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National Office

Located Blocks from the White House, TDC is housed in the Offices of AASCU in D.C.

Verdis L. Robinson

National Director of TDC

Verdis LeVar Robinson is the first National Director of TDC after serving as a tenured Assistant Professor of History and African-American Studies having taught writing-intensive, web-enhanced, service-learning courses at Monroe Community College (MCC) in Rochester, New York, for ten years. In addition to serving as MCC’s TDC Campus Coordinator since the beginning of the organization, he has served on TDC National Steering Committee and on the Advisory Council for its Economic Inequality Initiative.

Professionally, Verdis is a fellow of the Aspen Institute’s Faculty Seminar on Citizenship and the American and Global Polity, and the National Endowment for the Humanities’ Faculty Seminar on Rethinking Black Freedom Studies: The Jim Crow North and West.  He is also a Public Scholar with New York Humanities. Additionally, Verdis is the founder of the Rochester Neighborhood Oral History Project that created a walking tour of the community most impacted by the 1964 Race Riots, which has engaged over 400 members of the Rochester community in walking, discussing, and learning about the legacy of Jim Crow Rochester.  He holds a B.M. in Voice Performance from Boston University, a B.S. and M.A. in History from SUNY College at Brockport, and an M.A. in African-American Studies from SUNY University at Buffalo.

TDC Civic Intern Team

TDC is Supported by a Team of Interns Based in Washington, D.C. and at our Regional Campuses

Ahyoung Yoo

Ahyoung Yoo serves as TDC’s intern for Spring 2018 assisting at the National Office in Washington D.C., through The Washington Center internship program. She pursues a Bachelor’s Degree in Media and Communication, Sociology, & Social Innovation at Hanyang University in Seoul, South Korea. She loves to take on new challenges which can make the world a better place, and that is why she came to Washington, D.C.! Along with her Internship, her goal is to learn how to use media strategies to increase one’s influence on others, and also to increase civic engagement by communicating with social media. Ahyoung’s passions are about social innovation and social value, and she is extremely anticipating her time in D.C., to witness her abilities into furthering the mission of The Democracy Commitment.

Jae Ah Shin

An undergraduate student at Hanyang University in Republic of South Korea, Jae Ah Shin works as TDC National Office Intern for Spring 2018. Jae Ah is currently living in Seoul, Republic of South Korea while pursuing a B.A. in International Studies with a double major in Social Innovation. After being raised in Seoul, Jae Ah moved to Tianjin, China, and attended Tianjin International School (TIS) and Tianjin REGO International School (TRIS). She is capable of speaking English, Korean, Chinese Mandarin, and basic Japanese. Her academic interests lie in the social innovation, enhancing society in many aspects. Jae Ah was the Vice President of Social Innovation Business Club SEN where she did an in-depth study on domestic social enterprises and social market economy. She was also a leader of SK SUNNY Volunteering Social Enterprise Team, assisting marketing for three social enterprises in Korea.

Marisabel Espada

Marisabel Espada is a Mexican lawyer from the state of Sonora. She is currently studying at The Washington Center for the Spring 2018 Semester.  Her interest are politics, public policy, human rights, and football. ¡She is a Vikings fan!  She studied law at University of Sonora graduating December 2014.  Afterwards, she did a course in Human Rights for six months. She was an Executive Assistant to the Citizen Safety Coordinator of Hermosillo, Sonora, following the director’s agenda, coordinating the execution of programs with other head departments, and administrative work for the department staff.

Cindy Nicole Aldana


Cindy Nicole Aldana is currently a second-year student at Raritan Valley Community College located in Central New Jersey. Cindy is currently working to receive an Associate’s degree in Communications and Political Science.  At RVCC, she also serves as a Senator for the Student Government Association, President of Debate Club and also a member of the Feminist Coalition. After finishing her last year at RV, she plans to transfer and has a grocery of list of schools that she desires to. One of them being Georgetown due to their great academics and integrity, as well as their beautiful location.

Nathan Bowman


Nathan Bowman received his Associate’s degree in liberal studies with an emphasis in behavioral sciences from College of Marin. Nathan is currently an undergraduate student at San Francisco State University pursuing a Ph.D. in Sociology.  While studying at College of Marin, Nathan was the President of the Student’s for Social Justice club where he developed an interest in ensuring that students become civically engaged in their community. Student’s for Social Justice allowed Nathan to attend the CLDE meeting in Baltimore, Maryland, where he was featured as a speaker for multiple panels.

Angelo Kapp


Angelo Kapp is a student at Delta College in Michigan and also attends Northwood University. Angelo served as a student intern at the CLDE16 in Indianapolis, IN.  He is the former Vice President of Citizens In Action, a student-led club that promotes student civic engagement around campus and local communities. Angelo is a member on the advisory committee for Somos Hispanos, a PBS show about Hispanic people.   He is pursuing a degree in Advertising and Marketing and is a member of DECA, Society of Hispanic Leaders, and the American Advertising Federation.

Aaron Pallares


Aaron Pallares, a native Houstonian and first generation American, made his way to Michigan for his love of snow. This scene of tranquility scene helped to provide an atmosphere of serenity and focus for his talents in graphic design, web design, and brand identity at Delta College.  Currently, as a student at Delta College, he aspires to one day become a digital marketer and brand ambassador.  Aaron Pallares has been married to his lovely wife, Jessica, for a decade. They create a wonderful team alongside their half-pint daughter, Zoe.

Eden Shaveet


Along with her service to TDC, Eden serves as a Commonwealth Corps member with United Way Youth Venture as the Venture Retention and Engagement Innovator at Mount Wachusett Community College.  As a recent graduate of Mount Wachusett Community College and the Gateway to College program, Eden received her high school diploma and her Associate’s Degree in Liberal Arts and Sciences in May of 2017. She is currently pursuing her Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology at Elms College and plans to continue her graduate studies upon her graduation in the Spring of 2019.