Council District 1
To obtain an upper management position that allows me to promote excellence through performance measurement, analysis, and specific and time-oriented report production so companies can make decisions in a timely manner.
- Silberman School of Social Work @ Hunter College, New York, NY (September 2013- May 2015)
- Masters in Social Work, Office of Management and Leadership
- Monroe College, Bronx, NY (April 2008-August 2009)
- BBA in Business Administration, Magna Cum Laude
SOCIAL WORKER, Permanency Administration, District of Columbia Government’s Child and Family Services (November 2016-Present)
FOSTER CARE SOCIAL WORKER, ON-CALL YOUTH WORKER, AND LGBTQ TRAINING FACILITATOR, Foster Care Social Worker Latin American Youth Center (November 2015-October 2016)
MEDICAID SERVICE COORDINATION QUALITY ASSURANCE COORDINATOR, SKIP of New York (January 2014- October 2015)
- Conduct internal audits on a continuing basis.
- Conduct site visits on an as needed basis.
- Database creation of internal tracking systems
- Track site visit reports submitted by Medicaid Service Coordinators.
- Track community habilitation and day habilitation plans on internal database.
- Track and report incidents to the Office of Persons with Developmental Disabilities.
- Provide monthly data reports to Medicaid Service Coordination Supervisors, MSC QA Supervisor. Director of Programs, and Deputy Director.
CASE PLANNER, Graham-Windham, 2013 Graham-Windham Mission Award Recipient (August 2010-January 2014)
- Manage, and provide case management to a caseload of 12-15 families.
- Assess client needs and make referrals to appropriate service providers.
- Maintain contact with other professionals, both internally and in the community, to assist clients in meeting permanency goals.
- Build relationships of trust and provide practical help to youth, parents and foster parents.
- Conduct one-to-one sessions with clients and lead groups on a variety of topics.
- Complete timely, detailed and accurate court and agency documents.
SITE DIRECTOR, BELL Foundation (October 2004- May 2010)
- Established and maintained cooperative and effective working relationships with children and adults contacted in the course of work
- Understood, carried out and communicated oral and written directions
- Communicated effectively with the staff and community
- Facilitated effective meetings, make presentations, and provide formal and informal training, assistance and guidance to program participants and educational staff
- Gathered and analyzed data to prepare clear, concise reports, proposals, procedure manuals and documentation incorporating text, graphs and graphics, utilizing software programs for word processing and spreadsheet
- Worked independently with directives, strictly adhering to program requirements, deadlines and due dates
- Worked collaboratively with educators, agencies, and the general public
- Maintained accurate records and files
- Attended in-service training, conferences and meeting, as needed
- Provided leadership, expertise, and ongoing support to supervisors, students, and teachers
- Developed materials & training, deliver and evaluate classes for students, teachers & administrators
- Developed a base of supervisor understanding and support
- Annually evaluated and revised student program to increase its effectiveness
- Analyzed costs and demonstrated program benefits
- Provided leadership in knowledge, methods, and materials related to mentoring
- Provided support to teachers in assuming and growing in their roles and responsibilities
- Maintained confidentiality in communication with all students
- Provided and promoted observations of people at work among teachers and students
- Maintained my own professional growth through graduate and/or staff development courses, professional organizations, seminars, and reading of professional literature
- Attended and/or present on mentoring at relevant professional conferences
- Scheduled time willingly with students, teachers, and administrators
- Got involved in solving specific problems with work conflicts, in mentoring pairs, with supervisors and other persons who are not program participants
- Monitored the effectiveness of program activities throughout the year
- Solicited feedback from Students, Teachers, and Administrators
- Visited all Students in classrooms and provided feedback to them on their work and professional growth
- Fluent in both English & Spanish
- Golden Key Honour Society Member since December 2014
- Three years of experience in non-profit management in a supervisory capacity
- 10+ years of Youth Development experience
- Volunteer Experience with Feeding America, St. Mary’s Youth Ministry, and the Graham-Windham Youth Leadership Academy.
- Familiarity with search engine functionality and social media tools
- Experience with event planning and coordination
- Proficient in Microsoft Office, including but not limited to: PowerPoint, Access, Outlook and Excel with a focus on quantitative and qualitative data analysis
- Four years of experience with NYC/DC child welfare programs
- DC Local Ambassadors Lead for the March 4 Racial Justice
- Organizing for Action Fellow 2017
- Mid-Atlantic Region Director for the Black Caucus of the Young Democrats of America 17-19
Find out what the County Council Candidates Think About the 9% Property Tax Hike »
Q: Describe yourself on the political spectrum (i.e., fiscal conservative/social liberal, libertarian, social moderate/fiscal liberal).
A: I would consider myself a neo-liberal. I believe that the County works better when everyone has the equal opportunity to achieve success, and that means livable wages, affordable education, and transit-oriented development that is both realistic and accessible.
Q: What is the biggest challenge facing Montgomery County today?
A: The biggest challenge facing Montgomery County is stagnant wages and increasing property costs. It is becoming harder and harder for people to afford to live in our County.
Q: What is the one thing – project or program – that you want to achieve?
A: I would like to increase the college success rate in Montgomery County and bridge the achievement gap for all students. Every student, regardless of zip code or income bracket, deserves a right to a quality education.
Q: How will you pay for your project/program?
A: I would propose that we cut 10% of the county council’s salary (a savings of $112,500) and then reinvest those savings into College Readiness Programs.
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