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I was on the verge of dropping out again. CE helped me achieve the same high as I got from drugs and alcohol in ways that wouldn't get me in trouble.
Amanda Alexander, Instructional Superintendent, District of Columbia Public Schools
Keith Bickel, Senior Vice President, Bank of America
Ryan Compton, Senior Associate, DLA Piper
Betty Feng, Federal Practice - Manager, Deloitte Consuting LLP
Avni Gupta-Kagan, Senior Director, EPIC-DC Partnership, New Leaders
John Kern, Director, Community Wealth Partners, Inc.
Adam Levner, Executive Director, Critical Exposure (Ex Officio)
Rebecca Renard, Director, Inquiring Minds Consulting
Heather Rieman, Senior Policy Advisor, US Dept. of Education; Co-Founder, Critical Exposure
Lee Whack, Public Relations Manager, District of Columbia Housing Finance Agency
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 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.
Prior to her role at Critical Exposure, Alison worked the media for social change field, and worked with independent documentary filmmakers at the Center for Social Media. Alison volunteers for a number of organizations throughout DC, including Women in Film and Video where she curated and moderated the Kids World Film Festival, and AFI SilverDocs where she has sat on the documentary selection committee for the past three years. Alison received her Masters in Arts Management at American University, and received her B.A. in Digital Cinema at DePaul University in Chicago, IL.
Andrew is a native of the D.C. area and a graduate of Macalester College, where he studied Film, Cultural Studies, and English. A former intern for Twin Cities Public Television, Andrew's passions are community organizing, cultural criticism, and visual media.
After two years as a VISTA with Critical Exposure, Emma is now responsible for coordinating photography and advanced programs as well as expanding our presence on a national level. Additionally, she is currently pursuing her Master's Degree at the Corcoran College of Art + Design in New Media Photojournalism. In 2010, as a double-major at Bates College, she completed her French thesis on the photographic representation of the genocide in Rwanda and secured grant money to travel to Rwanda to create her own photographic documentation of the country for her photography thesis. She spent multiple summers teaching photography at a rural summer camp and to newly arrived refugees in New York City.
Dominique received a Bachelor of Arts from Georgetown University where she studied Government, Japanese and Studio Art. She first started working with youth as an English as a Second Language tutor while at Georgetown. She will begin her second year as an AmeriCorps*VISTA at Critical Exposure this November and is particularly interested in helping the organization build a stronger youth-based community presence in D.C. and throughout the nation. Originally from Chicago, Illinois, Dominique has had a long-term interest in social change, youth and the power of the arts and loves working at Critical Exposure because it combines all three.
A recent graduate of the University of New Mexico with a degree in Political Science, Fatimah’s collegiate career experiences were varied. She participated in the Charles B. Rangel International Affairs Program in Washington D.C. as a Rangel Scholar, spent a semester abroad in Rome studying the art and history of Italy, and studied the African presence in Mexico. In addition to travel, Fatimah’s diverse interests and experiences also include photography. She credits this passion to her participation in Critical Exposure’s 2006 project Fulfilling the Promise of School Segregation Cases in Albuquerque, NM, where she documented the conditions of her high school.
Coming from a community organizing background, Lauren became interested in documentary work as an empowering medium through which to create social change. After studying at Duke University's Center for Documentary Studies, she interned with Promedios, a non-profit in Chiapas, Mexico that teaches documentary skills to indigenous groups in the region. Lauren graduated from the University of North Carolina in 2011 where she studied Global Issues, Spanish, and Theater Design.