LDF

LEADERSHIP

Samuel Spital
Director of Litigation & General Counsel
Claude M. Johnson
Chief Development Officer
Kevin C. Thomson
Chief Financial Officer
Karla McKanders
Thurgood Marshall Institute Director
Jin Hee Lee
Director of Strategic Initiatives
Aashka Merchant
Tré Murphy
Director of Community Organizing
Rachel M. Kleinman
Anne V. Houghtaling
Senior Deputy Director of Strategic Initiatives

LDF STAFF


LITIGATION

Aashka Merchant

Chief of Staff

Evelyn Anderson

Scholarships Coordinator & Executive Assistant to the Director of Litigation

Shruti Banerjee

Data and Research Analyst

Michelle Charles

Paralegal

Dayle Chung

Paralegal

Rebecca Dharmapalan

Legal Assistant

Austin Drimal

Legal Assistant

Alfreida Edelen

Executive Assistant, Office of Director-Counsel & Admin Liason

Alaizah Koorji

Assistant Counsel

Victor Genecin

Of Counsel

Cassandra Volcy

Legal Assistant

Grace Han

Research Associate for the President and Director-Counsel

Todd Hendricks

Data and Research Analyst

Arielle Humphries

Assistant Counsel

Breanna Williams

Fried Frank Fellow

Molly Cain

John Payton Appellate and Supreme Court Advocacy Fellow

Hannah Ferguson

Legal Assistant

R. Gary Spencer

Senior Counsel

Jason McGaughy

Deputy General Counsel

Brenda Wright

Special Litigation & Policy Counsel

Michael Skocpol

Assistant Counsel

Diane Simmons

Legal Assistant

Anne Oredeko

Senior Counsel

POLICY

Monica Jack

Executive Assistant of LDF’s Policy Department

David Wheaton

Economic Justice Policy Fellow

STRATEGIC INITIATIVES

Charles McLaurin

Senior Counsel

Assistant Counsel

Michelle Peters

Executive Assistant for TMI

Kennedy Austin

Research Associate

Rachel Carter

Voting Rights Defender & Prepared To Vote Programs Field Coordinator

THURGOOD MARSHALL INSTITUTE

Cassandra Mensah

Archives Counsel

Dr. Sandhya Kajeepeta

TMI Senior Researcher

Donna S. Gloeckner

Director of Archives and Records

Research Associate

Kayla Jenkins

Manager of Archives

TMI Research and Operations Associate

Ashton Wingate

Manager of Digital Archives

Kimberly Villafuerte Barzola

Assistant Archivist

Andrea Hill

Assistant Archivist

Dr. Ayobami Laniyonu

Non-Resident Senior Research Fellow

Julian Castro

Non-Resident Senior Research Fellow Emeritus

COMMUNICATIONS

Natalie Thigpen

Chief Marketing and Communications Officer

Keecee DeVenny

Senior Digital Media Strategist

Sarah Friedmann

Director of Original Content/Editor in Chief

Christopher Ford

Media Relations Strategist

John Guzman

Communications Strategist - Police Accountability

Kaye Lee Johnston

Senior Graphic Designer

Mariel Fernández

Digital Media Strategist

Mark S. Luckie

Director of Digital Strategy

Phoebe Plagens

Senior Director of Media Relations

Gianna Baez

Social Media Strategist

Elias Isquith

Staff Writer

Jaweer Brown

Director of Marketing and Brand

Frances Bruey

Content Producer

Lindsey Norward

Senior Staff Writer

Chloe McKimmie

Communications Assistant

DEVELOPMENT

Dory Baron

Institutional Giving Associate

Rosalind George

Director of Corporate Giving

Courtney Edwards

Contracts and Compliance Manager

Laura Fino

Executive Director, Institutional Giving

Tal Segal

Development Operations Analyst

Katherine Pooser

Director of Planned Giving

Grace Madeja

Director of Individual Giving

Martha Lauria

Director of Development Services

Cynthia Diaz-Nieves

Development Operations Coordinator

Briana Rheubottom

Development Coordinator, Individual Giving

Alexa Smith

Director of Major Gifts

Tom Walton

Director of Direct Marketing

Erica Windwer

Associate Director of Institutional Giving

Lauren Dubin

Development Coordinator, Individual Giving

Shaqua Randle

Manager of Gift Animation

Gary Whidbee

Executive Director of Individual Giving

COMMUNITY ORGANIZING

Alejandra Granado

Community Organizing Fellow - Political Participation

Jadyn Lynton-Smith

Community Organizing Associate

Brielle Morton

Community Organizer

Obi Afriyie

Community Organizer

Miracle Stewart

Administrative Assistant Community Organizing

Broderick Pitts

Community Organizing Fellow - Education Equity

Joshua Everett

Campaign Strategist

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