Officers

Rakim Brooks, President

Rakim Brooks is the president of Alliance for Justice (AFJ), where he brings his commitment to a judiciary that reflects America’s diversity and the Constitution’s promise of a more perfect union. 


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Paulette Meyer, Chair

Paulette has worked in the progressive movement for more than three decades on women’s rights, civic engagement, economic development, and philanthropy.

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Norman Rosenberg , Vice Chair

Norman Rosenberg is an organizational consultant to progressive non-profits. The centerpiece of his work is organizational and fund development.

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Barbara Gonzalez-McIntosh, Treasurer

Barbara is the Chief Counsel and Board Secretary for The Student Conservation Association.

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Serra Falk Goldman, Secretary

Serra Falk Goldman is an associate attorney at Falk, Cornell & Associates, LLP. Serra’s practice focuses on all aspects of Estate Planning, including trust administration, advanced business planning, asset protection and taxation.

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Board Members

Akunna Cook

Akunna Cook is an accomplished diplomat, policy advocate, and attorney. She is the founder and principal consultant at Drake Road Strategies where she advises individuals and organizations on public policy strategy and advocacy.

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Madeline (Maddy) deLone

Maddy deLone was Executive Director of the Innocence Project from March 2004 until January 2020, where she led the organization through a tremendous period of growth and activity, and grew the staff from 8 to 80.

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Deepak Gupta

Deepak Gupta is the founding principal of Gupta Deepak Gupta is the founder of Gupta Wessler PLLC, an appellate boutique in Washington, DC.

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Carol Leslie Hamilton

Carol Leslie Hamilton is a lawyer in Beverly Hills, California, with experience in both private practice and public service.

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Clay Hiles

Since 1986, Clay Hiles has been the Executive Director of the Hudson River Foundation for Science and Environmental Research, which supports scientific and public policy research, and education and projects to enhance public access to the Hudson River.

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Farhana Khera

Farhana Khera is the Founder and Former President & Executive Director of Muslim Advocates, a national legal advocacy and educational organization.


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Bill Lurye

Bill Lurye is the Chief of Staff/Counsel of the American Federation of State, County, and Municipal Employees (“AFSCME”).

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Khalil Shahyd

Khalil Shahyd, PhD, is a Project Manager for the Urban Solutions Program at the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC).

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Christopher Torres

Chris’s experiences as an electoral campaigner, power organizer, and movement strategist for social movement organizations, issue campaigns, and elections make him an ideal candidate to serve on the board of Alliance for Justice.

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Bradley Whitford

Bradley Whitford, a classically trained stage actor, quickly gained overnight fame as the sarcastic yet vulnerable, Josh Lyman, on NBC’s “The West Wing.”

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In Memory

Arnold Spellun

Mr. Spellun was Counsel at McLaughlin and Stern LLP. He received his B.A. degree from Michigan State University in 1952 and graduated from Yale Law School in 1955.

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