Cherise Fanno Burdeen
Chief Executive Officer
Vice President, Innovation & Impact
Vice President, Mission Support Services
Manager, Outreach & Engagement
Manager, Grants, Contracts & Events
Senior Manager, Technical Assistance
Manager, Technical Assistance
Senior Specialist, Communications
Manager, Learning Innovations
Associate, Research & Communications
Manager, Technology Innovation
Anne VanDercook serves as PJI’s accounting manager. Before joining PJI, she had 16 years of experience in accounting, 10 of them in the nonprofit arena. Throughout her career, Anne has managed the administration of grants and contracts at all levels of government, as well as grants and contracts from private foundations. Her primary responsibilities at PJI are managing the day-to-day finance and accounting operations and serving the Mission Support Services team as needed.
Manager, Learning Community
Auri Whitaker serves as Learning Community Manager at PJI. She focuses on community engagement, strategy, and data analytics. Auri is a native of Los Angeles, California who received her degree in psychology with an emphasis in research methodology from Hampton University. Prior to joining PJI, she worked extensively in education policy focusing heavily on restorative justice practices and strategies for overhauling the school-to-prison pipeline. She also directly served students from marginalized communities in Washington D.C. and Los Angeles, as a behavior therapist and community interventionist. Additionally, she conducted social science research in collaboration with Children Defense Fund, private research firms and school districts. She believes that intentional collaboration outperforms individual intelligence; and together we can accomplish our goals with innovation, style, and enthusiasm. In her free time, Auri enjoys dancing salsa, practicing mindfulness, and attending comedy shows.