Gretta Gardner, Deputy Director
Gretta Gardner, Esq., is the Deputy Director for the DC Coalition Against Domestic Violence and Ujima, Inc.: The National Center on Violence Against Women in the Black Community, a project of the Coalition.
Ms. Gardner’s career as a legal advisor for survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault was inspired by her early work as a prosecutor in the Domestic Violence Unit of the Baltimore City State’s Attorney’s Office. She has worked for two decades to help shape guidelines, policies, and procedures that communities can use to end intimate partner violence and best practices for prevention and intervention in the Black community.
Ms. Gardner is Core Faculty for Establishing Expertise as an Expert Witness with the Institute on Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault; sits on the Board of Trustees for Garrison Forest School; licensed to practice law in DC, MD, TX, and the Supreme Court of the United States; and belongs to a multitude of local, state, and national committees that address violence against women and their children.
Jennifer Hooker, Finance and Operations Director
Jennifer is the Financial and Operations Director at the DC Coalition Against Domestic Violence since 2007. As Director, she is responsible for the overall management and operations of the finance, accounting, and administrative functions of the Coalition; including planning and budgeting, audit and internal controls, financial report preparation, and general controllership.
With 30 years of experience, she has devoted the last fifteen years to working with non-profit organizations.
Whitney Parker, Program Specialist
Whitney Parker is the Program Specialist for Ujima, Inc.: The National Center of Violence Against Women in the Black Community. She joined Ujima in 2017 and bring with her a strong background in communications, planning and development. Whitney joined the Ujima team to assist with the growth and development the organization and to carry out Ujima’s mission, to mobilize the community to respond to and end domestic, sexual and community violence in the Black community.
Tiffany Turner-Allen, Program Director
Tiffany Turner-Allen is the Program Director for Ujima, Inc.: The National Center of Violence Against Women in the Black Community. She focuses on training, education, outreach, and policy advocacy around domestic violence, sexual violence, and community violence in the Black community. She is probably best known for her passionate style. From an early age, the media and entertainment industry was her passion from hosting a youth-oriented television show for 8 years entitled ‘Impact On Youth’ — where she traveled the east coast and interviewed everyone from former Virginia Governor, George Allen to marketing executives for Walt Disney world — to her college campus where she was the personality for the station’s only hip-hop and R&B radio program at WGMU.
She holds a BA in communications and a minor in African-American studies from George Mason University; as well as a certificate in community health leadership from Morehouse School of Medicine. Lastly, she is very proud of her roles as wife, daughter, mother, pet-parent, friend, advocate, activist, trainer, mentor, mentee, and leader.
Kicha Blackstone, Administrative Coordinator
Kicha Blackstone is the Administrative Coordinator at the DC Coalition Against Domestic Violence. Kicha joined the Coalition in early December 2014. She brings with her several years of administrative experience working in various agencies within the federal government.