Domonique Hamilton

Domonique Hamilton is a portfolio manager with the Fellowships team at Equal Justice Works.

Domonique is a Southern California native. After graduating from Long Beach Community College in 2015, she transferred to the University of California, Los Angeles where she received her Bachelor of Arts in History. While at UCLA, Domonique participated in a pre-law diversity fellowship with Munger, Tolles, & Olson where she worked with other pre-law fellows in workshops geared towards helping them get accepted into law school. After she graduated from UCLA and while she studied for the LSAT, Domonique worked as an Administrative Supervisor for UCLA Catering Production. Soon after, she was accepted into Howard University School of Law.

In 2019, Domonique moved across country to attend Howard Law, and it was there where she realized her passion for public interest work. While in law school, Domonique interned as a summer associate for the Office of the Attorney General for the District of Columbia in the Child Welfare Division. She also externed for the Honorable Judge Marguerite D. Downing in the Superior Court of Los Angeles in dependency law. During her final year, Domonique acted as a student attorney in the Howard Law Clinical Law Center Child Welfare and Family Justice Clinic where she represented parents who had had their children removed from their care. Additionally, Domonique has served as Co-Community Service Chair of the Howard Public Interest Law Society where she worked to coordinate fundraisers and food drives to give monetary and food aid to children and families in need. She has also acted as President of the American Constitution Society, where she and her team executed events to raise awareness to current constitutional issues and career opportunities in public interest.

Domonique graduated from Howard Law in May 2022, and has continued her mission to be a social engineer who effectuates positive change for all communities through public interest work.

Shayna Foxworth (she/her/hers) is a program coordinator at Equal Justice Works, where she supports the Disaster Resilience Program.

Shayna joins Equal Justice Works from Winthrop University in Rock Hill, South Carolina, where she served as the Student & Young Alumni Program Coordinator. In this role, Shayna established six Young Alumni Councils, produced numerous highly anticipated campus events, created intentional partnerships with community organizations, and assisted in the flourishing programming and membership of three student organizations. Prior to this position, Shayna served as the AmeriCorps VISTA with South Carolina Campus Compact, where she acted as a change agent for social justice. She empowered communities, leveraged institutional resources, and built a better capacity for sustainable social change.

Shayna obtained her undergraduate degree in Business Administration and a master’s of liberal arts, with an emphasis in political and civic engagement from Winthrop University.

Natanya Pope-Sohel is a portfolio manager at Equal Justice Works.

Natanya has more than seventeen years of experience in public service, including the past seven years working and volunteering in Chicago’s legal nonprofit community.

Prior to becoming a licensed attorney, Natanya worked as an automated documents producer for Illinois Legal Aid Online, an award-winning provider of free and accessible legal information and resources for the general public and legal aid attorneys. In that role, Natanya developed programs that generated completed court forms for self-represented litigants and collaborated with partners and stakeholders to increase access to justice for lower-income people seeking to resolve their civil legal issues.

After law school, Natanya worked at Legal Aid Chicago as a staff attorney in the Pro Bono & Community Partnerships practice group. In that role, she managed a court-based help desk that assists people seeking criminal records relief. In addition to supervising a staff of law student interns and volunteers, Natanya represented all help desk clients, ultimately assisting with the expungement of more than one thousand criminal and juvenile records.

As both a law student intern and attorney, Natanya has been involved with the Public Interest Law Initiative, now serving as a mentor to current interns seeking to gain experience in public interest law. She also volunteers as a subject matter expert and content contributor to Illinois Legal Aid Online and Illinois Free Legal Answers, an American Bar Association project that provides legal advice and information for people who cannot afford legal assistance.

Natanya earned her J.D. from Chicago-Kent College of Law and a B.A. in International Relations from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. She is licensed to practice law in Illinois.

Marissa Khetan is a portfolio manager on the Design Your Own Fellowships team.

Marissa served as a 2018 Equal Justice Works Fellow in the Crime Victim Justice Corps, where she provided immigration and victim counsel representation to immigrant survivors of human trafficking. Hailing from Pennsylvania, Marissa began her career as an immigration attorney and has provided holistic legal services to survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault for the better part of a decade. She also helped originate the Consumer Finance Project at Mental Health Advocacy Services of Los Angeles, where she served low-income adults and children with mental health disabilities. Marissa is passionate about connecting new attorneys to public interest opportunities and helping them advocate for themselves and their mental health within the sector. She currently resides in Pasadena, CA where she enjoys all classic California outdoor activities with her partner and son.

Marissa received her undergraduate degree in Spanish from Grove City College and her J.D. from Widener University Commonwealth Law School, both in Pennsylvania. She is licensed to practice in California and holds court admission for the Central District of California.

Lauren is a portfolio manager at Equal Justice Works.  

Prior to joining Equal Justice Works, Lauren worked in law school career development, with international graduate students, and in immigration law.  

Previously, Lauren was on staff at Penn State Dickinson Law, where she led public interest and pro bono programming as Assistant Director of the Miller Center for Public Interest Advocacy & the Law. Among other projects, she coordinated the summer IOLTA Fellowship program, the 1L community interviewing program, and established the Public Interest Scholars program.   

Lauren led global recruitment and engagement for international graduate students at a New York area law school, working with students and partners around the globe. She is an adjunct professor of law, teaching professional skills to both LL.M. & J.D. students. 

As a law student and recent graduate, Lauren worked in immigration & refugee law at home and abroad, including with Tahirih Justice Center, the Pennsylvania Immigration Resource Center, and the ABA Rule of Law Initiative. Lauren interned for a judge of the Pennsylvania State Supreme Court during law school and served as a law clerk to a court of Common Pleas judge after graduation.  

