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Bryan Stevenson
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Bryan Stevenson, Executive Director, is a widely acclaimed public interest lawyer. His work fighting poverty and challenging racial discrimination in the criminal justice system has won him numerous awards including the ABA Wisdom Award for Public Service, the MacArthur Foundation Fellowship Award Prize, the Olaf Palme International Prize, the ACLU National Medal Of Liberty, the National Public Interest Lawyer of the Year Award, the Gruber Prize for International Justice and the Ford Foundation Visionaries Award. He is a graduate of the Harvard Law School and the Harvard School of Government, has been awarded 29 honorary doctorate degrees, and is a Professor of Law at New York University School of Law. He is the recent author of the critically acclaimed New York Times bestseller, Just Mercy, which was named by Time Magazine as one of 2014's ten best nonfiction books and has been awarded several honors, including a 2015 NAACP Image Award.
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EVA ANSLEY
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Eva Ansley, Operations Director, has coordinated and developed legal services for poor people and death row prisoners in Alabama for almost 20 years. She has been instrumental in developing institutional assistance to indigent defendants at the Alabama Capital Representation Resource Center and the Equal Justice Initiative since the inception of both organizations.
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RANDY SUSSKIND
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Randy Susskind, Deputy Director, has been with EJI since graduating from Georgetown University Law Center in 1994. He also serves as adjunct faculty in the Equal Justice and Capital Defender Clinic at the New York University School of Law. He previously worked as a staff attorney at the Alabama Capital Representation Resource Center.
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Tatiana Bertsch
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Tatiana Bertsch, Senior Attorney, is a 2005 graduate of New York University School of Law. She has a B.A. in geology from Smith College and before law school was assistant director of the Gender Studies Program at Harvard University Graduate School of Education. Prior to joining EJI, she was a public defender in West Palm Beach, Florida, where she handled misdemeanor and felony trials for five years before specializing in the investigation and presentation of mitigating evidence in capital trials as a Mitigation Attorney in the Major Crimes division.
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JACQUELINE JONES-PEACE
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Jacqueline Jones-Peace, Senior Attorney, Director of Development, was on the faculty at New York University School of Law as Co-Associate Director of the Lawyering Program. Prior to that, she was a Litigation Associate at Cleary Gottlieb in New York for several years after clerking for U.S. District Judge John S. Martin in the Southern District of New York. She is a 1995 graduate of New York University School of Law.
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ALICIA D'ADDARIO
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Alicia D’Addario, Senior Attorney, is a 2005 graduate of New York University School of Law. Prior to joining EJI, she clerked for Judge Rosemary Pooler on the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit. She received her B.A. from Oberlin College in 2002, where she majored in both Math and History.
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CHARLOTTE MORRISON
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Charlotte Morrison, Senior Attorney, has been with EJI since 2001. She clerked for Judge Rosemary Barkett on the United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit, is a former Rhodes Scholar with degrees in Philosophy from Oxford University and the University of Montana, and graduated from New York University School of Law in 2000.
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SIA SANNEH
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Sia Sanneh, Senior Attorney, received a J.D. from Yale Law School in 2007. She has a Master’s degree in teaching of social studies from Columbia University Teachers College and earned a B.A. in history from Columbia University in 2001. After graduating law school, she was a Liman Public Interest Fellow at Legal Action Center in New York, where she studied the collateral consequences of school-based arrests.
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ANGIE SETZER
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Angie Setzer, Senior Attorney, interned with EJI in the fall of 1998 and joined the staff after graduating from the University of Michigan Law School in 1999. She currently manages some of EJI's training programs and has challenged capital convictions and death sentences across Alabama.
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JENNIFER TAYLOR
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Jennifer Taylor, Senior Attorney, is a 2010 graduate of Yale Law School, where she participated in the Prison Legal Services Clinic and interned for the NAACP Legal Defense Fund. She has a B.A. in Comparative Studies in Race and Ethnicity from Stanford University and a Master's in Journalism from Columbia University.
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AARYN URELL
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Aaryn Urell, Senior Attorney, has been with EJI since she graduated from New York University School of Law in 2001. She has a Master's Degree in International Relations from American University and has worked on human rights and conflict resolution in Ghana and South Africa.
