Initiative Leadership

 

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

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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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Ms. Lindsey Foster
Senior, English Major, Howard University
400 Maryland Avenue, SW, Suite 4C120
Washington, DC 20202
Telephone: (202) 453-6410 office
E-mail: Lindsey.Foster@ed.gov

Backgorund

Student Intern Lindsey Foster is a senior, English major at Howard University. Hailing from the small town of Fayetteville, Georgia, Lindsey takes great pride in being a student advocate on her campus. As the Executive Vice President of the Howard University Student Association (HUSA), Lindsey serves as a direct liaison between the entire student body of the university and the administration. As a student who has had a desire to attend Howard since a young age, Lindsey has been privileged to walk the sacred halls of her illustrious university in the footsteps of intellectual giants such as Toni Morrison and Thurgood Marshall.

After Howard University, Lindsey plans to user her passion for education to attend graduate school to receive a Master’s Degree in Education Policy. Her focal aim is to revitalize primary school curricula in urban school districts through the profession of curriculum development. She is honored to be working with the Department of Education and hopes to make the most out of her time here. Lindsey lives by the quote from Dr. Cornel West “You can’t lead the people if you don’t love the people. You can’t save the people if you don’t serve the people.”

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Mr. DeShawn Preston
Doctoral Student, Higher Educational Leadership, Clemson University
400 Maryland Avenue, SW, Suite 4C120
Washington, DC 20202
Telephone: (202) 453-7022 (office)
E-mail: DeShawn.Preston@ed.gov

Background

DeShawn Preston was born and raised in Atlanta, Georgia. He holds a B.A. in History from Oakwood University in Huntsville, Alabama. While attending Oakwood he participated in a number of school activities such as the Student Government and a member of the basketball team. He went on to receive his M.A. in American History from Howard University in Washington D.C. in 2012. It was during this time he turned his research agenda towards education. DeShawn is now entering his third year of his Ph.D. in Higher Educational Leadership, at Clemson University. During his first year at Clemson DeShawn was chosen as a Southern Regional Education Board (SREB) doctoral scholar for the state of South Carolina. He currently works as a graduate assistant in the Charles H. Houston Center for the Study of the Black Experience in Education. His research agenda focuses on African American students in graduate and professional programs. More specifically his dissertation topic will examine the roll/influences HBCUs play in assisting African Americans with enrollment into doctoral programs.