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Staff and Leadership

For more than five decades, Lambda Legal has been working to change laws, policies, and minds so that LGBTQ+ Americans and everyone living with HIV can live with full equality. Meet the remarkable team of legal, policy, and advocacy experts who make progress possible.

 

Staff Members

Board Members

National Leadership Council

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Staff Members

Executive Team

Marco Chan

Chief of Planning & Program Management

New York, NY

Crystal Costello

Chief of People & Culture

Chicago, IL

Cindi Creager

Chief Communications Officer

New York, NY

Kevin Jennings

Chief Executive Officer

New York, NY

Jennifer C. Pizer

Chief Legal Officer and Eden/Rushing Chair

Los Angeles, CA

Gillian Power

Chief Technology Officer

Chicago, IL

Josh Pushkin

Chief Development Officer

New York, NY

John Roane

Chief Operating Officer

Washington, DC

Amanda Wyatt

Chief Financial Officer

Dallas, TX

Management Team

Sara Beinert

Deputy Director of Development for Major Gifts

New York, NY

Percy Brown

Director of Internal Communications

Atlanta, GA

Doug Curtis

Midwestern Regional Director

Chicago, IL

Shedrick Davis

Western Regional Director

Los Angeles, CA

Kristine Kippins

Deputy Legal Director for Policy

Washington, DC

Michael Shutt

Southern Regional Director

Atlanta, GA

Shelly Skeen

South Central Regional Director

Dallas, TX

Jeff Souva

Deputy Director of Development

Chicago, IL

Camilla Taylor

Deputy Legal Director for Litigation

Chicago, IL

Andre Zax

Director of Leadership Programs

New York, NY

Legal

Jose Abrigo

HIV Project Director

New York, NY

Kenneshea Allums

Staff Attorney

Dallas, TX

Cheryl Angelaccio

Senior Litigation Analyst

Chicago, IL

Tara Borelli

Senior Counsel

Atlanta, GA

Sasha Buchert

Director of the Non-Binary and Transgender Rights Project

Washington, DC

Paul D. Castillo

Senior Counsel and Students' Rights Strategist

Dallas, TX

Michele Clanton-Lockhart

Senior Paralegal

Dallas, TX

Amy Cook

Legal Administrative Manager

New York, NY

Currey Cook

Senior Counsel and Youth In Out-Of-Home Care Project Director

New York, NY

Alexandra Curd

Staff Policy Attorney

Washington, D.C.

Jamie Farnsworth

Senior Paralegal

Los Angeles, CA

Diana Flynn

Of Counsel

Washington, DC

Omar Gonzalez-Pagan

Counsel and Health Care Strategist

New York, NY

May Head

Paralegal

New York, NY

Nora Huppert

Staff Attorney

Chicago, IL

Kara Ingelhart

Senior Attorney

Chicago, IL

Sonja Kerr

Counsel

Dallas, TX

Huong Lam

Legal Help Desk Director

Los Angeles, CA

Karen Loewy

Senior Counsel and Director of Constitutional Law Practice

Washington, DC

Nathan Maxwell

Senior Attorney

Chicago, IL

John Miller

Help Desk Attorney

Los Angeles, CA

Leo Miras

Help Desk Attorney

Los Angeles, CA

Gregory R. Nevins

Senior Counsel and Employment Fairness Project Director

Atlanta, GA

Kell Olson

Staff Attorney

Tucson, AZ

Alexis Paige

Senior Paralegal

Los Angeles, CA

Peter Renn

Senior Counsel

Los Angeles, CA

Ethan Rice

Senior Attorney, Fair Courts Project

New York, NY

Richard Saenz

Senior Attorney, Criminal Justice and Police Misconduct Strategist

New York, NY

Sarah Seville

Legal Help Desk Attorney

Los Angeles, CA

Sruti Swaminathan

Staff Attorney for Youth

New York, NY

Maia Zelkind

Paralegal for the Youth in Out-of-Home Care Project

New York, NY

Communications

Jenna Butz

Web Manager

New York, NY

Tyleis Davidson

Public Information Officer

Atlanta, GA

Lake Geslani

Digital Content Manager

Washington, DC

Samy Nemir

Public Information Officer

New York, NY

Helen Parshall

Digital Director

Washington, D.C.

