Who We Are

Board of Directors

Adam LevnerExecutive Director, Critical Exposure (Ex Officio)

Aimee Peoples, Director of Labor Management & Employee Relations, District of Columbia Public Schools (Board Chair)

Anjali Nagpaul, Capacity-Building SpecialistFair Chance (Secretary)

Avni Gupta-KaganEducation Consultant, Gupta-Kagan, LLC

Betty FengFederal Practice - Manager, Deloitte Consulting LLP (Treasurer)

Dwanna Nicole, Director of Policy & Stakeholder Outreach, Advancement Project

Jasmine Hicks, Director of Youth Leadership Development in Community and Youth Engagement, Truth Initiative

Joseph Pate, Digital Campaign Manager, Center for Community Change

John KernVice President, Community Wealth Partners, Inc. 

Lee Whack, Spokesman/Communications DirectorThe School District of Philadelphia (Vice-Chair)

Ryan ComptonOf Counsel, DLA Piper

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 Leadership Greater Washington, Class of 2014.

Felicia Ramos, Deputy Director

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 DC 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 DC, 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.

Marisa Stubbs, Director of Development & Communications

Originally from smalltown Mississippi, Marisa's family moved to the DC area when she was elementary school, and DC is now her second home. Marisa brings more than 15 years of experience in nonprofit administration, fundraising, youth development, program management, and curriculum development. Outside of a stint as a Peace Corps Volunteer in South Africa, she has focused primarily on building the capacities of youth and small, community-based organizations. Prior to Critical Exposure, Marisa served as Executive Director of Food For Life, a social enterprise and culinary job training program for DC youth that she founded in early 2011.

Renée Gaillard, Citywide Programs Manager

Renée was born and raised in the Bronx, New York and then lived in Boston, MA for about 8 years. After graduating from Boston University, Renée first worked in the international education industry and then later served in AmeriCorps for two terms. While in AmeriCorps, Renée served under Mass Mentoring Partnership and managed all aspects of a teen mentoring program at Dudley Street Neighborhood Initiative, a resident-led, community-based planning and organizing entity. Additionally, Renée received a certificate in Nonprofit Organizational Leadership from Wheelock College and participated in various trainings including: a youth worker certificate program, trauma awareness and resilience, community organizing, and popular education. Renée now lives in Ward 6 (Southwest DC) and is excited to support CE's work in developing youth as leaders and change agents for their communities.

Tiffany Joy, Partner-based Programs Manager

With a lifetime of experience in youth organizing and community-based education, Tiffany Joy joins the CE team as our Partner-based Programs Manager. Tiffany Joy grew up in “the toxic triangle," a South Bronx neighborhood impacted directly by systemic oppression. Impoverished living/health conditions, over policing, and poor graduation rates sparked her early commitment to social justice. Throughout her career, she has worked on issues ranging from environmental racism to reproductive justice, queer/trans sex worker rights, and ending discriminatory policing. Tiffany Joy has built her reputation on youth development, working to end the school-to-prison pipeline, and elevating restorative practices beyond classrooms. In her down time, she has a deep love of creative writing, holistic healing, and bacon cheeseburgers. Tiffany Joy believes community healing begins with our own minds, bodies, and spirits, and ends with radical justice for all people of color.

Calvin Jackson, Citywide Programs

Calvin, aka CJ, is a native Washingtonian, committed to organizing around social justice principles within the DMV area. After graduating from Georgetown University in 2015 with a degree in sociology and media studies, he started organizing in VA high schools with Rescue Agency, a public health firm, around tobacco and healthy food alternative policies. CJ recommitted to local DC grassroots efforts in joining Rising Organizers (RO) in 2017 as part of their first fellowship class. In 2018, CJ became the organizer for the Vote16DC campaign, an effort to lower the voting age to 16 in DC. CJ currently sits on the junior board for the Campaign for Youth Justice and is Co-Director of RO’s Community Engagement Team. CJ is uber excited to join CE's team and tackle DC urban issues through policy campaign and digital media/photography, especially since he knows the power of using his personal digital platforms to showcase spoken word, photography, and political commentary.

I-Ra Abubaker, Youth Facilitator

I-Ra is from Northwest DC. Before joining CE staff, she was a graduate of the CE Fellowship class. As a DC native and DCPS graduate, she understands all too well what it feels like to have your voice go unheard as a young person. She credits CE with being able to learn how to effectively use her voice to create change as a young person and is excited to share her experience with young people.Through her experiences, she bring a holistic and authentic approach to the work she does at CE.


Nadia Richardson, Operations Associate

A native Washingtonian, Nadia participated in CE's Internship and Fellowship Programs and was then hired as a Summer Youth Facilitator before joining CE’s staff. She studied communications and multimedia and has also worked in DC schools, teaching the arts, such as dance and photography, to younger children. Having grown up as a Black girl in DC, Nadia is able to bring a relatable voice and understanding in her work with youth. She loves that CE values the voices of young people and works to uplift those voices.

 

Desmond Cole, Program Associate

Des is from Southeast DC. Before working at CE full-time, he was a CE Fellow and youth internship facilitator. He brings a youth-centered perspective to his work, and as a young person himself, understands what young people need. He is excited for the chance to work with young people, hear their thoughts and concerns, and find ways to address them.

 

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Lewam Dejen, Communications Coordinator

Lewam Dejen (Lew) calls Arlington, VA home– specifically its Black and Brown immigrant communities. At university, Lew studied International Relations with a concentration in Africa and Film & Media Studies. Her commitment to a liberatory & decolonial politic manifested in college through her journalistic work as co-founder of a progressive zine, and organizing efforts as a member of several campus coalitions to end racial and class violence. The principle that all people deserve love, safety, and community is one of her core beliefs. Lew’s commitment to such shows up in her work at CE, as a member and current Communications co-chair of BYP100’s DC Chapter, and as facilitator of Black Feminist Book Club’s DC Chapter.