Staff and Board

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

Stella Afolabi

Martha’s Table Juniors Program Coordinator

Stella Afolabi is a 2012 Urban Alliance Alumna who first joined the team as a part-time administrative assistant to the D.C. Alumni Director. In 2017 she became a full-time Operations Associate on the national team, before returning to the DC region as a  Program Associate in 2020 then becoming the Martha’s Table Juniors Program Coordinator.

Through Urban Alliance, Stella held internships at the Boston Consulting Group and Children’s National Medical Center. Stella holds a B.S. in biology from Howard University.

Frank Alvarado

College and Career Associate

Frank Alvarado is an Urban Alliance alumni who joined as the College and Career Associate in July 2021. His role is to assist the Director of College and Career Readiness.

Before joining UA, Frank attended Bates College, where he graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Politics. As an alum, Frank is extremely excited to work with young people who’re undertaking a similar journey to the one he just recently completed.

Chris Allen

Program Coordinator

Chris Allen joined Urban Alliance as a Washington DC Program Coordinator in September 2019. He holds a bachelor’s degree in Public Relations & Marketing from West Virginia University. Before coming to Urban Alliance Chris worked as a youth outreach coordinator for a summer youth employment program, where he facilitated outdoors training and conservation education. Most recently, Chris served as a youth educator and counselor in the city, where he provided students with after-school support in STEM and English.

Ramiro Forty

Property Management Pathway Program Coordinator

Ramiro Forty joined the Urban Alliance team in October 2021 as the Property Management Pathway Program Coordinator. Before joining Urban Alliance, Ramiro served as a Site Supervisor for the Latin American Youth Center (LAYC), providing academic support, college readiness, and life skills workshops for youth at the high school level in Washington DC.

Ramiro is majoring in Communication studies at the University of Maryland Global Campus and minored in Digital Media Production at the College of Southern Maryland. Ramiro’s history with Urban Alliance traces back to his senior year in High School, where he interned at the Office of Personnel Management through the Urban Alliance. He has held the experience very dear to his heart and, till this day, communicates with his mentors from the program. Following his senior year, Ramiro joined LAYC’s AmeriCorps program to coordinate elementary & high school after-school programs.

Dominique Freeman

Program Coordinator

Dominique Freeman, a Los Angeles native, and Howard University graduate, spent the last nine years in the DMV serving as a dedicated advocate for youth. Before joining Urban Alliance, Dominique served as a Policy Specialist at a national non-profit. Through education, storytelling, and the development of child welfare policy recommendations, Dominique worked to ensure the voices of current, and former foster youth are centered in political and legislative processes. Through her previous work as a Program Coordinator with Family and Youth Initiative, Dominique has additional experience working directly with youth to build their support system, economic and emotional well-being through mentor support, life-skills development, and resource coordination. Dominique is committed to social justice, youth, and community engagement, and strongly believes all young people are deserving of a caring support system to help them reach their full potential.

Laurentiis Gaines

Program Director

Laurentiis M. Gaines, Jr. is the Program Director for Urban Alliance, in which capacity he oversees internships for over 200 high school youth in the Greater DC Region. He joined Urban Alliance in 2018 where he has served youth in various roles on the Greater DC team. Previously, Laurentiis interned for US Congressman Sanford D. Bishop, Jr. in his Albany, GA District Office, and later in the Congressman’s Capitol Hill office through the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation.

A native of Augusta, GA, Laurentiis is a 2016 graduate of The Unsinkable Albany State University with a degree in Political Science. While at Albany State, he had the honor of serving as the President of the Student Government Association for the 2015-2016 academic year. He is a Spring 2014 initiate of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity Inc. and a 2015 initiate of Alpha Psi Omega, National Theater Honor Society. During his time at Albany State, Laurentiis also served as a 2016 Fellow with the Georgia Democrats and a Campus Organizer with the Clinton for America campaign.

Jannel Monroe

Montgomery County Program Coordinator

Jannel Monroe joined Urban Alliance in February 2021 as the Montgomery County Program Coordinator. Before coming to Urban Alliance, she served as an Administrative Pastor for three years, then as an Interim Lead Pastor at the New Life Fellowship, located on the campus of Andrews University in Berrien Springs, MI.

A native of Montgomery County, Jannel completed a Bachelor of Arts in theology from Andrews University. She went on to obtain a Master of Divinity from the Andrews Theological Seminary in May 2020. During the tenure of receiving her education, Jannel served in multiple leadership and advocacy capacities that helped to support, empower and equip youth for success.

Laura Montgomery

Director of College and Career Readiness

Laura Montgomery serves as the Director of College and Career Readiness for Urban Alliance in the Greater DC Region. In this role, Laura oversees all college and career readiness support, underclassmen programming,  and continued engagement of Urban Alliance DC alumni.  Previously, she was responsible for oversight and guidance of direct service staff, interns, and recruitment and retention initiatives in the High School Internship Program. Laura first joined Urban Alliance in the summer of 2014 as a Communication and Curriculum Outreach Intern. 

Laura is a proud Washingtonian who believes deeply in the potential of young people in the District, and the distinct value of their contributions to the professional world they enter through Urban Alliance. Laura graduated from Virginia Tech where she received a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science.  

Erica Myers

Director of External Partnerships

Erica Myers became the Director of External Partnerships Greater DC Region in June 2021. She joined Urban Alliance Baltimore in October 2016 as a Program Coordinator and then became the Baltimore Director of Alumni Services in January 2019.

Erica obtained a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Spelman College and a master’s degree in education with a concentration in community and social change from the University of Miami.

Erica has always been passionate about equipping youth for success and analyzing the systems that impact them. She is excited to use her extensive direct service and relationship management to support current job partners and attract new employers to Urban Alliance.

Kameshia Tolliver

Regional Associate

Kameshia Tolliver joined Urban Alliance as the Regional Associate for Greater DC in May 2021. A 2015 alumna of the High School Internship Program, Kameshia received her bachelor’s degree in Human Resource Management from Delaware State University. Before coming to Urban Alliance she supported the daily operations of a DC real estate construction and management organization. She aspires to give back to under-served youth by providing them with tools to help them develop integrity, self-sufficiency, and financial literacy.

Rajon Ward

Program Coordinator

Rajon Ward joined Urban Alliance as a Washington DC Program Coordinator in May 2021. Before joining Urban Alliance, Rajon worked with Washington DC’s very own Step Afrika as a teaching artist, serving students in Ward 8. He also worked in Prince George’s County Public School System as a teacher and coach.

A Washington DC native, Rajon received his bachelor’s degrees in psychology and business administration from North Carolina Wesleyan College. An educator, mentor, and advocate for youth development, he hopes to continue preparing youth for career success.

Aida Woldegiorgis

Program Coordinator

Aida Woldegiorgis entered the program coordinator role for the Greater DC region in August 2021. Originally from Pasadena, CA, Aida received a full-tuition scholarship from the POSSE foundation that gave her the opportunity to graduate from Bucknell University in 2016 for her Bachelor’s degree specializing in Education and Political Science.

Prior to joining Urban Alliance, Aida worked primarily as a Kindergarten teacher overseas at Next Generation School located in the United Arab Emirates. Later She served under BAYAC AmeriCorps as a career coordinator with Oakland International High School supporting migrant youth from Central America, East Africa, and the middle east in their pursuits of attending college and attaining relevant work opportunities. She is currently pursuing her Master’s in Public Administration at George Washington University and is expected to graduate in 2023.