Meet the staff members that are helping NFTE DC Region run smoothly!

Patricia Granata Eisner, Executive Director

Tricia started with the NFTE DC office in 2002 to serve schools in what was then the Baltimore "expansion region." She excelled in that role and took on leadership becoming the Executive Director of Baltimore as it became a stand-alone program office. Over the last 8 years, Tricia has built Baltimore into a strong NFTE site. In July 2012, Tricia took over as Executive Director of NFTE DC Region. Tricia came to NFTE after eight years as the Program Director for the Erickson Family Foundation, a non-profit foundation whose focus is education and the care of senior citizens. Patricia was a first grade teacher for four years in Baltimore City and graduated from Loyola College with a degree in English and Writing. She has a Masters in Education from Loyola College in Curriculum and Instruction and completed a second Masters at the University of Baltimore in Publications and Design. Her concentration was Creative Writing. In addition to her work at NFTE she has been a freelance writer with articles that have appeared locally and nationally.


Kara Johnson, Director of 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, Program Director

Verice joined NFTE DC Region 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.


Amir Alhambra, Program Manager

Amir joined NFTE DC Region 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.