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.
FELLOWSHIPS & ADVANCEMENT
Patricia Reilly, Associate Director of Fellowships & Advancement - BIO
Tammy Sun, Senior Manager, Fellowships & Advancement - BIO
Mia Sussman, Senior Manager, Pro Bono - BIO
Sterling Morriss, Manager, Fellowships & Advancement - BIO
Lauren Worsek, Manager, Fellowships & Advancement - BIO
Mai Brand, Fellowships & Advancement Specialist - BIO
Carolyn Schorr, Fellowships & Advancement Coordinator - BIO
Brendan Simmons, Fellowships & Advancement Coordinator
FEDERAL PROGRAMS & STRATEGIC INITIATIVES
Sheila Strain Clark, Associate Director of Federal Programs & Strategic Initiatives - BIO
Jamie R. Odle, Senior Manager, Strategic Initiatives - BIO
Taí Merey Alex, Program Manager - BIO
Katherine Jones, Program Manager - BIO
Toya Lynch, Program Manager - BIO
Qudsiya Naqui, Program Manager - BIO
Anna Cupito, Program Specialist - BIO
Melanie Pitkin, Strategic Initiatives Specialist - BIO
Brandon Basso, Program Coordinator - BIO
Sarah Lilly, Program Coordinator - BIO
Brian Stone, Program Coordinator - BIO
LAW SCHOOL ENGAGEMENT & ADVOCACY
COMMUNICATIONS & MARKETING
Tinna Jackson, Director of Administration - BIO
Steven Rice, Database Manager
Scott LaLonde, Events and Special Projects Manager - BIO
Yazmin Alfonso, Operations Specialist - BIO
Sabrina Carney, HR & Benefits Specialist - BIO
Anne Brown, Operations Assistant - BIO
Michelle Gaeng, 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.
JEANNE VAN VLANDREN
Jeanne Van Vlandren was appointed Chief Operating Officer for Equal Justice Works in October 2013. Jeanne’s career spans the fields of education, emergency management, energy, housing, human services, and labor in the government and nonprofit sectors.
Jeanne has more than 25 years of executive leadership experience. Most recently, she was an independent consultant on strategic management, leadership development, and program implementation for government sector clients and nonprofit organizations, including the National Community Action Foundation and the Partnership for Public Service. Previously, she served as the vice president at the Council for Excellence in Government.
She also has extensive public sector experience and has served in a number of senior-level positions in the federal government, including Senior Advisor and Acting General Deputy Assistant Secretary at the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, General Manager for Students in the Office of Federal Student Aid at the U.S. Department of Education, and Director of the Office of State and Community Programs at the U.S. Department of Energy. Prior to joining the federal government, Jeanne served as the State of Vermont’s Commissioner of Labor & Industry, Chair of the State Emergency Response Commission, and Deputy Secretary of the State Agency of Human Services.
Jeanne’s public service efforts extend into the community as well. Her philanthropic activities have included serving as a board member of the Vermont Community Foundation and the Combined Federal Campaign of the National Capital Area. She currently sits on the board of Economic Opportunity Studies, Inc.
Kerry O'Brien is the Senior Advisor of Strategic Initiatives at Equal Justice Works, overseeing the AmeriCorps Legal Fellowship, AmeriCorps JD, and Public Defender Corps programs, and developing new federally-funded initiatives. Prior to joining Equal Justice Works, she was the Director of Services for CASA de Maryland, the state's largest immigrant service and advocacy organization, where she oversaw legal, health, education, employment, and social services programming in seven sites throughout Maryland.
Kerry began her legal career as the Crowell & Moring Equal Justice Works Fellow at Bread for the City, where she started Washington, D.C.’s first low-wage workers' rights practice. Following her fellowship, Kerry co-founded the D.C. Employment Justice Center, a workers' rights organization. Kerry has also been a Campaign Coordinator at Service Employees International Union and a Rule of Law Liaison with the American Bar Association in Yerevan, Armenia. She holds a J.D. from Georgetown University Law Center and a B.A. from the University of Texas at Austin.
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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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Patricia Reilly is the Associate Director of Fellowships and Advancement 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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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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Mia Sussman is the Senior Manager of Pro Bono 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 serves on 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.
