About Us


Publication: 2013-08-16



Name:Owen Ambur


Name:Critical Exposure


Critical Exposure is a nonprofit that teaches youth to use the power of photography and their own voices to become effective advocates for school reform and social change.


  • Adam LevnerExecutive Director & Co-Founder -- Adam is the Executive Director and Co-Founder of Critical Exposure. Previously, Adam worked as a fifth grade teacher and then as a community organizer with Stand for Children, where he led successful reform efforts at the local and state level that resulted in over $20 million annually in additional revenue for the severely under-funded Prince George's County, MD school district. Adam has also worked as an education consultant for the Center for Community Change and as a freelance photographer. Adam attended Tufts University and received a Nonprofit Management Executive Certificate from the Georgetown University Center for Public & Nonprofit Leadership. Named one of the Youth Empowerment Coalition's "Leading Young Change-Makers," Adam has been profiled in the National Journal, the Baltimore Sun, Roll Call, and Tufts University Magazine.

  • Alison HanoldDevelopment & Communications Director -- Prior to her role at Critical Exposure, Alison worked the media for social change field, and worked with independent documentary filmmakers at the Center for Social Media. Alison volunteers for a number of organizations throughout DC, including Women in Film and Video where she curated and moderated the Kids World Film Festival, and AFI SilverDocs where she has sat on the documentary selection committee for the past three years. Alison received her Masters in Arts Management at American University, and received her B.A. in Digital Cinema at DePaul University in Chicago, IL.

  • Andrew AnastasiProgram Manager -- Before assuming his current role, Andrew spent three years facilitating Critical Exposure programs with D.C. youth. He is a native of the D.C. area and a graduate of Macalester College in Saint Paul, Minnesota, where he studied Film, Cultural Studies, and English. A former intern for Twin Cities Public Television, Andrew is interested in social movements, popular education, and the intersection of culture and politics.

  • Emma ScottPhotography & Advanced Programs Coordinator -- After two years as a VISTA with Critical Exposure, Emma is now responsible for coordinating photography and advanced programs as well as expanding our presence on a national level. Additionally, she is currently pursuing her Master's Degree at the Corcoran College of Art + Design in New Media Photojournalism. In 2010, as a double-major at Bates College, she completed her French thesis on the photographic representation of the genocide in Rwanda and secured grant money to travel to Rwanda to create her own photographic documentation of the country for her photography thesis. She spent multiple summers teaching photography at a rural summer camp and to newly arrived refugees in New York City.

  • Dominique BarronAmeriCorps*VISTA -- Dominique received a Bachelor of Arts from Georgetown University where she studied Government, Japanese and Studio Art. She first started working with youth as an English as a Second Language tutor while at Georgetown. She will begin her second year as an AmeriCorps*VISTA at Critical Exposure this November and is particularly interested in helping the organization build a stronger youth-based community presence in D.C. and throughout the nation. Originally from Chicago, Illinois, Dominique has had a long-term interest in social change, youth and the power of the arts and loves working at Critical Exposure because it combines all three.

  • Fatimah MartinAmeriCorps*VISTA -- A recent graduate of the University of New Mexico with a degree in Political Science, Fatimah's collegiate career experiences were varied. She participated in the Charles B. Rangel International Affairs Program in Washington D.C. as a Rangel Scholar, spent a semester abroad in Rome studying the art and history of Italy, and studied the African presence in Mexico. In addition to travel, Fatimah's diverse interests and experiences also include photography. She credits this passion to her participation in Critical Exposure's 2006 project Fulfilling the Promise of School Segregation Cases in Albuquerque, NM, where she documented the conditions of her high school.

  • Lauren Traugott-CampbellAmeriCorps*VISTA -- Coming from a community organizing background, Lauren became interested in documentary work as an empowering medium through which to create social change. After studying at Duke University's Center for Documentary Studies, she interned with Promedios, a non-profit in Chiapas, Mexico that teaches documentary skills to indigenous groups in the region. Lauren graduated from the University of North Carolina in 2011 where she studied Global Issues, Spanish, and Theater Design.

  • Critical Exposure Board of Directors

  • Amanda AlexanderInstructional Superintendent, District of Columbia Public Schools

  • Keith BickelSenior Vice President, Bank of America

  • Ryan ComptonSenior Associate, DLA Piper

  • Betty FengFederal Practice - Manager, Deloitte Consuting LLP

  • Avni Gupta-KaganSenior Director, EPIC-DC Partnership, New Leaders

  • John KernDirector, Community Wealth Partners, Inc.