J. Ahmir Vines

Social Media Manager

Atlanta, GA

Tom Warnke

Media Relations Director

Los Angeles, CA

Development

Dani Alexander-Burk

Office Manager/Regional Program Coordinator

Atlanta, GA

Carla Avila

Manager of National Events

Chicago, IL

Amanda Boyajian

Liberty Circle Manager

New York, NY

Fran Cohen

Director of Donor Databases

New York, NY

Willard Dumas

Director of Leadership Gifts

Chicago, IL

Westley Ebling

Member Services Assistant

Washington, DC

Joe Foster

Director of National Sponsorships

Dallas, TX

Hannah Garcia

Senior Major Gift Officer

Dallas, TX

Joel Gonzalez

National Events Manager

New York, NY

Bianca Hasten

Legacy Gifts Officer

Los Angeles, CA

Elliott Hobaugh

Office Manager/Regional Program Coordinator

Chicago, IL

Robin Jablonski

Database & Reports Associate

New York, NY

Mark Labadorf

Senior Major Gifts Officer

Los Angeles, CA

Maura Leahy

Director of Member Services

New York, NY

Ronald Lizcano

Major Gifts Officer

Chicago, IL

Abel Martinez

National Events Manager

Los Angeles, CA

Jonathan Menke

Director of Legacy Giving

New York, NY

Lianne Pimentel

Director of National Events

New York, NY

Michael Remaley

Major Gifts Officer

New York, NY

Andreas M. Schwarz

Director of Institutional Giving

New York, NY

Nat Silverman

Donor Database Health Associate

New York, NY

Neela R. Taub

Member Services Analyst and Stewardship Officer

Washington, DC

Erik Wilson

Office Manager/Regional Program Coordinator

Los Angeles, CA

Finance & Operations

Ramesh Alfred

Controller

New York, NY

Nicholas Dowse

Executive Assistant to the COO and CCO

Washington, DC

Gustavo Gallego

National Operations Manager

New York, NY

Gabby Kapitz

Staff Accountant

Chicago, IL

Shane Smoore

Recruiter

Chicago, IL

Board Members

The members of our board of directors hail from all across the country, giving the gift of their time and expertise to the national effort to defend and advance our community’s civil rights.

Lauren Mutti

Chair

Dallas, TX

Michelle Riley

Vice-Chair

Jersey City, NJ

Fred Smith

Vice-Chair

Atlanta, Georgia

Steve Thornton

Treasurer

Indianapolis, Indiana

Michael Angelo

Secretary

Arlington, Virginia

Diane Bell

Executive Committee

Chicago, Illinois

Maureen Bennett

Boston, Massachusetts

Betsy Bernard

Naples, FL

John Blazek

San Francisco, California

Julius Carter

Chicago, IL

Kelley Cornish

New York, New York

James Dale

New York, NY

Nadia Dugal

San Francisco, CA

Jenny Durkan

Seattle, WA

Linda Elliott

Phoenix, Arizona

Wanda French-Brown

Nutley, New Jersey

Robert Garcia

Los Angeles, California

Kevin Hager

New York, New York

Bill Hardin

Executive Committee

New York, New York

Jordan Heinz

Chicago, Illinois

Joanne Herman

Boston, MA

Cynthia Hill

Seattle, Washington

Eric Johnson

Dallas, Texas

Angela Lim

San Francisco, California

Madeleine McDonough

Kansas City, Missouri

Deborah McMurray

Dallas, Texas

David Ortiz

New York, New York

Kecia Reynolds

Washington, District of Columbia

John Riccardi

New York, NY

Heather Steans

Chicago, Illinois

Ian Tzeng

Executive Committee

Boston, Massachusetts

Adonica Wada

San Francisco, California

Richard Wester

Evanston, Illinois

Anne White

Indianapolis, IN

Amber Whittington

Los Angeles, California

Alan York

Houston, TX

National Leadership Council

The volunteers who make up our National Leadership Council (NLC) play a key role in cultivating the financial resources needed to fund Lambda Legal’s work.