Sterling Morriss graduated from Georgetown University Law Center in 2011, where her passion for nonprofit management and fundraising was forged through volunteer work with an annual fundraising event benefiting the Washington Legal Clinic for the Homeless. While in law school, she spent three semesters as a law clerk at the Department of Commerce's Office of General Counsel researching the constitutionality of Decennial Census methods and crafting departmental policy on the effect of green technology on comparative international economies. 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.
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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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Mai Kathryn Brand is currently a Fellowships and Advancement Specialist at Equal Justice Works. She began as an intern for the organization in the summer of 2011 and eventually returned as an Operations Coordinator. Prior to joining Equal Justice Works, Mai was the Community Service Coordinator for Loyola University Maryland for two years, acting as the liaison between the university and nonprofits in Baltimore. Her work focused on community development, establishing and strengthening partnerships with nonprofits and connecting students and staff to service opportunities. Mai is a recipient of the Cura Personalis Award for her leadership, service, and academic achievement. She holds a B.A. in Global Studies and Business from Loyola University Maryland.
Carolyn Schorr joined Equal Justice Works as a Fellowships and Advancement Coordinator in July 2014. She previously interned for Human Rights First and worked with their Refugee Representation team on opening a new office in Houston to assist asylum seekers. Her background in development and social justice is what inspired her career in the non-profit sector. She attended George Mason University, where she graduated cum laude with a degree in International Studies.
Sheila Strain Clark is currently the Associate Director of Federal Programs & Strategic Initiatives (FPSI). She joined Equal Justice Works as a Senior Manager for the FPSI unit in May 2014. Sheila most recently served at the DC Department of Youth Rehabilitation Services (DYRS) as the Program Manager of the DC YouthLink Initiative. In that role, she managed over $6,000,000 in city funds for a nationally awarded juvenile justice program focused on improving public safety and increasing positive outcomes for court-involved youth. Prior to DYRS, she held various leadership positions at non-profit organizations across the District of Columbia, including as Division Director with the United Planning Organization, Executive Director with the Northwest Church Family Network, and Assistant Director with the North Capitol Collaborative. Sheila has worked closely with service-learning programs, starting with an early career internship at the Corporation for National and Community Service in the Learn and Serve America Program. She has also coordinated an AmeriCorps funded “pilot” program at the George Washington University. Sheila holds a Master’s Degree in Social Work from Howard University and a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Management from the University of Maryland at College Park. She is a licensed social worker in the District of Columbia and an active member of many professional organizations.
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Jamie Odle is Senior Manager for Strategic Initiatives 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.
TAI MEREY ALEX
Taí Merey Alex is a Program Manager in the Federal Programs and Strategic Initiatives Unit. Prior to joining Equal Justice Works, she was the Project Manager of the Harlem Justice Corps at the Center for Court Innovation, an intensive service-learning and career development program for young adults with recent criminal justice involvement that centers on reducing recidivism and strengthening communities. 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. She has focused her career on the advancement of housing rights, economic empowerment, and racial equality through a variety of initiatives and programs. She graduated magna cum laude from Pace University with a B.A. in English, and holds a J.D. from CUNY School of Law, with a concentration on civil rights. Taí grew up in Puerto Rico and Vermont.
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Katherine Jones joined Equal Justice Works as a Program Manager for the Federal Programs & Strategic Initiatives unit in November 2014, providing support and management to the AmeriCorps JD program. She comes to Equal Justice Works with a passion for national service, having served two terms as an AmeriCorps Member and advocating with Service Nation for the advancement of national service. Previously, Katherine assisted in the management of the Community HealthCorps AmeriCorps program at the Community Health Center, Inc. and supported community development initiatives at the Residential Life Office at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County, coordinating events and assisting Resident Assistants in program development. Katherine has significant experience in the areas of community development, advocacy, and cross-sector collaborative initiatives with an interest in juvenile justice. She holds a B.A. in Art History from the University of Connecticut, with a minor in Sociology, and a Master in Public Policy from the University of Maryland, Baltimore County, with a concentration in Public Management.
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Toya Lynch joined Equal Justice Works as a Program Manager for the Federal Programs & Strategic Initiatives 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 comes 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 Federal Programs & Strategic Initiatives 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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Anna Cupito is a Program Specialist in the Federal Programs and Strategic Initiative department 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.