  • Adam LevnerExecutive Director, Critical Exposure (Ex Officio)

  • Rebecca RenardDirector, Inquiring Minds Consulting

  • Heather RiemanSenior Policy Advisor, US Dept. of Education; Co-Founder, Critical Exposure

  • Board Members Emeritus

  • Dr. Fred FrelowProgram Officer, Ford Foundation (Emeritus, Founding Member)

  • Dr. John JacksonPresident, Schott Foundation for Public Education (Emeritus, Founding Member)

  • Eliza LeightonDirector of Strategic Initiatives, CASA de Maryland (Emerita, Founding Member)

  • Lee WhackPublic Relations Manager, District of Columbia Housing Finance Agency

  • Critical Exposure SponsorsCritical Exposure would like to thank the following organizations for their generous support. These supporters, in addition to our many committed individual donors, make our work possible.

  • Clark-Winchcole Foundation

  • Commonweal Foundation

  • Community Foundation for the National Capital Region

  • The Share Fund

  • Crowell & Moring Foundation

  • DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities

  • Harman Family Foundation

  • Herb Block Foundation

  • Horning Family Fund

  • Humanities Council of Washington, DC

  • Johnson Family Foundation

  • Luther I. Replogle Foundation

  • Meyer Foundation

  • Morris & Gwendolyn Cafritz Foundation

  • Prince Charitable Trusts

  • Critical Exposure In-Kind Sponsors

  • Deloitte

  • DLA Piper

  • Fair Chance

  • Pentax

  • Pilot Imaging


  • The Webster Group

  • Critical Exposure PartnersOur Partners -- Critical Exposure partners with community organizing and advocacy groups, youth organizations, and public schools around the country to teach our workshops on documentary photography and social advocacy and support campaigns for change. To get in touch, please view the "Contact Us" page:

  • Community Organizing Groups

  • Advocacy Groups

  • Youth Organizations

  • Public Schools

  • Gordon Parks SocietyThe Gordon Parks Society is Critical Exposure's way to honor the spirit of Parks' work, while recognizing the key role our dedicated donors play in continuing his legacy. Gordon Parks was best known as a photojournalist. He first came to prominence as a social documentarian for his stark portrayal of poverty and race as Life magazine's first black photographer, and for his pictures documenting America's civil rights movement.

  • Critical Exposure Partner Organizations

  • Advancement Project

  • America's Promise

  • Children's Hospital

  • Community Law In Action

  • DC Alliance of Youth Advocates

  • DC Commission on the Arts & Humanities

  • DC Scores

  • Education Law Center

  • Eco City Farms

  • Fair Chance

  • FotoDC

  • Georgetown University Cause Consulting

  • Good Schools Pennsylvania

  • Greater DC Cares

  • Higher Achievement Program

  • IDRA

  • Kid Power DC

  • Magic Johnson Community Empowerment Center

  • Martha's Table

  • Maryland ACLU

  • Metro TeenAIDS

  • M.O.M.I.E's TLC

  • Partners of the Americas

  • Perry School

  • Philadelphia Mural Arts Program

  • Public Education Network

  • Pulitzer Center for Crisis Reporting

  • Sasha Bruce Independent Living Program

  • Sitar Arts Center

  • We Act Radio

  • Wide Angle Media

  • World Vision Youth Empowerment Program

  • Young Women's Project

  • Youth Education Alliance

  • Youth United for Change

  • Critical Exposure Public School Partners

  • Eastern Senior High School, Washington, D.C.

  • Luke C. Moore High School, Washington, D.C.

  • Roosevelt Senior High School, Washington, D.C.

  • Washington Metropolitan High School, Washington, D.C.

  • Critical Exposure Consultants & VolunteersVolunteers with skills in grantwriting, accounting, event planning, PR/marketing, and photography are particularly helpful. If you're interested in volunteering or in an unpaid internship, please [visit]

  • Monette Austin BaileyGrantwriting

  • Geoff ChesmanPhotography

  • Bess DopkeenEvent Planning & Volunteer Management

  • Tatyana DimitrovaCommunications

  • Lauren GleasonEvent Planning

  • Jen HarrisExhibit Design

  • Michelle WhitePress & Communications

  • Jaime WindonPhotography