Rakim Brooks

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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Daniel L. Goldberg, Director, Legal

Daniel L. Goldberg currently serves as Legal Director at the Alliance For Justice. Prior to joining AFJ, Mr. Goldberg served as Chief of Staff of the Department of Justice Office of Legislative Affairs.

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Kimberly Humphrey, Senior Legislative Counsel

Kimberly is a federal and state public policy expert with over twelve years of experience. She currently serves as the Senior Legislative Counsel at the Alliance for Justice, leading and coordinating federal advocacy in partnership with the Outreach and Bolder Advocacy Programs…

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William Harrison, The Helen Rosenthal Fellow

Will is the Rosenthal Fellow with the Building the Bench program at Alliance for Justice. In this role, Will builds awareness of the importance of experiential and demographic diversity on the federal judiciary, and partners with a coalition of organizations to identify and recruit potential candidates for the federal bench.

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Jackie Adelsberg, Dorot Fellow

Jackie Adelsberg is a Dorot Fellow at the Alliance for Justice. In this role, she researches and prepares reports on judicial nominees and monitors federal court decisions affecting civil rights and access to justice issues.

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Nora Howe, Dorot Fellow

Nora Howe graduated from City University of New York School of Law in May 2021. During law school, Nora interned for the Honorable Denise Cote of the Southern District of New York and at the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund and Children’s Defense Fund.

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Bolder Advocacy

Abby Levine, Director, Bolder Advocacy

Abby Levine serves as Director of the Bolder Advocacy Program at Alliance for Justice. 

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Washington, D.C.

Leslie Barnes, Senior Counsel

Leslie Barnes serves as Senior Counsel for the Bolder Advocacy Program at Alliance for Justice.

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Tim Mooney, Senior Counsel

Tim Mooney is senior counsel with the Bolder Advocacy Program at Alliance for Justice.

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Shannon Williams, Evaluation Manager

Shannon Williams is the Evaluation Manager at Bolder Advocacy.

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Ryann Alonso, Program Coordinator

Ryann Alonso is the Program Coordinator for the Bolder Advocacy program at Alliance for Justice’s DC office.

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Nona Randois, California Director

Nona leads AFJ’s Bolder Advocacy work in California. She supervises AFJ’s California team and ensures that AFJ offers expert training, resources, and technical assistance to support nonprofits and foundations conducting advocacy in our state.

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Sara Matlin, Senior Bilingual Counsel

Sara Matlin is Senior Bilingual Counsel with the Alliance for Justice’s Bolder Advocacy Program in Northern California.

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Quyen Tu, Southern California Counsel

Quyen is the Southern California Counsel for the Bolder Advocacy program at Alliance for Justice and is based in AFJ’s Southern California office.

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Jairo Gomez, Program Coordinator

Jairo Gomez is the CA Program Coordinator for the Bolder Advocacy program. He coordinates workshops, trainings, and provides administrative and programmatic support.

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Natalie Roetzel Ossenfort, Texas Director

Natalie Ossenfort serves as the Director of AFJ’s Texas office, where she works with local nonprofit organizations to boost their advocacy capacity and understanding of state and federal nonprofit advocacy rules.

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Jen Powis, Senior Counsel

In 2020, Jen Powis opened the Houston office as Senior Counsel for the Bolder Advocacy Program at Alliance for Justice.  

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Victor Rivera Labiosa, Bilingual Counsel

Victor Rivera Labiosa is a Bilingual Counsel for the Bolder Advocacy team and the Alliance for Justice’s Texas office.

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Administration and Finance

Alicia Peyton, Director, Administration

Alicia Holmes Peyton has been in service as Alliance for Justice’s Director of Administration for over twenty years. She has been working to better the office administration and management field for over 30 years.

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Reginald Thornton, Director, Finance

Jasmine Newman, Database Manager

Jasmine is the Database Manager for AFJ and affiliated programs.

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Anese Clark, Executive Assistant

Anese Clark has been with Alliance for Justice for nineteen years and currently serves as the Executive Assistant.

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Semeka Lyles, Bookkeeper


Christopher Gray, Director, Communications

Christopher Gray serves as the Director of Communications for Alliance for Justice. Prior to joining AFJ, Christopher was a Director in The Raben Group’s media & communications practice area, where he led and co-led interdisciplinary teams serving progressive nonprofits, private foundations, issue coalitions, and philanthropic affinity groups. 

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Zack Ford, Press Secretary

Zack Ford is the Press Secretary at Alliance for Justice, where he helps craft the voice of the organization. He is the point person for handling media requests, publicly promoting the organization’s work, and developing AFJ messaging.

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Taylor Miller, Senior Digital Communications Strategist

Taylor Miller serves as a Senior Digital Communications Strategist for Alliance for Justice. In this role, she oversees the development and implementation of AFJ’s overall digital strategy across each of the organization’s major digital platforms.

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Aidan O’Shea, Senior Digital Communications Strategist

Aidan O’Shea is a Senior Digital Communications Strategist, having started with AFJ in January 2022. As Senior Digital Communications Strategist, he contributes to the management of the organization’s online presence, and designs and executes bold digital campaigns to further AFJ’s mission.

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Nadia Watson, Marketing Communications Manager, Bolder Advocacy

Nadia Watson is the Marketing Communications Manager for the Bolder Advocacy program at Alliance for Justice. She will help implement and maintain an overall content marketing strategy for Bolder Advocacy’s thought leadership and advocacy resources for the dual purpose of aligning with AFJ’s overall strategy and effectively engaging key stakeholders.

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Alisha Dingus, Director, Individual Giving and Board Relations

Alisha Dingus is the Director of Individual Giving and Board Relations at Alliance for Justice, where she oversees and grows the entire individual donor program.

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Julia O’Connell, Development Associate

Julia is the Development Associate, where she assists the Development Team in securing funds for AFJ’s many initiatives and projects.

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Keith Thirion, Vice President, Strategy

Keith Thirion leads the outreach and program teams in organizational and coalition strategies elevating the importance of the courts and judicial nominations through public education and mobilization.

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Rachel Bracken, Senior Outreach Associate

Rachel is a Senior Associate with the Outreach team. In this position, she coordinates outreach to AFJ’s networks of member organizations, law schools, legal communities, and various coalitions across the United States.

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Aaron True, Senior Outreach Associate

Aaron is a Senior Outreach Associate at the Alliance for Justice. In this role, he organizes and implements nationwide campaigns for fairer and more just courts.

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President Emerita & Senior Advisor

Nan Aron

Nan Aron is the founder and former president of Alliance for Justice (AFJ), the leading progressive advocacy organization on justice issues since its inception in 1979.

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