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SONIA KAPADIA
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Sonia Kapadia, Deputy Director of Strategic Initiatives, received a B.A. in Communications from the University of Pennsylvania in 2002 and an MBA from the Harvard Business School in 2007. She has years of experience as a brand manager for PepsiCo in North America and the UK and was a senior leader at a number of successful startups including Gu Chocolate Desserts in London and Rent the Runway in New York City. She brought her extensive experience as Chief Marketing Officer and CEO to EJI in 2017.
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TERA DUVERNAY
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Tera DuVernay, Deputy Director of Museum and Memorial Operations, has an extensive background in management, research, recruiting, and customer service. Most recently, she served as Chief Researcher for the Academy Award and Emmy nominated documentary chronicling America's mass criminalization epidemic, 13th. She contributed research to the ESPN documentary on gender equality in sports entitled Venus Vs. and the Henry Louis Gates PBS docuseries, Finding Your Roots. She previously held management positions in the airline and health insurance industries.
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ANTHONY RAY HINTON
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Anthony Ray Hinton, Community Educator, was falsely accused of committing two murders outside of Birmingham, Alabama, in 1985. He was wrongly convicted and spent nearly 30 years on Alabama's death row before he was exonerated and freed in April 2015. A deeply compelling speaker, he has become a powerful advocate against the death penalty and speaks nationally about the urgent need for criminal justice reform.
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Amy Hulsey
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Amy Hulsey, Chief Financial Officer, is a certified public accountant with over 12 years of public accounting experience in the financial field. A certified federal grant writer, she has worked on audits, grant reporting requirements, and all aspects of financial management for nonprofit organizations. She has a B.A. in Accounting and Computer Science from Huntingdon College, where she later was an award-winning accounting instructor, and a Masters of Business Administration from Auburn University in Montgomery. She joined EJI in 2018.
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KIARA BOONE
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Kiara Boone, Deputy Director of Community Education, earned a degree in Political Science from Davidson College in 2011 and a nonprofit management executive certificate from Georgetown University in 2012. Prior to joining EJI, she worked with the National Coalition for the Homeless in Washington, DC, and managed support for community development in Florida for the Jessie Ball duPont Fund.
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JOHN DUMEY
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John Dumey, Deputy Director of Development, joined EJI in 2017, bringing over a decade of development experience. Most recently, he specialized in organizational development for the Innocence Project's nationwide Innocence Network, and prior to that, he spearheaded institutional giving for New York Lawyers for the Public Interest. He has a B.A. in History from Connecticut College and a M.S. in Nonprofit Management from the Milano School of International Affairs, Management, and Urban Policy.
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NANCY HENDRIX
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Nancy Hendrix, Deputy Director of Development, is an Alabama native with extensive experience in fundraising, sales, marketing, and communications. Prior to joining EJI in 2017, she expanded support across the country for the Southern Poverty Law Center as Regional Advancement Director/Development Officer. She earned a B.A. in International Studies and Marketing from the University of Alabama at Birmingham, where she completed an international marketing internship in China.
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JOSH CANNON
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Josh Cannon, Project and Site Manager, earned his Bachelor’s degree in 2010 from the Department of History Honors Program at the University of Alabama at Birmingham, where his honors thesis was published in the Journal of Planning History. Prior to joining EJI in 2015, he taught preschool children and coordinated projects for an industrial automation systems firm in Hoover, Alabama. He was also a contributor to the Birmingham Civil Rights Institute blog, The Struggle Continues.
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ASHLEY ADAMS
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Ashley Adams, Staff Attorney, earned a B.A. from Vanderbilt University in 2008 and graduated from the University of Tennessee College of Law in 2011. Prior to joining EJI in 2017, she was Assistant Public Defender and District Court Supervisor for the Tuscaloosa County Office of Public Defender, represented indigent clients as a trial attorney with Jefferson County Public Defender's Community Law Office in Birmingham, Alabama, and conducted civil litigation as an associate attorney at Gaines Gault Hendrix, P.C., in Birmingham.
