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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

Kevin Keenan

Chief Operating Officer and General Counsel

Kevin Keenan joined LDF as the Chief Operating Officer and General Counsel in 2013. ... 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

Assistant Counsel of the Political Participation Group

Leah C. Aden is an Assistant Counsel in the Political Participation Group. She joined LDF's staff in February 2012 as a NAACP LDF... More

La Tanya R. Harry

Paralegal Manager/Managing Attorney

La Tanya R. Harry joined the NAACP Legal Defense & Educational Fund, Inc. ("LDF") in 2011 and was recently appointed Paralegal Manager/... More

Ryan P. Haygood

Director of the Political Participation Group

Ryan P. Haygood is the Director of the NAACP Legal Defense & Educational Fund, Inc.’s (LDF) Political Participation Group,... More

Veronica Joice

Fried Frank Fellow

Veronica Joice joined the Economic Justice Group at LDF as a NAACP LDF Fried Frank Fellow in January 2013.  As part of the... More

Rachel M. Kleinman

Assistant Counsel of the Education Group

Rachel M. Kleinman joined LDF as an Assistant Counsel in the Education Group in May 2011. At LDF, Rachel uses legal, policy and legislative... More

Natasha Korgaonkar

Assistant Counsel of the Political Participation Group

Natasha M. Korgaonkar joined the staff of LDF in 2011 as Assistant Counsel in the Political Participation Group. Her work at LDF includes... More

Jin Hee Lee

Senior Counsel

Jin Hee Lee joined LDF’s Criminal Justice Project in July 2008.  As Senior Counsel, Ms. Lee is engaged in advocacy to address racial... More

Ria Tabacco Mar

Assistant Counsel of the Economic Justice Practice

Ria Tabacco Mar joined LDF as Assistant Counsel in the Economic Justice Group in December 2011.  She represents plaintiffs in class action... More

ReNika Moore

Director of the Economic Justice Practice

ReNika Moore is Director of LDF’s Economic Justice Group.  As Director, Ms. Moore supervises and coordinates EJ’s litigation, public... More

Deuel Ross

Fried Frank Fellow

Deuel Ross joined LDF as a Fried Frank Fellow working with both the Political Participation and Education practice groups.  Deuel... More

Leticia Smith-Evans

Interim Director of the Education Practice

Leticia Smith-Evans is Interim Director of LDF’s Education Practice, which uses legal, policy and legislative advocacy to ensure access to equal... More

Vincent Southerland

Senior Counsel

Vincent Southerland joined LDF in August of 2008. He is a Senior Counsel in LDF’s Criminal Justice Practice, and engages in litigation and... More

Community Organizers

Lumumba Akinwole-Bandele

Senior Community Organizer

Lumumba Akinwole-Bandele is the Senior Community Organizer in LDF’s Criminal Justice Project.  He is a community organizer... More

Marquis Jenkins

Community Organizer

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

Washington, DC Office

Leslie M. Proll

Director of the Washington, D.C. Office

Leslie M. Proll is the Director of the Washington, D.C. office of LDF.  She has worked for LDF since 1998.  Leslie oversees LDF’... More

Monique L. Dixon

Senior Policy Counsel for Criminal Justice and State Education Initiative

Monique L. Dixon is NAACP LDF’s Senior Policy Counsel for Criminal Justice and State Education Initiative.  In this role, she is responsible... More

Janel A. George

Education Policy Counsel

Janel George is Education Policy Counsel at LDF, where she uses legislative and policy advocacy to promote racial justice and equal... More

Johnathan Smith

Assistant Counsel of the Economic Justice Practice

Johnathan Smith joined LDF’s staff as Assistant Counsel in the Economic Justice Group in October 2010.  In that capacity, Johnathan engages... More

LDF Staff

Executive Officers

  • Sherrilyn Ifill

    President and Director-Counsel
  • Janai Nelson

    Associate Director-Counsel
  • Kevin Keenan

    Chief Operating Officer and General Counsel
  • Christina Swarns

    Interim Director of Litigation/Director of the Criminal Justice Practice
  • Kevin C. Thomson

    Chief Financial Officer

Executive Office

  • Eve Anderson

    Executive Assistant to the President Director-Counsel/Board Liaison
  • Deborah Allen

    Executive Assistant to the Associate Director-Counsels

Communications

  • Emily A. Whitfield

    Interim Director of Communications
  • Kathryn Bowser

    Art Director
  • Charles Greene

    Web Manager
  • Jennifer Trent Parker

    Communications Associate

Information Services

  • Donna S. Gloeckner

    Director of Information Services
  • Joon Bang

    Manager of Program Operations
  • Jacqueline Barbour

    Information and Technical Services Specialist

Development

  • Monique Brizz-Walker

    Director of Strategic Partnerships and Events
  • Michele Linton

    Director of Data and Donor Services

Finance

  • Kevin C. Thomson

    Chief Financial Officer
  • Lito Pernia

    Controller

Human Resources

  • Monica M. Garcia

    Director of Human Resources
  • Esme Broderick

    Assistant to the Senior Counsel and to the Director of Human Resources
  • Earl Cunningham

    Information and Office Services Clerk
  • Tyrone Foster

    Information and Office Services Clerk
  • Julie Lewis

    Receptionist

Administrative and Support Staff

Paralegal

Joseph Puma

Legal Secretary

Linda Lacks

Zenzele Scott

Diane Simmons

Finance

Yvette Fields

Marcia Tuckett

Development

Mae Bush

Yurima Ramirez

Sabrina Powell-Wynder

Scholarships

Maruja Corro

Information Services

Sharmaign Griffin

Peter Lacks

Washington, DC Office

Opal Bond

Debra Finley