Higher Achievement has assembled a team of passionate social justice advocates to lead our scholars in becoming life-long learners.

From our dedicated staff to the National Board of Directors to the affiliate Boards of Advisors, the vision we’re working toward wouldn’t be possible without the whole Higher Achievement community.

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Tallulah Anderson

Manager of Community Outreach
DC Metro Affiliate
tanderson@higherachievement.org

Talullah is the Manager of Community Outreach. She is integral to building and maintaining the relationships for Higher Achievement’s expansion to Prince George’s County. Her responsibilities include school system development, community-based partnership development, fundraising development, and mentor pipeline development.

“I work at Higher Achievement because of key values that align with Integrity, Dignity, Excellence & Compassion that help us promote positive change & scholar outcomes.”

Nick Breslin

Volunteer and Scholar Coordinator, Ward 4
DC Metro Affiliate
nbreslin@higherachievement.org

Nick manages mentoring at the Ward 4 Achievement Center and works with Ward 4 center staff to create a safe, impactful, and positive learning environment where our scholars can grow and realize their potential.

“I work at Higher Achievement because I want to do what I can to give everyone the chance they deserve to succeed.”

Kate Brown

Senior Manager of Development
DC Metro Affiliate
kbrown@higherachievement.org

Kate manages DC Metro’s foundation and government grant portfolios. She also manages our volunteer sustainability team, Middle School Matters tours, and annual appeal. She is a proud Ward 7 mentor.

“I work at Higher Achievement because I believe in our scholars and their potential.”

Proma Chowdhury

Volunteer and Scholar Coordinator, Alexandria
DC Metro Affiliate
pchowdhury@higherachievement.org

Proma is the Volunteer and Scholar Coordinator for the the DC Metro affiliate, Alexandria Center. As Center staff, she supports volunteer mentors with training and engagement, including the relationships mentors build with their scholars.

“I work at Higher Achievement because community and education are essential for youth to thrive. Opportunities, resources, and options should be available to families in supporting the future of their children beyond the classroom.”

Janice Cori

Director of Development
DC Metro Affiliate
jcori@higherachievement.org

Janice oversees DC Metro’s fundraising and volunteer recruitment activities.

“I work at Higher Achievement to create incredible opportunities for our scholars.”

Kevin Doyle

Volunteer and Scholar Coordinator, Ward 1
DC Metro Affiliate
kdoyle@higherachievement.org

Jacob Estes

Volunteer and Scholar Coordinator, Ward 7
DC Metro Affiliate
jestes@higherachievement.org

Jacob assists in running programming at the Ward 7 (The Best! The Best!) Center. His primary responsibility at Ward 7 is making sure that the mentoring component of our programming is fun and engaging for mentors and scholars alike. He also leads a study hall and the cooking seminar at Ward 7.

“I work at Higher Achievement because being of service to our scholars is an immensely gratifying and rewarding experience.”

Johanna Flores

Manager of Programs and Operations
DC Metro Affiliate
jflores@higherachievement.org

Johanna manages field trips, electives, seminars, overnight college trips, center meals, center supplies, and transportation for DC Metro scholars.

“I work at Higher Achievement because it takes an organization like Higher Achievement to create and foster opportunities that will build the future in my community.”

Keona Gardner

Volunteer and Scholar Coordinator, Brookland
DC Metro Affiliate
kgardner@higherachievement.org

Keona works closely with the Center Director at our Brookland location. She is responsible for the recruitment, supervision, training and support of volunteer teaching mentors, ensuring that they are able to implement the curriculum and actively engage scholars in learning.

“I work at Higher Achievement because all youth deserve equitable access to resources such as education, which no one can ever take away from you.”

Dimelza Gonzales-Flores

Director of Site Operations
DC Metro Affiliate
dgonzalesflores@higherachievement.org

Chavonte Harris

Center Director, Ward 4
DC Metro Affiliate
charris@higherachievement.org

Chavonte is leader of the Ward 4 Achievement Center, she works with school staff, community members, families, and Higher Achievement staff to make the Ward 4 Achievement Center a safe, positive, and effective learning environment where our scholars can grow and realize their potential.

“I work at Higher Achievement because I get to have a strong impact on the academic, social, and emotional development of middle school youth.”

Elyse Harris

Center Director, Ward 7
DC Metro Affiliate
eharris@higherachievement.org

As the leader of the Ward 7 Achievement Center, Elyse works with school staff, community members, families, and Higher Achievement staff to make the Ward 7 Achievement Center a safe, positive, and effective learning environment where our scholars can grow and realize their potential.

“I work at Higher Achievement because I want to help close the opportunity gap by supporting scholars, families, and community members in Ward 7.”

Alexis Hill

Volunteer and Scholar Coordinator, Ward 6
DC Metro Affiliate
ahill@higherachievement.org

Janelle Hunter

Manager of Fundraising and Events
DC Metro Affiliate
jhunter@higherachievement.org

Christie Lerro

Deputy Director
DC Metro Affiliate
clerro@higherachievement.org

Christie is responsible for high-level oversight of the program, operations, and administration of the DC Metro office.

