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David Stern, Executive Director - BIO
Sara Morello, Executive Vice President - BIO
Ana Maria Boitel, Executive Assistant - BIO


Kristin Robinson, Vice President of Institutional Advancement - BIO
Tim Wierzbicki, Chief Development Officer - BIO
Patricia Reilly, Director of Philanthropy - BIO
Steven Rice, Senior Manager of Development Operations - BIO
Anita Adams, Events & Special Projects Manager - BIO
Hannah Reed, Grants Manager - BIO
Melissa Taylor, Development Coordinator - BIO


Sarah Lackritz, Director of Marketing & Communications - BIO
Heena Patel, Marketing & Communications Manager - BIO
Shanika DeWindt, Digital Media Specialist - BIO
Lauren Wright, Marketing & Communications Assistant - BIO


Mia Sussman, Director of Fellowships - BIO
Andrea Wood, Senior Manager - BIO
Elizabeth Hague, Portfolio Manager - BIO
Emily Warr, Portfolio Manager - BIO
Sarah Lilly, Program Manager - BIO
Kerry Stotler, Program Manager - BIO
Ryan O'Connor, Coordinator, Donor Relations - BIO
Braxton Gore, Fellowships Assistant - BIO


Kristen Uhler-McKeown, Director of Public Programs - BIO
Taí Merey Alex, Assistant Director - BIO
Qudsiya Naqui, Senior Program Manager - BIO
Allie Yang-Green, Senior Program Manager - BIO
Joana Cobblah, Senior Manager, Compliance - BIO
Selena N. Hunn, Program Manager - BIO
Michelle Gaeng, Program Specialist - BIO
Linda Downing, Program Specialist - BIO
Will Walker, Program Coordinator - BIO
Whitney Williams, Program Coordinator - BIO
Kelsey Edwards, Program Coordinator - BIO
Alexander Roberts, Program Assistant - BIO
Emily DiGiovanni, Program Assistant - BIO


Isaac Bowers, Director of Law School Engagement & Advocacy - BIO
Claire Cusella, Program Manager - BIO
Brooke Meckler, Student Engagement Specialist - BIO
Michele Bastacky, Program Coordinator - BIO


Yvonne Vargas-Santos, Director of Administration - BIO
Peter Majano, IT Specialist - BIO
Emilee Gale, HR & Benefits Specialist - BIO
Nathaniel Endicott, Database Specialist
Michael Byrne, Operations Assistant - BIO
Nadine Smith, Administrative Assistant - BIO 



 David Stern
DAVID STERN, Executive Director   
David Stern has served as Executive Director for the past 25 years, vastly expanding the size and impact of Equal Justice Works.  

With over 30 years of experience in public interest law, David has helped to develop Equal Justice Works into the nation's leading organization in mobilizing the next generation of lawyers committed to equal justice.

David joined Equal Justice Works, then known as the National Association for Public Interest Law, in 1992 to establish a postgraduate fellowship program; in 1995, he was promoted to Executive Director. During his tenure as executive director, the organization's budget has grown tenfold, staff has quadrupled, and more than 98 percent of ABA-accredited schools are now members of Equal Justice Works.

Under David’s leadership, the organization has funded in excess of 1,800 public interest fellowships, with 85 percent of former Fellows still practicing public interest law. In addition, Equal Justice Works is a national expert on student debt relief and provides tools to promote public interest law opportunities on campuses across the country.

David has been recognized as a “Champion of Change” by the White House, as one of “The 100 Most Influential Lawyers in America” by The National Law Journal, and as one of the "Greatest Washington Lawyers in the Past 30 Years” by The Legal Times. In 2006, David was honored by the Mississippi Center for Justice for bringing national attention to the legal needs of survivors of Hurricane Katrina and for creating Equal Justice Works’ Katrina Initiative, which deployed lawyers to the Gulf Coast region to help thousands of people left without homes, jobs, or social services.

David serves on the Advisory Committee for Voices for Civil Justice, a nonpartisan communications hub advancing fairness in America’s legal system. He is also a member of the Legal Services Corporation's Leaders Council, which is dedicated to raising public awareness of the crisis in civil legal aid nationwide.

David received his B.A. from Union College and his J.D. from Georgetown University.
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Sara Morello
SARA MORELLO, Executive Vice President
Sara Morello is the Executive Vice President at Equal Justice Works, where she is responsible for strategic and operational leadership. She plays a pivotal role in guiding the program and growth of the organization. 

Sara has extensive nonprofit management experience working to advance social justice issues in the U.S. and internationally, and holds an unwavering commitment to Equal Justice Works’ mission. With a keen ability to align mission, vision, and implementation, she has successfully leveraged internal strengths and external relationships to build high-performing teams to achieve success and expand access to just and equitable opportunities for women and their families.