Melanie Pitkin joined Equal Justice Works as a Strategic Initiatives Specialist in November 2014. Previously, Melanie worked as a Program Officer at the National Democratic Institute for International Affairs, where she provided oversight and support to democracy development programs in Ecuador, Mexico, Nicaragua and Peru. Her responsibilities included managing projects, developing proposals and conducting policy research and analysis. Melanie previously interned in the Office of U.S. Representative Mark Udall (CO-02) and at Freedman Consulting, LLC, where she researched fundraising opportunities for non-profit and federal clients. Melanie also interned at the non-profit organization, Help Argentina in Buenos Aires, where she organized fundraising events and translated information on local anti-poverty initiatives. Melanie is originally from Boulder, Colorado and received her B.S. in International Culture and Politics from Georgetown University.
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Brandon Basso is a Federal Programs and Strategic Initiatives Coordinator. He joined Equal Justice Works as an Operations Assistant in March 2014. Prior to joining Equal Justice Works, Brandon served as Executive Assistant to the CEO & Vice President in the Government Affairs Office of Reed Elsevier Inc. In this role, he handled scheduling and international travel, edited lobbying contracts, and performed extensive research in support of client development efforts. In addition, he previously interned with The Twenty-First Century Group, a bipartisan boutique lobbying firm, and U.S. Representative Rosa DeLauro (CT-03). Brandon is originally from Connecticut and received his B.A. in Government from Georgetown University.
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Sarah Lilly is currently a program coordinator in the Federal Programs and Strategic Initiatives unit, supporting the various AmeriCorps programs offered by Equal Justice Works. 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.
Brian Stone joined Equal Justice Works as a Program Coordinator in the Federal Programs and Strategic Initiatives 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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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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RADHIKA SINGH MILLER
Radhika Singh Miller is Senior Program Manager of Law School Engagement & Advocacy, focusing on Equal Justice Works' student engagement and law student pro bono initiatives. Prior to joining Equal Justice Works, Radhika was a staff attorney at the Partnership for Civil Justice in Washington, D.C., focusing on constitutional and civil rights litigation and advocacy. She brings years of organizing experience to Equal Justice Works and is also an expert on educational debt relief, having served on student loans committees in the Department of Education's negotiated rulemaking focusing on debt relief initiatives. Radhika received her J.D. from Loyola Law School, Los Angeles and her B.A. from American University.
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Lauren Fuchs is the Program Manager for Law School Engagement & Advocacy at Equal Justice Works where she focuses her time on managing the planning and implementation of the annual Conference and Career Fair and working closely with the law school members. She was previously a Client & Practice Development Assistant at Sutherland Asbill & Brennan LLP in Washington, D.C. and served as a press intern for the Office of U.S. Senator John Kerry. Lauren earned her M.A. in Political Science from American University and holds a B.A. in Communications-Public Relations from Salisbury University.
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Kiera DeNoyer is currently the Law School Engagement & Advocacy Program Coordinator at Equal Justice Works. She started as a Fellowships Coordinator for the organization in 2012. Prior to joining Equal Justice Works, she served as an AmeriCorps VISTA Community Outreach Coordinator at the Troy Family YMCA in New York. In that role, she established and fostered an advisory board with collaborative partnerships between a wide-range of community members, community leaders, and external stakeholder organizations. Kiera was also actively engaged in the American Graduate Program, a community-wide effort to address the high school dropout crisis. From 2010-2011, Kiera also served as a Team Leader with AmeriCorps NCCC in Denver, Colorado. While with AmeriCorps NCCC, she led a team of service projects in Arkansas, Texas, Oklahoma, and Alabama. She received her B.A. in Psychology from Nazareth College of Rochester.
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As the Communications Manager at Equal Justice Works, Elle helps develop and execute the organization’s marketing and communications programs and expands public relations and media outreach activities for the organization. Prior to joining Equal Justice Works, Elle served as the Director of External Relations at the Congressional Coalition on Adoption Institute, where she oversaw media outreach and engagement, social media strategy and the development of communications materials. Before transitioning to the nonprofit sector, Elle was a Senior Account Executive at Ogilvy Washington, where she worked on CDC’s Screen for Life colorectal cancer awareness campaign, a materials redesign project for CDC’s Division of Viral Hepatitis, and for the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation for an international campaign that sought to influence African governments to eliminate taxes and tariffs on essential malaria commodities. A guest contributor to the Washington Times and Charleston’s Post and Courier, Elle received her Master’s in Communications from Johns Hopkins University.
