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Our Staff

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.

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.

Megan Simmons

Megan Simmons, Sr. Policy Attorney

Megan’s education in Women’s Studies and Political Science was the catalyst for her career in policy and advocacy work. She served as a Federal Agent and was tasked with investigating sexual assault for the Naval Criminal Investigative Service (NCIS). She was also collaterally tasked with representing law enforcement on various committees, including holistic approaches to combating violence against women attached to the Navy. Megan later earned a law degree wherein she combined her education and her experience by contributing to policy, and conducting investigations into allegations of sexual assault within higher education. She has conducted various trainings on sexual harassment awareness, investigation execution, and Diversity and Inclusion. Megan continues to present a series of guest lectures for the Women and Gender Studies Department at George Mason University.