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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
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, Senior 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 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.
Delonte is a D.C. native who is very interested in creating social change and making sure that the people in his community know the history of why things are the way they are. Delonte was a member of our Fellowship program from 2012-2014 and is the first Fellow to join our staff.
Felicia hails from Chicago with an extensive background in advocacy, youth development, and program design. Felicia’s experience working within Chicago’s school and housing systems, as well as for non-profit agencies here in D.C. has expanded her capacity to support and empower marginalized young people.
Through her work in Chicago’s nonprofit field, Felicia revamped and facilitated teen dating violence prevention workshops and forums for over 1,000 high school students. As the Program Director for the Chicago Public Schools’ (CPS) Groundbreakers, she had the unique opportunity to partner with 30 high school students to plan and build over 30 new playgrounds each year.
During her most recent tenure as the Academy Director for a hip-hop and arts education non-profit here in D.C., Felicia developed a visual arts apprenticeship program, systems for outreach and enrollment of young artists, and established effective working relationships with local professional artists, educators and school-based staff.
Gaby recently received her B.A. from Skidmore College. She focused on American Studies, photography and Intergroup Relations (facilitating dialogues on racial identity and racism) in addition to working for Skidmore’s Center for Sex and Gender Relations. She is excited to be taking on the challenge of securing exhibit spaces for Critical Exposure student work across D.C. Gaby is inspired by the powerful role that art can play in social change and by those who harness that power in innovative ways. She happens to think that CE youth do it quite well!
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.
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.
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.
Pierre moved to the D.C. area from South Carolina to serve as a community member with the L'Arche Greater Washington, D.C. community. After four years at L'Arche, Pierre returned to his passion of empowering youth, and served as a Program Fellow with Reach Inc. Pierre is excited to continue his journey in empowering young people to realize their gifts through his work with CE.
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.