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Christine joined Urban Alliance in March 2015 as Program Coordinator for the Northern Virginia Program. She then served as Program Director before moving into the Executive Director role in September 2017. She brings several years of experience with domestic and international non-profit organizations, through which she has developed a passion for teaching, mentoring and youth development. Prior to arriving at Urban Alliance, Christine served as Co-Director of The Peace Project in Laguna de Apoyo, Nicaragua, where she led youth enrichment, adult Spanish literacy, high school scholarship and ESL programs, and co-founded Proyecto CocoMango – a grassroots community development organization. She served for two years as Program Coordinator with the Farmer-to- Farmer Program at Partners of the Americas, where she coordinated hands-on agricultural training by US volunteers in Latin America to build the capacity of local agriculturalists. Christine also spent a year in Cuenca, Ecuador, as a volunteer ESL instructor with WorldTeach. A graduate of Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, MD, Christine has a Bachelor of Arts in International Studies and a Spanish and Latin American Culture minor.
Richa joined Urban Alliance in August 2018 as Program Coordinator for the High School Internship Preparatory Program (HIPP) in Northern Virginia and became the region’s Program Director in October 2019. She grew up in Kathmandu, Nepal where she volunteered to teach English to middle and high school students. She has a Bachelor’s Degree in Liberal Arts from St. John’s College in Annapolis, MD where she studied the Great Books Program. During her time at St. John’s, Richa worked for the Admissions Office, and had summer internships at nonprofit organizations. In the past, Richa has worked with adolescent girls in Nepal to identify barriers in their education. Richa wants to inspire Northern Virginia youth to succeed in their academic and professional life by being an encouraging and resourceful Program Coordinator.
Alexis Hardy-Wills joined Urban Alliance in August 2018 as a Program Coordinator in Northern Virginia. Before joining UA, she served as an AmeriCorps Achievement Fellow with Higher Achievement—a nonprofit organization specializing in middle school academic enrichment. In this role, her main focus was high school preparation for underserved eighth grade students, including assisting students and families with the high school application process in Washington, D.C. Alexis also has previous teaching experience with Kindergarten, fifth, and sixth grade students. Her years of mentoring, teaching, and building connections with young people are evidence of her strong passion for education. Alexis attended Spelman College in Atlanta, GA where she received a Bachelor’s Degree in Sociology and Anthropology.
Stefanie Marin joined Urban Alliance in June 2019 as a Northern Virginia Program Coordinator. Stefanie is from Alexandria, VA and a graduate of T.C. Williams High School, one of the schools UA serves in Virginia. She holds a bachelor’s degree in sociology with a concentration in children and youth from George Mason University. As a first-generation college graduate, she enjoys working with students from similar backgrounds and helping them to succeed.
Alasia joined Urban Alliance in August 2018 as a Program Coordinator in Northern Virginia. Prior to her role, Alasia worked as a Program Assistant for the American Council on Education where she focused on post-secondary credential completion, alternative credentialing, and credits for prior learning. Additionally, Alasia has previous experience working in higher education as an Orientation and Retention Specialist, assisting in guiding students through their academic journey from new student orientation to graduation, with an emphasis on minority populations.
Alasia received her undergraduate degree in Human Development and Sociology from Virginia Tech and her master’s degree in Public Administration with a focus on Social Policy from American University.
Alumni Services Director
Chris joined Urban Alliance in December 2016 as a Program Coordinator with previous work experience in nonprofits, research, and development and took on the role of Alumni Services Director in August 2018. Prior to Urban Alliance, Chris worked with AmeriCorps coordinating service learning programs at Tennessee Wesleyan College for under-resourced communities. In other prior roles, Chris served as a research assistant for the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) working primarily on policy analysis and research in relation to mental health. Chris comes to Urban Alliance having recently completed his Masters of Public Administration with a concentration in Public Policy Analysis and Nonprofit Management.