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RYAN BECKER
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Ryan Becker, Staff Attorney, joined EJI after graduating in 2011 from New York University School of Law, where he was in the Equal Justice and Capital Defender Clinic and interned with the Neighborhood Defender Services of Harlem and Cabrini Green Legal Aid in Chicago. He graduated from the University of Illinois at Chicago with a B.A. in Political Science, and before that served active duty in the United States Marine Corps for four years.
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JOHN DALTON
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John Dalton, Staff Attorney, graduated in 2009 from Stanford Law School. Prior to joining EJI, he clerked for Judge Pamela Ann Rymer on the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit and was an associate at Davis, Polk & Wardwell. He has a B.A. in Political Science, History, and Religion from Carson-Newman College in Jefferson City, Tennessee.
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CLAUDIA FLORES
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Claudia Flores, Staff Attorney, graduated in 2011 from the New York University School of Law. She has a B.A. in Metropolitan Studies from New York University. She was a law fellow at EJI and did criminal appeals for the Center for Appellate Litigation in New York prior to joining EJI as a staff attorney in 2016.
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ESTELLE HEBRON-JONES
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Estelle Hebron-Jones, Staff Attorney, has a B.A. in English Language and Literature from University College London and graduated from University of Virginia School of Law in 2011. Prior to joining EJI, she worked at the Legal Resources Centre in Johannesburg, South Africa, providing legal advocacy for poor, homeless, and landless people. She has also worked to expand access to legal aid for indigent people in Sierra Leone.
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MICKEY HUBBARD
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Mickey Hubbard, Staff Attorney, graduated from Columbia Law School in 2014, where he interned at the Bronx Defenders and the Southern Center for Human Rights. He has done extensive anti-poverty work, improving school infrastructure in South Africa, increasing food bank access in rural Vermont, and organizing to combat homelessness and provide services to people in financial crisis in North Carolina. He has a B.A. in Political Science from Davidson College.
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RACHEL JUDGE
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Rachel Judge, Staff Attorney, graduated in 2013 from Harvard Law School, where she represented indigent criminal defendants as a student attorney. She interned for the Public Defender Service for the District of Columbia and the Southern Center for Human Rights in Atlanta. She has a B.A. in Sociology from Brown University and worked on behalf of death row inmates in California before law school.
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Rebecca Livengood
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Rebecca Livengood, Staff Attorney, joined EJI in 2018. She obtained a B.A. from Yale and a J.D. from Harvard Law School, and clerked for U.S. District Court Judge Stewart Dalzell in the Eastern District of Pennsylvania and for Judge Michael Chagares on the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit. As a Skadden Fellow at the ACLU in New Jersey, she fought for access to special education for young people in adult prisons and challenged solitary confinement and abusive police practices.
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ALISON MOLLMAN
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Alison Mollman, Staff Attorney, graduated in 2012 from University of California, Berkeley, School of Law, where she participated in the death penalty clinic and juvenile hall outreach. She interned for the California Habeas Project and represented clients as a certified law student at the East Bay Community Law Center. Prior to law school, she developed a support group for mothers incarcerated at the Iowa Correctional Institute for Women. She has a B.A. in Women’s Studies from the University of Iowa.
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BENJAMIN SCHAEFER
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Benjamin Schaefer, Staff Attorney, graduated in 2011 from New York University School of Law, where he participated in the Equal Justice and Capital Defender Clinic and interned at the Orleans Public Defenders in Louisiana. He has a B.A. in History from the University of Virginia and a master's degree in Administration, Planning, and Social Policy from Harvard University Graduate School of Education. He previously taught sixth grade social studies in Henderson, North Carolina.
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Tim Lewis
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Tim Lewis, Innovation Officer, is an accomplished "connector" known for not only recognize potential opportunities but also successfully connecting all the necessary resources – human, technical and financial. As President and Founder of TALA Professional Services, he delivers profitable technologies to businesses and industries globally as well as leading Connected Community Programs currently improving economic opportunities for cities and their residents across the United States. He has an Engineering B.S. from the University of Alabama.
