Staff

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

Christine McCurdy

Executive Director

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.

Lauren Landis

Program Coordinator

Lauren joined Urban Alliance in January 2020 as a Program Coordinator. She brings with her extensive experience in the field of youth development. Lauren previously worked as a volunteer English teacher in Peru and as an assistant teacher in Washington, DC, guiding and mentoring 5th grade students while providing accommodations and specialized support for learners with special needs. In her most recent role, she mentored Northern Virginia teenagers and trained volunteers for a multi-cultural youth ministry.

Lauren received her bachelor’s degree in Applied Sociology from North Carolina State University. She is especially passionate about equity in education and the holistic development of adolescents in her community.

Stefanie Marin

Program Coordinator

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.