  • G. Ross Allen

    San Francisco, California

  • Jamie Pedersen

    Seattle, WA

  • Neil Bagadiong

    Indianapolis, Indiana

  • Debra R. Bernard

    Chicago, Illinois

  • Dr. Dan Bowers

    New York, New York

  • Susan Bozorgi

    Miami, Florida

  • Mark Braun

    Chicago, Illinois

  • Laura Brill

    Los Angeles, California

  • Eric Brinker

    New York, New York

  • Jeff Brodin

    Phoenix, Arizona

  • William Candelaria

    New York, New York

  • Sam Castic

    Seattle, Washington

  • Martin S. Checov

    San Francisco, California

  • Benson R. Cohen

    New York, New York

  • Paul H. Coluzzi, M.D.

    Laguna Beach, California

  • R. Sue Connolly

    Chicago, Illinois

  • MaryKay Czerwiec

    Chicago, Illinois

  • Trayton M. Davis

    Montclair, New Jersey

  • Beth Davis

    Atlanta, Georgia

  • Bruce Deming

    San Francisco, California

  • David Draigh

    Miami, Florida

  • Mitchell Draizin

    New York, New York

  • Melinda Dunker

    Chicago, Illinois

  • Daniel S. Ebner

    Chicago, Illinois

  • Ruth Eisenberg

    Washington, District of Columbia

  • Ellen Farrell

    Dallas, Texas

  • C. Douglas Ferguson

    Chicago, Illinois

  • William P. Flanagan

    Washington, District of Columbia

  • Michael Foncannon

    Summit, New Jersey

  • Kendall E. French

    San Diego, California

  • Michael H. Gluck

    Skillman, New Jersey

  • Michael I. Gottfried

    Los Angeles, California

  • Natasha F. Haase

    Princeton, New Jersey

  • Joseph A. Hall

    New York, New York

  • Andrew Hall

    San Francisco , California

  • Laurie Hasencamp

    Los Angeles, California

  • Donald J. Hayden

    Miami, Florida

  • Cynthia Homan

    Chicago, Illinois

  • Dennis Hranitzky

    New York, New York

  • F. Curt Kirschner

    San Francisco, California

  • Kate Kleba

    Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

  • Gary Knapp

    New York, New York

  • B. Birgit Koebke

    San Diego, California

  • Kyle Levine

    Seattle, WA

  • William M. Libit

    Chicago, Illinois

  • Lisa Linsky

    Sleepy Hollow, New York

  • Charles V. Loring

    Ft. Lauderdale, Florida

  • Yery Marrero

    Miami, Florida

  • Brian T. May

    Saugatuck, Michigan

  • Gregory S. McCurdy

    San Francisco, California

  • John McGowan

    Chicago, Illinois

  • Thao Ngo

    San Francisco, California

  • Robert W. Ollis

    Chicago, Illinois

  • James Owens

    Los Angeles, California

  • Andrew Parlen

    New York, New York

  • Michelle Peak

    Grand Prairie, Texas

  • Kathleen Pearson

    San Diego, California

  • R. Kent Piacenti

    Dallas, Texas

  • Mike Ponto

    Minneapolis, Minnesota

  • Dimitri Portnoi

    Los Angeles, California

  • Jason Pucci

    Summit, New Jersey

  • Peter Reichertz

    Washington, District of Columbia

  • Jennifer L. Rexford

    Princeton, New Jersey

  • Laura Ricketts

    Chicago, Illinois

  • Edward H. Sadtler

    New York, New York

  • P. Watson Seaman

    Richmond, Virginia

  • Richard M. Segal

    San Diego, California

  • Brad Seiling

    Los Angeles, California

  • Beverlee E. Silva

    Atlanta, Georgia

  • Norman C. Simon

    New York, New York

  • Paul Smith

    Washington, District of Columbia

  • Michael D. Soileau

    Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

  • Charles M. Spiegel

    San Francisco, California

  • Christopher W. Stuart

    San Francisco, California

  • Tony Timiraos

    Ft. Lauderdale, Florida

  • George D. Tuttle

    Sebastopol, California

  • Lauren Verdich

    Chicago, Illinois

  • Richard Verma

    New York, New York

  • Roy Wesley

    Chicago, Illinois

  • Marcy Wilder

    Washington, District of Columbia

  • Gwendolyn Williamson

    Washington, District of Columbia

  • Peter S. Wilson

    New York, New York

  • R. Alan York

    Houston, Texas

  • George R. Zuber

    Ft. Lauderdale, Florida

  • Mark Zumwalt

    New York, New York