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JONATHAN KUBAKUNDIMANA
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Jonathan Kubakundimana, Program Assistant, graduated from Furman University in 2016 with a B.A. in Political Science. Prior to joining EJI, he interned for U.S. District Judge Bruce Howe Hendricks in the District of South Carolina, where he researched rehabilitative approaches to federal non-violent drug offenders for the nation's first federal drug court. As a survivor of the Rwandan Genocide, he has helped lead initiatives in the United States and around the world raising awareness of genocide and other crimes against humanity.
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CATHERINE COLEMAN-FLOWERS
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Catherine Coleman-Flowers, Rural Development Manager, is a native of Lowndes County, Alabama. She taught high school in Detroit, Michigan, and Washington, D.C. before returning home to advocate for poor people in Alabama's Black Belt. She is the founder and director of the Alabama Center for Rural Enterprise and joined EJI in summer 2008 as part of EJI's Race and Poverty initiative.
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Tania Cordes
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Tania Cordes, Communications Manager, has a B.A. in English and an M.F.A. in Creative Writing & Publishing Arts from the University of Baltimore. Prior to joining EJI in 2018, she worked on Strategic Communications at the Open Society Foundations office in Baltimore, where she rose to Communications Coordinator, and was Special Projects Manager for Strategic Communications at the Maryland Institute College of Art, where she led special projects and campaigns and helped organize a multi-year public speaker series on diversity, equity, and inclusion.
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Jose Vazquez
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Jose Vazquez, Digital Marketing Manager, earned a B.A. in Political Science from Hamilton College in 2015. As an associate product marketing manager for community impact at Google Fiber, he created a website centralizing the company’s philanthropy work and launched free super-fast Internet for public housing residents. Before joining EJI in 2018, he was a brand marketing manager for social impact at Google, where he coordinated worldwide Pride campaigns and LBGTQ+ outreach and worked to promote EJI’s Lynching in America website and exhibit at the Brooklyn Museum.
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Greg Parker
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Greg Parker, Facilities Manager, is a licensed home builder and master carpenter with over two decades of experience in residential and commercial construction. Prior to joining EJI in 2017, he was responsible for the maintenance and operation of 32 dorm buildings housing 4500 students as Maintenance Supervisor of Student Housing at Auburn University, where he also took Master’s courses in Building Science and Public Administration. He has a B.S. in Human Resource Management from Faulkner University.
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Miriam Ashley-Smoke
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Miriam Ashley-Smoke, Program Assistant, earned a B.A. in History from Auburn University in Montgomery in 1997. She has extensive experience in addressing client needs as a customer service agent for Bellsouth and a reservation agent for Delta Airlines. Prior to joining EJI in 2018, she managed a team of employees who provided assistance to medical providers and patients at Optum, a division of United Healthcare Group.
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Eugene Harris
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Eugene Harris, Program Assistant, is a Montgomery native who brings more than a decade of operations experience to EJI. After obtaining an associates degree in secondary education from Beville State Community College in 2001, he supervised shipping and receiving for West Elm, provided technical support for AT&T, and worked as an IT specialist for Volkswagen. Prior to joining EJI in 2018, he was an assistant site lead overseeing three external and all internal operations for Kimura, a logistics company in South Carolina.
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Chris Keough
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Chris Keough, Program Assistant, earned a B.A. in political science from Hobart College in 2007. He spent two years in the Peace Corps in Cameroon, where he focused on clean water projects. He worked as an International Management Graduate with SABMiller in London. He worked with families living in a shelter as a housing specialist and case manager for BronxWorks and was working for Heineken USA in New York before he joined EJI in 2018.
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LYNDA BLACK
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Lynda Black, Staff Assistant, came to EJI in 2008. She previously worked for over 20 years at the University of Pittsburgh in the Academic Resource Center. She was responsible for Center operations and research and performed a wide range of administrative tasks.
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Bryan Cleare
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Bryan Cleare, Staff Assistant, has a Bachelors of Science degree in Computer Science from Troy University, where he worked as an administrative assistant and information technology clerk. He brings to EJI valuable experience working in the Rosa Parks Museum and Library at Troy University and in owning and operating his own small business. He joined the staff of EJI in 2018.
