Meet our Interns!

July 22, 2015

The Cleveland Transformation Alliance is proud to serve as a host site for such a wonderful group of interns for the summer! These young men and women from The Cleveland Foundation, Summer on the Cuyahoga (SOTC) and Bowling Green State University bring an enormous amount of value, creativity, and passion to our organization and our work to reinvent public education in Cleveland. Be sure to read on below to find out more about this group of passionate individuals and why they chose to work with the Alliance in engaging families across the city!


Khalid Ali

Khalid Ali has been a life-long resident of the Greater Cleveland Area. As a devoted advocate for social justice and issues of inequality, Khalid understands the importance of affording all children with the opportunity to receive a quality education.

Before joining the Alliance, Mr. Ali interned at NeighborWorks America (NWA) in Washington D.C. where he worked in the department of National Real Estate Programs; which owns and manages more than 100,000 high-quality affordable rental homes in communities nationwide. Khalid also served as a Research and Community Engagement intern at the Housing Research & Advocacy Center, and made key contributions to published reports such as the 2015 State of Fair Housing in Northeast Ohio Report. Along with these efforts, Khalid has worked to make strides in education as a Program Coordinator at Lakeland Community College, heading a program geared toward increasing the retention and graduation rates of minority male students. Khalid’s relentless pursuit for equality can be characterized by his organization for issues such as voting rights, voter registration, and increasing civic participation in inner-city communities. 

Khalid is a recent graduate from Cleveland State University’s Maxine Goodman Levin College of Urban Affairs; and holds a Bachelor’s of Arts in Urban Studies (Public Policy). Khalid will be looking to begin pursuing his Master’s in Public Administration starting the Fall Semester of 2015. 


Sherika Gibson

Sherika Gibson is a rising junior at Cornell University. At Cornell, she majors in the Biological Sciences. Although her concentration lies in General Biology, she is also interested in molecular and cellular biology. As a student, Sherika participates in many extra curricula activities. She is an avid member of the Students of Diabetes Awareness (SODA), Public Achievement, and participates in community service events hosted by Cornell’s Biology Service Leaders. When she is not busy with her academics or attending clubs, she manages one of Cornell’s Residential Dining Halls. As a student manger, she is tasked with enforcing all New York State Health Codes, updating shift lists, and handling trainings, interviews and promotions for student employees etc.

This summer Sherika decided to dive into the field of urban education. She was fortunate enough to receive a position interning with the Cleveland Transformation Alliance. She is currently working on a few independent projects to further the non-profit’s mission of creating a portfolio of high-performing schools and ensuring that every child in Cleveland can attend a high performing school. This summer she is tasked with improving the collaborative efforts with the organization’s partners, creating asset maps of the three most high-need neighborhoods and community outreach. At the conclusion of this work in the Cleveland area, Sherika hopes to hone her critical thinking, analysis, synthesis, evaluation, and problem solving skills, develop career awareness, and expand her oral and written communication skills.


Xiomara Hernandez-Marcelo

Xiomara Hernandez-Marcelo joined the Alliance as an intern in May 2015. Mrs. Xiomara will be graduating from the Education and Human Development College at Bowling Green State University (BGSU), and will be receiving a Bachelors of Science in Human Development and Family Studies; as well as a Provisional Certificate as a Family Life Educator in August 2015.  Mrs. Xiomara is a CMSD Graduate that understands the importance of having supportive services and engaging programs at educational institutions in order to supplement and enhance the academic experience for all students. 

Prior to joining the Alliance and during her four-years at BGSU, she was actively involved in campus organizations such as the Latino Student Union, Black Student Union, and La Conexion. The missions of these organizations were geared towards addressing the social and academic issues that affected the minority populations at BGSU.

As an intern at the Cleveland Transformation Alliance she has been involved in the community engagement outreach. One aspect of this community outreach program involves increasing the community’s awareness of the Cleveland Transformation Alliance. Some of the steps that she has taken to raise awareness of the Alliance has been visiting community libraries, recreation centers and high needed neighborhoods in Cleveland. To further this mission Mrs.Xiomara reached out to Community Development Corporations in order to provide them with newsletters of the Alliance.