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 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 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.
Ashley Griffin came to Urban Ed as a Public Ally intern in September 2016 to advanced her desire to learn, serve and grow community. Public Allies is a national movement grounded in the conviction that everyone leads and Ashley is already on a trajectory of strong leadership. With Urban Ed she is serving a dual role working as the lead as our Marketing and Communications Associate and part of the team working with Urban Ed’s Show Up Stand Out (SUSO) statewide middle school truancy initiative. Ashley has a diverse background that includes retail, community outreach and construction where she engaged in a project to fully renovate a burned out home for a retired senior citizen. She is an AmeriCorps member with over 500 service hours completed. She has also been on the Middle States Accreditation Planning team and served as a YouthBuild Student Leadership Council member.
Rodney Johnson also came to Urban Ed as a Public Ally intern in October 2016 to advanced his desire to learn, serve and grow within the youth development field. Public Allies is a national movement grounded in the conviction that everyone leads and Rodney is our Tech Club Coordinator for the Show Up Stand Out (SUSO) statewide middle school truancy initiative. Rodney has served as the lead and assistant facilitator for Split This Rock and One Common Unity leading workshops to youth at Sasha Bruce, Ballou Senior High School and Wilson Senior High School. Rodney received the Brave New Voices Youth Slam Team Champion award in 2014 and attended Prince George’s Community College for Business Management. Rodney is skilled in spoken word poetry, writing and public speaking with a deep passion for the development of youth.
Sterling Moore is Urban Ed’s lead IT Instructor. He has four years of commitment to Urban Ed also starting as a volunteer a year before coming on board fulltime. Sterling was a previous Urban Ed student who became unemployed due to the economy after four years of loyal service to his company. While Sterling was a good employee he lacked the credentials needed and therefore was cut when his company decided to downsize. Urban Ed helped Sterling secure his A+ IT Technician, Microsoft Certified Professional, and HDI-CSR certifications and he is now committed to helping build others toward similar success just as Urban Ed helped him come out of unemployment. He has a management background in retail technology where he repeatedly received awards and recognition for performance, generating revenue and customer service. He is extremely focused and over the past four years during the launch of our new IT apprenticeship pilot, Sterling helped to lead our students to success maintaining Urban Ed's performance goals that averaged 80% of participants gaining at least one global IT industry certification. Sterling’s focus and innovative training style has been key in keeping participants engaged, focused on learning and achieving their potential.
All staff have fully vetted and have background and FBI clearances, are CPR certified and have completed TB and drug testing. All staff also maintain current industry credentials within their respective field for program implementation.