Staff

Meet Our Staff

NICOLE LYNN LEWIS
Founder & Chief Executive Officer

In 2003, Nicole graduated from the College of William & Mary as a teen mother who had overcome homelessness and a drug-infested environment to achieve the impossible.  After several years in the workforce honing her skills in communications and nonprofit management and learning about the needs of teen parents across the country, Nicole founded Generation Hope in Washington, D.C. in 2010.  Named a CNN Hero in 2014, Nicole has used her skills in social entrepreneurship to launch an organization that is making a real difference.  Read more of Nicole's story here.

Why I chose this quote:

"I love this quote because it reminds you that no matter who you are or what you've been through, you are the master of your destiny.  Fight for your dreams."

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CAROLINE GRISWOLD SHORT
Director of Programming

As a 2010 graduate of Duke University, Caroline recognizes the incredible opportunities that she has had access to thanks to a great education. After pursuing her passion for the arts with a career in professional ballet and musical theatre, Caroline came across Generation Hope while recovering from an injury and realized she had found her life's true calling in working with Generation Hope's amazing Scholars. She feels incredibly grateful to play a part in our Scholar's lives and is completely passionate about helping teen parents become college graduates and create better lives for themselves and their children. When she's not working with Scholars, planning events, or playing with our Scholars' little ones, Caroline loves to travel, read, and exercise. She is active in the D.C. dance and theatre community and regularly performs around the region. Caroline lives in Arlington with her husband and their puppy! 

Why I chose this quote: 

"This quote is a great reminder that often, the bravest things we do aren't the things we do with huge fanfare. Often, the most courageous and meaningful things we do are the little things -- being kind to one another and ourselves, speaking out on someone's behalf, showing up for someone when the 'going gets tough.'  This quote inspires me!"

 


 
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ERICKA BEST
Operations Manager and Assistant to the CEO

A Trinity (Washington) University graduate and former teen mom, Ericka has always had a passion for helping others. Having first-hand knowledge of the struggles of and stigmatization surrounding teen parents, she is passionate about helping others along their journey. Joining Generation Hope allows her to fulfill her passion for philanthropy. Ericka is a thrill seeker who enjoys traveling, music, reading, and volunteering. Ericka lives in Maryland with her family. 

Why I chose this quote:

"I've learned that education is much more than going to school or earning a degree. Education has given me the power to rewrite my story. It has opened my eyes to new possibilities and opportunities. Education has the power to change lives."

 

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NANCY DELAHOYD
Director of Development

Nancy leads Generation Hope's fundraising team. She has nearly 20 years of development experience and has raised millions of dollars for a broad range of issues with a focus on low-income families. She and her team have the privilege of working with the generous supporters who care deeply about Generation Hope's mission and the community. Prior to joining Generation Hope, she led development efforts for the National Women's Law Center, Women Thrive International, United Cerebral Palsy and for organizations providing support to women and children in Bosnia. 

Why I chose this quote:

"Everyone has something to contribute, no matter where they are in their lives. We are a community and everyone at some point in their life will come up against adversity that they alone cannot handle. We are at our best when we come together, when we support each other, and when we lean on each other. We all hold the power to create a better future for ourselves, our children, our community and beyond. There's no need to wait. You can be generous in so many thoughtful ways no matter where you are in life. "


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COURTNEY WEBER
Program Coordinator

As a scholarship recipient at the University of Michigan, Courtney personally understands how financial support and mentorship in college can help our Scholars discover new passions and professional dreams. After pursuing degrees in Anthropology and Spanish, Courtney spent a year of service as a Jesuit Volunteer at the East Bay Community Law Center, where she worked directly with low-income clients in need of legal support. She has since worked as an advocate for anti-poverty initiatives related to agriculture policy and as a global studies teacher in Madrid, Spain with the Fulbright Program. Courtney feels incredibly grateful to have found a home at Generation Hope, where she is inspired daily by the dedication, sacrifice, and resilience of our Scholars. When Courtney's not meeting with our Scholars, she can usually be found out on a run or fiddling around in orchestra rehearsal. 

Why I chose this quote:

"Maya Angelou's quote reminds me that each of us has a deeply-rooted inner light that we must recognize, nurture, and empower. Letting this light unapologetically shine is the greatest gift we can give ourselves and others!"

 


JAMILA WILLIAMS
Program Coordinator

As a Marymount University graduate and an alumni of the Generation Hope program, Jamila understands the importance of education attainment to create a better future for our children. Briefly after graduating with a B.A. in Fashion Merchandising in May 2015, She became passionate about giving back to Generation Hope and her community. She truly enjoys helping other expectant teen parents exceed academically, financially, and as a parent. She became both inspired and moved to learn the stories of other scholars. When not working with scholars, Jamila loves to sightsee real estate properties with her husband and dance with her daughter, who she also learns her latest moves from.

Why I chose this quote:

“Courage is the strength in the face of fear. I love this quote because it is a daily reminder to continue to be courageous in the midst doubt. I believe it is important to have courage and to go after your dreams despite the ridicule you may receive. It’s also not about what you’ve done or the mistakes you’ve made along the way. It’s about what you are going to do next that’s going to make a difference. Have courage!!”

Photos donated by:  Erika Layne Photography