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Programs and Quality

Leah Graniela-Loving, Senior Manager, Youth, Education, & Equity

Leah Graniela-Loving, M.A., is a mission-driven educator who believes in the transformative power of young people and community learning. In her current role as Senior Manager of Youth, Education, & Equity, Leah brings an equity lens to Techbridge Girls programming and training, collaboratively developing new ways to mix STEM and critical consciousness. With nearly 20 years of experience in educational non-profits, training, and youth empowerment, she has worked to create innovative programs for young people and adults. As Bay Area Program Director at Generation Citizen, Leah led all Bay Area programs, training teachers and college students to bring political engagement programming to Bay Area middle- and high-school students. As Senior Learning Consultant at La Clínica de La Raza, Leah trained front-line and executive staff in leadership and communication. At Girls Inc. of Alameda County, Leah developed gender responsive and culturally relevant after school curriculum and trained program staff in principles of youth development, Growth Mindset, and more. Leah completed her M.A. in Education with a Concentration in Equity and Social Justice from San Francisco State University in 2017 and holds a B.A. from Wellesley College. She brings mission and heart to her work towards systems change, educational paradigm shift, and community empowerment.

Miriam Kaboré, STEM Curriculum Manager

Miriam Kaboré is passionate about science, community outreach, and education. As the Program Manager for After School, she is committed to fostering an equitable learning environment for girls to explore STEM, build self-confidence, and explore multiple career paths.

Prior to Techbridge Girls, Miriam was a Secondary Education Science Volunteer with Peace Corps Cameroon, where she worked to improve education through student-centered practices, build STEM proficiency among her students, and engage the community in the educational system.  Additionally, she worked to combat gender inequality within her school.

Miriam earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Biology from James Madison University, where she researched the neurological mechanisms of the pain reflex. In her free time, she likes painting, reading a good book, and hiking with her dog, Blue.

Lauren Kraushaar, Programs Assistant

Lauren Kraushaar is dedicated to helping Techbridge Girls increase their capacity to serve more girls from low-income communities. As the Program Assistant, Lauren works to offer programmatic support and uphold the organization's equitable practices. 

Before joining Techbridge Girls, Lauren earned her B.A in Anthropology with a concentration in Archeology at the University of Albany. In her former role at the New York State Museum in Albany, Lauren would participate in various archaeological digs and field schools and also work with the New York State Museum to identify, date and catalog the artifacts found. In addition, she has worked for the State University of New York Administration in both the Special Events and Board of Trustee offices.

Lauren enjoys painting, talking to her loved ones, and learning from her co-workers.

Cynthia Nwachu, Program Manager, Training & Quality

Cynthia is an advocate, leader, strategist, and motivator who has a passion for helping youth, women, and minorities reach their fullest potential. She serves as the Program Coordinator for Techbridge Girls’ Washington, DC region. With almost 10 years experience in youth and program development, Cynthia is dedicated to Techbridge Girls’ vision to pursue equity and equip its’ girls with everything that they need to succeed. Cynthia has extensive training in topics such as out-of-school time, STEM curricula, positive youth development, at-risk youth, socioemotional development, cultural competency, family engagement, and grant writing.
Prior to her joining Techbridge Girls, Cynthia was a Program Coordinator at a local DC nonprofit, City Gate. While at City Gate, she developed the STEM curriculum and oversaw the operations of several program sites. Prior to this position, Cynthia worked as an intern for the Cultural Academy for Peace in Kerala, India, where she provided mentorship to victims of domestic violence and human trafficking. Cynthia has also done a lot of volunteer work as it pertains to youth programming and shares a deep interest in supporting immigrant families.
Cynthia holds a B.S, in Psychology from Bowie State University and a Master’s in Social Work from the University of Maryland, Baltimore. During her down time she enjoys doing ministry work and reading up on entrepreneurial strategies.

Tonesha Russell, Programs Operations Manager

Tonesha Russell is a dynamic communicator, project manager, writer and educator with a Master’s degree in English from Georgetown University. She has taught English composition for over 5 years and is passionate about bringing the voices of those on the margins to the center. Her work inside the classroom is focused on highlighting the work of people of color to bring those experiences to bear in the outcomes she seeks to achieve. Her work in communications and program coordination for various non-profits centered around telling the stories of those closest to the pain. She is passionate about youth and helping to create access to opportunities otherwise denied marginal voices. 

She is a wife to her husband, Samuel. Mother to 2 boys, Aaren and August and her daughter, Amaris. She is a black girl knitter.