Meet the staff members that are helping NFTE Baltimore/Washington Metro run smoothly!

Kara Johnson, Manager, Development

Kara joined NFTE in fall 2012. She is responsible for the development and implementation of long- and short-term fundraising, building strategic partnerships, supporting the local advisory board and E-Council, and overseeing office operations. Kara comes to NFTE from Orr Associates, Inc. where she worked with several local and national nonprofit clients to develop strategic plans and strengthen their fundraising efforts. A graduate of Vanderbilt University, Kara also holds her Masters in Social Work from the University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill.


Verice White, Manager, Programs

Verice joined NFTE in July 2000 and has built relationships with education leaders throughout the area over the past 10 years. She currently serves on the Board of the Prince George's County High Schools Academy of Finance. Verice is responsible for supporting the NFTE programs, the teachers and students including regular site visits with teachers and administrators, monthly teacher meetings, and recruiting teachers and volunteers for NFTE University teacher trainings. Prior to coming to NFTE, Verice was a certified corporate training specialist with the AR Group, Inc. Before this position, she worked as a Technical Support Coordinator for Lockheed Martin.


Darlene Ajayi, Programs (Baltimore)
Darlene Ajayi has a deep personal commitment to education and economic empowerment, and is a well-respected education and small business development specialist. She is a firm believer in preparing students to “make a job” instead of “preparing them to get a job.” Prior to joining NFTE, Darlene was employed by the United Stat es Information Service and the Institute for International Education, and served as the educational adviser to the US Consulate in Kaduna, Nigeria, promoting higher education opportunities in the United States. She has been recognized by NFTE as an Employee of the Year (2008) , and Entrepreneurship Educator of the Year (2003); and has received recognition from the City of Baltimore, Maryland State Department of Education, National Council on Economic Education and a host of other educational and civic organization for her dedication and commitment to youth empowerment. Darlene holds an undergraduate degree in business and public administration from the University of Baltimore and a Master’s degree in Instructional Technology from Johns Hopkins University.


Amir Alhambra, Program (DC Regiona)

Amir joined NFTE in August 2013. Amir is currently pursuing his PhD in Educational Administration and Policy Studies at George Washington University. Prior to joining NFTE, Amir taught in the DC Charter School system as well as for Los Angeles charter and public schools for 5 years. While in LA, Amir taught the NFTE curriculum at his school and he is a NFTE Certified Entrepreneurship Teacher.