Investing in People, Strengthening Communities

Staff Contacts

Richard Petersen
Executive Director

Rich is CAAB’s Executive Director. He is a community development professional experienced in developing and implementing effective initiatives that have assisted people with disabilities and low-income individuals to more fully participate and succeed in the economic mainstream. Rich is a graduate of Siena College and began his career at Project Welcome, the first national early-childhood development program designed to help children with moderate to severe disabilities to enroll in federally funded day care programs. From there, he went onto assisting adults with disabilities to pursue their personal and vocational aspirations and was involved with the passage of the American Disabilities Act. In 1993, Mr. Petersen co-founded Employment Trust Inc., a privately held employment staffing entity that assisted people with barriers to employment to obtain and maintain employment of their own informed choice. The company went on to develop and trademark, Managed Work Services, a vendor on premises service model that was replicated in New York, Baltimore, and St. Louis and served as a template for the development of the Alternative Staffing movement.

Rich has served as the Small Business representative to the Welfare to Work Partnership; and for 15 years helped shape and lead national workforce development and asset-building initiatives at the Enterprise Foundation. In 1999, Rich was presented with the Welfare Associate of the Year Award by President Bill Clinton in recognition of his ongoing efforts to assist people to move out of poverty.

Martin Booker
Senior Program Manager 

Martin is CAAB's Senior Program Manager. Prior to joining CAAB, Martin had a successful tenure at Martha's Table Inc., where he served in various leadership roles, including Chief of Staff to the President and Director of Food and Nutrition.

A Prince George's County native, Martin earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Social Work from Bowie State University and a Masters of Social Work from the University of Connecticut. Financial Education was a focus during his four years of undergraduate studies while working with Students in Free Enterprise. During his time in Connecticut, he focused on developing policy solutions around hunger and income for working poor families. Coming from a working class family, he is dedicated to identifying and delivering poverty solutions to those in need.

In his spare time, he enjoys spending time with family and friends, traveling and reading.

Jason Bridges
Financial Education Specialist

Jason is a Financial Education Specialist with CAAB. As a native Washingtonian, he has strong ties to the area and a passion for financial literacy that he believes is the essence to financial freedom. Jason also thinks that financial education is a sure fire way to assist all residents of the Greater DC Area to take control of their finances.

Jason has an Associate’s Degree in Business Administration. 

Sadija Smiley
Director of Programs

Sadija is CAAB's Director of Programs. She is responsible for the operational oversight and success of all of CAAB’s programming components along with providing direct supervisory responsibilities for all associated staff.  She is 15-year veteran within the Human Service and Non-Profit community, serving in both management and direct service positions. Sadija brings a wealth of experience in program design and development to assist and strengthen programmatic efficiency.

During her successful and impactful career, Sadija has gained valuable experience in areas such as Workforce Development, Housing and Homeless Services, Case Management, Data Management, Staff Training and Development, Program Evaluation and Quality Control. Prior to joining CAAB, Sadija served as the Program Director for a local Emergency Shelter where she re-aligned services to be more person-centered, resulting in a fifty-percent decrease in emergency stays. Sadija was responsible for the development, general oversight, and day-to-day management of the shelter.

Sadija has a BA from West Virginia State University and MBA from Strayer University. 

Kenneth Lampkin
Financial Education Specialist 

As a Financial Education Specialist, Kenneth provides assistance to low-to-moderate income individuals and families in improving their financial behavior. Kenneth has a passion for assisting people he works with to appreciate and understand the importance of financial literacy and its impact on their quality of life. He uses his training and knowledge as a Certified Financial Social Work Educator/Coach to empower low-to-moderate income residents of the Greater DC area to become financially literate in order to find suitable housing, obtain a loan, budget and live within their means while seeking to maximize on savings products and make sound investments to increase their assets. At CAAB, Kenneth developed financial education curricula for seniors and youth.

Before joining CAAB, Kenneth co-founded Take It From Me, a non-profit juvenile awareness program, to mentor at-risk-youth. He also tutored at-risk-youth, young adults, and mature adults in GED preparation and computer literacy. Kenneth also volunteers at the Barry Recreation Center in Washington, DC coaching the 5 and 6 year old basketball team.

Joseph Leitmann-Santa Cruz
Associate Director

Joseph is CAAB’s Associate Director. He is an Asset Building, Financial Capability and Financial Services professional with 16 years of experience in a broad spectrum of program & project management, team management, business development and investment strategy & portfolio management in 1) the Wealth Management and Investment Management fields servicing Wealth Management Firms, High-Net-Worth Individuals & Families, Endowments, Foundations and Retirement Plans and 2) the Asset Building field working with Non-Profit Organizations, Small Business Entrepreneurs and Low- and Moderate-Income Families.

At CAAB, Joseph oversees CAAB’s relationships with key funding supporters, private sector employers, media organizations, elected officials in Washington, DC and individual donors. He is also the manager of four educational & outreach campaigns: the DC Earned Income Tax Credit Campaign, DC Saves Campaign, DC Ahorra y Prospera Campaign and Ahorrando y Prosperando en el Condado de Montgomery Campaign. He is also CAAB’s liaison with the DC Financial Education Literacy Council, the Assets & Opportunity Network, the Taxpayer Opportunity Network, America Saves and economic inclusion collaborations with the Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond, FDIC and the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency.

