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Monique Cox is the Executive Director of Urban Alliance Baltimore, where she leads regional strategy, development, and operations, working with leaders and businesses across the city to support and build Baltimore’s next generation of talent. Monique comes to Urban Alliance from Young Audiences/Arts for Learning Maryland where as Program Director she directed the preparation, coordination, reporting, and budgeting for all in-school core programming. In this role, she managed over 70 teaching artists and oversaw programming in over 450 schools and community organizations throughout the state of Maryland. Before joining Young Audiences, Monique was a Relationship Manager at United Way of Central Maryland where she managed the federal combined charity campaign that covered 680 federal agencies and over 118,000 employees in Central Maryland, Western Maryland, and Delaware and raised over $6 million.
For nine years she worked for Johns Hopkins University as the Enrichment Director at Baltimore Talent Development High School. During those nine years she oversaw the advisory, elective, and after school programs, community engagement and served as the student support coordinator. In this role, she created opportunities for students to develop skills in various career fields. Monique had the opportunity to enroll her two cohorts of students in Urban Alliance High School Internship Program in 2012 and 2013. She earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Mass Communications, a Master’s Degree in Publications Design from the University of Baltimore as well as a Master’s Degree in Nonprofit Management and Leadership from Walden University.
LaShonda joined Urban Alliance Baltimore as a Program Coordinator in February 2019, and became the region’s Program Manager in March 2020. LaShonda has an extensive background in the human services field, working as a family advocate in North Carolina before moving to Maryland to work with the State of Maryland Department of Juvenile Services. She came to Urban Alliance after serving as a family advocate in Baltimore for the last three and a half years. She also holds a master’s degree in human services from Capella University. As a Program Manager, LaShonda is committed to carrying out the mission and goals of the organization, as well as supporting and helping youth discover their strengths and minimize challenges. LaShonda is passionate about helping disadvantaged young people and working to support them as they grow into adulthood.
Asia Griffin joined Urban Alliance as a Program Coordinator for the Bloomberg Philanthropies summer internship program in 2019, and transitioned to a Program Associate in the fall of the same year. A former Urban Alliance student intern, Asia is determined to make a difference in her community by helping youth grow into their success. She received her bachelor’s degree in Human Services from Stevenson University in Maryland.
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.
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.
Kendra joined Urban Alliance Baltimore in January 2019. She is a graduate of Stevenson University where she earned a bachelor’s degree in Human Services with a minor in Psychology. From a young age, Kendra has always had a passion for helping individuals that inspired her to complete her senior-year practicum at Urban Alliance. This experience helped her to realize that helping youth reach their full potential was her true passion.
Alumni Services Director
Erica joined Urban Alliance Baltimore in October 2016 as a Program Coordinator and became the Baltimore Alumni Services Director in January 2019. 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.