Leadership & Staff
Equal Justice Works staff is a dedicated group working to mobilize the next generation of public interest lawyers. A close community with a passion for ensuring the equal representation of all, Equal Justice Works staff is proud to support the work of our Fellows, member law schools, host organizations, NAC members and Board of Directors. We thank host and event sponsors for their generosity and for making our work possible.
Tim Wierzbicki, Chief Development Officer - BIO
Patricia Reilly, Director of Philanthropy - BIO
Annie Hughes, Interim Director of Communications and Marketing
JT Redmon, Senior Manager of Philanthropic Operations - BIO
Mizue Suito, Senior Manager, Philanthropy - BIO
Claire Shanley, Communications and Marketing Manger - BIO
Shanika DeWindt, Digital Media Specialist - BIO
Evan Underwood, Development Operations and Research Specialist - BIO
Anne Brown, Advancement Coordinator - BIO
Michelle Morrisey, Development Assistant - BIO
Mia Sussman, Associate Director, Fellowships - BIO
Sterling Morriss, Senior Manager, Fellowships - BIO
Tammy Sun, Senior Manager, Fellowships - BIO
Lauren Worsek, Portfolio Manager, Fellowships - BIO
Andrea Wood, Portoflio Manager, Fellowships - BIO
Melody Webb, Program Manager, Fellowships - BIO
Sarah Lilly, Fellowships Specialist - BIO
Brendan Simmons, Fellowships Coordinator
Anne Bloom, Director of Public Programs - BIO
Taí Merey Alex, Senior Program Manager - BIO
Toya Lynch, Senior Program Manager - BIO
Qudsiya Naqui, Program Manager - BIO
Cherie Smith, Program Manager - BIO
Anna Cupito, Program Specialist - BIO
Brian Stone, Program Coordinator - BIO
Michaela Olson, Program Coordinator - BIO
Sarah Corcoran, Program Coordinator
Will Walker, Program Assistant - BIO
Jonah Lewis, Program Assistant - BIO
LAW SCHOOL ENGAGEMENT & ADVOCACY
Yvonne Vargas-Santos, Director of Administration - BIO
Jamie R. Odle, Senior Manager, Alumni Relations - BIO
Steven Rice, IT Business Manager
Anita Adams, Events & Special Projects Manager - BIO
Diana Miranda, HR & Benefits Specialist - BIO
Alex Peffley, Operations Coordinator - BIO
LaBianca Jones, Operations Assistant - BIO
Nadine Smith, Administrative Assistant - BIO
With more than 30 years of experience in public interest law, David Stern has helped develop Equal Justice Works into the nation's leading organization in mobilizing the next generation of lawyers committed to equal justice. David has served as Executive Director for the past 19 years, vastly expanding the size and impact of the organization.
David joined Equal Justice Works, then known as the National Association for Public Interest Law (NAPIL), 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 from roughly $1.5 million to $15 million, staff has quadrupled, and more than 98 percent of ABA-accredited schools are now members of Equal Justice Works.
Under David’s leadership, Equal Justice Works has funded more than 1,200 public interest fellowships, with more than 85% of the former Fellows still practicing public interest law. Currently there are more than 200 full time lawyers working on the front lines to combat injustice, up from 150 a year ago (and up from seven when the fellowship program started 21 years ago); and there are 720 law students who advance justice through Equal Justice Works’ AmeriCorps JD program. 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 one of “The 100 Most Influential Lawyers in America” by The National Law Journal, as a “Champion of Change” by the White House for his work fighting for equal justice for all, 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 the hundreds of thousands of people left without homes, jobs, or social services.
David received his B.A. from Union College and his law degree from Georgetown. After law school, David clerked for United States District Judges Roszel Thomsen and John Hargrove in Baltimore, Maryland. After clerking, David worked for a small commercial firm and then a civil rights law firm in Washington, DC. David serves as a member of the Advisory Committee for Voices for Civil Justice, a nonpartisan communications hub advancing fairness in America’s legal system.
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Tim Wierzbicki brings 25 years of nonprofit management and development experience to Equal Justice Works, and will help establish our newly restructured Institutional Advancement department.
Tim has served in senior level development positions at several major NGOs, including American National Red Cross, Habitat for Humanity International, and the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights. He is a member of the Association of Fundraising Professionals and his pro bono activities include presenting a workshop he created to assist nonprofit board members entitled What They Don’t Teach at the Harvard School of Fundraising. He also has served on the Foundation Board of his alma mater, Minnesota State University.