Before joining Equal Justice Works, Sara served for eight years as Executive Vice President of Catholics for Choice, where she led the organization's strategic development, program design and evaluation, fundraising, finance, and operations. With her guidance, the organization expanded its work to Africa and Asia and built productive and lasting partnerships with policymakers, advocates, and activists around the world. Her professional experience also includes a senior role in fundraising at the National Women's Law Center, and the position of canonical advisor at the US Conference of Catholic Bishops. 

Sara holds degrees from Creighton University in Omaha, Nebraska, and The Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C.
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ANA MARIA BOITEL, Executive Assistant
Ana María Boitel is the Executive Assistant to the Executive Director at Equal Justice Works. As the first point of contact to the Executive Director, Ana María is gatekeeper to the executive office and is responsible for Board of Directors communications, meetings preparation, and administrative support.

Ana María joined Equal Justice Works in May of 2016 with more than 25 years of experience, having previously served as Interim Executive Assistant to the Chief Executive Officer of OSA, the leading professional society on optics and photonics; and Executive Assistant to the Chief Financial Officer of Pebblebrook Hotel Trust, a New York Stock Exchange traded Real Estate Investment Trust. Before that, Ana María was Managing Director of Fusión MC Communications, a marketing agency focused on helping clients understand the diversities within the U.S. Latino community. Prior to her work with Fusión, Ana María was Principal in charge of Business Development at architectural firm OPX.

In a volunteer capacity, she chaired the board of the SED Center, D.C.’s first accredited bilingual preschool, for two years. Ana María also chaired the board of Women in Technology, during which time she testified before the Senate Subcommittee on Science Technology and Space regarding opportunities for women in science and technology. She is a recipient of the Women in Technology Leadership Award and is a graduate of Leadership Fairfax.

Ana María received her B.A. from George Mason University.
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Kristin Robinson
KRISTIN ROBINSON, Vice President of Institutional Advancement 

Kristin Robinson is the Vice President of Institutional Advancement at Equal Justice Works, where she is responsible for designing and executing the organization’s fundraising strategy as well as managing Institutional Advancement staff.


Kristin most recently served as Vice President of Institutional Advancement at the Aspen Institute. She and her team worked with generous philanthropists who cared deeply about the Institute’s mission and invested in its fulfillment. Prior to joining Aspen, she served as Vice President of the National Women’s Law Center, and has led development efforts for leading non-profits including The J. Craig Venter Science Foundation, The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis, and The Brady Center to Prevent Gun Violence. She has also held advertising and publishing positions at McGraw-Hill, The Times-Journal Company, and The New Republic magazine.


Kristin earned her B.A. from Vanderbilt University and her M.A. from Georgetown University.
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Tim Wierzbicki
TIM WIERZBICKI, Chief Development Officer

Tim Wierzbicki is the Chief Development Officer at Equal Justice Works, where he is responsible for major gift fundraising.

With more than 25 years of nonprofit management and development experience, Tim has served in senior level development positions at several major non-governmental organizations, including the American National Red Cross, Habitat for Humanity International, and the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights.

Tim is a recognized innovative leader and a creative problem-solver, with an incredible talent for developing relationships. He is a seasoned fundraiser with an unwavering commitment to our mission of creating a just society by mobilizing the next generation of public interest lawyers.

He is a member of the Association of Fundraising Professionals and has served on the Foundation Board of his alma mater, Minnesota State University.
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Patricia Reilly
PATRICIA REILLY, Director of Philanthropy
Patricia Reilly is the Director of Philanthropy at Equal Justice Works.

Patricia began her career practicing communications law at Kirkland & Ellis and Wiley, Rein & Fielding, for many years. Subsequently, she directed the fundraising and communications operations of Norwood School in Bethesda, Maryland, where she also served as a trustee and Board Chair. While practicing law, Patricia served as an officer of the Federal Communications Bar Association, chaired the American Bar Association’s (ABA) Forum on Communications Law, and was a member of the ABA House of Delegates. Patricia’s previous public interest experience include working as a summer intern for DNA-Legal Services on the Navajo Reservation in Window Rock, Arizona.

Patricia received her B.A. from Mount Holyoke College and her J.D. from Harvard Law School.
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STEVEN RICE, Senior Manager of Development Operations
Steven Rice is the Senior Manager of Development Operations at Equal Justice Works.

Steven first joined the organization as a fundraiser/data analyst, then transitioning to managing the organization’s IT infrastructure and data systems, before moving into his current role. Steven is responsible for strategizing, developing, and improving the organization’s IT business systems to streamline processes and leverage data to advance its work.

Steven received a B.A. in Political Science with an emphasis on International Relations from Morehouse College in Atlanta, GA.
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Anita Adams
ANITA ADAMS, Events & Special Projects Manager

Anita Adams is the Events & Special Projects Manager at Equal Justice Works.  

