Washington, D.C. alumni board
Our alumni support our work and drive change in their local communities long after serving with City Year.
Katie Hanna proudly served as a CYDC AmeriCorps member from 2011-12 (Johnson Middle School) and a team leader from 2012-13 (CW Harris Elementary School). She is currently the senior development associate at Springboard Collaborative, and she also works as an independent consultant, providing development support and strategy for several nonprofit clients. Katie co-authored the book Human Behavior in Extreme Situations: Implications for K–12 Education in the Twenty-First Century with Dr. Robert H. Koff in 2015.
Katie graduated from The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 2011 with bachelor's degrees in English and psychology and a minor in creative writing, and she received her master's degree in social work from The Brown School of Social Work at Washington University in St. Louis in 2015. She has served on the City Year Alumni Association of Washington, D.C. board since 2015.
Sherry Leung served as an Americorps member with City Year New Hampshire from 2014-2015. She currently works at the George Washington University as an area coordinator. In her role, she provides student support in the residence halls, and serves as a part of an emergency on-call response rotation for the University.
Sherry graduated from SUNY Geneseo in 2014 where she studied history and adolescence education with a minor in sociology. After finishing her service year, Sherry attended Teachers College at Columbia University where she received her Master of Arts in higher and post-secondary education. Sherry has been serving on the alumni board for CYDC since Fall 2017.
Andrew proudly served as a City Year corps member with CYLA at Gompers Middle School from 2011-2012, and as a team leader at Manual Arts High School from 2012-2013. After completing his service with City Year, he joined the Capital Teaching Residence where he earned his teaching license. He is currently a high school chemistry teacher in DC. He also served with the Peace Corps in Tanzania where he taught secondary math and chemistry from 2015-2017.
Andrew graduated from Wake Forest University in 2011 with a Bachelor of Science in biology and minor in chemistry. He also received his Master of Education in curriculum and instruction from American University in 2015.
As development operations manager, Miranda oversees World Central Kitchen’s fundraising technology, systems, and data entry, while supporting the vice president of donor insights & relations in the execution of donor stewardship. Prior to her current role she proudly served six years at City Year, DC. Miranda comes to the office each day passionate about working for an organization driving change in the world. Currently, Miranda is working toward a Salesforce Administrator certification.
Emily DeMent proudly served in Washington, D.C. as an AmeriCorps member from 2015-2016 (Ketcham ES) and a civic engagement project leader from 2016-2017 as the community engagement coordinator. She is currently program associate for the National Association of Community Health Centers (NACHC) as program associate, where she manages event logistics for trainings across the US and supports federally qualified health centers and their staff to do great work. Her favorite part of her job is getting to know health center workers and hearing their stories.
Emily graduated from the University of Maryland, College Park, in 2015 with a Bachelor of Science in biology and a Bachelor of Arts in sociology. In Emily's free time, she enjoys all types of games, friendly competition, and trying new foods. This is Emily's first year serving on the alumni board and she can't wait to #makebetterhappen with CYDC!
I envision a world where people have an awareness of themselves, their identities, and the world around them, hope that the world can be improved, and the confidence to be a part of that change. I enact this vision in my work as the program director for Seeding Social Innovation at LearnServe International, a nonprofit that equips youth with social entrepreneurship skills, by creating opportunities for middle and high schools to develop their own social venture projects. My path towards this vision has included, the University of Michigan, Paolo Freire, City Year, New York University, Ashinaga, and Robofest. These experiences have catalyzed my questions to those who would rather complain about the world: what are you going to do about it and how can I help?
Christie Joesbury proudly served in AmeriCorps NCCC Pacific Region in 2014-2015 and in City Year Boston at Mildred Ave K-8 School in 2015-2016. Christie has served on the City Year Washington, D.C. alumni board since 2018.
Christie works as a data support specialist in Academy of Hope Adult Charter School. She previously interned at Aleph Institute, focused on criminal justice reform, and the National League of Cities, focused on education re-engagement for youth aged 16-24. Christie graduated from University of Florida with a dual major Bachelor of Arts in history and criminology, and a Master of Science in public policy and management from Carnegie Mellon University. Christie hopes to continue to use data science and technology to improve education and workforce outcomes on a local and national level.
Kate Naranjo is the senior manager of strategic projects at Poverty Solutions at the University of Michigan. Before graduate school, she worked as a school's manager at EverFi, an education technology company, building relationships across the midwest with schools and teachers. Kate served with City Year Boston ('12) as a corps member, and with City Year Sacramento as a Founding Team Leader ('13). Kate holds a Master of Public Policy degree from the Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy at the University of Michigan and a bachelor’s degree from Tufts University.
Leroy Richardson served as an AmeriCorps member with City Year Washington, D.C. from 2016-2018. He currently works at Marymount University as a residence hall coordinator. In this role, he supports the programming efforts of 16 Community Assistants for over 500 residents along with being on an on-call response rotation for the university. Leroy graduated from Indiana State University with a bachelor's degree in psychology with a minor in women's studies in 2015. Leroy is currently pursuing his master's degree in organizational leadership online at Claremont Lincoln University, thanks to City Years' university partnerships. Leroy has been serving on the Alumni Board for CYDC since fall 2018.
Cornelius Williams served as an AmeriCorps member at Carol City Middle School in Miami, FL from 2014-2015 and has served on the alumni board for CYDC since 2018. He currently works for PeerForward Inc. as a program specialist providing specialized coaching to students across the country. He also works with various colleges and organizations across the nation as a motivational speaker to both college and high school students.
Cornelius graduated from the University of South Florida in 2014 with a Bachelor of Arts in communication and a concentration in public advocacy. He truly believes in the power of youth activation and embodies the Zulu proverb of “Ubuntu”.