Tim is widely recognized as an innovative leader and a creative problem-solver, with 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.
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Patricia Reilly is the Director of Philanthropy for Equal Justice Works. She practiced communications law at Kirkland & Ellis and Wiley, Rein & Fielding, both in Washington, D.C., 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, Reilly served as an officer of the Federal Communications Bar Association, chaired the ABA’s Forum on Communications Law, and was a member of the ABA House of Delegates. Reilly's previous public interest experience includes working as a summer intern for DNA-Legal Services on the Navajo Reservation in Window Rock, Arizona. She received a B.A. from Mount Holyoke College and a J.D. from Harvard Law School.
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JT Redmon joined Equal Justice Works in February 2016. His career began doing Geographic Information Systems and research for an education management organization in Akron, Ohio and for a commercial real estate research firm in Washington, DC. He began his 8 year nonprofit career with the National Wildlife Federation as a research analyst. He transitioned to an executive management roll where he worked with board committees and project management. JT then moved into a Senior Management position where he was instrumental in the transition to a new donor database. He received a B.A. degree in Geography from Marshall University in Huntington, West Virginia.
Mizue Suito joined Equal Justice Works in May 2011 to help expand the organization’s fundraising program. She has more than 20 years of resource development, strategic planning and special event management experiences, having managed diverse fundraising and cultivation program portfolios at national non-profit organizations including National Legal Aid & Defender Association and National Women’s Law Center. Mizue has a J.D. from the American University Washington College of Law and a B.A. in Government Studies from Clark University. Originally from Japan, she is fluent in Japanese.
Claire brings seven years of marketing, communications, and business development experience to Equal Justice Works. Prior to joining the team, she held various marketing roles in the engineering sector where she specialized in developing technical proposals and presentations to compete for complex environmental consulting contracts. Beyond her professional experience, Claire brings a deep love of volunteerism to the team. She established a chapter of a peer-to-peer mental health advocacy group on her college campus and after graduation started a non-profit to help young adults with Type 1 Diabetes secure affordable medical services and supplies in Central Oregon. A Beaver State native, Claire earned a B.F.A. in Applied Visual Arts (Graphic Design) from Oregon State University.
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Shanika DeWindt joined Equal Justice Works on a temporary basis during summer 2015 and worked on coordinating our digital and print marketing needs for the 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 Equal Justice Works, 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 non-profit sector, like the Entrepreneurs' Organization where she conducted a digital brand audit and created a successful social media expansion plan. A Virgin Islands native, Shani earned a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from the University of Connecticut.
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Evan was born and raised in Kentucky, staying in Lexington for undergrad at the University of Kentucky. After graduating with a degree in History, he soon moved to Seoul, Korea to teach English. Evan lived in Korea for a year and had a chance to travel around Southeast Asia before returning to the states for graduate school. He attended the University of Pittsburgh for a Master’s program in International Development, studying international economics, environmental policy, and educational systems. Evan also went to Chiang Mai and various small villages in northern Thailand, working with Burmese refugees to develop skills to report on the conditions inside Myanmar to international outlets. After graduate school, he moved to Washington, DC where he landed a job at Year Up, on the OperationsManagement team, working with their finances, office move, data projects, and various other teams throughout the site to ensure that we ran smoothly and implemented best practices for financial management and evidence-based programmatic decision making.
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Anne Brown is a Coordinator in the Fellowships & Advancement unit. Prior to Equal Justice Works, Anne interned for Rep. Fred Upton (MI-06) in his legislative office on Capitol Hill and his District Office. Anne also worked on Dean Vanderstelt’s Congressional campaign in Michigan’s Second Congressional District. Throughout her undergraduate career, Anne worked extensively to develop a program to prevent sexual assault and harassment on her college campus and conducted community service outreach and development. Anne graduated cum laude from Hope College in West Michigan with a B.A. in Political Science.
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Michelle Morrisey joined Equal Justice Works in March 2016. Born and raised in the Washington, DC area, she attended Pace University in New York City where she studied Sociology-Anthropology. During her studies, Michelle was a Dean’s List student, a member of the Tau Sigma National Honor Society, and a member of the Pforzheimer Honors College. Michelle is also an experienced Administrative Specialist with an extensive volunteerism background, having served for organizations like New York Cares and Read Ahead in New York, NY; Eddie’s Club in Springfield, VA; and Cross-Cultural Solutions in Cape Town, South Africa.