Anita, a Milwaukee native and enthusiastic Green Bay Packers fan, is a versatile events and public relations professional, with over five years of event execution. She has a wide range of experiences in event management both in the corporate and nonprofit sectors, including working for Walt Disney World’s Media Relations, Network Afterwork, and for her own media relations consulting company.

Anita holds a B.A. in Journalism and a minor in Public Relations from Stillman College. She also conducted graduate research at Miami International University of Art & Design with a focus in media management.
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Hannah Reed
HANNAH REED, Grants Manager


Hannah Reed is the Grants Manager at Equal Justice Works, where she supports the organization’s efforts to secure funding for existing and new program initiatives.


Hannah joins Equal Justice Works after many years working in education and youth development in California, Louisiana, and Washington, D.C. Previously, she served as an AmeriCorps volunteer in Berkeley, California and a Peace Corps volunteer in Loja, Ecuador.   


Hannah holds a B.A. from the University of California, Berkeley and an M.F.A. from Louisiana State University.

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Melissa Taylor
MELISSA TAYLOR, Development Coordinator


Melissa Taylor is the Development Coordinator at Equal Justice Works, where she provides support to the Institutional Advancement team.


Melissa joins Equal Justice Works with more than four years of experience as a coordinator at the University of North Carolina Charlotte, Department of Business Management and Marketing. Prior to moving to DC, she served in the Peace Corps, working with a local NGO to help improve the health of community members in New Amsterdam, Guyana.   


Melissa holds a B.A. in Sociology and a Graduate Certificate in Community Health from UNC Charlotte. 

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Sarah Lackritz
SARAH LACKRITZ, Director of Marketing & Communications

Sarah Lackritz is the Director of Marketing and Communications at Equal Justice Works. She directs the public presence of Equal Justice Works to position the organization as the leader in launching public interest law careers to ensure a more just society for all.

Sarah is an integrated marketing and communications strategist with over ten years of experience who specializes in building and enhancing brand reputation. She joined Equal Justice Works from Burson-Marsteller, a global PR and integrated marketing agency, where she advised a wide range of clients, including Fortune 100 beverage, automotive, and personal care brands, as well as trade associations and nonprofit organizations.

Sarah received her B.A. in Linguistic Anthropology from Brandeis University and her M.B.A with a marketing focus from Georgetown University's McDonough School of Business.
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Heena Patel
HEENA PATEL, Marketing & Communications Manager

Heena is the Marketing and Communications Manager at Equal Justice Works.

Heena brings over five years of communications experience working for a variety of mission-minded organizations. Most recently she served as the Communications Director for the Society for Women’s Health Research, where she was responsible for overseeing marketing and communications initiatives for the organization. Previously, she worked as a Communications Associate at American Councils for International Education. Heena brings a breadth of skills and expertise, including developing communications strategies and plans, media relations training, branding, graphic design, and website development.

Heena earned her B.A. from the George Washington University and her M.S. from the University of Amsterdam. 
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Shani DeWindt
SHANIKA DEWINDT, Digital Media Specialist

Shanika (Shani) DeWindt is the Digital Media Specialist at Equal Justice Works.

Shani, a Virgin Islands native, first joined the organization on a temporary basis to coordinate digital and print marketing needs for fall events. Outside of Equal Justice Works, Shani brings an impressive depth of social media and digital marketing experience to this position. Prior to her time at the organization, Shani coordinated the digital marketing efforts for companies like USA Today, where she helped launch a new mobile app. She has also worked with organizations in the nonprofit sector, like the Entrepreneurs' Organization, where she conducted a digital brand audit and created a successful social media expansion plan.

Shani earned a B.A. in Political Science from the University of Connecticut. 
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Lauren Wright
LAUREN WRIGHT, Marketing & Communications Assistant

Lauren Wright is the Marketing and Communications Assistant at Equal Justice Works, where she provides social media, design, writing, and content support.

Lauren, a native of Connecticut, began work at the organization on a temporary basis before joining the team in her current role. She previously worked at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Smithsonian National Zoo, and a variety of other arts and culture nonprofits.

Lauren holds a B.A. from the Corcoran College of Art & Design in Washington, D.C.
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  Mia Sussman
MIA SUSSMAN, Director of Fellowships

Mia Sussman is the Director of Fellowships at Equal Justice Works, where she manages a team that runs the nation’s largest public interest legal Fellowship program.

She previously worked as a litigation associate in the Washington, D.C. office of Latham & Watkins LLP from 2007-2011, where her practice focused on antitrust litigation. She also helped manage the firm's pro bono program assisting Holocaust survivors in applying for reparations from Germany. Mia's previous public interest experience includes serving as Program Assistant at the International Senior Lawyers Project, and as an intern at the Human Rights Law Network in Delhi, India.

Mia is also an Adjunct Professor at the University of Michigan Law School, where she teaches a course on “Pro Bono and BigLaw.” She serves on the Board of the Washington Council of Lawyers, the Washington Lawyers' Committee of the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, and the Anti-Defamation League's NextGen Leadership Circle.