Prior to joining CAAB, for over 2 ½ years Joseph was Managing Director of Investment Operations & Portfolio Management at McLean Asset Management, a wealth management firm in McLean, Virginia. Before that position, for over 8 ½ years Joseph was Vice President of Client Services & Managed Accounts at Advisor Partners, LLC, an institutional money management firm in San Francisco, California.

Joseph has been quoted in The New York Times, Graduate Day on PBS, All Things Considered on NPR, El Diario La Prensa (New York City), La Opinion (Los Angeles), El Tiempo Latino (Washington, DC) and El Pregonero (Washington, DC). He is also a frequent guest on TV and radio shows in English and Spanish commenting on economic development, financial planning, asset building and wealth creation topics.

Joseph holds a BA in International Relations from San Francisco State University. Currently, Joseph is on the Board of Directors of the non-profit organization Dream Project in Virginia and is also active with two other Greater Washington, DC-based non-profit organizations—Washington Area Community Investment Fund (WACIF) and Latino Economic Development Center (LEDC)—developing & teaching, on a pro bono basis, Wealth Achievement and Personal Financial Planning classes for low-income first-time home buying families and small business entrepreneurs. Previously, Joseph has been a Member of the Investment Committee of The Community Foundation for Northern Virginia, Strategy Advisor to the Executive Director of the Hispanic Committee of Virginia and intern in Ankara, Turkey and Frankfurt, Germany.

Joseph lives in Arlington, Virginia with his wife and their two children. 

Earl Murray

Earl is CAAB’s Accountant. He is responsible for the day to day financial transactions for the organization. He manages the company’s annual budget and ensures that the organization maintains its financial compliance with all federal and local government contracts and foundational support. Prior to joining CAAB, Earl spent 7 years in Development & Fundraising managing Direct Mail/Individual Giving campaigns, Proposal Development and Event Planning. For the last 6 years, Earl has worked in non-profit and public accounting.

Earl was introduced to the Financial Education arena in 2010. He was charged to teaching men and women in recovery from drugs and alcohol on how to bank responsibly, identifying needs and wants, budgeting, savings, credit and other topics that helped with transitioning back to society and reducing recidivism.

Earl is a graduate of the University of the District of Columbia where he earned his Bachelors of Business Administration in Accounting. He is currently pursuing his Certified Public Accountant (CPA) license.

He serves as the Vice President of the Financial Empowerment Ministry and was recently appointed as a Trustee of his church, Greater Mt. Calvary Holy Church in NE Washington, DC. Earl is a native of Baltimore, MD and has lived in Washington, DC for the last 11 years. In his spare time, he enjoys traveling, cycling, working out and spending time with friends and family.

Dasia Rogers
Outcomes Coordinator

Dasia is CAAB’s Outcomes Coordinator. As a native Washingtonian, she has grown up all over the District and has seen the different socio-economic challenges and opportunities of the city. It’s this understanding of the District and the Greater DC Area that allows her to identify with CAAB’s participants. Dasia has had some of the same hopes and dreams that a lot of our participants have. She graduated from Duke Ellington School of the Arts, in Washington, DC and has studied IT Engineering at George Mason University. As the Outcomes Coordinator, Dasia plays a key role in ensuring that CAAB is able to best serve its participants through making sure the organization's, and most importantly that the participants', outcomes are met as best as possible.

Dasia's perspective is that "financial health is not an unobtainable mirage but a very literal and achievable goal. Money is an energy, and with that comes power. That’s where CAAB comes into play. We teach people to exercise, strengthen and exert that power to become the greatest financially savvy beings they could possibly be."

Brian Stone
Program Manager 

Brian is a Program Manager with CAAB. Brian manages the Making Money Grow Program and provides financial education services for the Office of Youth Empowerment (OYE) in the D.C. Child and Family Services Agency. Prior to joining CAAB, Brian completed the Bill Emerson National Hunger Fellowship and worked in the federal government.

Brian is graduate of Morehouse College where he double majored in Sociology and Political Science. He is also a proud member of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. He resides in Maryland with his wife and son. 

Linda Stroman
Senior Financial Wellness Officer/Coach 

Linda is the Senior Financial Wellness Officer/Coach at CAAB. She provides instruction and one-on-one counseling to groups and individuals on money management and credit education. Before joining CAAB, Linda worked for The Training Source, Inc. She provided life, professional, financial, and technical training to Maryland and DC residents and organizations.

Linda is a Certified Financial Social Work Educator/Coach.

Connie Woodland
Chief Operating Officer

Connie is CAAB’s Chief Operating Officer. She is responsible for overseeing the accounting department and office management. Connie has over 30 years of experience in contract and budget administration in the field of banking and has worked in the non-profit area for over 5 years.

How to give

Now, more than ever, non-profits like Capital Area Asset Builders (CAAB) need your help. Please support CAAB as we continue to help DC residents manage and/or improve their financial situation during these difficult times. If you can't afford to give a monetary gift, please visit our Amazon Wish List where you can choose from a variety of items that CAAB needs in order to better serve our community.

or send a check or money order to
Capital Area Asset Builders (CAAB)
c/o Joseph Leitmann-Santa Cruz, Director of External Relations
1100 H Street NW, Suite 200
Washington, DC 20005