Afterschool and summer programs for at risk children and youth


Courtney C. Reeve
Executive Director

Courtney C. Reeve has worked extensively on education issues for immigrant, refugee, and underserved populations in both the US and abroad, in direct service as well as policy capacities.  Immediately prior to her position with Aspire!, Ms. Reeve served as Education Program Manager for the International Rescue Committee’s programs in Liberia, West Africa. She has directed multi-site education programs for all age groups (early childhood through adult), is an experienced English as a Second Language teacher, and has provided consulting to public charter schools. Ms. Reeve was previously on the Board of YNPNdc for which she served as Treasurer as well as the Young Executive Directors’ Roundtable liaison. She has been appointed to the Arlington County and Arlington County Public Schools’ Joint Out-of-School Time Advisory Council since 2009. Ms. Reeve received ASAE & The Center for Association Leadership’s Emerging Leader Award in 2009, was named a Judith O’Connor Scholar by BoardSource in 2010, received Honorable Mention for the EXCEL Award for Nonprofit Leadership in 2012, and was named a Leadership Arlington 40 Under 40 Honoree in 2015. Ms. Reeve has a BS in Bilingual Education from Boston University, an Ed.M. (Master of Education) from Harvard University Graduate School of Education, and a Master’s Certificate in Global Mental Health from the Harvard Program in Refugee Trauma. She is a member of the Leadership Arlington Class of 2010 and the Leadership Greater Washington Class of 2013.

Jesella Zambrano
Assistant Director

Jesella Zambrano joined the Aspire team with an interdisciplinary background in education, policy, and development. She began her career working in city-level economic development before moving to Brazil on a Fulbright grant where she supported the implementation of an English language program at the Federal University of São Carlos. After returning to the United States, she spent several years in the K-12 education system, eventually returning to school to complete a master’s degree in International Education Policy from the Harvard Graduate School of Education. Additionally, Jesella spent time working in a development capacity at an education consulting firm.  

Anna Faulkner
Program Manager

Anna Faulkner acquired a passion for working with students in 2006 as a teacher at Bingham Academy, an international school in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. While teaching in Addis Ababa, she helped start a local non-profit with some of her friends and colleagues where she taught ESL, developed language-learning curriculum, and created after school programs for Ethiopian students. After a total of five years in Ethiopia, Ms. Faulkner moved back to the US to earn her Masters of Education in International Education Policy. She graduated from the Harvard Graduate School of Education in May of 2012 and has been working with students, in some capacity ever since.  She has also been thinking and dreaming about how to make education more meaningful, culturally appropriate, and fun for the most marginalized communities and is excited to bring these ideas to the Aspire! community.

Gabrielle Moore
Program Coordinator

Gabrielle Moore first joined the Aspire! team in fall of 2015 as an AmeriCorps member. Ms. Moore graduated from the University of Mary Washington with a degree in English with a linguistics focus. Prior to serving as an AmeriCorps member with Aspire! she worked as a freelance illustrator for six years. Ms. Moore also served as a teacher's aide for first, third, and fifth-grade teacher and is also proficient in Spanish, ASL, and Korean.
Jeff Hoffman
Director of Development
Jeff Hoffman has always enjoyed connecting organizations with its constituents. He began his career in New York City planning and executing advertising campaigns for Procter and Gamble, Sheraton Hotels and Texaco and pioneered the early days of the internet on the business development teams of a successful, pre-Google era search engine, LookSmart, and a pre-Pandora streaming audio service, Redband Broadcasting, a division of Sony. In 2001 Mr. Hoffman joined Information, Inc. to serve the communications and business development needs of hundreds of Washington DC-based, industry organizations, including the National Education Association, American Society of Nutrition, and National Affordable Housing Management Association. In January 2019 he became a member of the Aspire! team to elevate local and regional awareness of its vital work combatting educational inequity among young, at-risk children in Arlington and developing and maintaining strong ties with its supporters.

AmeriCorps Members

The Learning ROCKS! Program is also supported by the Learning Links AmeriCorps Team, which consists of 20 full-time AmeriCorps*State direct service volunteers. Learning Links focuses on increasing capacity to better serve children each day afterschool in a way that is well-aligned with school priorities, strengthening the community’s stability and access to resources, and improving learning outcomes and social- emotional development of students. This is done through direct service, tutoring children, implementing afterschool activities, helping schools, and developing monthly family programming for a low-moderate income residence. Corps Members commit to providing 1,700 hours of community service through Aspire! over the course of their one year term of service. Since 2009, AmeriCorps Members have contributed more than 100,000 hours of service to Arlington families through their service with Aspire!.