Ms. Sedika Franklin
Program Specialist (Communications)
Confidential Assistant to the Executive Director
400 Maryland Avenue, SW, Suite 4C126
Washington, DC 20202
Telephone: (202) 453-5630 office
Ms. Elyse Jones
400 Maryland Avenue, SW, Suite 4C128
Washington, DC 20202
Telephone: (202) 453-5627 office
Meet our Interns!
Mr. Terrence Tarver
Doctoral Student, Howard Univerisity
African Studies and International Policy
Terrence B. Tarver is pursuing his Ph.D. Degree from Howard University in The African Studies Department focusing on International Policy in addition Terrence is a White House Intern on HBCUs at The United States Department of Education In this capacity he works with federal departments and agencies to assure HBCU access to federally- sponsored programs. His focus is on International Programs, Brother’s keeper Initiative and Stem Initiatives.
Prior to joining the White House Initiative in 2009 he served as Executive Director for one of the nation’s premier Opera Companies Opera Ebony, Terrence is a founding member ofAfrica Society Youth Advisory Committee under The National Summit on Africa. Tarver is a member of The Mu Lambda Chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. and 100 Black Men Chapter of Greater Washington Area, and a member of the National Forum for Black Public Administrators, Washington, DC Chapter.
Mrs. Cheryl Mango-Ambrose
Doctoral Student, Morgan State University
History Major, Concentrations in: African-American, African Diasporan, and Twentieth-Century US History
Cheryl E. Mango-Ambrose is a native of DeRidder, Louisiana. Cheryl is a 2009 undergraduate of Grambling State University where she obtained degrees in History and Political Science and a 2012 graduate of Louisiana Tech University where she earned a Masters of Arts degree in History. She is currently pursuing a PhD in History at Morgan State University, with concentrations in African-American, African Diasporan, and Twentieth-Century US History. Her research interests include African-American religion and Historically Black College and University (HBCUs) history. Her dissertation is currently in progress and focuses on HBCUs. She is currently a research assistant in Morgan’s History Department. She also teaches U.S. and African-American History at the Community College of Baltimore County. Cheryl is a member of numerous student, civic, and professional organizations including the National Council for Black Studies and Morgan State University’s President’s Leadership Circle. She is also the founder of Morgan State’s History, African-American and Museum Studies Graduate Council (HAFRAM GC). Cheryl also established and facilitates the Cheryl Eltonete Mango Book Scholarship for Grambling History Majors, which is housed on Grambling’s campus and given annually to two deserving students. She is currently the associate editor of the 2014 Compendium of U.S. Government Sponsored Research and Programs at Historically Black Colleges and Universities. In her spare time Cheryl enjoys watching black college sports and speaking on topics that relate to the African-American experience.
Ms. Amanda Washington
Graduate Student, Columbia University Teachers College
Education Policy and Social Analysis
Amanda began teaching PreK-8th grade ESL/ELL in the District of Columbia as a Teach for America Corps member and later served one year abroad in Spain as a member of the Council for International Education Exchange.
Amanda has had the opportunity to work as a graduate student intern with the White House Initiative on Educational Excellence for African Americans and the White House Initiative on Historically Black Colleges and Universities. She has also served as a Graduate Research Fellow with the New York Charter School Organization and a Graduate Student Fellow with the New York State Department of Education. She has proudly served as a committee member for the Teachers College Black Student Network 2013 Annual Academic Conference, a student spokesperson for Teachers College’s 125th Annual Giving Campaign, and has been recognized as a Columbia University Teachers College “Twenty First Century Leader.”
Amanda is a native of Richmond, Virginia. She received a Bachelor of Arts from Spelman College (2009) and a Masters Degree in Teaching English as a Second Language from American University’s Graduate School of Education, Teaching and Health (2011).