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Mia Sussman is the Associate Director of Fellowships at Equal Justice Works. She joined Equal Justice Works in March 2011. 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 a summer intern at the Human Rights Law Network in Delhi, India. 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. Mia serves on the Board of the Washington Council of Lawyers, the Washington Lawyers' Committee of the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum and on the Anti-Defamation League's Young Professionals Division Board. She also volunteers with the D.C. Bar Pro Bono Program’s Small Business Legal Clinics.
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Sterling Morriss is Senior Manager of Fellowships at Equal Justice Works. Sterling joined Equal Justice Works in 2011 upon her graduation from Georgetown University Law Center, where her passion for nonprofit management and fundraising was forged through producing an annual charity basketball game benefiting the Washington Legal Clinic for the Homeless. She also avoided studying for class by chairing the Student Bar Association’s Events Committee, which meant she got to plan the law school’s annual prom. Prior to law school, Sterling held various positions with other foundations and nonprofits, primarily with a focus on the arts. She graduated summa cum laude from Southern Methodist University with a Degree in Art History in her native city of Dallas, Texas in 2007. Sterling serves on the board of the Washington Legal Clinic for the Homeless. Back to top
Tammy Sun joined Equal Justice Works as Senior Manager of Fellowships and Advancement in August 2013. Tammy was an Equal Justice Works Fellow from 1999 to 2001, developing a juvenile justice project at the Southern Center for Human Rights in Atlanta to address the abusive confinement of children in prisons and detention centers in the South. After her fellowship, Tammy practiced as a public defender in Oregon and Washington D.C. Tammy was a litigation associate at Davis Polk and Wardwell prior to her fellowship, and later clerked for a federal district court judge in Boston. More recently, she taught criminal law and procedure at Catholic University School of Law and University of Baltimore School of Law. Tammy received a B.A. and M.A. from Stanford University and a J.D. from Yale Law School.
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Lauren Worsek joined Equal Justice Works as a Manager of Fellowships and Advancement in September 2014. She previously worked as an employee benefits associate for Seyfarth Shaw LLP in Washington, DC, where she maintained an extensive pro bono practice primarily focused on immigration law. As a direct result of this immigration work, Lauren earned the firm’s Pro Bono Associate of the Year distinction in 2013. She also served on the firm’s pro bono committee, where she promoted and facilitated public interest opportunities for other attorneys. Prior to joining Seyfarth Shaw, Lauren practiced real estate tax law in her hometown of Chicago, Illinois. Lauren earned her B.A. in psychology and sociology from the University of Michigan and her J.D. from Washington University in St. Louis, where she was as an editor for the Washington University Journal of Law and Policy. During law school, she served as a foreign law clerk in Jerusalem, Israel to Justice Dorit Beinisch, former President of the Supreme Court of Israel, a legal intern in the Washington, DC Office of U.S. Senator Claire McCaskill of Missouri, and a Court Appointed Special Advocate for Children (CASA) in St. Louis, Missouri. Lauren is member of the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum’s Next Generation Board and does volunteer work with her dog, Oscar, through People Animals Love.
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Andrea Wood joined Equal Justice Works as a Manager of Fellowships in May 2016. Andrea previously practiced in the areas of estate planning and probate law in Atlanta, Georgia. She served as a board member of the Georgia Association for Women Lawyers Foundation, where she helped plan the Foundation’s annual Art Auction fundraiser and served as a chair of the community service committee. Andrea’s previous public interest experience includes working as a summer law clerk at the Public Defender Service for the District of Columbia and the Office of the Georgia Capital Defender. Andrea’s interest in juvenile justice and child advocacy led to internships in the juvenile division of the DeKalb Office of the Public Defender and participation in the policy and legislative clinics of the Barton Center for Child Law and Policy. Also drawn to issues surrounding conflict resolution and peacemaking, Andrea contributed to a book chapter on restorative justice practices and studied at Trinity College in Dublin, Ireland for a semester during law school. Prior to law school, Andrea worked in development and fundraising at the Georgia Justice Project. Andrea received her J.D., with Honors, from Emory University School of Law, where she served on the board of the Emory Public Interest Committee (EPIC) and as an articles editor of the Emory Law Journal. Andrea received her B.A. in History, cum laude, from Davidson College.
