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.

Isabel Alcalde

Program Director

Isabel joined Urban Alliance in May 2016 as a Northern Virginia Program Coordinator. Prior to joining Urban Alliance, Isabel served as a Program Coordinator for a youth civic engagement organization in Virginia. In that role, she worked with various high school student leaders, community organizations and community leaders to get out the Youth Vote. During her Peace Corps Service in Costa Rica, Isabel completed various projects, including leading workshops that addressed issues related to economics, social justice, financial

management, business practices and self-esteem for community members. A graduate of Marymount University in Arlington, VA, Isabel has a Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration. She is currently working on her Masters in Interdisciplinary Studies with a concentration in Women and Gender Studies at George Mason University in Fairfax, VA. Isabel is looking forward bringing her knowledge and skills to the table and collaborating with everyone who contributes to the excellence at Urban Alliance.

Kierra Craig

Program Manager – Fairfax

Kierra joined Urban Alliance in December 2015 and proudly serves as the Program Manager for the Northern, Virginia Fairfax Program. While in this role Kierra creates innovative initiatives to support the professional development of program participants. Kierra also utilizes the best practices in youth development to develop life skills and workforce development workshops that prepare participants for post- secondary success.

Prior to joining the UA family, Kierra served as the Program Director for an agency who aided in providing mental health services to under-resourced youth. Monitoring the youths’ progress by demonstrating and implementing the acquisition of pro-social skills through the use of problem solving, conflict resolution, anger management, community responsibility and appropriate peer relations continues to serves as one of Kierra’s greatest strengths and overall accomplishments.

Elise Denman

Program Coordinator

Elise joined Urban Alliance’s Northern Virginia team in April 2018 as a Program Coordinator. Prior to her time with UA, Elise served schools in Washington D.C. through AmeriCorps programs Teach For America and City Year. During her time in the classroom, she taught special education for grades 6-8 in both the inclusion and resource settings. Additionally, Elise spent two summers interning with District of Columbia Public Schools through the Urban Education Leaders Internship Program (UELIP) working with the IMPACT and Extended School Year teams. She gives back to her internship program by serving on the UELIP Alumni Board as the External Relations Chair. Elise graduated from the University of Florida with a BA in political science and a minor in education.

Ayondela Noble

Alumni Services Director

Ayondela Noble joined Urban Alliance in the Fall, 2016 as the Alumni Coordinator for NOVA region. She has an Ed.M. in Higher Educational Administration and a M.A. in Arts Management. She has worked in the nonprofit industry for a decade and also has extensive experience assisting with first generation, nontraditional and immigrant students navigate the college admissions processes. In addition to her professional background, she organized a feminine product donation drive for homeless women in upstate New York and has participated in the annual V-Day fundraising campaign for the past several years.

Christine Palmer

Program Coordinator

Christine Palmer joined Urban Alliance October 2017 as a Northern Virginia Program Coordinator. Prior to joining Urban Alliance, Christine worked at George Washington University as an Executive Aide for the School of Medicine and Health Sciences department.  In that role, she worked closely with medical students reviewing financial documentations for scholarship applications and assisting them with various other administrative task as needed.  Christine graduated from Baruch College in New York City with a Bachelor’s degree in International Marketing, and later received a fundraising certificate at New York University. For over a decade, Christine has volunteered and worked for various nonprofit organizations that cater to those in need, such as youth, the homeless, the elderly, and the blind.  With a passion for helping others and making a difference, Christine moved to the nonprofit field over a decade ago after a few years in the fashion garment industry to pursue a more full-filling role serving today’s youth and helping them reach their full potential in life, so that they can become productive men and women in society.

Christopher Young

Program Coordinator

Chris joined Urban Alliance in December 2016 as a Program Coordinator with previous work experience in nonprofits, research, and development. 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.