Sinclaire Erdwien

Sinclaire Erdwien is the development operations manager at Equal Justice Works. She supports the team by managing donor activity tracking and stewardship, working on fundraising events, and monitoring workplans and budgets.

Sinclaire has experience managing a donor database, crafting donor solicitations, organizing fundraising events, and completing grant applications. Her previous role was as the Deputy Director of the American Institute of Architects, DC.

Sinclaire graduated from the University of Kansas with a B.A. in History and Philosophy. She also has a Certificate in Nonprofit Leadership from the IUPUI Lilly School of Philanthropy.

Jonathan Townes is the Development Coordinator at Equal Justice Works.

Jonathan’s work and passion for public service began in his junior year of high school where he was elected as the Student Representative on the Board of Education for Baltimore City Public Schools. While on the Board of Commissioners, Jonathan served his community as a student intern for the Second Councilmanic District of Baltimore City, working alongside then-Councilman Brandon Scott, who is currently the 52nd Mayor of Baltimore.

Jonathan graduated from Towson University in 2021 with a B.S. in Political Science. During his time there, Jonathan served as the Andrew Goodman Foundation’s Vote Everywhere Ambassador and Team Leader, where he helped the university achieve an on-campus voter registration rate of 80%. Prior to joining Equal Justice Works, Jonathan worked briefly at the International Economic Development Council as a membership associate. He now looks forward to his tenure at Equal Justice Works as a Development Coordinator.

McKayla Eskilson is the Senior Manager of Foundation Relations at Equal Justice Works where she supports fundraising and relationship building with foundation partners.

McKayla brings with her expertise in grants and revenue management, nonprofit operational strategy, and complex project management. Prior to joining Equal Justice Works, McKayla spent several years managing the grants portfolio and general operations for the American Immigration Council’s Immigration Justice Campaign.

McKayla received her B.A. in Psychology and Gender & Sexuality Studies from Stonehill College in Easton, MA.

Michele Crosby is the director of foundation relations at Equal Justice Works, where she is responsible for garnering support from institutional donors.

With more than 15 years of grant writing and strategic relationship building experience, Michele has successfully raised foundation, corporate and government funding for human service and health research nonprofits including the Foundation Fighting Blindness, Children’s National Hospital, STRIVE DC and Central Union Mission. With formal education in math and economics, she deftly guides grant seekers in developing measurable and achievable goals and performance measures, as well as accurate budgets.

Michele is a seasoned fundraiser with an unwavering commitment to mobilizing passionate public service leaders.

She is a member of the Association of Fundraising Professionals and a 2011 graduate of the Center for Nonprofit Advancement Project LEAP (Leaders Emerging through Ability and Potential).

Mia Sussman is the vice president of institutional advancement at Equal Justice Works.  She has served at Equal Justice Works for over a decade, vastly expanding the size and impact of the Equal Justice Works DYO Fellowship program.

Prior to joining Equal Justice Works, Mia 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. While there, she 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 a 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: Public Interest in Private Practice.” She serves on the Board of the Washington Council of Lawyers, on the Regional Board of the Anti-Defamation League, and on the Washington Lawyers’ Committee of the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum.

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 and a Diversity and Inclusion Certificate from Cornell University.


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Tim Wierzbicki is the chief development officer at Equal Justice Works, where he is responsible for major and planned gift fundraising.

With more than 30 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.