Staff

We’re a group of passionate individuals working
to help build tomorrow’s workforce.

Eshauna Smith

Chief Executive Officer

Eshauna joined Urban Alliance in March 2013. As CEO, Eshauna provides leadership in key areas including development, policy and advocacy, communications, and strategic partnerships. Prior to joining Urban Alliance, Eshauna worked as a Senior Policy Advisor in the DC Office of the Deputy Mayor for Education where she led the development of Raise DC, the District’s first cradle-to-career partnership focused on improving educational and workforce development outcomes for DC youth from 0-24.

Between 2006-2010, Eshauna served as the founding Executive Director of the DC Alliance of Youth Advocates, a coalition of over 100 youth-serving organizations focused on youth employment, youth homelessness and strengthening out-of-school-time supports. She received her undergraduate degree from the University of California, Berkeley and a Masters of Public Affairs from the University of Texas, Austin.

Susan Andrzejewski

Program Evaluation Coordinator

Susan joined Urban Alliance in March 2017 as a Program Evaluation Coordinator. Susan received her B.S. in Math and Economics at the University of Pittsburgh and a M.S. in Public Policy and Management from Carnegie Mellon University. Over the past several years, Susan has mentored a high school student once a week with Community Club, a tutoring organization located in downtown DC. Susan is excited to continue working in youth development to provide valuable internship experiences.

Deirdre Ball

Donor Relations Associate

Deirdre joined Urban Alliance in August 2017. She graduated from Goucher College in Baltimore, Maryland with a B.A. in Political Science. Prior to joining Urban Alliance, Deirdre worked as a giving manager for Goucher College’s Alumni Association. As a Donor Relations Associate, Deirdre will provide essential administrative and technical support to the development team. She is grateful to have the opportunity to work at Urban Alliance and empower youth.

Nicole Clegg

Human Resources Manager

Nicole joined Urban Alliance in August of 2004 and is a Washington, DC native. She graduated from Eastern Senior High School and received her bachelor’s degree in business administration from University of Maryland Eastern Shore. She manages the day-to-day operations of the Urban Alliance office.

Sandra Cole

Finance Director

Sandra Cole serves as Finance Director at Urban Alliance. She has worked with Urban Alliance in various finance and accounting capacities since 2003. Sandra began her career in public accounting and has experience with a variety of corporate and private clients. Sandra is a native of southern New Jersey and received her Bachelor of Science in Accounting Information Systems from Virginia Tech.

Julie Farkas

Chief Strategic Growth Officer

Julie joined Urban Alliance in March 2013. Julie cultivates strategic partnerships with community leaders, institutions and businesses. Prior to joining Urban Alliance, Julie worked as the Senior Program Officer at the Consumer Health Foundation, where she created and managed their strategic grants initiatives for twelve years.

Before that Julie designed and directed the LifeWorks employment program at the Arlington-Alexandria Coalition for the Homeless. Julie began her career at the Enterprise Foundation where she helped launch a national network of employment programs in low-income communities. Julie is a graduate of TC Williams High School, one of the schools in UA’s Virginia expansion, and the University of Virginia. She is passionate about helping high school seniors continue their education and move on to rewarding careers and lives of self-sufficiency.

Kiara Holland

Business and Finance Associate

Kiara joined Urban Alliance as the Operations Associate for the DC Office in October 2015. In her current role as Business and Finance Associate, Kiara maintains proper controls surrounding financial transactions and manages many finance related responsibilities as our organization continues to grow. Prior to Urban Alliance, Kiara worked as a Personal Assistant and Nanny where she developed a passion for working with youth. She earned her Bachelor’s in Business Administration and Accounting from Shaw University and a Master’s in Business Administration from Capella University.

Brittany Johnson

Program Specialist – Suitland

Prior to joining Urban Alliance in October of 2016, Brittany worked in various non-profit organizations facilitating groups, providing case management and other mental health services for youth. She brings exceptional experience providing clinical, educational and career counseling services to many students at various agencies. She is compelled to work tirelessly to make a difference in our country’s most vulnerable youth and is excited to accomplish this through her work at Urban Alliance. Her considerable experience combined with incredible attention to detail make her a great fit.

Brittany graduated from the University of Florida with a B.A. in Sociology with a Minor in Family, Youth and Community Sciences. She received a Masters of Social Work degree with a double concentration in Clinical and Social Policy and Administration along with a LEAD Certificate from the Florida State University.

Sokeng Leng

Director of Special Projects

Sokeng returned to Urban Alliance in May 2014. As Director of Special Projects, Sokeng provides coordination and organization for important events and initiatives as well as communications and marketing support. Sokeng began her Urban Alliance career in 2007 as a Program Coordinator for the World Bank and Fannie Mae summer internship program. Despite leaving the D.C. area, she continued to support Urban Alliance as a consultant, working on curriculum development and assisting with Urban Alliance’s expansion into Chicago.

Sokeng joined Teach For America after college and taught in Phoenix, Arizona. She also led an after school and summer youth center in South Central Los Angeles. Sokeng received her undergraduate degree from University of Maryland, College Park and her Masters in Guidance and Counseling from Loyola Marymount University, Los Angeles.

Tameka Logan

Chief Program Officer

Tameka joined the Urban Alliance staff in June 2006 as a Program Coordinator for our High School Internship Program. In 2007 she became the Program Director and in 2010, the Deputy Director. Today, she serves as our Chief Program Officer. Tameka has developed and managed programs for youth from various social, ethnic, and educational backgrounds. She has earned degrees in the following areas: Organizational Development, Management and Education. Tameka has worked as a youth developer for several years. She remains excited and grateful for the opportunity to be a part of a committed team of professionals that serves such a dynamic group of young people.