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RENEÉ CLEVELAND
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Reneé Cleveland, Development Manager, earned a Bachelor’s degree in Justice and Public Safety from Auburn University at Montgomery in 2008. She planned curriculum and instructed students at Martin Luther King Elementary School in Montgomery. A certified paralegal, she worked as a legal secretary at Donohoe & Stapleton prior to joining EJI.
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Kristen Elijah
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Kristen Elijah, Bookkeeper, obtained a B.A. in History from Auburn University in 2006 and a J.D. from Thomas Goode Jones School of Law in 2009. She organized and advocated for workers as an external organizer for the Service Employees International Union and worked as an attorney for Parnell & Crum, P.A. Prior to joining EJI in 2018, she handled payroll, accounts payable, invoicing, and other accounting and management responsibilities for Central Alabama Fluid Power and Carr, Riggs & Ingram, LLC.
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SHERRY HILL
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Sherry Hill, Staff Assistant, joined EJI's staff in 2016. She earned an Associate Degree in Professional Transcription in 2004. She previously worked for over 15 years at Prince Institute, a private college in Montgomery, Alabama, where she served as administrative assistant, enrollment specialist, and ultimately, office manager.
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PAIGE LINDSEY
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Paige Lindsey, Bookkeeper, earned a B.S.B.A. in Finance and Economics from Auburn University, Montgomery, Alabama, and has more than a decade of experience as a bookkeeper and computer software trainer. Prior to joining EJI in 2015, she served as chief operating officer for Admiral Movers, Inc., in Montgomery.
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ANDREA MARTIN
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Andrea Martin, Development Manager, has a Bachelor's degree in English Honors, Government & Liberal Arts Honors, from the University of Texas at Austin, and earned a Master's degree in Secondary Education from the University of Missouri-St. Louis in 2011. She taught middle school students in St. Louis as a Teach for America corps member and managed development campaigns for museums and social service organizations at Daniller & Company in Austin, Texas, before joining EJI in 2016.
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LORI TAYLOR
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Lori Taylor, Executive Assistant, joined EJI in 2015. Prior to joining EJI, she founded, directed, and managed the Bellevue Farmers Market, a nonprofit in Bellevue, Washington, where she advocated for economic justice for farmers. She has previously worked with faith communities and facilitated discussions on a range of social justice issues. She has a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Musical Theatre from Stephens College in Columbia, Missouri.
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RAMONA THORNTON
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Ramona Thornton, Staff Assistant, graduated from Huntingdon College in 1991, with a B.A. in Art. She brings a wealth of administrative and operations assistance experience to EJI.
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Mary Vandiver
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Mary Vandiver, Staff Assistant, earned a B.F.A. in Art/Fashion Design Concentration from Howard University, where she worked as the NextGen Coordinator for DC Fashion Week and worked to promote art and fashion as a tool for social expression. She worked with the Ralph J. Bunche International Affairs department at Howard to support international study abroad programs and helped to increase minority participation in retail as a member of the Black Retail Action Group. She came to EJI in 2018.
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JAMES WARREN
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James Warren, Executive Assistant, joined EJI in 2014. He previously was executive assistant to Dr. Anthony Campolo at Eastern University and served as director of the event coordination department for the International Mission Board in Richmond, Virginia. He has a Master’s degree in Religious Education from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary and a Bachelor’s degree in Church Music from Oklahoma Baptist University.
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Tisha Williams
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Tisha Williams, Facilities, has more than a decade of experience in the manufacturing and sanitation industries. Prior to joining EJI, she worked at Baptist Medical Center East and ABM in Montgomery, Alabama. A native of Montgomery, she joined the staff of EJI in 2018.
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MARY WOODS
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Mary Woods, Staff Assistant, joined EJI's staff in 2016. A lifelong resident of Montgomery, she has years of experience in customer service, including five years for the City of Montgomery's Department of Public Safety, where she managed requests for information and communications with clients and the public.
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Elizabeth Woodson
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Elizabeth Woodson, Project Manager, has a B.S. in Science, Technology, and Society from Stanford University, where she served as student body president and co-chair of the Provost's Task Force on Sexual Assault Policies and Practices. She taught incarcerated juveniles and assisted investigators at the Office of the Public Defender in Bridgeport, Connecticut. She led research and investment in social justice, innovation, global, arts, and local portfolios at the Emerson Collective prior to joining EJI in 2018.