Lauren earned her J.D. from Penn State Dickinson Law and her B.A. from Pepperdine University. She is licensed to practice law in Pennsylvania. She is an active pro bono attorney, primarily in immigration & family law.  

Leila is the program manager for Design Your Own Fellowships at Equal Justice Works.

She is passionate about reforming legal systems and governmental practices and policies to protect and promote human rights and has a background in human rights, peacebuilding, good governance, transitional justice, and public interest law. Leila most recently worked at the United States Institute of Peace and the National Democratic Institute for International Affairs, focusing on Burkina Faso, Mali, and Niger. She has served in a variety of project, program, and grant management roles at non-profits, international non-governmental organizations, international organizations, and think tanks in the US and abroad.

Leila holds a Master complémentaire en droits de l’homme (Advanced Master in Human Rights) jointly awarded by the faculties of law of l’Université catholique de Louvain, l’Université de Namur and l’Université Saint-Louis. She earned a Master of Arts in German and European Studies from Georgetown University, with a concentration in Human Rights, Peacebuilding, and Rule of Law, and with certificates in Refugees and Humanitarian Emergencies and Eurasian, Russian, and East European Studies. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science, Legal Studies, and Slavic Studies from Northwestern University.

Besides English, Leila speaks French and some Czech, Spanish, and Swedish. She’s also a professional dancer, specializing in contemporary and jazz.

Jessica Ryckman is the Director of Fellowships at Equal Justice Works. She brings more than a decade of experience in access to justice and rule of law programming around the world, as well as extensive knowledge of nonprofit management and operations.

Previously, Jessica served as Deputy Director at Lawyers Without Borders. In that role, she designed and oversaw high-impact programs funded by the U.S., foreign governments, and private funders. The projects spanned four continents and a range of topics, including combatting human trafficking, child labor, and wildlife trafficking, fighting transnational organized crime, promoting fundamental human rights including the rights of women and marginalized groups, and more. She also worked closely with local leaders and stakeholders to ensure demand-driven programming and managed a network of more than 10,000+ lawyers, judges, and other volunteers supplying expertise to Lawyers Without Borders projects. Key impacts of these projects include improved and aligned child labor legislation and regulation in five countries, the creation of the first-ever prosecutor training institute in Africa, the launch of digital case management in Kenya, and the first prosecution for human trafficking in Liberia, among other achievements.

Prior to her time at Lawyers Without Borders, Jessica was an associate attorney at Wilmer, Cutler, Pickering, Hale, and Dorr LLP in Washington, D.C., where she worked on education, public policy, congressional, voting rights, and national security matters. She also served as an adjunct professor at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock William H. Bowen School of Law, where she taught National Security Law and Policy.

Jessica has a J.D. from the University of Pennsylvania Law School, an M.Ed. in Education Policy from Harvard University, and a B.S in Biomedical Engineering and a B.S. in Political Science from the University of Michigan. She is admitted to practice law in the District of Columbia and Virginia, and she sits on the board of both Lawyers Without Borders Kenya and Lawyers Without Borders Tanzania.


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Touri Goode is a program specialist at Equal Justice Works.

Previously, Touri worked as the project coordinator and researcher for Virginia Commonwealth University, College of Engineering, where she sought to map out existing tech education opportunities, identify disparities, and create stronger linkages within Central Virginia.  Touri’s focus is to continue to work in public service to impact communities through programs designed to reach better solutions for everyone and aims to continue that at Equal Justice Works

Touri has an M.P.A from Virginia Commonwealth University


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Lynbea Toombs is the director of alumni relations at Equal Justice Works, where she is responsible for helping the organization increase its capacity to provide meaningful alumni engagement opportunities, amplify the lifelong value and community of Equal Justice Works Fellowships, and increase alumni participation in mission advancement.

As a higher education administrator with over eight years of experience, Lynbea has worked to facilitate alumni and student engagement at private and public institutions across the country. She brings a unique approach to modernizing alumni relationships by assessing their needs to increase program effectiveness and develop new initiatives that align with institutional goals. Her work has helped institutions cultivate campus environments centered on engaging constituents in public interest programming, fostering a strong sense of community, and developing meaningful experiences that connect alumni and students to their university.

Prior to joining Equal Justice Works, Lynbea served as the assistant director for campus life at Florida International University, where she served as the lead for major programming, student-alumni engagement and branding initiatives.

Lynbea received her B.A. in Public Relations from Hampton University and her M.Ed. in Educational Policy, Planning, and Leadership with an emphasis on higher education administration from the College of William & Mary.


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Seb Nazary is the senior grants manager for public programs at Equal Justice Works, where he is responsible for a portfolio of federally-funded as well as private philanthropic organization sponsored programs. He is also responsible for designing systems and processes that streamline fund management in compliance with the Federal Acquisition and Assistance rules and regulations.

Prior to joining Equal Justice Works, Seb managed a mix portfolio of funds of over $33 million for international nonprofit organizations CARE International, Development Alternatives, Inc., Creative Associate International, Social Finance, Inc., and the Boulder Institute of Microfinance, where he was responsible for pre-award, post-award and implementation management of large- and medium-scale grants aimed at improving good governance, community economic development, capacity building, economic growth and local stability. These programs were funded by several donor agencies including the United States Agency for International Development, United States Department of Education, United States Housing and Urban Development, Master Card Foundation and many more.

Seb is a Fulbright scholar and holds a M.A. in International Economics and Finance from Brandeis International Business School and a B.A. in Economics from Kabul University.