STAFF MEET OUR STAFF

Our staff continually demonstrates the six core values of Urban Ed through their daily contact with students, partners, and other personnel. Small but mighty, they work together as a team to ensure outcomes and excellence. Currently there are no open positions; however, as we continue to plan for the future of Urban Ed we welcome resumes that demonstrate the potential for innovation and vision. Visit the Career tab to learn more about our employment expectations.


Roxanne J. Williams
President

Roxanne J. Williams is the president and program manager for all program activity. She has 14 global technical certifications and over 20 years of community, youth development and technical experience that includes grassroots economic development work, workforce development work and managing youth development projects throughout the country. She has also held lead IT positions in several government contractor companies leading IT departments and critical IT functions. Roxanne holds a Master’s degree in Training and Organizational Development and was recognized internationally as a Salzburg Fellow for her commitment, passion and outcomes-driven youth and community development work. Her role is overall program management of all Urban Ed programs, administering formal partnership agreements particularly around job placement, evaluation management, grants management and assisting with ongoing training design and curriculum delivery methods. Roxanne built Urban Ed from the ground up and her visions for sustainability and dedication to residents of the District and the DMV region, particularly our youth has been the force behind the quality success of Urban Ed. Community members admire her attention to their individual needs, her "keeping it real", soft but stern approach and her genuine inspiration for all people in the community to succeed.


Violet Browne
Career Coach/Manager of Administration

Violet Browne is our Career Coach and Manager of Administration. She has five years of commitment to Urban Ed starting as a volunteer a year before becoming fulltime. She is responsible for career coaching, supporting the business essentials training, and the management of the mentoring and corporate volunteer process as well as supporting our truancy programs with youth. She is also a part of the management team responsible for grant progress and financial expenditure tracking and monitoring. Violet comes to Urban Ed from the corporate and human resource management arena with over 16 years of experience in the management of human capital where she excelled in corporate America always being promoted to management levels within less than a year of service to the companies she worked for. Violet’s compassion for change, nurturing spirit, and organizational skills are key qualities in helping those we serve stay on track with reaching their individual goals and stay the course of completing our training program. She has served as the led mentor inspiring our participants to keep their eyes on the prize and manage their day-to-day lives in more productive and constructive manners. She is instrumental in Urban Ed meeting our goals and ensuring resources and supports are in place for every participant we serve. Violet brings a diverse and myriad skill set to the table and she is also a certified HR professional.


Kalonji Guillory
Senior IT Instructor

Kalonji Guillory is Urban Ed’s senior IT Instructor. He is an alumni of Urban Ed graduating from the organization in 2014. Since that time he has worked in various IT technician, desktop support and technology specialist positions at the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, American Public Power Association, and Foley & Lardner LLP. Kalonji holds current certifications in A+, Network+ Security+, ITILv3 and Cisco Certified Instructor on CCNA. He is experienced in networking, Cisco systems, installation/configuration/troubleshooting, ticketing systems, mobility/cloud/virtualization, and project management. He also has a passion for inspiring STEM activities with young people and has work experience with Hungry Brains as a program coordinator, the Congressional & National Young Leaders Conference as a facilitator and program manager and a literacy instructor for both DC Public Schools and Fairfax County Public Schools. Kalonji is a graduate of Oral Roberts University with a Bachelor of Science in Communications and Art.


Philip Whatley
Associate Trainer

Philip Whatley is Urban Ed's Associate Trainer. He has over 15 years of public service experience having worked with the Court Services and Offender Supervision Agency (CSOSA) serving the ex-offender population. Phil has been in the roles of Vocational Development and Learning Lab Specialist helping returning citizens gain valuable technology-based skills. Prior to CSOSA Phil was a software instructor within the Correction Corporation of America and an Adjunct Professor at the University of the District of Columbia. He holds a Bachelor of Art degree in History from Doane College in Nebraska and was a previous technology professional with IBM and Xerox. He also has had training in networking, IT security, data integrity, distance learning, mobility and web design. Phil is very active in the community and workforce development framework within the District of Columbia and has alliances with a number of agencies to forward Urban Ed’s expanded IT training program.


Aaron Williams
Tech Club Coordinator

Aaron Williams came to Urban Ed as a Public Ally intern in September 2017 to advance her desire to learn, serve and grow within the community development and nonprofit arena. Public Allies is a national movement grounded in the conviction that everyone leads and Aaron is our Tech Club Coordinator for the Show Up Stand Out (SUSO) statewide middle school truancy initiative. Aaron’s background includes being a GED tutor with the Anacostia Community Outreach Center where her outreach efforts increased program attendance by 92% and her hands-on tutoring and mentoring improved literacy rates by 71%. She has also given more than 240 hours of community outreach-based services to multiple nonprofits on a volunteer basis that includes Ella's Kids, Inc. and Glenarden Hope and Resource Community Outreach Recreation Center. Aaron is passionate about community and the development of others and she is inspired by her own story of success.


All staff are fully vetted and have background and FBI clearances, are CPR certified and have completed TB and drug screening. All staff also maintain current industry credentials within their respective field for program implementation.



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