“I work at Higher Achievement because middle school is a pivotal time in young peoples’ lives, and opportunities matter.”

James Morgan

Director of Site Operations
DC Metro Affiliate
jmorgan@higherachievement.org

James oversees the Ward 8, Ward 1, Greenbelt, Ward 6, and Brookland Achievement Centers, support the implementation of strategic programming, and manage Summer Academy teachers.

“I work at Higher Achievement because I enjoy collaborating with scholars, families, and schools to support scholars’ academic and social growth.”

Chris Perkins

Senior Manager of Volunteer Engagement and Development
DC Metro Affiliate
cperkins@higherachievement.org

Damian Popkin

Center Director, Ward 1
DC Metro Affiliate
dpopkin@higherachievement.org

As the leader of the Ward 1 Achievement Center, Damian works with school staff, community members, families, and Higher Achievement staff to make the Greenbelt Achievement Center a safe, positive, and effective learning environment where our scholars can grow and realize their potential.

President’s Council

Many thanks to DC Metro’s dedicated President’s Council.

Please find a list in recognition of their work at the link below.

Emena Quattlebaum

Volunteer and Scholar Coordinator, Ward 8
DC Metro Affiliate
equattlebaum@higherachievement.org

Emena manages mentoring at the Ward 8 Achievement Center and work with the Ward 8 center staff to create a safe, impactful, and positive learning environment where our scholars can grow and realize their potential.

“I work at Higher Achievement because I enjoy having an impact on the scholars and the city I grew up in!”

Mike Ruff

Volunteer and Scholar Coordinator, Greenbelt
DC Metro Affiliate
mruff@higherachievement.org

Mike is responsible for the recruitment, supervision, training, and support of volunteer teaching mentors, ensuring that they are able to implement the curriculum and actively engage scholars in learning. As a VSC, he also plans and executes center events, field trips, and other activities to enhance the scholars’ learning experience.

“I work at Higher Achievement because I am passionate about Higher Achievement’s mission, and this is the perfect position that will allow me to continue working with youth in the DMV area so that I can be an ally.”

Nyasha Rusununguko

Center Director, Ward 8
DC Metro Affiliate
nrusununguko@higherachievement.org

As the leader of the Ward 8 Achievement Center, Nyasha works with school staff, community members, families, and Higher Achievement staff to make the Ward 8 Achievement Center a safe, positive, and effective learning environment where our scholars can grow and realize their potential.

“I work at Higher Achievement because the mission of Higher Achievement aligns with my personal mission of working directly and advocating on behalf of today’s youth.”

Margaret Service

Manager of Scholar Events and Fundraising
DC Metro Affiliate
mservice@higherachievement.org

Margaret is responsible for scholar events, scholar and alumni programming at fundraising events, middle-level donors, corporate field trips, center tours, and DC Metro communications.

“I work at Higher Achievement because all young people should have access to engaging and rigorous academic opportunities.”

Tiara Shelton

Center Director, Greenbelt
DC Metro Affiliate
tshelton@higherachievement.org

As the leader of the Greenbelt Achievement Center, Tiara works with school staff, community members, families, and Higher Achievement staff to make the Greenbelt Achievement Center a safe, positive, and effective learning environment where our scholars can grow and realize their potential.

I work at Higher Achievement to have the space to provide a voice for youth who are often overlooked. I vision a world of confident youth of color, and it is my job to make sure they have the skills and space to achieve this.

Breylon Smith

Center Director, Ward 6
DC Metro Affiliate
bsmith@higherachievement.org

Breylon is the leader of the Ward 6 Achievement Center, he works with school staff, community members, families, and Higher Achievement staff to make the Ward 6 Achievement Center a safe, positive, and effective learning environment where our scholars can grow and realize their potential.

“I work at Higher Achievement because the opportunities we leverage and create matter for our scholars to succeed.”

Stephanie Valencia

Center Director, Alexandria
DC Metro Affiliate
svalencia@higherachievement.org

As the leader of the Alexandria Achievement Center, Stephanie works with school staff, community members, families, and Higher Achievement staff to make the Alexandria Achievement Center a safe, positive, and effective learning environment where our scholars can grow and realize their potential.

“I work at Higher Achievement because I appreciate that we focus on preparing middle school youth for long term success and opportunities”

Bri Wallington Ferguson

Center Director, Brookland
DC Metro Affiliate
bwallingtonferguson@higherachievement.org

Thalia Washington

Executive Director
DC Metro Affiliate
twashington@higherachievement.org

As Executive Director, Thalia has operational responsibility for the DC Metro affiliate where ­­­ we serve 550 scholars at eight centers in DC, Alexandria, and Prince George’s County, MD. She engages in senior staff management, stakeholder engagement, fundraising, and organization-wide leadership.

“I work at Higher Achievement because as a first-generation American this mission is personal – the middle to high school transition launched my path to college and it’s an honor to help other young people do the same.”

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