She received her B.A. summa cum laude from Tufts University and earned her J.D. cum laude from the University of Michigan Law School, where she served as an articles editor for the Michigan Journal of International Law. Mia also holds a Certificate in Nonprofit Management from Duke University.
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Andrea Wood
ANDREA WOOD, Senior Manager of Fellowships
Andrea Wood is Senior Manager of Fellowships at Equal Justice Works.

Prior to joining Equal Justice Works, Andrea practiced law in Atlanta, Georgia. She served as a board member of the Georgia Association for Women Lawyers Foundation and as a member of the Advisory Committee of the Barton Child Law and Policy Center. Focused on public interest law throughout law school, Andrea was a board member of the Emory Public Interest Committee (EPIC) and spent her summers at the Public Defender Service for the District of Columbia and the Georgia Capital Defender. Prior to law school, Andrea worked in development at a nonprofit legal services organization in Atlanta.

Andrea received her B.A. in History, cum laude, from Davidson College, and her J.D., with Honors, from Emory University School of Law, where she was an articles editor for the Emory Law Journal.
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Elizabeth Hague
ELIZABETH HAGUE, Portfolio Manager

Elizabeth (Liz) Hague is a Fellowships Portfolio Manager at Equal Justice Works, where she oversees and stewards Fellows and Fellowship sponsors on the West Coast.

Liz joins the organization from Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer’s Washington, D.C. office, where she was a dispute resolution associate and maintained a robust pro bono practice focused on women's rights issues, including domestic violence, sexual assault, and employment discrimination. Her team was awarded DV LEAP's Pro Bono Team of the Year Award in 2017 for an amicus brief they filed on DV LEAP's behalf. Liz currently serves as Board Chair of CASS, a Washington, D.C.‐based nonprofit organization that works to address sexual assault and sexual harassment in the District. She also serves as Board Vice Chair for Ms. JD, a national nonprofit organization dedicated to advancing women in the legal profession.

Liz received her B.A. in Islamic Studies and Political Science from Washington University in St. Louis, magna cum laude, and her J.D. from Harvard Law School, where she was an active member of the Women's Law Association and Law Students for Reproductive Justice. She also participated in the Family Court and International Human Rights Clinics. Prior to law school, Liz was a Fulbright Scholar to Morocco, where she studied women's legal literacy and legal empowerment.
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Emily Warr
EMILY WARR, Portfolio Manager

Emily joins Equal Justice Works following a move to DC from Washington state, where she worked as a public defender for youth and adults detained in psychiatric units for involuntary treatment and adults charged with felonies who are accepted into Mental Health Court. Emily also represented adults in therapeutic DUI Court. She was active in the local bar in Washington, serving as secretary of the Yakima County Bar Association. 


Emily was born and raised in the Pacific Northwest and studied Sociology and Women's Studies at Seattle Pacific University. She attended law school at the University of Kansas School of Law, where she served as President of Law Students for Reproductive Justice, President of OUTLaws & Allies and interned at the ACLU of Kansas and Western Missouri.

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Sarah Lilly
SARAH LILLY, Fellowships Program Manager
Sarah Lilly is the Fellowships Program Manager, where she manages the Equal Justice Works Fellowship competition, working with candidates and host organizations to apply for Fellowship funding. She also supports Fellows throughout their two year terms and ensures they have a positive Fellowship experience that will prepare them for a lifelong public interest career.

Previously, Sarah worked at Ohio University’s Political Science Department and the Voinovich School of Leadership and Public Affairs, where she researched transnational racial policy diffusion, community economic development, and LGBTQIA communities. Sarah, a Baltimore, Maryland native, originally joined the organization as a summer intern in 2014 and felt so passionately about the Equal Justice Works mission that she never left.

Sarah received her B.A. in Sociology-Criminology & Political Science and a Certificate in Law, Justice & Culture from Ohio University.
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Kerry Stotler
KERRY STOTLER, Fellowships Program Manager
Kerry Stotler is the Fellowships Program Manager at Equal Justice Works.

Prior to joining Equal Justice Works, Kerry practiced law in Washington, DC. She worked as a legal project manager, managing teams of up to 175 attorneys. She also counseled clients on matters related to FCC compliance and managed high profile copyright infringement litigations. Kerry brings a passion for a wide range of issues from women’s rights, LGBTQ rights and immigration to her work at Equal Justice Works. Kerry received her B.A. in Art History from Dickinson College, M.S. in Arts Administration from Shenandoah University, and J.D. from American University’s Washington College of Law.  Kerry lives in NW Washington with her rescue cat.
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RYAN O'CONNOR, Fellowships Coordinator, Donor Relations
Ryan O’Connor is the Fellowships Coordinator, Donor Relations at Equal Justice Works.

