Who We Are

Board of Directors

Adam LevnerExecutive Director, Critical Exposure (Ex Officio)

Aimee Peoples, Manager of Labor Management & Employee Relations, District of Columbia Public Schools (Secretary)

Anjali Nagpaul, Capacity-Building SpecialistFair Chance

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. (Board Chair)

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, Program 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 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.

Marisa Stubbs, Director of Development & Communications

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 youth in DC that she founded in early 2011.

Lauren Schreiber, Operations Manager

Lauren is a Prince George County native, performing artist, community builder and events curator with a background in youth development, community organizing, and facilitation. Before joining the C.E. team, Lauren was the National Outreach and Events Manager at the largest American Muslim civil rights and advocacy org, The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), where she developed CAIR’s youth leadership programming and delivered “know your rights” workshops to over 3,500 youth in the D.C. metropolitan area to help young people combat anti-Muslim stereotypes. As an American convert to Islam, she seeks to combine her passion for the arts and her passion for social justice to reshape the narrative about her community and other communities of color. With this in mind, she is active in faith-based organizing across the city and hosts “Art Between Us,” a quarterly all-women’s open mic for an all women’s audience in DC to make space for women to explore and express their identities in safe spaces. In her free time, she runs a faith-based community called "Center DC" in the city, does freelance video work, and performs her music regularly with her wonderful husband.

Pierre Sanders, Program Manager

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.

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Renée Gaillard, Program Coordinator

Renée (she/her) was born and raised in the culturally vibrant city of the Bronx, New York, but continually found home and community with various families and cities such as her mother's hometown of Dangriga, Belize. Renée moved to Boston to attend Boston University and majored in Anthropology and Religion. After graduating, she stayed in Boston for about four more years working in international educational travel for people ages 18-28 and then serving in AmeriCorps for two terms working on a teen mentoring program Dudley Street Neighborhood Initiative. In her time as an AmeriCorps Ambassador of Mentoring (housed under Mass Mentoring Partnership and supported by the Mass Service Alliance and the Highland Street Foundation), Renée managed all aspects of the program - from recruiting both mentors and mentees to program development and evaluation - of a teen mentoring program, Stronger Leaders, Brighter Futures, and closely supported the Youth Organizers summer employment program at Dudley Street Neighborhood Initiative - a nonprofit resident-led community-based planning and organizing entity in Roxbury, MA. The program served as a possibility model for other local mentoring programs because of Renée's work to have 90% of mentors and mentees be males of color and to begin setting the groundwork to pilot a youth-initiated mentoring program for opportunity youth ages 18-24. Through this work, Renée developed a love for supporting young people and strengthened her belief that young people can be change agents for their communities. In 2018, Renée was thrilled to move to Washington, D.C. and support CE's work to develop youth leaders to create change as a Program Coordinator.

Quasia Heru, Program Coordinator

Quasia is a proud Posse Scholar who hails from PG County, Maryland. Before joining CE, she was a Development Assistant for Children's Law Center, an Event and Program Coordinator for the University of Wisconsin-Madison's Gender and Sexuality Campus Center, and a Peer Leader for YouthResource, a sub-organization that focused on youth advocacy for LGBTQ+ people of color. She also has experience in the arts, as she has performed poetry and has been active in theater and drama for over a decade. Quasia is excited to work at CE because this gives her the opportunity to support young people in advocating for themselves and their communities. She believe that young people have the knowledge, as well as the communal and self-awareness, to speak for themselves and fight for what they believe in. She is excited to be a part of an organization that provides them the support and opportunities to do so, through a creative lens.

Daniel Eloy, Communications Coordinator

Daniel ended up in DC after a 7-year stint in Maine where they graduated from Bowdoin College in 2015. While an undergraduate, they worked closely with Bowdoin’s Resource Center for Sexual and Gender Diversity and served as Student Director of Intersectional Programming, finding ways to bridge historically disparate identities through communion and conversation. As a student of photography and an advocate for community relations, they spearheaded No Hate November, an event that continues annually at Bowdoin, to address social issues affecting the college community. Daniel brings experience in event planning, advocacy & organizing, as well as a background in the arts. They are excited about building CE’s communications to get the word out about how young people are changing the world.

I-Ra Abubaker, Youth Organizer

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.

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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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Sae Garrett, Youth Voice Associate

Sae hails from South East, DC.  Before CE she was in high school leading Women’s Empowerment Workshops for grades 8-12th. She brings a passion for collective self care and creativity. As a young professional woman, Sae finds CE to be a grounding place to work and  loves being able to work to improve her community. With a team of supportive, genuine, and loving people, she is excited to continue building a foundation necessary to make change and promote youth power.