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Our People

“If you have come here to help me, you are wasting your time. But if you have come because your liberation is bound up with mine, then let us work together.” – Lilla Watson

Our Team

Mike Dixon

ORGANIZER AND FACILITATOR

Mike started with Kindred as a parent in dialogue where he came to this realization,…

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Simone Egwu

DIRECTOR, ONLINE COMMUNITY

Simone Egwu is a first-generation American and first-generation college student. Her Nigerian and German parents…

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Grace Fisher

OPERATIONS AND COMMUNICATIONS ASSOCIATE

Grace (she/her) graduated with her Bachelors of Arts in Human Services and Social Justice with a minor…

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Theresa Fox

ORGANIZER AND FACILITATOR

Theresa Fox (t.fox.) has been a trusted servant in the nonprofit sector since 2000. Her…

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Savannah Keith Gress

DIRECTOR, SYSTEMIC IMPACT

Savannah has over ten years of experience using data to drive learning and strategy in…

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Ryan Jones

ORGANIZER AND FACILITATOR

Ryan (he/him/his) has spent his career working to ensure that every student, particularly those from…

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Azeb Kinder

ORGANIZER AND FACILITATOR

Azeb Kinder (she/her) was a classroom teacher, administrator, and consultant in public and charter schools…

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Meredith Morelle

DIRECTOR, NATIONAL PROGRAMS AND SPECIAL PROJECTS

Meredith (she/her) became a teacher in 2002 to work toward racial justice through education. She…

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Jennifer Motolenich

DIRECTOR OF PROGRAM DESIGN

Growing up in an underserved region of Puerto Rico, Jennifer saw first hand how important…

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Zakiya Reid

DEPUTY DIRECTOR

For nearly 20 years, Zakiya has been working to ensure that students of color and…

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Laura Wilson Phelan

EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR & FOUNDER

For over 20 years, Laura (she/her) has led social change efforts at grassroots and management…

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Jason Andrean

GOVERNING BOARD

Jason Andrean (he/him) is a Vice President of the Government Contractor Banking Group for Capital…

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Cathy Daniels

GOVERNING BOARD

Cathy (she/her) serves as the chief operating officer for The Education Trust, a national nonprofit…

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Alejandro Gibes de Gac

GOVERNING BOARD

When Alejandro Gibes de Gac (he/him) was 7, his family immigrated to the US escaping…

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LeKisha Jordan

GOVERNING BOARD

LeKisha Jordan (she/her) currently serves as the Legislative Policy Advisor for the DC Council, specifically…

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Traci L. Higgins

GOVERNING BOARD

Traci Higgins (she/her) has been the director of human resources of the Legal Services Corporation…

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Melissa Luce

GOVERNING BOARD

Melissa Luce (she/her) is a communications and public relations professional who has spent the majority…

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Sterling Speirn

GOVERNING BOARD

Sterling Speirn is the Senior Fellow and former CEO of the National Conference on Citizenship,…

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Eric Westendorf

GOVERNING BOARD

Eric Westendorf is the co-founder and former CEO of LearnZillion, a curriculum company that provides…

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