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Dr. Maranda Ward is an alum of NTLP. In a 2019 interview with Maranda, she says, “NTLP was everything to me in high school. It provided me an opportunity to get to know myself.” She adds, “Leadership comes in many forms. One can lead from the middle, and lead from the back, following. I saw how I worked well with others, and what the challenges were, knowing when to step forward and when to step back. I can look back and realize those seeds were planted.”
Maranda has since earned her Doctorate in Education from George Washington University, her Master’s in Public Health from Tulane University, and her Bachelor’s degrees in Sociology and Anthropology from Spelman College.
In addition to teaching at George Washington University, School of Medicine and Health Sciences, Maranda also runs her own non-profit called “Promising Futures,” which she founded in 2002. According to her website, the organization is a “community-based program prides itself on activating the positive youth development of its members and building their social and political capital (in the form of agency) to navigate adolescence as they transition into adulthood.”
She recently joined the Leadership Center for Excellence as a DMV (DC-Maryland-Virginia) Diversity and Inclusion Fellow for their 2019 five-month institute and has her own podcast #EquityMatters. Recently she was appointed to fill the Ward 8 seat on the DC Commission on Health Equity.