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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 Consulting LLP
Avni Gupta-Kagan, Education Consultant, Gupta-Kagan, LLC
Jen Jinks, Senior Director - No Kid Hungry Campaign, Share Our Strength
John Kern, Senior Director, Community Wealth Partners, Inc.
Adam Levner, Executive Director, Critical Exposure (Ex Officio)
Anjali Nagpaul, Capacity-Building Specialist, Fair Chance
Dwanna Nicole, Senior Policy Advocate, Advancement Project
Aimee Peoples, Human Rights Officer, DC Office of Human Rights
Rebecca Renard, Executive Director, CONTRA-TIEMPO
Heather Rieman, Chief of Staff, Office of Elementary & Secondary Education, US Dept. of Education; Co-Founder, Critical Exposure
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.
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.
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.