Who We Are

Board of Directors

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

Jasmine Hicks, Director of Youth Leadership Development in Communiity and Youth Engagement, Truth Initiative (Vice-Chair)

Alorie Clark, Arts Learning Coordinator, DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities (Secretary)

Betty FengCEO, Be Consulting Group (Treasurer)

Carina Gervacio, DC Metro Program Director, FoodCorps

Anjali Nagpaul, Director of DC Programs, Fair Chance 

Joseph Pate, Director of Media Communications, Hip Hop Caucus

Olu BurrellPresident and CEOOlu Burrell Consulting

Tyler GrigsbyProgram Facilitator, One Common Unity

Talia Brock, Program Manager

Talia was born in Washington, DC, raised in Silver Spring, MD and has been a resident of DC since 2014. Her interest in social justice work began to take shape while she was studying abroad and volunteering at an after-school program in Santiago, Dominican Republic. Following this experience, Talia channeled her deep frustration with systemic oppression into her work in education and community organizing. Talia loves reading fiction, creating art, speaking Spanish and advocating for self-care. She is excited to join CE’s team and work alongside the amazing young people CE engages.

Nicole Newman, Executive Director

A writer, passionate advocate, and nonprofit professional, Nicole learned how to organize from her aunt and grandparents who, at an early age, exposed her to collective action by those most impacted demanding equity. She was taught by her mother to ask as many questions as satisfied her curiosity. A fourth-generation Washingtonian, she graduated from Trinity University with a Bachelor's in Political Science and her Master's in Organizational Development from American University, both in Washington, DC. She has spent her career focused on creating more equitable, people-focused organizations through training and conversation around racial equity and inclusion; community organizing and client engagement; advocacy; strategic growth and planning; and navigating change and conflict. Most recently, she was the Senior Director of Community Relations at the DC Public Charter School Board, where she managed public engagement on behalf of the board. She likes traveling, sunflowers, unicorns, the enneagram, and being in nature.

MJ Johnson, Program Facilitator

Sprouting from Hanford, California, MJ is now a storyteller and educator based out of College Park, Maryland. She has 11 years of experience confronting the histories and realities of youth expression in education. MJ provides a foundational yet limitless framework to how we witness, celebrate, and co-develop spaces that are responsive to the continuum of Black youth expression. MJ thrives on teams that have an unwavering belief and love for community, across generations. She is most excited to join CE's team in order to work towards cultivating heart-centered relationships that feel something like freedom. 

Felicia Ramos, Interim Operations Manager

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.

Kerri Richardson Redding, Program Director

Kerri is a DC native, professional photographer, and former independent school educator who has held roles in progressive, Montessori, Quaker, international, and International Baccalaureate independent school communities during the past 20 years. Kerri is a digigriot; an educational technologist; and passionate advocate for community- building, diversity, equity, inclusion, social justice, and civic engagement. She has spent her life examining our evolving relationship with the visual and performing arts; media literacy and our media diets; mediated communication; and the power of storytelling to increase our capacity for complexity, empathy and radical love. Kerri holds a BA in Theater, Stage Management, and Directing from Wesleyan University as well as a M.Ed in Human Development from Loyola University. 

Camila Ramirez Tejada, Program Facilitator

Born in the Dominican Republic and raised in Brooklyn, NY, Camila chose DC as her new home in 2015. Camila’s work with youth is inspired by the continued impact of the mentors who have influenced her life. Through programs outside of school while she was growing up, she was able to access relationships that poured into her, shaping the person she is today. This is what inspires her work with Black and Brown youth. Camile is eager to engage with young people in the spaces where art, identity, and social justice intersect. In her free time, she loves riding her bike around the city, reading, creating art, and helping out in her community.