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Deborah Leff
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Deborah Leff, Senior Advisor, joined EJI in 2016. She previously worked at the U.S. Department of Justice as Pardon Attorney, acting director of the Access to Justice Initiative, and civil rights attorney. She is a past president of the Public Welfare Foundation and Joyce Foundation, and was the Emmy Award-winning senior producer of ABC Nightline. She graduated from University of Chicago Law School and Princeton University, where she was named a University Scholar.
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MARIA MORRISON
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Maria Morrison, Senior Social Worker, joined EJI in 2008. Ms. Morrison manages a range of clinical and therapeutic services at EJI for incarcerated clients and formerly incarcerated people and their families. Before joining EJI she provided services for several years to adults struggling with mental illness, substance use, and homelessness as well as in a therapeutic wilderness program for adolescents with trauma-related behavioral disorders. She has an M.S.W. from the University of Alabama, an M.F.A. in creative writing from Goddard College, and a B.A. in English from the University of Montana.
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CATHLEEN PRICE
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Cathleen Price, Cooperating Senior Attorney, is a 1996 graduate of Harvard Law School and a former law clerk of Justice Fred Banks on the Mississippi Supreme Court. She is a 1999 National Association for Public Interest Law (NAPIL) Equal Justice Fellow and has coordinated complex litigation at EJI for several years.
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Alison Ganem
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Alison Ganem, Law Fellow, has a B.A. in History from Stanford University and graduated in 2018 from University of California, Berkeley, School of Law, where she worked on a capital case in the death penalty clinic, won parole for a client through the Post-Conviction Advocacy Project, and interned at the Center for Death Penalty Litigation in North Carolina and the Southern Center for Human Rights in Georgia. After college, she taught English in Spain as a Fulbright Scholar and worked at Maryland Legal Aid.
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GeDá Jones Herbert
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GeDá Jones Herbert, Law Fellow, has a B.A. in Psychology from Spelman College, Master of Education from Lipscomb University, and a J.D. from the University of Michigan Law School, where she represented low-income families as a student attorney and clerked for the Equal Justice Society and ACLU. She taught third grade with Teach For America, was an associate at Bowman and Brooke LLP, managed a legal education program for at-risk youth, and consulted with nonprofits on education and social justice before joining EJI in 2018.
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Daniel Loehr
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Daniel Loehr, Law Fellow, is a 2018 graduate of New York University School of Law, where he participated in the Equal Justice and Defender Clinic and interned for the San Francisco Public Defender’s Office and the Special Litigation Section of the U.S. Department of Justice Civil Rights Division. Prior to law school, he worked as a criminal defense investigator at The Bronx Defenders. He is a Truman Scholar and has a B.A. in Political Science from Middlebury College.
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ADAM MURPHY
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Adam Murphy, Law Fellow, has a B.A. in History from Vassar College and a J.D. from New York University School of Law, where he directed the Solitary Confinement Project, helped create a bail fund for indigent defendants, and founded the Fair Defense Project. Before joining EJI, he worked on Alabama capital cases in EJI’s Equal Justice and Defender Clinic, and interned with the Federal Defenders of New York and the Bronx Defenders.
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EVAN MILLIGAN
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Evan Milligan, Law Fellow, spent years advocating for poor people in Alabama as a community organizer and EJI Justice Fellow before attending New York University School of Law, where he participated in the Criminal Defense and Reentry Clinic and EJI's Equal Justice and Defender Clinic. In New York, he interned for the Legal Aid Society and Bronx Defenders. He has a B.A. in Religion from Birmingham-Southern College and returned to EJI in 2016 after graduating from NYU Law.
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Chris Macklin
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Chris Macklin, Paralegal, graduated with a B.A. from Oberlin College and a PhD from the University of York (UK). Before joining EJI in 2018 he was on the Music and Medieval Studies faculties of Mercer University and the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, publishing research on aspects of the use of music and community in times of social stress and teaching a variety of undergraduate and postgraduate courses. He also worked on an Alabama capital postconviction case as a legal assistant and researcher.
