Board of Directors
Michael Feder, Board Chair
American Association for the Advancement of Science
Jeri Mulrow, Vice-Chair
Andrew J. Morgan,Secretary
Lex Mundi Pro Bono Foundation
Faheem Rahman, Treasurer
Capital One Bank
Sher’Nae Key, Parent Representative
U.S. Department of Interior
iLead: Innovative Learning through Expeditionary and Adaptive Discovery
American Association for the Advancement of Science
Flint Hill School
The Education Trust
Goulston & Storrs
Andria Tobin has worked with under-served youth in Virginia, Arizona, and Washington, D.C. for nearly 20 years. As Kid Power’s Program Director for seven years, Andria worked closely with youth and families helping her develop an understanding for the depth and complexity of youth needs in D.C. and an awareness of guiding youth development principles. In 2012, Andria transitioned to Executive Director where she has guided the growth of the organization to serve 50% more youth, increased revenue by 60% and created a reserve fund, established new partnerships, and supported city-wide
youth-friendly policies as a D.C. Alliance of Youth Advocates Board Member.
Andria began her professional career working in therapeutic group homes supporting youth with severe emotional and behavioral challenges. She continued working with this population by facilitating a successful transition to adulthood for her foster daughter. She has a B.A. from the University of Virginia and an M.P.A. with a concentration in Nonprofit Management from American University, where she
graduated Cum Laude and was inducted into the Pi Alpha Alpha Honor Society.
Martina Arnold is a native Washingtonian who joined Kid Power in June of 2018 with more than 15 years of experience fundraising and building business development programs for nonprofit organizations and educational institutions. Prior to her current position at Kid Power, Martina facilitated and advanced the
Congressional Coalition on Adoption Institute support among corporate, foundation, and individual donors. In addition, she previously executed fundraising plans and cultivated relationships in support of the College of Southern Maryland and the CSM Foundation. Martina is a graduate of Bowie State University and received a Bachelor of Science Degree in Broadcast Journalism. A community advocate, she is a member of Leadership Southern Maryland and supports several youth-focused organizations in the Washington Metropolitan Area.
Jessica Truitt first joined Kid Power in the spring of 2015 as a Site Coordinator at Jefferson Middle School and then at Barnard Elementary School. She transitioned to the role of 21st Century Community Learning Center Program Director in May 2016. Jessica double-majored in Anthropology and Communications at Tulane University and then went on to earn an MPH in International Health and Development, with a focus on Nutrition, from Tulane University School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine. Her professional experience with youth began over ten years ago as an afterschool enrichment instructor with New Orleans Outreach. It has continued over the years through teaching English to students in Bangkok, Thailand and working as an Early Education Teacher in Washington, D.C.
Previously, Jessica served for two years as the Washington, D.C. Program Manager for the Institute of America's Health, a nonprofit that worked to provide health and wellness curriculum and teacher training to over 30 public and charter elementary schools. Jessica transitioned into the role of Program Director. She worked to support strengthening curriculum and evaluation systems to facilitate tracking students for multiple years. In July 2018, Jessica was promoted to Deputy Director, where she will work to further strengthen staffing and evaluation while focusing on developing new partnerships.
Curtis Leitch, Program Director
Curtis Leitch was born and raised in Anchorage, Alaska. He went to Washington State University and later transferred to the University of Alaska Anchorage, earning his Bachelor of Arts Degree in Sociology and Political Science. Curtis joined Kid Power as an AmeriCorps Academic Consultant in the fall of 2014. In this role, Curtis created English Language Arts and Math curriculum for Academic Power Hour aligned to Common Core Standards but featuring innovative, hands-on activities and creative review activities with benchmark assessments. In his second year, based on the success of piloted hands-on math and science activities, Curtis significantly increased Kid Power’s STEM curriculum. After two years of AmeriCorps service, Curtis transitioned to the role of Assistant Program Director in the fall of 2016. He oversaw Kid Power programs at J.O. Wilson Elementary, Stanton Elementary School, Jefferson Middle School, and LaSalle-Backus Educational Campus during his first year as Assistant Program Director. He
later supervised Cluster Coordinators, curriculum development as well as working with senior leadership on evaluation and grant compliance. Curtis transitioned to Program Director in 2018 and has begun working on data analysis and bolstering Kid Power’s citizenship curriculum for the upcoming school year.
Shana Townes was raised in the Washington Metropolitan Area and joined Kid Power in the fall of 2015 as an After-School Site Coordinator. After excelling in this role, she was promoted to Lead Site Coordinator to help Kid Power create a peer learning environment. As Kid Power grew, Shana was a natural choice for the newly created Cluster Coordinator position, in which she supervised logistics and staff management. Continuing Kid Power’s growth, Shana was promoted to Program and Operations Coordinator in July 2018. Shana’s youth education experience began 14 years ago and she has served students in Alexandria, VA, and Washington, D.C. She studied child psychology, elementary math science, bullying and emotional behavior, and creative programming at George Mason University. Shana enjoys providing youth with the tools to succeed in life and giving them the platform to express themselves.
Alex Boyd joined Kid Power as VeggieTime Director in June 2018. Alex is a graduate of Beloit College, where he developed a passion for issues surrounding food justice and access, managed a community garden, and completed a B.A. in Sociology and Literature. Prior to joining Kid Power, Alex worked for two years as a Child Hunger Corps member in Syracuse, New York, where he expanded access to child nutrition programs in underserved communities, mainly through developing new partnerships with school districts and after-school programs. More recently, he served as a Bill Emerson National Hunger Fellow with the Congressional Hunger Center. During this fellowship, Alex worked on anti-hunger advocacy tools with a food bank in Philadelphia, and on issues surrounding immigration and child food insecurity with a national food policy organization in Washington, D.C. As a North Carolinian, Alex has a soft spot for vegetarian southern food; his favorite vegetables are beets, okra, and hot peppers of all sorts.