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Our Team

Breaking The Cycle was founded by students for students. The founding team includes Jahnin Davis (President), Daverna Johnson (Vice-President), Jasmine Boyd (Secretary), Quadir Ismael (Treasurer), Sadia Coleman (Public Relations), and Nisha Sachdev (Mentor and Advisor).


Dr. Nisha Sachdev

B.A. /  MSW /  CCPT


Children, Youth and Families at the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine and Independent Grounds


Senior Director of Evaluation  |  Bainum Family Foundation

Research and Evaluation Manager  |  D.C. Trust 

Executive Director  |  Coaching for College

Founder  |  Breaking the Cycle 

Consultant  |  UNICEF

Dr. Nisha Sachdev is a public health consultant, strategist and senior clinical psychologist with over 15 years of experience leading multi-million programs within governmental agencies, organizations and foundations to address social issues in underrepresented communities. With a  focus on at cross-collaboration with public and private partners, Nisha developed capacity building and high-impact, system-level interventions locally, nationally and globally to reduce the social and health disparities experienced by children, youth and families. She began her career working as a special education teacher. Nisha continues to serve as an Adjunct Professor at George Washington University. Nisha earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology and Criminal Justice from the University of Michigan and a Master of Public Health in Global Health Promotion, a Master of Psychology, and a Doctorate of Public Health in Health Behavior, and a Doctorate of Psychology in Clinical Psychology from the George Washington University. 

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