Get to Know The DCPS Persists Team

Meet the DCPS Persists team below!

BS in Human Resource Management from SUNY Oswego / MA in Higher Education and Student Affairs from SUNY Buffalo State

Elaine J. Flowers is from Brooklyn, NY. As a first-generation student, Elaine quickly developed a passion for helping students reach their academic goals and navigate their college journey. Before joining…

BA from University of Texas - Austin / MA in Sociology from The University of Memphis

Octavian Moten was born and raised in Houston, TX. He is a first generation college graduate, earning his B.A. from The University of Texas at Austin where he studied African/African…

BA Criminal Justice from Delaware State University / MA Strategic Communications & Public Relations

Francis is a native of Washington, D.C. and first-generation college student. Previously he worked at DCCAP where he served high school students with college advising, financial aid, program management and…

BA from CSU Monterey Bay in Seaside, CA

Griselda was raised in California and is a proud 1st generation CSU Monterey Bay alumna. She previously worked in Stockton, CA as the Manager of College Access for a scholarship…

BA from Buffalo State College

Cameron Martin is a native of Buffalo, NY and has spent the last six years in the Greater Baltimore-Washington area. Over the past year, Cameron worked for MERIT Health Leadership…

BA from Stonehill College in Easton, MA / MS from Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, PA

Jessica previously served as an Analyst on the DCPS Strategic School Operations Team where she built the Incident Reporting Tool. Prior to joining DCPS, Jessica worked for a federal consulting…

BA from Texas Wesleyan University / MA from the University of Rochester

Karime Naime is the Director of College Prep and Persistence Programs at DCPS. As a first generation college graduate Karime’s professional career has been focused on providing access, choice, and…

BA from University of Vermont / MA from Teachers College, Columbia University

Maché was born and raised in Southeast Washington, DC and is a proud first generation college student. She has worked in various universities, starting with the TRiO Programs and then…

BA from American University / MA in Higher Education and Student Affairs from New York University

Before joining the DCPS Persists team, Monica lived and worked in New York where she was a College Advisor with NYU College Advising Corps. As a College Advisor, she managed…

BA in Communications and MSEd in School Counseling from Alfred University

Nichole is a recent D.C. transplant from Brooklyn, New York. On the Persists team, she serves as the College-Facing Specialist. Before joining Persists, Nichole served as the Alumni Engagement Manager…

University of North Carolina at Charlotte

Shawn came to DC to do a year of service with Americorps, where she served as a volunteer coordinator for two years at Reading Partners. She then transitioned to For…