Melody Webb joined Equal Justice Works as Fellowships Program Manager in April 2016. After law school, she clerked for a judge on the D.C. Court of Appeals and subsequently began an Equal Justice Works fellowship at the Legal Aid Society of the District of Columbia. As a fellow, she ran an advocacy project on youth violence prevention, which included mobilizing lawyers to train underserved youth in peer conflict resolution. She most recently worked as the Legal Director for the D.C. Employment Justice Center and as a trial attorney for the D.C. Superior Court Counsel on Child Abuse and Neglect. Prior to that, she performed voter protection work, trained member-lobbyists, and advised on internal governance matters, as Associate General Counsel of Service Employees International Union. Her experience additionally includes serving as Legislative Counsel on labor and education issues to Senator Robert P. Casey, Jr. (D-PA). She received her J.D. from Harvard Law School, and her B.A. magna cum laude from Harvard College. She is a native of Washington D.C.
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Sarah was an Equal Justice Works summer intern before joining the team full time in August 2014. Previously, Sarah worked at Ohio University’s Political Science Department and the Voinovich School of Leadership and Public Affairs, where she researched issues pertaining to transnational racial policy diffusion, community economic development, and LGBTQIA communities. Sarah received her B.A. in Sociology-Criminology & Political Science and a Certificate in Law, Justice & Culture from Ohio University. She is a Baltimore, Maryland native.
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Anne comes to Equal Justice Works from Loyola Law School, where she was the Associate Director of the Civil Justice Program, a think tank that promotes better public understanding of the civil justice system. After graduating from law school, she spent several years working as a public interest lawyer, primarily with Public Justice, where she worked for nearly 10 years litigating precedent-setting cases in a variety of areas. She then spent over 10 years as a law professor and Associate Dean at McGeorge School of Law, while continuing to be active in the public interest bar. Over the years, she has worked with or provided pro bono assistance to a wide range of legal nonprofits – from direct services providers to impact litigators – on a variety of different issues, including organizational development and management. She has been a fan of Equal Justice Works since its inception and is very excited to be joining the team.
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TAI MEREY ALEX
Taí Merey Alex is a Senior Manager in the Public Programs unit and has been with the organization since January 2014. She oversees several programs, including the VISTA Affordable Housing Preservation Project and the Elder Justice AmeriCorps programs, and has worked on all programs within the Public Programs unit during her tenure. 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 15 years, her career has focused almost exclusively on public service, including housing rights, economic empowerment, 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, and holds a J.D. from CUNY School of Law. Taí grew up in Puerto Rico and Vermont, was a New Yorker for several years, and now lives in Washington, DC with her husband, rescue dog and two cats.
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Toya Lynch joined Equal Justice Works Public Programs unit in October 2014, providing coordination and management to the AmeriCorps programs. Previously, she was a Program Monitor for a DC government agency that provided programming for youth in the juvenile justice system. She came to Equal Justice Works with program management experience from overseeing DC government funded programs such as the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) Employment Program. Toya holds a Master in Education, in Counseling and Workforce Development from Bowie State University and a BA in Industrial/Organizational Psychology from the University of Maryland in Baltimore County.
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Qudsiya joined Equal Justice Works as a Program Manager for the Public Programs unit in November 2014. She manages the justice AmeriCorps program - a collaborative effort of Equal Justice Works, the U.S. Department of Justice, and AmeriCorps - that will enhance access to legal counsel for unaccompanied immigrant children. Qudsiya comes to Equal Justice Works 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 United States 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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Born and raised in Philadelphia, Cherie Smith comes to Equal Justice Works with extensive nonprofit program experience. After graduating with a BA in Sociology from Millersville University of Pennsylvania, and moving to the Washington DC area she aimed to pursue her love for serving the community by participating in an AmeriCorps program called City Year. After serving for 2 years in the program she joined the staff as a Program Manager where she was able to work with young adults who were just as passionate about serving the community. Upon leaving City Year, she worked as a Program Director at New Community for Children After School Program overseeing the Teen program for middle and high school students, where she planned and implemented after school activities. Cherie worked for Year Up for 8 years where she managed relationships gained through partners, mentors, and guests while planning special events, implemented programs for the visitors and mentor program and assisted and maintained the admissions, recruitment and enrollment process to ensure that the team met and fulfilled grant requirements. During her tenure at Year Up she earned a Master of Science in Nonprofit Management and Master of Business Administration.