Ryan, a native of Massachusetts, has extensive experience in campaign finance and has previously worked on presidential and congressional campaigns, most recently as the Director of Operations for a campaign consulting firm. His responsibilities included donor and PAC relations, strategic communications, and planning fundraising events.

Ryan graduated with a B.A. in Political Science from the Catholic University of America, in Washington D.C. He returned to school and graduated in 2016 with an M.S. in Business Analysis.
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Braxton Gore
BRAXTON GORE, Fellowships Assistant
Braxton Gore is a Fellowships Assistant at Equal Justice Works.

Braxton first joined the organization as a temporary assistant in the Public Programs Unit, where he worked closely with the AmeriCorps JD Program, before moving to his current role. Following college, Braxton owned and operated a family franchise in Howard County and Baltimore for over seven years.

Braxton attended Penn State University for Business Management.
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Kristen Uhler-McKeown
KRISTEN UHLER-MCKEOWN, Director of Public Programs
Kristen Uhler-McKeown is the Director for Public Programs at Equal Justice Works, where she is accountable for the organization’s multi-million dollar portfolio of government grants, which fund lawyer corps serving nationwide. She oversees grant compliance and the sustainability of existing programming, and cultivates and develops strategic initiatives to scale program delivery.

She brings to the organization over a decade of non-profit management experience in public interest law and international development organizations. Prior to Equal Justice Works, Kristen served as Director of Greater D.C. and Baltimore offices of Tahirih Justice Center for two years before her appointment in 2015 as Director of Legal & Social Services, supporting Tahirih’s legal and social services staff nationwide. Kristen led program standards, monitoring, evaluation, and learning to ensure consistent, efficient, and high quality services to immigrant survivors of violence. Kristen also held management oversight of the organization’s government grants portfolio and information systems.

Previously, Kristen worked abroad for five years in senior management roles with Oxfam in the U.K., including developing strategic partnerships with institutional donors and working on GROW, a high-profile global campaign on economic and social justice. Kristen is also the former Executive Director of Pennsylvania Immigration Resource Center (PIRC), a nonprofit organization providing free legal services to particularly vulnerable detained immigrants facing removal from the U.S., including unaccompanied children, torture survivors, and asylum seekers. Under Kristen’s leadership, PIRC was awarded a competitive DOJ Legal Orientation Program contract, launched a new program to support immigrant women seeking protection under the Violence Against Women Act, and doubled the organization’s staff. Kristen has also served as a board member of nonprofit organizations supporting immigrant communities.

Kristen is a graduate with honors from Carnegie Mellon University’s College of Fine Arts and the Penn State Dickinson School of Law, where she was President of the Public Interest Law Fund and recognized as a Miller Center for Public Interest Law Advocate. She received the ‘Excellence in Public Service Award’ from Dickinson School of Law in 2014 in recognition of her exceptional commitment to public service. Kristen is a dual citizen of the US and UK, and is admitted to the Pennsylvania Bar.
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Tai Merey Alex
TAI MEREY ALEX, Assistant Director for Public Programs
Taí Merey Alex is the Assistant Director of Public Programs at Equal Justice Works, where she supports the unit in various initiatives, including corps fellowship programs focused on access to justice, affordable housing, elder justice, and serving victims of crime and human trafficking.

Previously, she was a Project Manager at the Center for Court Innovation for several years, where she managed a Help Center in a community court in Harlem, and oversaw a reentry based program for young adults. Taí’s commitment to social justice began as an AmeriCorps member in East Harlem, where she assisted children with learning disabilities and facilitated an after-school program in the community. For the last 18 years, her career has focused exclusively on public service, including housing rights, community economic development, and the protection of civil and human rights through a variety of public interest initiatives. She graduated magna cum laude from Pace University with a B.A. in English Literature, and holds a J.D. from CUNY School of Law.

Taí grew up in Puerto Rico and Vermont, and now lives in Washington, D.C., with her husband, daughter, rescue dog and cats.
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Qudsiya Naqui
QUDSIYA NAQUI, Senior Program Manager
Qudsiya Naqui is a Senior Program Manager for Public Programs at Equal Justice Works, where she manages the justice AmeriCorps program.

Qudsiya comes to the organization with significant experience in the immigration field, specifically on child migration issues. Prior to joining the team, she served as a Program Associate in the Unaccompanied Children Program at the Vera Institute of Justice in New York City, where she managed, trained, and provided technical assistance to a national network of legal service providers that assist immigrant youth fighting deportation. She has also represented Central American and South Asian immigrants seeking asylum and other forms of protection in the U.S. at the New York Legal Assistance Group and the Nationalities Service Center in Philadelphia.

Qudsiya holds a B.A. in political science with a concentration in human rights from Barnard College, and a J.D. from Temple University Beasley School of Law.
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Allie Yang-Green
ALLIE YANG-GREEN, Senior Program Manager

Allie Yang-Green is a Senior Program Manager for Public Programs at Equal Justice Works, where she leads the Crime Victims Justice Corps program, funded by the DOJ Office for Victims of Crime.

