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Leadership and 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.

 

EXECUTIVE

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

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
Michelle Morrisey, Development Coordinator - BIO

MARKETING & COMMUNICATIONS

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

FELLOWSHIPS

Mia Sussman, Director of Fellowships - BIO
Sterling Morriss Howard, Senior Manager - BIO
Lauren Worsek, Portfolio Manager - BIO
Andrea Wood, Portfolio Manager - BIO
Elizabeth Hague, Portfolio Manager - BIO
Sarah Lilly, Program Manager - BIO
Ryan O'Connor, Coordinator, Donor Relations - BIO
Braxton Gore, Fellowships Assistant - BIO

PUBLIC PROGRAMS

Kristen Uhler-McKeown, Director of Public Programs - BIO
Taí Merey Alex, Assistant Director - BIO
Qudsiya Naqui, Senior Program Manager - BIO
Brian Stone, Program Manager - BIO

Michelle Gaeng, Program Specialist - BIO
Will Walker, Program Coordinator - BIO
Whitney Williams, Program Coordinator - BIO
Kelsey Edwards, Program Coordinator - BIO
Alexander Roberts, Program Assistant - BIO
Amy Tower, AmeriCorps VISTA Leader - BIO

LAW SCHOOL ENGAGEMENT & ADVOCACY

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

ADMINISTRATION

Yvonne Vargas-Santos, Director of Administration - BIO
Peter Majano, IT Specialist - BIO

Michael ByrneOperations Assistant - BIO
Nadine Smith, Administrative Assistant BIO 




EXECUTIVE

 

 
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, 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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INSTITUTIONAL ADVANCEMENT


TIM WIERZBICKI, Chief Development Officer


Tim Wierzbicki is the Chief Development Officer at Equal Justice Works, where he is responsible for managing Institutional Advancement.

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, 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, 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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MICHELLE MORRISEY, Development Coordinator

Michelle Morrisey is the Development Coordinator at Equal Justice Works.

Born and raised in the Washington, D.C. area, Michelle is 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.

Michelle graduated from Pace University with a B.A. in 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.
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MARKETING & COMMUNICATIONS


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 M.S. from the University of Amsterdam and her B.A. from the George Washington University.
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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, 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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FELLOWSHIPS

  
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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STERLING MORRISS HOWARD, Senior Manager of Fellowships

Sterling Howard is Senior Manager of Fellowships at Equal Justice Works, where she helps to run the nation’s largest postgraduate legal fellowship program by managing a portfolio of fellowship sponsors and overseeing the relationship between these sponsors and their funded fellows.

Sterling, a native of Dallas, Texas, joined Equal Justice Works 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. Sterling is passionate about emotional intelligence and curriculum development, especially for new public interest lawyers seeking to learn about nonprofit leadership. Before law school, Sterling held various positions with other foundations and nonprofits, primarily with a focus on the arts.

Sterling graduated summa cum laude from Southern Methodist University with a B.A. in Art History. She received her J.D. from Georgetown University Law Center. Sterling serves on the board of the Washington Legal Clinic for the Homeless.
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LAUREN WORSEK, Portfolio Manager


Lauren Worsek is a Fellowships Portfolio Manager at Equal Justice Works, where she oversees Fellowships funded by sponsors based in DC and the Midwest and manages the organization’s privately-funded immigration programs.

Prior to joining Equal Justice Works, Lauren practiced employee benefits law at Seyfarth Shaw LLP in Washington, D.C., where she maintained an extensive pro bono practice primarily focused on immigration. As a direct result of this immigration work, Lauren earned the firm’s Pro Bono Associate of the Year distinction in 2013. She served on the firm’s pro bono committee, where she promoted and facilitated public interest opportunities for other attorneys. Her professional experience also includes practicing real estate tax law in her hometown of Chicago, Illinois; a foreign law clerkship in Jerusalem, Israel to Justice Dorit Beinisch, former President of the Supreme Court of Israel; a legal internship in the Washington, D.C. Office of U.S. Senator Claire McCaskill of Missouri; and service as a Court Appointed Special Advocate for Children (CASA) in St. Louis, Missouri.

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. She also holds a Certificate in Nonprofit Management from Duke University.

She is an avid yogi and does volunteer work with her dog, Oscar, through People Animals Love.
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ANDREA WOOD, Portfolio Manager

Andrea Wood is a Fellowships Portfolio Manager at Equal Justice Works, where she oversees a portfolio of Fellowship sponsors primarily based in the South, and works closely with constituents throughout the region.

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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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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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, 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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PUBLIC PROGRAMS


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, Assistant Director for Public Programs

Taí Merey Alex is the Assistant Director for Public Programs at Equal Justice Works, where she oversees several programs, including the Elder Justice AmeriCorps and the VISTA Affordable Housing Preservation projects.

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 16 years, her career has focused almost 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. Taí grew up in Puerto Rico and Vermont, and lives in Washington, D.C., with her husband, rescue dog, and cats.

She graduated magna cum laude from Pace University with a B.A. in English, and holds a J.D. from CUNY School of Law.
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QUDSIYA NAQUI, Senior Program Manager


Qudsiya Naqui is the Senior Program Manager for Public Programs at Equal Justice Works, where 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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BRIAN STONE, Program Manager


Brian Stone is a Program Manager for Public Programs at Equal Justice Works, where he works on publically funded programs for law students around the country. Before this, he worked as a Program Coordinator and Program Specialist on the justice AmeriCorps program.

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 U.S.

Brian earned his B.A. in International Studies from Miami University.
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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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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, 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, 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, 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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AMY TOWER, AmeriCorps VISTA Leader

Amy Tower is an AmeriCorps VISTA Leader at Equal Justice Works, where she provides support to HUD-VISTA housing projects in the Public Programs unit.

Before joining Equal Justice Works in August 2017, Amy served as a VISTA Affordable Housing Preservation Project (VAHPP) Community Organizer at the Tenants Union of Washington State. She grew up in Seattle, Washington, and previously worked as a legal assistant in the King County Prosecutor’s Office, as well as a program coordinator for the South Park Senior Center in Seattle. Amy is passionate about advocating for equity and housing as a human right.

Amy graduated from Seattle University in 2013 with a B.A. in Philosophy. 
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LAW SCHOOL ENGAGEMENT & ADVOCACY


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, 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, 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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Brandon Hanson
BRANDON HANSON, Student Debt Specialist


Brandon Hanson is the Student Debt Specialist for Law School Engagement & Advocacy at Equal Justice Works, where he helps law students and legal professionals manage their student debt through education, outreach, and policy analysis.

Brandon, who grew up in a small town in northwest Iowa, has held a range of positions, including work with Minnesota Governor Mark Dayton, the League of Women Voters, and the Democratic Farmer-Labor Party. After graduating law school in 2015, Brandon joined the Hillary Clinton campaign as an organizer, working in in Iowa, Nebraska, and Pennsylvania. He also worked as a Regional Organizing Director in Erie, Pennsylvania during the 2016 U.S. Presidential Election.

Brandon received his B.A. in Political Science from the University of Iowa, and his J.D. from the University of St. Thomas School of Law in Minneapolis.
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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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ADMINISTRATION


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, IT Specialist


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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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, 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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