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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

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

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

At LDF, Rachel uses legal, policy and legislative advocacy to ensure access to equal educational opportunities for all students at the pre-K... More

Natasha Korgaonkar

Assistant Counsel

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

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

Monique Lin-Luse

Special Counsel

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

Victorien Wu

Fried Frank Fellow

Victorien Wu joined LDF as a LDF/Fried Frank Fellow in January of 2015. As part of his fellowship, Vic spent two years as a litigation... 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 in LDF’s Criminal Justice Practice.  He is a community... 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

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

Senior Education Policy Counsel

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

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... More

Caren E. Short

Assistant Counsel

Caren E. Short joined LDF's staff in 2015 as an Assistant Counsel.

Prior to joining LDF, Caren served as a Staff Attorney in the Voter... 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

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

    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

  • Calvin Jerreau Fortenberry

    Director of Communications
  • Kathryn Bowser

    Art Director
  • Charles Greene

    Web Technology Manager

Information Services

  • Donna S. Gloeckner

    Director of Information Services
  • Joon Bang

    Manager of Program Operations

Development

  • 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/Administration
  • Esme Broderick

    Assistant to the Director of Human Resources/Administration

Administrative and Support Staff

Administration

Nathan Rothwell II

Development

Mae Bush

Yurima Ramirez

Finance

Yvette Fields

Marcia Tuckett

Information Services

Peter Lacks

Legal Secretary

Linda Lacks

Zenzele Scott

Diane Simmons

Paralegal

Christopher R. La Motte

Scholarships

Maruja Corro

Washington, DC Office

Jaspal S. Bhatia

Debra Finley