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Anna Cupito is a Program Specialist in the Public Programs unit at Equal Justice Works, where she is responsible for supporting the AmeriCorps Fellows and AmeriCorps JD members and the host sites they work with. She previously served as an AmeriCorps member with Arlington Works!, where she taught English as a Second Language and led parent engagement classes for Spanish-speaking parents in Arlington, VA. A native of the Greater Cincinnati area, she graduated from American University with a B.A. in International Studies.
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Brian Stone joined Equal Justice Works as a Program Coordinator in the Public Programs unit in October, 2014, where he supports AmeriCorps Fellows and AmeriCorps JD Members. Brian previously served in the Public Policy Office of the United Methodist Women, where he tracked legislation related to social justice issues and supported members working to train their communities about human trafficking in the United States. Brian previously interned for U.S. Representative Brad Wenstrup (OH-02) and the Middle East Institute, a nonprofit organization dedicated to improving relations and understanding between people from the Middle East region and the U.S. Brian earned his B.A. in International Studies from Miami University.
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Michaela Olson joined Equal Justice Works as a Program Coordinator for the Public Programs unit in August 2015. Previously, she worked with the Public Defender Service for the District of Columbia as an Intern Investigator in the Parole division. She was also an intern with the Education and Employment team at the National Women's Law Center, where she worked in outreach for the Center's social justice and public policy efforts. A native of the DC area, she graduated from Bryn Mawr College with a B.A. in Sociology.
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Will Walker joined Equal Justice Works in January 2016 as a Program Assistant in the Public Programs unit. Previously, he 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. He is a native of Orlando, Florida.
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Jonah Lewis joined Equal Justice Works as a Program Assistant for the Public Programs unit in May 2016. Previously, he worked at George Washington University as a student coordinator in charge of major community service events taking place across the DC area. He is a proud three time alumnus of Jumpstart, an AmeriCorps program working to promote literacy education in underserved schools. He is also passionate about LGBT and women's issues having worked as an intern with the public policy team at GLSEN, at the Reproductive Health Technologies Project, and at the Children, Youth, and Families project intern at the Human Rights Campaign. A native of the Boston area, he graduated from George Washington University with a B.A. in Sociology and Political Science in 2016. Back to top
Isaac Bowers is Director for Law School Engagement & Advocacy, overseeing the Student Debt, Student Engagement, and Law School Relations programs. He was previously responsible for the organization's 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. Prior to 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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Ashley Matthews is a Program Manager for Law School Engagement & Advocacy for Equal Justice Works. She helps expand law student membership and maintain Equal Justice Works’ leadership position on student debt in the legal community. Previously, Ashley worked as the Communications Manager for Legal Services Corporation, where she helped design communications strategies to increase public and congressional appreciation of federally funded civil legal aid. She has also led the digital communications team for PSJD, the largest public service initiative of the National Association for Law Placement (NALP). Ashley has previously interned with Advancement Project, Florida Legal Services, Georgia Justice Project, and the Miami-Dade Public Defender's Office. She received her J.D. from the University of Miami School of Law and holds a B.A. in Journalism and Political Science from Hampton University. Ashley is a native of Houston, Texas.
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Claire Cusella joined Equal Justice Works in August 2014. She served as the Scheduler and Political Assistant to Maryland State Senator Jim Rosapepe where she managed his daily and long-term schedule and international travel. She also worked as Sen. Rosapepe’s Finance Director for both his campaign and the Italian American Democratic Leadership Council, where he serves as Vice-Chairman. Additionally, Claire previously worked as a field organizer for the 2012 campaign of Congresswoman Louise Slaughter (NY-25) and as an intern for U.S. Senator Chuck Schumer’s Rochester, NY office. Claire has a B.A. in Political Science and Sociology from State University of New Yorkat Geneseo.
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Michelle Gaeng is a Coordinator for the Law School Engagement & Advocacy unit. Prior to joining the team in January 2015, Michelle worked as a Field Organizer for the Nevada State Democratic Party in Las Vegas. 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 U.S. 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. She is a graduate of Emory University with a B.A. in International Studies and History.
