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Our Staff

LDF Staff Attorneys

New York National Office

Sherrilyn Ifill

President and Director-Counsel

Sherrilyn Ifill is the seventh President and Director-Counsel of the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, Inc. Ms. Ifill is a long-time... More

Janai Nelson

Associate Director-Counsel

Janai Nelson is the Associate Director-Counsel of the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, Inc.  She is also a former director of LDF’s... More

Christina Swarns

Director of Litigation

As the Litigation Director of the NAACP Legal Defense & Educational Fund, Inc., Christina Swarns oversees all aspects of LDF’s litigation in... More

Leah C. Aden

Senior Counsel

Leah C. Aden is a Senior Counsel. She joined LDF's staff in February 2012 as a NAACP LDF ... More

Raymond Audain

Senior Counsel

Raymond Audain joins LDF as Senior Counsel. Prior to LDF, Raymond spent four years at Giskan Solotaroff & Anderson LLP, where he litigated... More

Gary Crosby

Milbank Tweed Pro Bono Fellow

Gary Crosby is a Milbank Tweed Pro Bono Fellow. He joined LDF in August of 2016.

Gary previously served as a law clerk in the United States... More

Angel S. Harris

Assistant Counsel

Angel S. Harris joined LDF's staff in 2015 as an Assistant Counsel.

Prior to joining LDF, Angel served as a Staff Attorney in the ACLU's... More

Rachel M. Kleinman

Senior Counsel

As Senior Counsel at LDF, Rachel uses litigation, policy, advocacy and public education to ensure access to equal opportunity in all of LDF’s... More

Jin Hee Lee

Deputy Director of Litigation

As Deputy Director of Litigation of the NAACP Legal Defense & Educational Fund, Inc., Jin Hee Lee assists the Director of Litigation in... More

Marne Lenox

Assistant Counsel

Marne Lenox joins LDF as Assistant Counsel. She previously served as a Criminal Defense Practice Staff Attorney at the Bronx Defenders,... More

Monique Lin-Luse

Assistant Counsel

Monique Lin-Luse is Assistant Counsel of NAACP Legal Defense and Education Fund. Monique has over ten years of advocacy, organizing, and educator... More

Natasha Merle

Fried Frank Fellow

Natasha Merle joined the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, Inc. (LDF) as a LDF/Fried Frank Fellow in January of 2016. Natasha spent the... More

Elizabeth Olsson

Senior Policy Associate

Elizabeth Olsson serves as Senior Policy Associate at LDF. In that capacity, she identifies, develops and advances legislative and policy reforms... More

Deuel Ross

Assistant Counsel

Deuel Ross is an Assistant Counsel who joined LDF as a Fried Frank Fellow working with both the Political Participation and Education... More

Victorien Wu

Fried Frank Fellow

Victorien Wu joined LDF as a LDF/Fried Frank Fellow in January of 2015. Since that time, Vic’s work has included... More

Liliana Zaragoza

John Payton Appellate and Supreme Court Advocacy Fellow

Liliana Zaragoza joined LDF as the inaugural John Payton Appellate and Supreme Court Advocacy Fellow in June 2015.

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Community Organizers

Lumumba Akinwole-Bandele

Senior Community Organizer

Lumumba Akinwole-Bandele is the Senior Community Organizer. He is a community organizer and educator from Central Brooklyn... More

Carmen Dixon

Community Organizer – Policing Reform Campaign

Carmen Dixon joins the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, Inc. (LDF) as Community Organizer for its Policing Reform Campaign, where she... More

Marquis Jenkins

Community Organizer

Marquis Jenkins is a Community Organizer in LDF’s Criminal Justice Practice.  In that capacity, Marquis works to support the organizing... More

Washington, DC Office

Monique L. Dixon

Deputy Policy Director and Senior Counsel

Monique L. Dixon is NAACP LDF’s Deputy Director of Policy.  In this role, she is responsible for developing, coordinating and advancing LDF’s... More

Kyle C. Barry

Policy Counsel

Kyle Barry serves as Policy Counsel at LDF. Mr. Barry identifies and advances legislative and policy reforms in LDF's priority areas, with a... More

Chris Kemmitt

Senior Counsel

Chris Kemmitt joined LDF in 2015 as Senior Counsel. Before coming to LDF, Chris spent seven years as an attorney at the Public Defender Service... More

Carlton T. Mayers II

Policing Reform Policy Counsel

Carlton T. Mayers II joins the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, Inc. (LDF) as Policy Counsel for its Policing... More

Coty Montag

Deputy Director of Litigation

As Deputy Director of Litigation for LDF, Coty Montag assists the Director of Litigation in overseeing LDF’s legal staff in their litigation,... More

Ajmel Quereshi

Assistant Counsel

Ajmel Quereshi serves as Assistant Counsel at LDF. Before joining LDF, Ajmel worked as Staff Counsel at the American Civil Liberties Union's... More

Kathryn Sadasivan

Litigation Fellow

Kathryn Sadasivan joined LDF as a Litigation Fellow in August 2016.

Prior to joining LDF, Kathryn graduated with honors from The George... More

John Paul Schnapper-Casteras

Special Counsel for Appellate and Supreme Court Advocacy

John Paul Schnapper-Casteras is LDF’s Special Counsel for Appellate and Supreme Court Advocacy.  In this role, he works with LDF attorneys on... More

Thurgood Marshall Institute

Dr. Phillip Atiba Goff

Senior Fellow

Phillip Atiba Goff is an Associate Professor of Social Psychology at the University of California, Los Angeles, currently on leave as a Visiting... More

Richard Rothstein

Senior Fellow

Richard Rothstein is a research associate of the Economic Policy Institute, where his recent work has documented the history of state-sponsored... More

LDF Staff

Executive Officers

  • Sherrilyn Ifill

    President and Director-Counsel
  • Janai Nelson

    Associate Director-Counsel
  • V. Renée Cutting

    Chief Development Officer
  • Christina Swarns

    Director of Litigation
  • Kevin C. Thomson

    Chief Financial Officer

Executive Office

  • Eve Anderson

    Executive Assistant to the President Director-Counsel and Director of Litigation
  • Deborah Allen

    Executive Assistant to the President and Director-Counsel, Associate Director-Counsel and Board Liaison

Communications

  • Kelly Landis

    Director of Communications
  • Kathryn Bowser

    Art Director
  • Charles Greene

    Web Technology Manager
  • Phoebe Plagens

    Senior Communications Associate
  • Ronald Simms Jr.

    Digital Communications Specialist

Archives and Records

  • Donna S. Gloeckner

    Director of Archives and Records

Development

  • V. Renée Cutting

    Chief Development Officer
  • Gremesha Crump

    Development and Alumni Coordinator
  • Laura Fino

    Director of Foundation Relations
  • Christopher Francis

    Database Manager

Finance

  • Kevin C. Thomson

    Chief Financial Officer
  • Lito Pernia

    Controller

Human Resources/Administration

  • Monica M. Garcia

    Director of Human Resources/Administration
  • Natalie Kim

    Human Resources Coordinator
  • Nathan Rothwell II

    Facilities and Office Services Manager

Administrative and Support Staff

Administration

Samantha Greene

Development

Finance

Yvette Fields

Marcia Tuckett

Legal Secretary

Zenzele Scott

Diane Simmons

Paralegal

Clyde W. Hollins III

Scholarships

Maruja Corro

Washington, DC Office

Hannah De Martini

Debra Finley