Allie joins Equal Justice Works from the Office for Access to Justice at the DOJ, where she was Senior Counsel. In that position, Allie coordinated the activities of the Legal Aid Interagency Roundtable (LAIR) and worked on various policy initiatives to improve access to legal assistance in both the civil and criminal justice systems. Prior to joining the Office for Access to Justice, Allie litigated tax controversies in federal courts as a trial attorney.

During her career at DOJ, she held leadership positions with DOJ Pan Asia, an Asian American employee association, and was selected for a Department-wide leadership program, Leadership Excellence Achievement Program.

Before joining the government in 2008, Allie worked as a legal aid attorney handling family law, domestic violence, housing, and consumer matters at the Legal Services of Northern Virginia. Allie has also worked for Polaris Project, an anti-human trafficking organization, as a legal fellow and clerked for the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law and the South Asia Human Rights Documentation Centre in India. Allie volunteers with several local legal aid organizations and was recently recognized by Bread for the City with its 2017 Good Hope Award for her domestic violence pro bono work.

She holds a B.A. in Ethics, Politics and Economics from Yale University and a J.D. from the University of Virginia.
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Joana Cobblah
JOANA COBBLAH, Senior Manager, Compliance

Joana Cobblah is the Senior Manager, Compliance at Equal Justice Works, where she serves as the resident subject matter expert for compliance related policies, business processes, and procedures to ensure adherence to donor requirements and regulations.

Joana brings more than 20 years of experience in domestic and international cradle-to-grave contract management and compliance oversight to Equal Justice Works. Her diverse expertise spans careers in the corporate, government, and non- profit sectors. In one of her previous roles, she served as Contract Manager at the Henry Jackson Foundation for the Advancement of Military Medicine; where she was a technical lead responsible for the contractual oversight and management of a 0 million medical research portfolio spread across 300 sub-recipients in the U.S. Africa, and Asia.

She created and established the Foundation’s first regulatory sub-recipient training which was held in three countries and attended by host country ministry officials and local sub-recipients. In addition, Joana served in different capacities at the Foundation including the position of Contract Lead (Acquisitions) where she served as a senior technical advisor for award compliance and international business practices to the Vice President of Acquisitions. In that position Joana also crafted policy and procedures, and spearheaded award management solutions as part of a corporate retooling initiative.

Joana more recently served as senior advisor to the President (WA) of an international development firm focused on capacity building. She provided counsel and guidance on matters related to acquisition strategy, international governance, and procurement compliance in target countries.

Joana holds a Master of Science in Business Management from Troy University in Troy, Alabama and a Masters Certificate in Government Contracting from ESI/George Washington University in Washington D.C. She maintains membership in the National Contracting Management Association (NCMA), Association of the U.S. Army (AUSA) and MENSA. 
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Selena Hunn
SELENA N. HUNN, Program Manager

Selena Hunn is a Program Manager for Public Programs at Equal Justice Works, where she oversees the Veterans Legal Corps program.


Selena joins the Equal Justice Works team after serving as an attorney for the Department of Veterans Affairs, Board of Veterans’ Appeals. She previously worked in private practice where she served as legal advisor and business consultant to nonprofit organizations, activists, and social enterprises. She has also provided project and program management support in the private and public sectors.


Selena received her undergraduate degree in English (B.A.), with a minor in Philosophy, from the University of Maryland, College Park, and received her J.D. from Loyola University New Orleans College of Law. She is admitted to the Maryland Bar.
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Michelle Gaeng
MICHELLE GAENG, Program Specialist
Michelle Gaeng is a Program Specialist for Public Programs, working specifically on VISTA programs at Equal Justice Works.

She first joined the organization as a Law School Engagement and Advocacy (LSEA) Coordinator in January 2015, before transitioning to her current role in January 2017. As an LSEA Coordinator, Michelle primarily managed the unit’s National Advisory Committee, conducted outreach to member law schools, and organized the annual Conference and Career Fair. Prior to Equal Justice Works, Michelle worked as a Field Organizer for the Nevada State Democratic Party in Las Vegas, where she was responsible for organizing and staffing events and rallies on behalf of the 2014 Lieutenant Governor candidate. Michelle is also a former intern for House of Representatives Minority Whip, Steny Hoyer (MD-05), and the 2008 Marylanders for Marriage Equality Campaign. Prior to that, she interned at the European Parliament in Brussels, Belgium, where she staffed events, planned international travel, and attended committee meetings.

