Our Team

Robert L. Woodson, Sr.

Robert L. Woodson, Sr. founded the Center in 1981 to help residents of low-income neighborhoods address the problems of their communities. A former civil rights activist, he has headed the National Urban League Department of Criminal Justice, and has been a resident fellow at the American Enterprise Foundation for Public Policy Research. Referred to by many as “godfather” of the neighborhood empowerment movement, for more than four decades, Woodson has had a special concern for the problems of youth. In response to an epidemic of youth violence that has afflicted urban, rural and suburban neighborhoods alike, Woodson has focused much of the Woodson Center’s activities on an initiative to establish Violence-Free Zones in troubled schools and neighborhoods throughout the nation. He is an early MacArthur “genius” awardee and the recipient of the 2008 Bradley Prize, the Presidential Citizens Award, and a 2008 Social Entrepreneurship Award from the Manhattan Institute.

Our Team

Meet Our Team

Curtis Watkins

Curtis Watkins

Director of Affiliate Mobilization

Beth Feeley

Beth Feeley

Senior Advisor

Brian Park

Brian Park

Logistics Operations Officer

Collette Caprara

Collette Caprara

Senior Writer

Ian Rowe

Ian Rowe

Senior Visiting Fellow

Joshua Buursma

Joshua Buursma

Editor and Writing Specialist

Julia Nelson

Julia Nelson

Executive Assistant

Maria K. Brazda

Maria K. Brazda

Director of Communications