Staff

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

Tony Barrett

Program Manager

Tony Barrett joined Urban Alliance as a Program Manager in July 2018. He is a Detroit native and graduated from the University of Michigan with his B.A in Psychology. Prior to working with Urban Alliance, Tony worked in various positions within education including youth mentorship at different non-profit organizations, being a program coordinator at The University of Michigan and being a teacher and Dean of Students in at risk schools throughout Detroit. Tony has a strong passion for uplifting and empowering the youth through life changing experiences and plans to continue his efforts through UA.

Alena Farooq

Program Associate

Alena joined Urban Alliance in July 2018 as the Detroit region’s Program Associate. Alena received her B.A. in Social Entrepreneurship & Business at Albion College, where she is currently serving on the Board of Trustees. Prior to joining Urban Alliance, Alena worked with the Quicken Loans Community Investment Fund on engaging team members in educational programming for Detroit Public Schools Community District students. Alena is passionate about engaging youth in Detroit.

Emily Leonard

Program Coordinator

Emily joined Urban Alliance as a Detroit Program Coordinator in October 2018. In this capacity, she guides young people’s academic and professional growth, manages worksite relationships, and delivers youth development curriculum tailored to increase job readiness. Emily liaises between youth participants, and Urban Alliance’s community and job partners in Detroit to ensure strong programmatic outcomes. Emily also serves as a national recruiter and regional diversity board member at Teach For America. Prior to joining Urban Alliance, she held various positions as a high school educator and curriculum development leader in Detroit for six years. Emily earned a B.A. in English Literature with an emphasis on secondary education from Western Washington University, and an M.A. in Urban Pedagogy from the University of Michigan. She maintains a strong commitment to equity, diversity, and youth advocacy.