Skilled Team

Our volunteer-based team includes award-winning principals and teachers, parents, non-profit leaders and other relevant professionals, working particularly in public schools and the public sector. Bright Mind Enrichment and Schooling leaders and team members have done non-profit educational work together for twenty years. (Aside from the board listing below, we will continue to post bios of Bright Mind team members, so keep checking back.)

Community Collaborating

From healing arts non-profits to civic and community groups, Bright Mind collaborates with –and always seeks to collaborate further with– a diversity of individuals and groups.

Board

Bright Mind’s board has wide-ranging experience, with lifelong commitments to community-oriented work. We attended and send our own children to public schools. Our board has always been led by people of color, and our organization works closely with the communities we serve and will be serving.

Jennifer Griffin, Bright Mind Chairperson

Jennifer serves as our primary leader for educational and curriculum matters. She represents Bright Mind to all communities, notably Latino/a communities.

She has taught special education full-time since 2006 and has served as an assistant principal.

Recently, Jennifer has twice been a full-time summer school assistant principal for the Arlington (VA) Public Schools, for the High School Summer School program: responsible for overseeing the special education department, state tests (SOLs), interactive achievement testing, computer labs, cafeteria, and students – as one of four assistant principals overseeing 1,500 high school students.

From 2012 – 2013, she served as Inter-Assistant Principal at Washington-Lee High School, Arlington. In Summer 2012, she also served as Intern Assistant Principal at Arlington Traditional School. She has additional experience within the Arlington Public Schools as a Local Educational Agency (LEA) Representative, a member of the Aspiring Leaders group, and a Facilitator for Cultural Competency.

She has been licensed in multiple areas as a teacher (Administration and Supervision Pre-K – 12, Early Childhood Special Education, Early / Primary Education Pre-K – 3 and Specific Learning Disabilities K – 12). She teaches high school special education in Montgomery County, Maryland.

Jennifer holds a Bachelor of Arts in Child and Family Studies and a Master’s degree in General and Special Education Children Birth-2nd Grade, both from Syracuse University, and a Master’s degree from George Mason University in Education Leadership. She has earned multiple relevant certifications and awards.


Terrence Calhoun, Bright Mind Vice-Chairperson / Treasurer

Terrence oversees Bright Mind finances, promotes Bright Mind to funders, guides grant submissions, and works on fundraising campaigns. He represents Bright Mind to all communities, with particular emphasis on African-American communities
Terrence is a non-profit professional, as well as a diversity educator. As Conference and Events Manager for HealthHIV, he serves as Project Manager for HealthHIV’s annual SYNChronicity conference. Prior to that, he served as the Director of Conferences and Meeting Services (CMS) with the National Minority AIDS Council for over fifteen years. In this work, his responsibilities encompassed logistical planning for conferences, developing marketing collateral and conference promotional materials; developing RFPs for conference related activities; and negotiating contracts for national and regional conferences. Terrence has served as the Director for the United States Conference on AIDS and as the point of contact for CDC’s HIV Prevention Leadership Summit. In addition, he has received numerous awards and accolades for his service to the HIV community.

Terrence has also spent years doing director-level diversity education work, with a focus on working with and teaching students. He did his undergraduate studies at Cornell University (NY) and is both a foster and adoptive father. He is highly involved in fostering networks.


Martin Brooks, Bright Mind Secretary

Martin is responsible for Bright Mind board matters, raising funds and cultivating relationships with institutions, and implementing and providing oversight of overall goals of the organization.
Martin has a passion for helping youth and young adults, and for veterans’ issues, having served in the National Guard. He was Dean of Peer Education at Hobart and William Smith Colleges in Geneva, NY, where he taught for six years in the field of Peer Education in Human Relations, conducting research and instructing students on how to work together across difference.
He has presented at three national AIDS conferences on effective management skills.
He has worked as a social worker with disabled people and was a founding director of the ARCH, a non-profit focused on community, cultural, and diversity education in schools and workplaces.
He regularly conducts street outreach and programming to aid victims of sex trafficking, including as a focus of his work as a senior pastor, where he works to bring diverse faith communities and human services organizations together to aid poor and under-served communities. He is an ordained Elder in The United Methodist Church. Since 2008, he has served as a pastor in the Baltimore Washington Annual Conference. He holds Master of Divinity and Master of Theological Studies degrees from Wesley Theological Seminary (Washington, DC) and currently serves as senior pastor at Magothy United Methodist Church in Pasadena, Maryland.
Martin received a Bachelor of Science degree from Cornell University and an Honorable Discharge after serving in the US Army National Guard (Washington, DC). He and his wife have a 3-year-old daughter.


Craig Kaufman, Bright Mind Executive Director

Craig guides Bright Mind’s growing team and network of dozens of professionals, from executing content to developing capacity as both a grassroots-based non-profit and an educational organization. He oversees all operations and operational strategies for Bright Mind, working with our excellent team and allied resource people. He guides Bright Mind’s public profile, including building relationships with non-profit, civic, and other organizations.
Craig has directed non-profit and socially-engaged efforts focused on education for over twenty years. He has also taught low-income children, including in a Harlem (NYC) public school and a Tijuana squatter community.
He has run campaigns with a strong focus on children and education, including as Executive Director of: Pennsylvania Action, a statewide advocacy agency, where he hired and oversaw many staff and planned campaigns that reached across the state; Progressive Action, LLC, where he negotiated contracts and alliances with national organizations; the ARCH, where he executed over 300 events for a 501(c)(3) New York City-based agency; and Bright Mind. He was founding director of Trilogy Leadership Training, as well as a Senior Writer and Project Coordinator at Garrison Institute, where he brought exponential funding growth (on projects with a focus on education and at-risk groups) and long-term institutional support. He has worked on social-action efforts in California, New York, and the Southwest.
The New York Times, CNN, and NPR have covered Craig’s work. His op-eds have appeared with top-ten U.S. newspapers, KQED (the largest NPR station), and other leading newspapers. He graduated with distinction from Cornell University and speaks Spanish fluently.