Michelle is a graduate of Emory University with a B.A. in International Studies and History.
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Linda Downing

LINDA DOWNING, Program Specialist

Linda Downing is a Program Specialist for Public Programs, working specifically on the Crime Victims Justice Corps program. Prior to Equal Justice Works, Linda worked with the international NGO World Wildlife Fund for over five years. She most recently served as Program Associate for the WWF Species Conservation and TRAFFIC North America program across stations in the US, Mexico, and Canada. In this role, she managed a small grants program to reduce threats to endangered species. Prior to WWF, Linda was Project Specialist at ICBA Services Network, where she managed outreach campaigns for community banks. Linda is a native of Nicaragua, and is passionate about social justice and immigration issues, as well as the environment. 

Linda received her B.A. in Marketing from Marymount University. 
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Will Walker
WILL WALKER, Program Coordinator
Will Walker is a Program Coordinator for Public Programs at Equal Justice Works.

A Florida native, Will previously worked at ImmigrationWorks USA and Opportunity America as the Office Coordinator and the Research and Communications Coordinator. Additionally, he interned in the offices of Representative John Delaney (MD-06) and Senator Bill Nelson (FL).

Will is a graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where he earned a B.A. in Political Science and Peace, War, and Defense with a History minor.
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Whitney Williams
WHITNEY WILLIAMS, Program Coordinator
Whitney Williams is a Program Coordinator for Public Programs at Equal Justice Works, where she works to provide postgraduate legal fellowships to public interest lawyers committed to removing employment and economic barriers for individuals seeking re-entry to the job market, and assisting victims of disasters.

Whitney is a rising third-year evening student at American University, Washington College of Law, where she served on the Student Bar Association Executive Committee and Senate. She is also a member of Phi Kappa Phi National Honors Society, Phi Alpha Delta Law Fraternity, and the Black Law Student’s Association.

She received her undergraduate degrees in Psychology (AA) from Blinn College; and Sociology (BA) with a minor in Values, Law, and Policy from University of Houston. Whitney maintains an active academic and extracurricular schedule while raising her young daughter, Gabrielle.
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       Kelsey Edwards
KELSEY EDWARDS, Program Coordinator 
Kelsey Edwards is a Program Coordinator for Public Programs at Equal Justice Works.

A native of West Orange, New Jersey, Kelsey previously served as a Data Analysis Researcher with Polaris, Development and Communications Intern for 826DC, and a Program Instructor with the AnBryce Foundation. Kelsey has a passion for social justice, human development, and the environment, and is an advocate for systemic change.

Kelsey received her Master of Public Administration degree in Race & Social Policy from the George Washington University. 
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Alexander Roberts
ALEXANDER ROBERTS, Program Assistant 
Alexander (Al) Roberts is a Program Assistant for Public Programs at Equal Justice Works.

Al first joined the organization as a Temporary Assistant in March 2016, where he played an important role assisting the Public Programs Unit in the processing of AmeriCorps JD applications and the enrollment of students selected to serve as AmeriCorps JD law student members. Al has always had a passion for social justice, with long-term career objectives in this field. After holding several positions in the private sector, he was drawn to Equal Justice Works because of his interest in social justice issues.

Al graduated from Florida State University with a B.S. in Political Science.
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Emily DiGiovanni
EMILY DIGIOVANNI, Program Assistant 
Emily DiGiovanni is the Program Assistant for Public Programs team, where she works closely on the Rural Summer Legal Corps program and assists with AmeriCorps JD.  

Emily is originally from Pennsylvania. She joined the Equal Justice Works team in November 2017. Before coming on board, Emily worked for Educational Testing Service as a Process Coordinator for the SATs. There she handled over 200+ schools and Universities in administering the SAT.


Emily holds a B.A. from Millersville University of Pennsylvania.
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Isaac Bowers
ISAAC BOWERS, Director of Law School Engagement & Advocacy
Isaac Bowers is Director of Law School Engagement & Advocacy, overseeing the Student Debt, Student Engagement, and Law School Relations programs at Equal Justice Works.

He was previously responsible for the Equal Justice Works’ educational debt relief initiatives. In that capacity, he wrote a weekly blog for U.S. News; conducted monthly webinars for a wide range of audiences; advised employers, law schools, and professional organizations; and worked with Congress and the Department of Education on Federal legislation and regulations. Before joining Equal Justice Works, he was a Fellow at Shute, Mihaly & Weinberger LLP in San Francisco, where he represented citizen groups and local agencies in environmental litigation and land use and planning issues.

Isaac received his J.D. from New York University School of Law.
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Claire Cusella
CLAIRE CUSELLA, Program Manager
Claire Cusella is a Program Manager for Law School Engagement & Advocacy at Equal Justice Works, where she manages law school membership and outreach and the annual Conference and Career Fair.

She joined the organization originally as Executive Assistant to the Executive Director. Before joining Equal Justice Works, she served as the Scheduler and Finance Director for Maryland State Senator Jim Rosapepe and as a Fundraising Associate for two progressive political action committees. Additionally, Claire previously worked as a field organizer for the 2012 campaign of Congresswoman Louise Slaughter (NY-25) and interned in Senator Chuck Schumer’s district office.