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Tonia Bui is a Communications Specialist at Equal Justice Works. She handles press relations with traditional and new media outlets to support the organization’s program marketing and outreach efforts. She also develops and executes the organization’s social media and Fellow Friday blog. Prior to joining the team, Tonia served as an outreach coordinator at the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau and Member Outreach Assistant to Vice Chair of the House Democratic Caucus, Rep. Xavier Becerra (CA-34). She also led voter outreach efforts for Congressional and local races in the states of Washington and Virginia. She received her Master’s in Public Policy from American University, and holds a B.A. in Mass Communications and Gender & Women’s Studies from the University of California, Berkeley.
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Tinna Jackson is currently the Director of Administration. She joined Equal Justice Works as Operations Manager in July 2013. Tinna has twenty years of experience managing administrative and personnel matters in complex government relations environments. She previously held executive administrator positions at the Entertainment Software Association and Aegis Defense Services. Prior to these positions, Tinna worked in the U.S. Senate for over a decade as a Director of Administration & Executive Assistant, where she managed day-to-day operations and later served as Deputy Chief of Staff, responsible for managing staff across four offices with a focus on strategic management and professional development. She also has experience in political fundraising, having served as the D.C. PAC coordinator for U.S. Senator John Ensign’s 2006 re-election campaign. Tinna holds a B.S. from National-Louis University and is a Washington, D.C. native.
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As the Manager of Events and Special Projects at Equal Justice Works, Scott helps execute the organization’s portfolio of events including the annual Leadership Development Training, Conference and Career Fair, and Annual Dinner. Prior to joining the team, Scott served as the Senior Event Manager at Vanguard Communications in Washington, D.C., where he gathered 13 years of experience in producing social cause-related events including health fairs and trainings, large-scale conferences, awards programs, business meetings, press conferences, and entertainment showcases for clients such as the National Council for Behavioral Health, the American Psychological Association, and the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. Scott received his event planning certification from the George Washington University, with extensive training and experience in Graphic Design. He is currently attending the University of Maryland University College, majoring in Communications.
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Yazmin Alfonso joined Equal Justice Works as the Operations Specialist in July 2014. She recently worked for the Cochran Firm as a Mass Tort and Intake Specialist. Additionally, Yazmin previously served on the staff of U.S. Senator Bill Nelson (FL) as a Press Assistant as part of her graduate certificate program in Political Communication at American University. Prior to the Hill, she was the Founder and President of the Student Ambassadors for Service Learning group at the University of Cincinnati, connecting the University with community partners and working with local non-profits. Yazmin holds a B.A. in Communications from the University of Cincinnati and currently working towards her M.S. in Global Communication.
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Sabrina D. Carney joined Equal Justice Works as the Benefits and HR Specialist in September 2014. She brings with her over 13 years of human resource management experience, in which she has facilitated employee recruitment, conducted on-site trainings, handled employee relations, and ensured compliance with policy and procedures for executive teams. Previously, she served as a Human Resource Manager for HVS-Solutions, LLC, a marketing, technology and consulting group that helps organizations increase their market share through web development and mobile-app strategy. As an Affirmative Action Plan Analyst for Berkshire Associates, Inc., Sabrina created affirmative action plans for government contracting and private industries to ensure their compliance with Executive Order 11246, regarding the hiring of minorities, females, veterans and individuals with disabilities. She was also the Human Resource Manager for ARAMARK at the Baltimore Convention Center, the Riderwood Retirement Community, and Consortium Health Plans, Inc. Sabrina earned her B.A. in Business Administration with a concentration in Human Resources from Notre Dame of Maryland University. She also holds a Master’s Degree from DeVry University, Keller Graduate School of Management.
Anne Brown joined the Equal Justice Works team as the Operations Assistant in October 2014. She handles administrative work for the operations team and assists staff with various projects, including research, outreach, and database management. 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 Gaeng is currently an Administrative Assistant for the Operations 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.