Initiative Leadership

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Dr. George E. Cooper
Executive Director
400 Maryland Avenue, SW, Suite 4C134
Washington, DC 20202
Telephone: (202)-205-4836
Email: George.Cooper@ed.gov
Executive Director Biography

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Dr. Ivory A. Toldson
Deputy Director
400 Maryland Avenue, SW, Suite 4C130
Washington, DC 20202
Phone: (202)453-5645
Email: Ivory.Toldson@ed.gov
Deputy Director Biography

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Mr. Ronald E. Blakely
Associate Director
400 Maryland Avenue, SW, Suite 4C132
Washington, DC 20202
Telephone: (202) 453-5622
Email: Ronald.Blakely@ed.gov
Ronald Blakely Biography

Meldon Hollis

Mr. Meldon Hollis
Associate Director
400 Maryland Avenue, SW, Suite 4C122
Washington, DC 20202
Telephone: (202) 453-5626
E-mail: meldon.hollis@ed.gov
Meldon Hollis Biography

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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
E-mail: sedika.franklin@ed.gov

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Ms. Elyse Jones 
Program Specialist
400 Maryland Avenue, SW, Suite 4C128
Washington, DC 20202
Telephone: (202) 453-5627 office
E-mail: elyse.jones@ed.gov

Meet our Summer Interns!

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Mr. Terrence Tarver
Doctoral Student, Howard Univerisity
African Studies and  International Policy
Telephone: 202-453-7022
E-mail: terrence.tarver@ed.gov

Biography
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.

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Mrs. Tracae McClure
Doctoral Student, George Washington University
Graduate School of Education and Human Development
Higher Education Administration
Telephone: 202-260-1829
E-mail: Tracae.McClure@ed.gov

Biography
Tracae McClure serves as a summer intern in the White House Initiative on Historically Black Colleges and University where her primary responsibility includes completing the annual report of federal agencies contributions to HBCUs. Tracae is a doctoral student in the Higher Education Administration program at the George Washington University’s Graduate School of Education and Human Development. Her research interests include Historically Black Colleges and Universities, student financial aid, higher education policy and college access. Tracae’s interests derive from her experience as a research fellow at the United Negro College Fund’s (UNCF) Frederick D. Patterson Research Institute, former high school mathematics teacher, Teach for America alum, and native of the Sea Islands of South Carolina. In addition to her doctoral studies, Tracae serves as a graduate research assistant supporting professors with conference presentations, literature reviews, and data analysis.

Prior to her doctoral studies, Tracae completed a M.S. degree in Educational Research at the University of Memphis and B.S. degree in Mathematics from Hampton University.

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Mrs. Cheryl Mango-Ambrose
Doctoral Student, Morgan State University
History Major,  Concentrations in: African-American, African Diasporan, and Twentieth-Century US History
Telephone: 202-453-6410
E-mail: Cheryl.Mango-Ambrose@ed.gov

Biography
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.