Claire has a B.A. in Political Science and Sociology from the State University of New York at Geneseo.
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Brooke Meckler
BROOKE MECKLER, Student Engagement Specialist
Brooke Meckler is the Student Engagement Specialist for Law School Engagement & Advocacy at Equal Justice Works, where she works to communicate the full range of public interest opportunities and programs offered by the organization to law students, and to expand the organization’s law student membership through engagement initiatives and campaigns.

Brooke, a Buffalo, New York native, most recently worked as a project manager and in-house counsel at a Western New York commercial real estate company. While in law school, Brooke worked with various organizations that provide free legal services to low-income individuals, including helping victims of domestic violence obtain divorces during her fellowship at the Harvard Legal Aid Bureau.

Brooke has a B.A. in Psychology from the State University of New York at Geneseo and received her J.D. from Syracuse University College of Law, graduating cum laude with Pro Bono and Community Service Honors. She is licensed to practice law in New York State.
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Michele Bastacky
MICHELE BASTACKY, Program Coordinator
Michele Bastacky is a Program Coordinator for Law School Engagement & Advocacy at Equal Justice Works where she assists in the planning of the annual Conference and Career Fair and the law school membership program.

Michele joined the organization as a 2016 summer intern working in the Law School Engagement and Advocacy Unit, before joining the team full-time as a Program Coordinator. Passionate about social justice issues, she previously interned at Americans for Responsible Solutions, the Democratic National Committee, the White House Office of Presidential Correspondence, and Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf's campaign. She has experience researching policy issues from voting rights to gun violence prevention.

Michele received her B.A. in Political Science from George Washington University.
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Yvonne Vargas
YVONNE VARGAS, Director of Administration
Yvonne Vargas is the Director of Administration at Equal Justice Works.

Yvonne has over 15 years of responsible and progressive experience in human resources and operations management. Her professional experience includes strategic human capital growth management, training/employee development, resource and budget forecasting, organizational development and employee relations. Before joining Equal Justice Works, Yvonne served as Associate Director of Operations at Year Up and held various positions in public policy and human resources where she supported over 500 employees. She is SHRM-CP certified, has a passion for technology with a certification in information management, and enjoys using her technological prowess to create innovative business strategies.

Yvonne holds a Master’s degree in Business Management with a concentration in Nonprofit Management from Cambridge College, and a Bachelors in Arts degree in Communications from Marymount Manhattan College.
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Peter Majano

Peter Majano is the IT Specialist at Equal Justice Works.

Peter comes to the organization from Airway Sheet Metal in Sterling VA, where he provided Tier 1 desktop support services, network configuration/maintenance, and database management. He has worked with tech companies such as Sony and Google, where he gained broad experience in technical support. Peter is passionate about service and has volunteered at NGOs in El Salvador, his home country, such as SOS Children’s Villages, where he coordinated educational activities for children, and Habitat for Humanity, where he did translation work.

Peter obtained his degree in Computer Science Engineering, with an emphasis on networking and database administration, from Francisco Gavidia University in El Salvador.
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Emilee Gale
EMILEE GALE, HR & Benefits Specialist

Emilee Gale is the HR & Benefits Specialist at Equal Justice Works, where she provides support with employee onboarding, recruitment, and benefits enrollment and processing.

Emilee has held previous experience in Human Resources in both the non-profit and federal space. Her professional experience includes payroll, benefits administration, talent acquisition, and organizational development.

Emilee holds a B.S. in Communications with a minor in Business Administration from Bowie State University located in Bowie, Maryland.
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Michael Byrne
MICHAEL BYRNE, Operations Assistant
Michael Byrne is the Operations Assistant at Equal Justice Works.  

Born and raised in Euclid, Ohio (Greater Cleveland area), Michael previously worked as an intern at Global Cleveland, where he was involved in coordinating their Welcome Hub in Cleveland Heights, working primarily with Nepalese refugees as they acclimated to their new surroundings. Michael discovered his passion for international politics through taking part in Model UN, helping to start a chapter of the organization at Cleveland State University, where they competed at the national and international level.

Michael has a B.A. in Religious Studies and an M.A. in Global Interactions from Cleveland State University. He completed his thesis work on how cities can become more immigration friendly before joining the organization.
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Nadine Smith
NADINE SMITH, Administrative Assistant
Nadine Smith is the Administrative Assistant at Equal Justice Works.

She has volunteered with the organization for several years assisting with the Annual Dinner. She has worked in Federal Government with the Department of Housing and Community Development, and then advanced her career into non-profit organizations, including Faith & Politics Institute, where she served as the Director of Administration. In this role, she assisted with connecting Members of Congress, both in the House and the Senate, to experiential Pilgrimages, Reflection Groups, and Forums. Nadine has endeavored to connect the communities less fortunate and the communities of help, to bridge the gap of the two. At Equal Justice Works, Nadine continues her desire of service to the mission that creates a just society.
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