Tyran Omary

National Alumni Director

Tyran joined Urban Alliance in June 2012 as a DC Program Coordinator and moved to the DC Program Director position in 2013. In August 2016, she transitioned to her current role where her focus is to support Alumni Services across all regions and create systems to connect all our alumni to pathways of opportunity.

Tyran has over ten years of experience working in the field of youth development. Prior to Urban Alliance, she worked with the Boys and Girls Club of Chicago in their Teen REACH Program, The Children’s Aid Society with their Scholarship and College Guidance Program and Futures and Options with their Internship and Career Development Program. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology from the Chowan University.

Paul Remy

Director of Business Development

Paul Remy joined the Urban Alliance staff as a Development Associate in 2014. Paul received his Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and Multimedia Design from Duquesne University and his Juris Doctorate from the University of Miami School of Law. Prior to joining Urban Alliance, Paul participated in a number of public interest internships and volunteered with several non-profit youth organizations. He looks forward to supporting underserved youth through meaningful work with Urban Alliance.

Lauren Rice

Data Quality Coordinator

Lauren joined Urban Alliance in June 2016. She graduated from the University of Denver with a B.A. in Political Science and received a Masters of Public Administration degree with a concentration in Non-Profit Programs from the George Washington University. Prior to joining Urban Alliance, Lauren worked in various non-profit and government organizations including Charter Board Partners, Reach Out and Read Colorado, Denver Rescue Mission and the Colorado Governor’s Office. Lauren found a passion for working with youth during her seven years of coaching swimming at local YMCAs and club teams.

Emily Rogers

Communications Manager

Emily Rogers joined Urban Alliance in July 2017 as Communications Manager. She is a graduate of Washington University in St. Louis and holds a master’s degree in political communication from American University. After graduate school, Emily worked at the Democratic National Committee during the 2012 presidential campaign. She then spent four years in the communications office of U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson where she served as his press secretary.

Jason Rotolo

Accounting Manager

Jason joined Urban Alliance in 2013 as the Chicago Program Associate and now works as our Accounting Manager.  In addition to Jason’s existing management of HSIP invoicing and cost reimbursable contracts, he will be responsible for all aspects of the monthly accounting close processes and will ensure Urban Alliance can report upon financial results in a timely manner.  Jason is excited to ensure Urban Alliance is a good steward of public and private funds and that information is available for timely and accurate reporting.  He is a graduate of SUNY at Buffalo and received a Master’s Degree in Education from DePaul University.

Jose Sousa

Chief Administrative Officer

Jose C. Sousa is the Chief Administrative Officer at Urban Alliance and has been with the organization since 2013. He comes to the organization with over a decade of public service with the Government of the District of Columbia and the City of Newark, NJ. During his time with the Office of the Deputy Mayor for Planning and Economic Development (DMPED) in Washington, DC, Jose worked as a Project Manager, Director of Communications and ultimately as Deputy Chief of Staff where he helped to oversee hiring and operations while managing communications and community outreach for the agency.

Jose also served as the Deputy Director of External Affairs for The Center for Education Reform, focusing on state level lobbying for charter school issues. Additionally, he spent four years working on a variety of municipal issues in the Mayor’s Office in his hometown of Newark, N.J. Jose has his B.A. in Politics from the Catholic University of America.

Kyle Storms

Development Director

Kyle joined the Urban Alliance staff in 2012 as a Development Associate. Kyle received his Bachelor of Arts in History and Leadership Studies from the University of Richmond in 2008. Prior to joining Urban Alliance, Kyle served as a Manager of Development for Higher Achievement. Kyle is pleased to continue his work of helping to provide opportunities for underserved youth.

Isabella Ulloa

Director of New Site Development

Isabella joined Urban Alliance in August 2017 as Director of New Site Development. In this capacity, she cultivates the strategic partnerships necessary for the organization’s geographic expansion and supports the senior leadership team with business development. Until January 2017, Isabella served in the Obama Administration as a Special Assistant to Secretary of Homeland Security Jeh C. Johnson. Isabella co-led efforts to prepare the Secretary for congressional oversight hearings; improved his ability to make informed decisions by collaborating with senior advisors to draft daily briefing memoranda on national security issues; and collaborated with him on special projects, to include creating presentations for President Obama. Isabella earned a Bachelor of Arts in International Relations with a concentration in International Security and minor in Entrepreneurial Leadership from Tufts University.

Dan Tsin

Director of Data and Accountability

Dan joined the Urban Alliance staff in July 2012 as Director of Evaluation. Dan graduated from the College of William and Mary in 2006 with a Bachelor’s degree in Finance and Government. After graduating, he spent three years working in consulting before transitioning to the social sector and working as an analyst for DC Public Schools. Dan holds a Master’s Degree in Public Policy from George Washington University, with a focus on Program Evaluation and Education Policy.

Meaghan Woodbury

Chief Operating Officer

Meaghan graduated from Loyola College of Maryland in 2003 with a degree in Political Science. After graduation, Meaghan worked for Catholic Relief Services then the Baltimore City Teaching Residency where she completed a Master’s Degree in Education from Johns Hopkins University while teaching 6th and 8th grade social studies at Harlem Park Middle School. Meaghan began working as a Program Coordinator for the Urban Alliance in July 2007.

Meaghan was the Program Manager and Director for the Urban Alliance Baltimore Internship Program from 2008 to 2010. In 2010, Meaghan became the Director of Corporate Partnerships and in August 2012, Meaghan was promoted to become the Chief of Strategic Partnerships, then Chief Operating Officer in 2014.