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I learned that the conditions of the school were unsafe and that we deserve better learning space than this.
Amanda Alexander, Deputy Chief of Schools, District of Columbia Public Schools
Keith Bickel, Senior Vice President, Bank of America
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, 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.
Before assuming his current role, Andrew spent three years facilitating Critical Exposure programs with D.C. youth. He is a native of the D.C. area and a graduate of Macalester College in Saint Paul, Minnesota, where he studied Film, Cultural Studies, and English. A former intern for Twin Cities Public Television, Andrew is interested in social movements, popular education, and the intersection of culture and politics.
Having recently received her B.A. in Art, Social Justice Studies & Global Studies from the University of Minnesota, Sam is interested in all the connections between arts education & social justice. She has worked largely in youth development, coordinating arts projects & classes for after scool & summer youth programs in her home city of Minneapolis.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 undergrad, Kimmi worked with a number of bilingual after-school programs, in youth leadership development organizations, and on racial justice campus organizing. As member of the 19th class of Emerson National Hunger Fellows, 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.
Emma begins her fourth year with Critical Exposure as the National Programs Coordinator. She is responsible for collaborating with teachers and community organizations across the country in order to initiate and support Critical Exposure programs nationwide. Previously, she spent two years as a VISTA and one year as the Photography & Advanced Programs Coordinator. Additionally, she is currently pursuing her Master's Degree at the Corcoran College of Art + Design in New Media Photojournalism.
Hailing from Seattle, Washington, Molly graduated from Western Washington University in 2013 with a BA in English and minor in Anthropology. She is interested in grant writing, nonprofit development, and the power of storytelling to spur social change. Having worked with youth at various camps, after-school programs, and family support centers, Molly is excited by Critical Exposure’s emphasis on youth empowerment.