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Matt Murray
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Matt Murray, Data Entry Specialist, obtained a Master’s degree in Information Systems Management from Auburn University at Montgomery in 2016 and a Bachelor’s in Communication Studies and Classical Guitar Performance from Huntingdon College in 2014. Prior to joining EJI in 2017, he worked on the installation and upkeep of IT components for WSFA News in Montgomery and helped build a television station from the ground up at a local school.
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Jesse Chung
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Jesse Chung, Justice Fellow, earned a B.A. in Economics and Environmental Studies in 2018 from Bowdoin College, where he coordinated operations for the college's outdoors club, its largest student organization, and tutored peers as a writing assistant in the Writing Workshop. He served as a courthouse assistance program volunteer for the Volunteer Lawyers Project of Maine, mentored middle school boys in a leadership-building program, and conducted research on prison privatization and the history of indigent defense services in the United States.
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Menna Elsayed
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Menna Elsayed, Justice Fellow, earned a B.A. in Sociology and French & Francophone Studies in 2017 from Columbia University, where she was involved with Questbridge and Turath: Arab Students Association. She wrote her senior thesis on the impact of ride-sharing apps on New York City yellow taxi drivers. Prior to joining EJI, she was a research assistant at the Institute for Religion, Culture, and Public Life, and worked in development at the New York Civil Liberties Union.
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Gabrielle Daniels
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Gabri​e​lle Daniels, Racial Justice Fellow, has a B.S. in Biology from Iowa State University (2010) and a Master of Public Health from the Yale School of Public Health (2016), where she focused on social determinants of health and research-based program interventions. In 2017, she completed a Masters-Fellowship from Duke Divinity School, concentrating in Theology, Medicine, and Culture. Her research background has sought to address the needs of vulnerable people, from homeless shelter populations in Connecticut to rural communities in Cambodia.
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ABIGAIL GELLMAN
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Abigail Gellman, Justice Fellow, earned a B.A. in U.S. History and certificate in African American Studies in 2017 from Princeton University, where she wrote her senior thesis on 1971 prison uprisings in New Jersey. In addition to tutoring at a youth correctional facility and teaching job skills to incarcerated women, she led advocacy and research initiatives to confront mass incarceration. As a 2016 summer Liman fellow, she investigated criminal cases at Brooklyn Defender Services.
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Sade Stevens
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Sade Stevens, Justice Fellow, earned a B.A. in English Literature in 2017 from Stanford University, where she planned programs for Stanford's Black Community Services Center and conducted research on the Transatlantic Slave Trade during an overseas program at Oxford University. Prior to joining EJI, she volunteered with local nonprofits in Nicaragua and Tanzania, helping to raise awareness about gender-specific barriers in healthcare and education for women and children.
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Kari Nelson
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Kari Nelson, Fellow, graduated in 2016 from Georgetown University, where she majored in American Studies and minored in Business Administration and History. Prior to joining EJI, she interned at the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture and the International Tennis Hall of Fame and Museum, and worked as an intake specialist at the Southern Center for Human Rights, where she addressed requests for help from people reporting violence in prisons and jails, difficulty accessing medical care, and right to counsel violations.
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Elliot Spillers
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Elliot Spillers, Fellow, obtained a B.S. in Commerce and Business Management in 2016 from the University of Alabama. As the second person of color in school history to be elected Student Government Association President, he advocated for survivors of sexual assault and established the inaugural position of Vice President for Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion. A YWCA Central Alabama Social Justice AmeriCorps Member in Birmingham, he coordinated social justice programs for high school students, investigating the role of heritage, culture, and racial identity in adolescent development.
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Bryan G. Stevenson
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Bryan Stevenson, Videographer, studied at the University of Pennsylvania, joining church and community endeavors, including Exodus To Excellence, Inc. where he combined his social service and filmmaking skills before becoming a freelance filmmaker in New York City. He has nearly a decade of experience writing, editing, and directing documentaries, narrative films, and commercial projects for global brands that include Nike, the GAP, Puma, and Apple. After interning at EJI in 2005, he joined our staff in 2018.