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Yvonne is a native of Brooklyn, N.Y. and recently served in senior positions at Year Up Inc. in Operations and Human Resources. Yvonne has 15 years of corporate and nonprofit experience in operations, event planning, and human resources. She has maintained a specific focus on strategic growth, fundraising, and people development. Yvonne holds a master’s in Nonprofit Management with a concentration in Human Resources from Cambridge College, and a Bachelor of Arts in Communications from Marymount Manhattan College. She began her career in film and event planning before finding her true passion in people and leadership development. Yvonne also holds a certification in Computer Information Systems, and enjoys using her technological prowess to create innovative business strategies.
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Jamie Odle is Senior Manager for Alumni Relations at Equal Justice Works, cultivating and securing opportunities for public support for the organization’s initiatives. Previously, she was the Executive Director of the Access to Justice Foundation in Kentucky, where her work primarily focused on legislative and administrative advocacy efforts to increase funding for civil legal services. She comes to Equal Justice Works from the District of Columbia Primary Care Association, an organization promoting access to health care for low-income residents, where she managed the development program. Jamie has a B. M. from the American Conservatory of Music in Chicago.
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Anita Adams joined Equal Justice Works in August 2015 and will be working as the Events & Special Projects Manager. Anita, a Milwaukee native and enthusiastic Green Bay Packers fan, is a versatile events and public relations professional. She has a wide range of experiences in event management both in the corporate and nonprofit sectors. Anita has over five years of live event execution. She has worked for Walt Disney World’s Media Relations, Network Afterwork, and for her own personal media relations consulting company. Anita holds a bachelor’s degree 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. Beyond her professional duties, Anita enjoys spending time with her two toy poodles Black Pearl and Sir Duke.
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A New York native, Diana joins Equal Justice Works as Human Resource and Benefits Specialist. Diana holds a BA from SUNY Oswego with a double major in Psychology and Spanish, as well as an MBA from the University of Phoenix, with a Certificate in Human Resources. Diana comes to us from Harlem Children's Zone; a non-profit organization dedicated to providing employment opportunities in over 70 programs to Harlem Natives and running 2 charter schools within the neighborhood. At Harlem Children's Zone, Diana worked as an HR Generalist. Prior to, she managed the internship program at Year Up New York; a non-profit organization which works to bridge the opportunity gap for young adults. Diana has worked as an Office Manager at HSM Americas, Inc; a company that held management training conferences for Corporate America. She also spent three years at Edwin Gould Foundation; a non-profit foundation that funds afterschool program, as Project/Office Assistant to the President. Diana began her professional career as a school teacher; teaching Spanish to grades K-8 in New York City. Diana offers a wealth of information and experiences, as well as support to the Equal Justice Works and their stakeholders.
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Alex Peffley is an Operations Coordinator at Equal Justice Works. Prior to joining Equal Justice Works in April 2015, Alex worked as a Regional Field Organizer for the New York State Democratic Committee in Hornell. He was responsible for organizing and staffing events and rallies on behalf of the 2014 Congressional candidate Martha Robertson in New York’s 23rd Congressional District. Alex was an intern for U.S. House of Representatives Members Louise Slaughter (NY,25), and Jerrold Nadler (NY,10). He worked at the Carnegie Museum of Natural History for two years as a Gallery Experiences Presenter and also spent a year as a team member for the JumpStart AmeriCorps program teaching children to read and write in Pittsburgh. Alex graduated cum laude from the University of Pittsburgh with a B.A. in History and Political Science and a minor in Legal Studies. Back to top
LaBianca Jones joined Equal Justice Works in August 2015 on a temporary basis as the IT Database Coordinator. She helped managed the CRM database, assisted with system upgrades, and managed various steps in our database training. She graduated from Year Up in July 2015 while interning at Fannie Mae on the SF Ops Credit Enhancement Team. A native of Landover, Maryland, LaBianca also attended Bowie State University where she studied Communications Broadcast Journalism. Back to top
Nadine Smith is not new to Equal Justice Works. She has volunteered with us for years assisting with our Annual Dinners. She has worked in Federal Government with the Department of Housing and Community Development, then advanced her career into non-profit organizations, including, Faith & Politics Institute, serving as the Director of Administration. There she assisted with connecting the Members of Congress, both the House and the Senate by coordinating experiential Pilgrimages, Reflection Groups, and Forums, all of which opened persons to respectful discussions and shared views. Nadine has endeavored to connect the communities less fortunate and the communities of help, to bridge the gap of the two. She returns to Equal Justice Works to continue her desire of service to the mission that creates a just society to equal justice.
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