DC127 Staff

DC127 Staff
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Tara Woods

Executive Director

For the past 25+ years, I have lived and worked in the Washington, D.C. area, primarily serving vulnerable populations.  My journey began in the mid-90s through internships and studies with Center for Students Missions and School for Urban Missions where my eyes were first opened to the inequalities, brokenness, and trauma that so many experience in our great city.  

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Kelsie Johnson

Director of Programs

I believe in meeting people where they are and providing them with something they need and want. The call of Micah 6:8, ‘to do justice, love kindness and walk humbly with God’ has led me to hold roles advocating for women, children and families. I have invested my time, energy and effort to come alongside survivors of sex trafficking, abuse, addiction and trauma.

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Latorri Jones

Family Support Coordinator


The reminder in Matthew 24:40 that, "whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.” has led me to dedicate my work to serving vulnerable populations. For the past several years, I have worked to master providing trauma informed care to disadvantaged communities within the U.S. and abroad.

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Wauketa Hawkins

Outreach Coordinator


As a mother of 7 children, it is clear to me that a trusting community of support is crucial for a healthy family. Being the child of a young mother, I have always had a passion to serve and help young moms. Being a Pastor’s wife, I have been privy to walk alongside many families in need of support, resources and love to help secure them.

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Emery Lambert

Foster Care Support Coordinator


I believe passionately that every child deserves the chance to thrive. In our broken world, many children do not have the resources and support that can help them grow into the people they were created to be. Over the past 8 years, I have worked with children and their families both professionally and as a volunteer.

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DC127 Board
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Yolanda Jones

Board Chair

Professor, University of the District of Columbia

“I am a DC127 board member because we use wholistic measures to strengthen vulnerable families and help them move from despair to hope and from hope to a brighter future.”

Donald Issac

Rev. Donald L. Isaac Sr.

 Pastor, SE Tabernacle Baptist Church
University of the District of Columbia

"I am answering DC127's call to connect people of faith with families in the District."

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Aaron Graham

Lead Pastor, The District Church 

"I believe healthy churches are known by their active engagement in the community; that mature disciples of Jesus are known by their sacrificial service; and that healthy cities are known by the unity among churches working together to alleviate poverty and suffering. Not for our own glory, but for God's."

Gerry Mayfield

Gerald Mayfield

Senior Company Counsel, Wells Fargo

“I am on the DC127 board to bring glory to God. I also have a shared history and experience with the families served by DC127.  It’s personal to me.”


Emily Bloomfield

Founder and Board Member, Monument Academy
Senior Advisor, The District Church

“It is an honor to serve on DC127's board. The mission of ensuring all children in DC have a safe and stable home blesses the entire community, including those who participate in this ministry.”