Leadership Team

Our Superheroes

Jose Soto

Executive Director, Interim

Jose Soto is experienced in domestic and international higher education, program coordination, and non-profit operational support, strategic planning, and project development. He holds a BA in International Relations & Affairs from Lock Haven University of Pennsylvania. Jose is fluent in Spanish and conversant in Mandarine Chinese. He resides in Maryland with his wife.


Michele Joseph, MBA


Michele Joseph attained her MBA in strategy and marketing from the McDonough School of Business at Georgetown University, and her BSc in Biology/Environmental Sciences from Catholic University of America. She taught marketing, public relations, and entrepreneurship to high school, undergraduate and graduate students.

Joseph was the Director of Brand Strategy, Training and Execution for klick consultants LLC, a marketing consultancy which transformed and aligned teams through clear messaging. Her industry expertise included the information technology, federal government, and small business arenas. In particular, Ms. Joseph partnered with the corporate brand management team to implement the Verizon Communications brand over an 18-month horizon. She also worked as the strategic  marketing representative for the Government Systems division of Silicon Graphics, Inc where she developed successful target marketing initiatives for DIA, DISA, NSA and Lockheed Martin.  She resides in Silver Spring, MD.

Ting Huang

Program Lead

Ting Huang attained her BA in Psychology from the University of Maryland Baltimore County and worked as a research fellow. Her studies focused on online learning and student satisfaction during COVID-19. She facilitates our THINK DESIGN workshops and is currently a graduate student at Towson University.

Ms. Huang spearheaded an initiative entitled BRIAN’S STORY, where she wrote a script and assembled a team to commemorate Brian, who passed away of ALS while in a nursing home during the Pandemic. Brian was a recipient of the Encouragement Project, which Ting also managed. She resides in Towson, Maryland with her feline family.

Jung Hae Chae, MA, MFA

Grant Advisor

Jung has held various development positions including those at Seton Hall University, Fairleigh Dickinson University, the Jersey City Museum and the Jewish Museum in New York City. Jung is an accomplished author and poet. She obtained her B.S. from Rutgers, M.A. from NYU, and M.F.A. from Southern Illinois University. She resides in NJ with her talented daughter.

Teri Abrahams

Grant Writer

Teri has over eight years of experience in event design, planning and execution. She has been an operations manager for Smart Snacks Food Program, under the Manna Food Center umbrella. She earned two certifications: social media marketing and grant writing. In addition, Teri speaks and writes Spanish fluently.

Ms. Abrahams  acquired her JD in Media and International Law from New York Law School, and her BA in International Relations from the University of Delaware. She resides in NJ with her husband and enjoys international travel.

Monica Devamanoharan

Communications Advisor

Monica has nearly a decade of collective experience in marketing automation, global innovation marketing operations, and marketing coordination. She acquired her BA in management with a Marketing concentration and Spanish minor from Hood College. She resides in the state of Maryland with her husband and lovely daughter.

Natalia Guo, MS

Strategic Market Analyst - Curriculum & Programs

Natalia Hao Guo earned her Masters of Communication, Culture and Technology (STEM) with a certificate in International Business Diplomacy from Georgetown University. She has extensive experience as a financial and market research analyst. She is certified in SPSS, SQL, Python, R, and Tableau and resides in Washington DC.

Lauren Peters, MA, PhD, JD

Climate Leadership & Educational- Sr. Advisor

Lauren teaches global studies at John Hopkins University. She attained her doctorate in education. In addition, she has worked with Congress and Amnesty International. Lauren is gender fluid and has authored several books on global education. She resides in Maryland with her family.