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THE SPOTLIGHT

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Charles A. Costen-Sumpter

Union College of Schenectady, NY

2007
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Charles A. Costen-Sumpter is a New York City native and Giants fan. He from Union College in Schenectady, NY, in 2007 and the Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C, in 2012.


Costen-Sumpter is a 2016 graduate of the Political Leaders Program at the Sorensen Institute for Political Leadership at the University of Virginia and a 2021 graduate of the Victory Institute’s Political Leaders program. In 2016 Costen-Sumpter was also recognized as part of the inaugural Top 40 Under 40 by the Alexandria Chamber of Commerce and later by Leadership Arlington in 2017.


He worked as a Manager in Deloitte Consulting’s Human Capital Practice. He began his career with the U.S. House of Representatives for Congressman Charles Rangel (D-NY), the Government of the District of Columbia with Councilwoman Mary Cheh, Booz Allen Hamilton, and a senior advisor at the U.S. Department of Defense.


Charles currently works as Senior Director of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion at the World Wildlife Fund in Washington, DC.


In addition to his professional work, Costen-Sumpter is a local community activist in Alexandria, VA, having been appointed to several boards and commissions. He’s served on the Alexandria Commission on HIV/AIDS, Commission on Employment, and several others. As former Chair of the HIV/AIDS Commission, Costen-Sumpter was an outspoken advocate working to increase support for prevention efforts and advocating for those hit hardest. In addition to sitting on the Board of Safe Space NOVA, Costen-Sumpter is also a founding board member of another local community nonprofit, Gay Professional Men of Color (GPMC).

The Graduates

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Gerald D. Chapman

Alabama State University of Montgomery, AL

1967
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Alex Liu

Episcopal High School of Alexandria, VA

1976
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Edward Ewing

The Breck School of Golden Valley, MN

1983
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Howard M. Holley Jr.

Episcopal High School of Alexandria, VA

1987
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Mahalia Gayle, Ph.D.

Lakeside School of Seattle, WA

1990
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Shawn Armour

Grambling State University of Grambling, LA

1995
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Crystal Taylor-Simon

Episcopal High School of Alexandria, VA

1996
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LaMarr Datcher

Episcopal High School of Alexandria, VA

1998
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John Bonhom II

Woodberry Forest School of Woodberry Forest, VA

1999
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Jonathan Trapp

Episcopal High School of Alexandria, VA

1999
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Alix Dejean

Episcopal High School of Alexandria, VA

2000
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James Lee

Pennsylvania State University of State College, PA

2000
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Timothy Barkley

Virginia Tech of Blacksburg, VA

2001
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Minna Ahn Folkman

Episcopal High School of Alexandria, VA

2002
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Henry Opoku

Episcopal High School of Alexandria, VA

2002
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Rasheed Cole

Episcopal High School of Alexandria, VA

2003
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Daniela Ruano

Episcopal High School of Alexandria, VA

2005
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Marcus Singleton

Gilman School of Baltimore, MD

2005
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Nam Ly-Sarmiento

The College of William & Mary of Williamsburg, VA

2006
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Tatiana Morrow Bennett

Episcopal High School of Alexandria, VA

2006
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Crystal Bell

The College of William & Mary of Williamsburg, VA

2007
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Charles A. Costen-Sumpter

Union College of Schenectady, NY

2007
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Barbara Bai

Episcopal High School of Alexandria, VA

2008
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Marlana Webster, Psy. D.

The College of William & Mary of Williamsburg, VA

2008
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Shaun Burl

Seattle University of Seattle, WA

2009
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Ricky Ruano

Episcopal High School of Alexandria, VA

2009
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David Kagulu-Kalema

Episcopal High School of Alexandria, VA

2010
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Keenan Hale Jr.

The McCallie School of Chattanooga, TN

2011
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Andrew Jyan

Episcopal High School of Alexandria, VA

2012
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Toye Adenekan

Episcopal High School of Alexandria, VA

2012
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Prince Botchway

Averett University of Danville, VA

2013
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Doug Chappell

Episcopal High School of Alexandria, VA

2013
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Xinyi Mao

Episcopal High School of Alexandria, VA

2015
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Michael Otoo

Episcopal High School of Alexandria, VA

2015
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Jesse Meyler

Episcopal High School of Alexandria, VA

2016
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Jack Kim

Episcopal High School of Alexandria, VA

2016
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Ebony Welborn

University of North Carolina at Greensboro of Greensboro, NC

2017
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Terrell Jana

Woodberry Forest School of Woodberry Forest, VA

2017
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Jalén Maurice

St. Christopher's School of Richmond, VA

2017
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Andrew Tawiah, J.D.

