Board Of Directors

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Dana Hall, Founder And Executive Director

A millennial who found inspiration in community development, youth engagement, and politics, Dana Hall has chosen to walk in her purpose by representing and inspiring the next generation of leaders.

As a native of Landover, Maryland, and decade long resident of Washington, D.C., Dana is deeply committed to her community. Hall currently serves as the co-director of the Eternal Life Project and program manager of Manpower DC. She is a mentor for The Society for Girls, and she regularly volunteers at DC General Homeless Shelter Freedom Schools program. Dana also serves as a board member of Field of Dreams, a non-profit organization that uses baseball to encourage children in Southeast, Washington, D.C. to reach their academic goals. Dana is also chair of the Programming Committee for the Ward 8 Democrats. She leads the charge to improve the conditions of low income and minority populations in the Washington Metropolitan Area through service projects and community events. Alongside elected officials, she has organized community meetings, back-to-school events, and the DC Cares for the Relisha Rudd campaign. Her other volunteer efforts have included increasing voter registration and expanding quality educational options for children. In 2015, Hall founded Aya, Inc. a non-profit organization fostering mentor relationships between high school and college students through the lens of professional development, entrepreneurship and leadership workshops. 

Dana currently works as the Legislative Assistant to Councilmember Trayon White. There, she focuses on specifically on education, housing, and human services issues. Dana has worked at the Aspen Institute under the direction of the Vice President of Pubic Programs to coordinate seminars and events related to public affairs and current pressing political issues. Her experience is builds upon a wealth of knowledge received at the Children’s Defense Fund Freedom Schools ® Initiative. At the Children’s Defense Fund, Dana managed national and regional training preparing nearly 2,000 college students to serve as literacy advocates and teachers in their communities. Dana is a 2011 alumna of Howard University, a graduate of the 2015 WeLead Leadership Training Program at American University and a graduate of the 2016 Black upStart program in Washington DC.

Wanda Lockridge, Board Member

In 2011, Wanda founded the William O. Lockridge Community Foundation(WOLCF) where she serves as Chairwoman/Executive Director.

As Chairwoman/Executive Director, Wanda has developed a number of programs – the “Spread Your Wings” Scholarships, The Lockridge Transportation Assistance Program, The Lockridge Emergency Financial Assistance Program and the Lockridge International Ambassadors’ Programs. Under the leadership of Wanda, The WOLCF has provided 30 students with scholarships in the amount of $63K. WOLCF provide students with funds for transportation to school and emergency funds for books and other educational needs. In 2012, Wanda developed the International ambassadors Program. This program offers students from DC Public Schools (DCPS) an opportunity to travel to Africa during the student’s Christmas break. In 2014, Wanda began a partnership with Deloitte, a consulting firm, to offer a Science Technology Engineer Math (STEM) program at Charles Hart Middle School in Southeast, Washington, DC.

Wanda received a B.B.A. in Computer Information and System Science and an M.B.A in Management, Graduated with Honors. Wanda lives in Ward 8 and is the widower of the late William Lockridge, DC State Board of Education, Ward 8 Representative. They had one son, Stefan Lockridge.

Natalie Mitchell, Board Member

Natalie Mitchell is the Director of Title I and School Improvement Programs for Alexandria City Public Schools in Alexandria, VA. A native of London, England, she came to the United States to attend Howard University’s School of Fine Arts where she joined multiple organizations, many of which she is still active in. She received a BMus in Jazz Studies from Howard in 2003 and has since made Washington, DC her home. Despite receiving a degree in music, her entire professional career has been in K-12 education, primarily public and public charter. She specializes in federal, local, and state education policy and implementation; grants management, monitoring and reporting; school improvement; funding structures and management; program design, review and monitoring; parental and community involvement; and the effects of poverty on education. She is passionate about policy and practice issues of equity and access in education, particularly in the context of race, class and gender.

Jaida Moore, Board Member

Jaida A. Moore is a New Jersey native with a passion for litigation and public service.  She graduated magna cum laude from Grambling State University and then went on to obtain her law degree from Howard University School of Law in 2009.  During law school she served as the Community Service Co-Chair for her class, was on the planning committee for Alternative Spring Break, and tutored at Maya Angelou Public Charter School.

After graduation, Jaida began a judicial clerkship with the Honorable Herman C. Dawson in the Circuit Court for Prince George’s County.  She then went on to serve as an Assistant State’s Attorney in Prince George’s County for two years, where she advocated for victims in the District Court, Domestic Violence Unit. In 2012, Jaida relocated to volunteer in Costa Rica for five months to teach English to elementary students. Upon her return, she started her own practice: Moore Legal Group, LLC which focuses on real property matters and civil litigation.

In 2015, Jaida founded Jaida A. Photography to pursue her passion for photography. She focuses on family, beauty, and boudoir photography. When she is not working or volunteering, Jaida enjoys traveling and laying on the beach.

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Britney Whaley, Board Member

Britney D. Whaley is the New York City Political Director for the Working Families Party (WFP), New York’s liveliest and most progressive political party. She is responsible for working with the WFP leadership bodies and senior staff to manage the NYC political program, identify candidates for the newly launched WFP Progressive Candidate Pipeline Project, and oversee candidate recruitment and vetting. Britney has varied experience working in government relations, nonprofit management, and electoral politics. She served on President Obama’s reelection campaign in the battleground state of Virginia and continued to work on and manage local races in Virginia and New York. Britney has also served on the Board of Directors of the National Black Graduate Student Association and is a founding member of Capital Cause, a 501(c)(3) organization that uses a crowd-sourcing model to promote philanthropic giving among millennials and provide micro-grants to nonprofit organizations in Washington, DC.

Britney earned a BA in Political Science from Howard University and a Master of Public Policy from George Mason University. She is a native of Las Vegas, NV, and loves sharing the history of African Americans in Las Vegas.

 

Dana Williams, Board Member

Dana A. Williams is Professor of African American Literature and Chair of the Department of English at Howard University. She earned her B.A. in English from Grambling State University in Grambling, LA in 1993, her M.A. in 1995 from Howard University, and her Ph.D. in African American Literature from Howard University in 1998. She currently serves as President of the College Language Association, the largest and oldest professional organization for faculty of color who teach languages and literature.