Meet the Team

The Alumni Relations team at Democracy Prep consists of five dedicated college success professionals who support Democracy Prep alumni in their endeavors to work hard, go to college and change the world.  For more info on the Democracy Prep Alumni Relations team, please see below:

Sade Porter
Sade Porter
College Access and Success Counselor
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Sade Porter
College Access and Success Counselor
Sade Porter is a South Bronx native, that has returned after living in Miami, where she served as a Teach For America corps member.

She graduated from Tufts University with a BA in Clinical Psychology and Child Development and holds a Masters in Education from the University of Miami. She is set to graduate from Teacher’s College, Columbia University in October 2017 with a MA in Clinical Psychology.


Prior to joining the AR team, Sade taught at Harlem Prep Middle as a History teacher. After four years of teaching, she decided to transfer her assets and abilities obtained from the work in the classroom to a role that helps students to fulfill our mission of college and career readiness. Sharing a similar upbringing to DP alumni, she strives to work ensure that students are able to navigate the college track in pursuit of fulfilling higher education

Sade is also an avid solo traveller who has made recent trips to Thailand, Italy, Spain, and France within the past year.
Ralph Johnson
Ralph Johnson
Senior Director for College Success
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Ralph Johnson
Senior Director for College Success
Currently serving as the Senior Director of College Success at Democracy Prep Public Schools, Ralph manages the college access and college persistence strategies for the network.
Prior to his role at Democracy Prep, Ralph was the program director of the College Advising Corps at Brown University, a nationwide consortium of colleges and universities which aims to increase the number of low-income, first-generation, and underrepresented students entering and completing higher education. He was also a member of the mayor of Providence’s Children and Youth Cabinet, collaborating with other college access organizations such as College Visions, the Gear Up funded College Crusade of Rhode Island and Latino College Access Coalition. Ralph has served on the math and history faculty at Academy of the Pacific Rim Charter School in Hyde Park, MA, worked as the college and career counselor and advisor at the Metropolitan Regional Career and Technical Center in RI, served as an assistant director of admission at Brown, and was a longtime engaged member of the John Hope Settlement House in Providence where he taught computer literacy skills and coordinated the Providence Chapter Harlem-based organization, The Brotherhood Sister Sol. He is an active alumnus and former board member of Achieving Leadership's Purpose (formerly the Archbishop's Leadership Project), served on the board of the Rhode Island Urban Debate League and is an associate member of the Association of Black Admissions and Financial Aid Officers of the Ivy League and Sister Schools (ABAFOILSS). He currently serves on the board of the College Access Consortium of New York.

Ralph holds a BA from Brown University, is a native of Harlem, and lives in New York City with his wife Leora and daughters, Maya, Tamar and Ramona.
John Lindquist
John Lindquist
Assistant Director of College Success
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John Lindquist
Assistant Director of College Success
John Lindquist is a born and bread New Yorker with Minnesota ties. He graduated from Saint Olaf College with a double major in Mathematics and Economics and a minor in Policy Analysis. After college he worked as an Americorp member with College Possible, where he supported 20 students on the northside of Minneapolis get into and secure funding for college. Once the snow got the best of him, he moved back home to NYC, where taught high school math and was an instructional coach in the Bronx and Brooklyn before joining Democracy Prep Charter High School as a Geometry teacher and eventual Assistant Principal. He is excited to continue working in support of DP students to and through their college graduation.
Manuel Jourdain
Manuel Jourdain
College Access & Success Counselor
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Manuel Jourdain
College Access & Success Counselor
Manuel was born and raised in Providence, RI by parents from the Dominican Republic. He graduated with a Bachelors of Arts in History from Emmanuel College in Boston, where he developed leadership skills as a student and as a professional. As a student he served as an Orientation Leader, Resident Assistant, and Admissions Ambassador and shortly after graduating he worked as an Admissions Representative for Emmanuel College.

After moving from Boston, Manuel completed two service terms at Central High School in Providence, RI with the AmeriCorps National College Advising Corps hosted at Brown University’s Swearer Center for Public Service. He is also the founder of the Jourdain Scholarship Fund at Central High School, which provides a grant and mentorship to one matriculating high school senior.

As a first-generation college graduate, Manuel knows that the social, educational, and economic disadvantages many students face within the higher education environment can cause a lack of transparency for families and students from underrepresented communities. Manuel wants to use his experiences and knowledge to help advocate for future students heading into higher education to feel better represented.