Staff

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

Stephanie Amponsah

Executive Director

Stephanie joined Urban Alliance in September 2010 as a Program Coordinator. She later became the Program Director and now serves as the Executive Director of Urban Alliance in the Baltimore region. Stephanie has over a decade of experience in human services and nonprofit management as an Executive Director, Program Director, Social Worker, and Social Entrepreneur in organizations that strive to empower underserved youth. She is also Co-Founder of a grassroots, volunteer-led nonprofit organization that serves young girls.

Prior to joining Urban Alliance, Stephanie worked professionally as a Social Worker for homeless and foster youth in North Carolina and Washington, D.C. Outside of Urban Alliance, Stephanie serves as an Advisory Board Member at Loyola University Maryland School of Education. Stephanie attended High Point University where she earned a B.A. in Human Relations and a Masters of Public Administration in Nonprofit Organizations. She also holds a Masters of Education from Loyola University Maryland. Stephanie is a recipient of The Maryland Daily Record’s 2016 Leading Women Award.

Dara Doss

Program Coordinator

Dara joined Urban Alliance Baltimore in August 2018. She is a graduate of The Ohio State University, earning a Bachelor’s degree in Political Science and International Relations and Diplomacy. After graduating, Dara relocated to South Korea through the Teach and Learn in Korea (TaLK) program to teach after-school English to elementary school children. After a year and a half of teaching in South Korea, Dara further pursued her passions for working with children and international exchange by becoming a Peace Corps Volunteer in Ethiopia. While serving in Ethiopia, Dara was an English Language Facilitator to ninth and tenth graders. During her two and a half years in Ethiopia, she also worked on several projects that helped foster cultural exchange and improve students’ use of the English language.

As a Program Coordinator with Urban Alliance, Dara is dedicated to the organization’s mission and is passionate about helping youth widen their view of the world and uncover opportunities they may not have thought possible.

Katie Graul

Alumni Services Director

Katie joined Urban Alliance in July 2014. She has worked as a Program Coordinator with the Young Adult and High School Internship Programs. In 2016, she assumed the role of Baltimore’s Alumni Services Director. Prior to Urban Alliance, Katie worked in the public schools as a school counselor and teacher for five years.

Outside of Urban Alliance, Katie continues to be a math educator as a tutor. She holds both a B.A. in Psychology and a M.Ed. in Secondary School Counseling from Lehigh University, as well as a M.S. in Secondary Education from Johns Hopkins University. She is excited to continue her career as an educator with the young people served by the Urban Alliance.

Erica Myers

Program Coordinator

Erica joined Urban Alliance Baltimore in October 2016. Erica obtained her bachelor’s degree in psychology from Spelman College and completed her master’s degree in Education with a focus in Community and Social Change from the University of Miami. She has always been passionate about serving youth and analyzing the systems that greatly impact them. Upon graduation, she worked in community based organizations in Miami that served youth and young adults who were aging out of foster care.

Erica comes to Urban Alliance after serving as a Youth Career Advisor for Anne Arundel County Workforce Development Corporation, coaching out of school youth and directing them to fulfilling careers and training. Erica is excited to pursue the role of a Program Coordinator here with Urban Alliance and continue to enhance her skills to empower youth and young adults achieve success.

Nikki Rucker

Program Director

Nikki joined Urban Alliance Baltimore in August 2016. She earned a bachelor’s degree in Human Services and Religious Studies from Lincoln University in 2013 where she competed on the volleyball and softball team. Upon graduating, she returned to her hometown of Cleveland, Ohio to provide one year of service to AmeriCorps in their City Year Cleveland program. Nikki came to Urban Alliance after serving as a Family Advocate in Baltimore for two years in hopes of furthering her passion for inner-city youth and working to close the academic and achievement gap. Nikki became Program Director in August 2018.