual storytelling & community lead social justice.

Taylor Johnson, Educator

Taylor Johnson is from the D.C. area, and attended Oberlin College where they studied creative writing and black studies. Taylor is interested in critical race theory, queer theory and social justice. They hope to bring more popular education trainings into the class in their role as Educator with Critical Exposure.


Kimmi Ramnine, Youth Organizer

Originally from Trinidad and Tobago, Kimmi Ramnine grew up in queer youth empowerment and organizing spaces in NYC. She graduated from Sarah Lawrence College in 2012 where she was an editor for the annual student of color publication, Dark Phrases. As an undergraduate, Kimmi worked with a number of bilingual after-school programs, in youth leadership development organizations, and on racial justice campus organizing. As an Emerson National Hunger Fellow, Kimmi applied her applied her intersectional social justice analysis, with particular emphasis on anti-racism, to community organizing work at Growing Power-Chicago and policy work at the National Law Center on Homelessness and Poverty.