The University of Maryland of College Park, MD

2018
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Alexis Fortune

Berkshire School of Sheffield, MA

2018
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Rodolfo Bissot Stargardter

Episcopal High School of Alexandria, VA

2019
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Milka Mered

The College of William & Mary of Williamsburg, VA

2020
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Tim He

The University of Washington of Seattle, WA

2022
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August Hunter

Overlake School of Redmond, WA

2022
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Collin Highberg

University of Nebraska-Lincoln of Lincoln, NE

2023
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Eastwood Yeboah

Union College of Schenectady, NY

2025
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Duane Jones

Middlesex School of Concord, MA

1970
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Rev. Rodney Rice

Episcopal High School of Alexandria, VA

1979
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Viviana Davila

St. Andrew's School of Middletown, DE

1985
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Jonathan Beane

Episcopal High School of Alexandria, VA

1988
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Craig Dixon

Episcopal High School of Alexandria, VA

1993
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Patricia Sasser

The Madeira School of McLean, VA

1995
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Sherron Sinclair Hopkins

University of Wiconsin-Madison of Madison, WI

1997
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Jessica Bantom

University of Virginia of Charlottesville, VA

1998
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Dr. Chimere J. Jones

The Madeira School of McLean, VA

1999
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Judelia Cole

Episcopal High School of Alexandria, VA

1999
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Chidirim Ejim

University of Malta of Mside, Malta

2000
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Bernard Carey II

Episcopal High School of Alexandria, VA

2000
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Jonathan E. Lee

Episcopal High School of Alexandria, VA

2001
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John Lee

Episcopal High School of Alexandria, VA

2002
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Jonathan Green

Episcopal High School of Alexandria, VA

2003
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NIcholas Bradford

The Evergreen State College of Olympia, WA

2004
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Ryan Woodlee

Episcopal High School of Alexandria, VA

2005
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Brett Green

The University of Akron of Akron, OH

2006
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Malcolm Spaulding

Episcopal High School of Alexandria, VA

2006
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Jerome Griffin

The College of William & Mary of Williamsburg, VA

2006
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Marcus Goodwin

St. Albans School of Washington, DC

2007
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Peter Park

The Peddie School of Hightstown, NJ

2007
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Kourtney Ramseur

Episcopal High School of Alexandria, VA

2008
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Tiffany Castagno

Ottawa University of Brookfield, WI

2008
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Dana James

Berklee College of Music of Boston, MA

2009
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Justin Brown

Furman University of Greenville, SC

2009
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Sadiq Abubakar

Episcopal High School of Alexandria, VA

2011
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Aliyah Griffith

Episcopal High School of Alexandria, VA

2011
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Naomi Palacios

Chicago State University of Chicago, IL

2012
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Jihyun Lee

Episcopal High School of Alexandria, VA

2013
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Jonathan Pryor

Episcopal High School of Alexandria, VA

2013
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Jeremiah Hobbs

Seattle Academy of Seattle, WA

2014
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Josh Howard

Episcopal High School of Alexandria, VA

2015
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Ivy Houde

Episcopal High School of Alexandria, VA

2015
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Savy Drummond

The Hun School of Princeton, NJ

2016
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Yulkendy Valdez

Babson College of Wellesley, MA

2017
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Andile-Amajaha Tshuma

Episcopal High School of Alexandria, VA

2017
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Brandon Williams

Episcopal High School of Alexandria, VA

2017
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Karla Amezcua

University of California Irvine of Irvine, CA

2017
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Esi Igyan

Episcopal High School of Alexandria, VA

2018
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William "Bill" Robinson

Rust College of Holly Springs, MS

2018
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Shaunjaney Bryan

Episcopal High School of Alexandria, VA

2019
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Charnell Gilchrist

Western Governors University of Salt Lake City, UT

2021
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Kalina Cordero

University of Puget Sound of Tacoma, WA

2022
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Alton Coston III

The College of William & Mary of Williamsburg, VA

2023
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Ezra Snell II

Jackson State University of Jackson, MS

2024
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Darie Levermore

The College of William & Mary of Williamsburg, VA

2025
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Joseph Watkins

Middlesex School of Concord, MA

1971
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J. Jurgen Taylor, MD

Episcopal High School of Alexandria, VA

1981
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Rodney Robinson

Episcopal High School of Alexandria, VA

1986
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Dr. Audrey Jordan

Viriginia Commonwealth University of Richmond, VA

1990
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Sundi Lofty

Episcopal High School of Alexandria, VA

1994
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Carol Tonge Mack

Middlebury College of Middlebury, VT

1995
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Tamela Blalock

Episcopal High School of Alexandria, VA

1998
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Blair Taylor

Episcopal High School of Alexandria, VA

1999
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Jason Brooks

The Webb Schools of Claremont, CA

1999
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Elijah Walter Griffin Sr.

Mount Vernon High School of Alexandria, VA

2000
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Octavio Peralta

Episcopal High School of Alexandria, VA

2000
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Hans Goff

Northfield Mount Hermon of Gill, MA

2001
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Jeffrey Shiu

John Hopkins University of Baltimore, MD

2002
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Dr. Max Hunter

The University of Washington of Seattle, WA

2002
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Kyrie York

Union College of Schenectady, NY