Initiative Leadership









Johnathan Holifield
Executive Director
400 Maryland Avenue, SW,
Washington, DC 20202
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Senior Associate Director
400 Maryland Avenue, SW, Suite 4C126
Washington, DC 20202
Telephone: (202) 453-7750


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Sedika Franklin, MBA

Associate Director
400 Maryland Avenue, SW, Suite 4C126
Washington, DC 20202
Telephone: (202) 453-5630 office

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Tammi Fergusson, MS










Intergovernmental Relations Coordinator
400 Maryland Avenue, SW, Suite 4C122
Washington, DC 20202
Telephone: (202) 453-5626

Elyse Jones, MPA

Operations & Program Analyst
HBCU Student Engagement and Outreach
400 Maryland Avenue, SW, Suite 4C128
Washington, DC 20202
Telephone: (202) 453-5627

Meet our Intern!

Alexandria Maloney







Intern, M.P.A. Fellow
HBCU: Morgan State University
Current School of Study: Cornell University
Telephone: 202-453-6788

Alexandria is currently a summer intern at the White House Initiative for HBCU’s (WHIHBCU) on the International Affairs Task Force. As a MPA fellow at the Cornell Institute of Public Affairs, Alexandria studies Government Policy and Public Sector Management with international experience in Italy, China, and Cuba. In 2015, she graduated with a BA in International Affairs from John Cabot University in Rome, Italy and concluded her MA in International Studies from Morgan State University in 2017. Her internship experience includes the U.S. Department of State, United Nations Foundation, and Black Professionals in International Affairs (BPIA). On campus, she serves as the Treasurer of Women in Public Policy, Treasurer of the Black Graduate Professional Student Association, and Social Chair of the Cornell Public Affairs Society. In undergrad, she was Founder and President of the Women’s Leadership Initiative. Her areas of interest include educational and cultural affairs, international affairs, public policy, defense policy, learning languages, exploring new places, meeting new people, adventurous or social outings, reupholstery, collecting vinyl records, and helping her Father with his BBQ business throughout the Midwest in the summer. Upon her Cornell graduation in May 2019, Alexandria hopes to pursue a career in foreign affairs with a U.S. federal agency.