Our Team

tom pollak

Tom Pollak

Director

Tom is the founder of the Civic Leadership Project, including the DC Tutoring & Mentoring Initiative and the Civic Leadership Fellows program among other projects. Prior to this, he spent 20 years at the Urban Institute’s Center on Nonprofits and Philanthropy where he most recently led the National Center for Charitable Statistics. If this Ironman of Canvassing is not at farmers markets bringing out people’s passion for bettering our community, he’s probably zipping around DC/Arlington on his bike or at a local Trader Joe’s.

thania villatoro

thania villatoro

Operations Manager

Thania is a recent graduate of Trinity Washington University. Thania manages DCTMI’s database of volunteers and partner organizations. She also runs farmers markets and other outreach events in the community and oversees interns and Fellows. Thania loves to meet new people and help them in any way she can. Her hobbies include painting, discovering new upcoming artists, and yoga. A native of El Salvador, Thania speaks English and Spanish. Watch this Staff Spotlight featuring Thania. 

ezra mannix

Ezra Mannix

Communications Lead

Ezra is a freelance writer, editor and communications generalist with seven years of experience working in non-profit communications. Ezra is responsible for the DCTMI newsletter, partnerships with earned media, outreach for events, and more. In addition to supporting mission-driven organizations, Ezra keeps up with Turkey, a country he lived in for seven years, and tries to keep up with his toddler daughter, Sophie. 

elena haynes

Elena Haynes

Core Team Volunteer Extraordinaire

Elena’s contributions to our outreach efforts are too numerous to count. She loves “filling up those sheets” with new volunteer signups at farmers markets and finds DCTMI work to be “very grounding.” During the weekdays, Elena is a dedicated dog mom and environment policy Legislative Assistant with the U.S. Senate. Watch this Volunteer Spotlight featuring Elena.

lauren buck

Lauren Buck

Cleveland, Ohio-based Civic Leadership Fellow

A graduate of American University, Lauren is working to adapt the Civic Leadership Fellow model for the Cleveland area.

donroy ferdinand

Donroy ferdinand

Civic Leadership Fellow

Donroy is a freshman at Howard University who hails from Massachusetts.  

Amerie Galvin

Amerie Galvin​

Civic Leadership Fellow​

Amerie, a PR and strategic communications major (Class of 2025), was born in Colorado but has lived all over the world. She has been with DCTMI since December of 2021 and loves the work we do. She truly believes in DCTMI’s mission, and the organization gives her hope for the future. Amerie loves being active: lifting, hiking, climbing, or anything that can get her moving!

kennedee

Kennedee Henry

Civic Leadership Fellow

Kennedee is an undergraduate at Howard University (Class of 2024) majoring in psychology. 

taylor isaacs

Taylor Pennant Isaacs

Civic Leadership Fellow

Taylor is an undergraduate at Howard University (Class of 2023) majoring in journalism. 

Sanah Jivano

Sanah Jivani

Co-Facilitator Civic Leadership Fellows Program

In addition to being a Civic Leadership Fellow, this Texas native is the founder and CEO of the Love Your Natural Self Foundation, a nonprofit organization dedicated to improving self-esteem with a focus on empowering individuals through events, movements and hands-on sessions.

numan joseph

Numan Joseph

Civic Leadership Fellow

Numan is a Howard University student (Class of 2024), Louisiana Student Of the Year Finalist, double major in Finance & Computer Information Systems. Born and raised in Haiti until his teenage years, it’s there he learned the value of education and the changes we can make in society if we’re educated. Numan believes DCTMI is an opportunity to reach out to the community and help pass on the value of education, especially at a time when too many kids in the U.S. aren’t getting the support they need to succeed at school and beyond.

rebecca regis

Rebecca Regis​

Civic Leadership Fellow​

Rebecca is an undergraduate at Howard University (Class of 2023) majoring in political science and community development.
matt mullenix

Matthew Mullenix

Board Member

Based in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, Matt Mullenix is a writer and communications consultant to nonprofits, municipalities, and small businesses. Prior to this, he directed Louisiana’s statewide nonprofit association, a state government job search website, a university research publication, and the daily activities of two small children who have since grown up. Mullenix is honored to serve on the Civic Leadership Project’s board of directors and to help support its much-needed work.

johanna schneider

Johanna Schneider

Board Member

Johanna Schneider has played a key role in successfully managing communications, moving from a CBS reporter and anchor to top government and private posts. Schneider was a Leadership Press Secretary in Congress; a Deputy Assistant Secretary for Public Affairs in the Cabinet; the Senior Advisor to the National Institutes of Health Director. She also spent 18 years as the Executive Director of the Business Roundtable, an organization representing hundreds of Fortune 50 CEO’s. She currently commits her time to her position as Board Member for DCTMI and tutoring DC public school students.

rebecca regis

Rebecca Regis​

Civic Leadership Fellow​

Rebecca is an undergraduate at Howard University (Class of 2023) majoring in political science and community development.
rebecca regis

Rebecca Regis​

Civic Leadership Fellow​

Rebecca is an undergraduate at Howard University (Class of 2023) majoring in political science and community development.