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- Oramenta F. Newsome Fellowship
The Fall 2019 Oramenta Newsome Community Development cohort features five nonprofits that were chosen due to their commitment to LISC's mission of advancing equity in DC, specifically within the Elevating Equity Impact Area.
LISC's fellows encompass a diverse set of experiences and backgrounds, and were all chosen for their commitment to community development and improving the lives of those around them.
Brenda Contreras is partnering with Mi Casa, Inc. to help collect demographic data for The Genesis Intergenerational program in order to better understand tenants living in the community. She is currently attending UC San Diego with a major in Political Science along with a minor in Urban Studies and Planning. Brenda also serves on the board of directors for Alumni 360, an organization dedicated to helping low income students with scholarship acquisition and financial literacy. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with family, Zumba, traveling, and stand-up comedy.
Ezell L. Battle, a native of Portsmouth, VA, returned to the DC metropolitan area a few years ago and is currently completing her fellowship at Calvary Women's Services.Prior to leaving the area, she served as an executive director of DC One Church, One Child for seven years.Additionally, she served as an associate minister at Zion Baptist Church in Washington, DC. She is a graduate of Howard University and Wesley Theological Seminary. She is an alumna of the George "Mickey" Leland Hunger Fellows Class of 1995-1996. She has worked for more than 20 years in non-profit and faith-based organizations developing and coordinating numerous initiatives for a variety of populations including children in foster care, survivors of domestic violence, abused children, homeless families, and at-risk youth for which she has received outstanding recognition.
Katharine Landfield is a long-time social worker in DC who believes that low-income black and brown children would do exponentially better if their parents had better economic situations and political power. Although she has loved her years working directly with working class families, she believes that working for structural change in economics and policy is critical for equity and community well-being. Katharine is currently partnering with Yachad, supporting the organization’s home remediation work. When Katharine is not at work, she is probably day dreaming about recipes, hikes, home repairs, and travel plans.
Lukas Pisel is a Master in Public Policy candidate at Georgetown University interested in housing policy and its influence on urban inequality. As a Newsome Fellow, he is working with Housing Counseling Services to assist tenants in the Tenant Opportunity to Purchase process. Outside of LISC, he is working on the first large-scale study of evictions in Washington, D.C and writing a thesis paper on the relationship between gentrification and evictions in D.C. neighborhoods. Before coming to Washington, Lukas attended the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and studied economics and public policy.
Xavier Roberts is excited to be in the inaugural class of the Oramenta Newsome Fellowship at LISC and gain further experience in community development and social justice work through partnership with Bright Beginnings' Fatherhood Initiative. At the same time, Xavier is gaining Hill experience as an intern in Congresswoman Kathy Castor's office (FL-14).Previously, Xavier taught English Language Arts at DC Prep in Washington, DC. He has also taught special education in Social Science and English in Hawaii, and elementary education at Turner Elementary School in DC. Through teaching and other experiences, Xavier developed an interest in working on the issues that impacted the disenfranchised communities in which he taught, including food insecurity, affordable housing, democracy issues, and criminal justice reform.Xavier graduated from the University of Virginia with a degree in Global Development Studies and earned his teaching certificate from Johns Hopkins University School of Education. He is also currently enrolled at the Ivy Yoga School to earn his yoga teaching certificate.