Executive


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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Betsy Miller Kittredge, Vice President of Operations and Chief of Staff

Betsy Miller Kittredge (she/her/hers) brings deep experience in the progressive movement and a lifelong commitment to social justice to the Alliance for Justice. Prior to joining AFJ, she was the SVP of Human Resources and Operations at EveryAction (now named Bonterra), a company that helps thousands of nonprofits with fundraising, advocacy, volunteer management, and more.

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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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Andrew Ansel, Vice President, Institutional Advancement

Andrew Ansel is the Vice President, Institutional Advancement, serving as the managing director of development for the Alliance for Justice.

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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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Justice


Jake Faleschini, Legal Director, State Courts / Interim Program Director, Justice

Jake Faleschini is a lawyer and policy advocate with expertise in federal, state, and local justice systems. He currently serves as Legal Director, State Courts and the Interim Director of Justice Programs at Alliance for Justice, where he helps direct policy, research, and advocacy on the state and federal courts. He joined AFJ in the spring of 2022.

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Kimberly Humphrey, Legal Director, Federal Courts

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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Zachery Morris, Deputy Legal Director, State Courts

Zachery Morris serves as Deputy Legal Director, State Courts at Alliance for Justice. He joined AFJ in the summer of 2022. 

Zachery has extensive experience as a civil and human rights litigator. Prior to joining AFJ, he most recently served as Counsel at American Oversight, where he led state and federal open records litigation and secured the release of thousands of withheld records tied to sham election audits and threats to democracy throughout the country. 

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Rachel Bracken, Regional State Courts Manager

Rachel is a Regional State Courts Manager with the Justice Team. In this position, she manages AFJ/AFJ Action’s involvement in state supreme court justice selection and supports in-state coalitions in Ohio and throughout the Southeast. Prior to joining the Justice Team, Rachel was on AFJ’s Outreach Team where she helped create AFJ’s State Court Justice Project and launch AFJ Action’s State Courts Matter initiative.

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Erin Butler, Regional State Courts Manager

Erin is a Regional State Courts Manager in the Midwest region, working to support coalitions and facilitate AFJ/AFJ Action’s work in state supreme court justice selection with a focus in Michigan and Wisconsin. She joined AFJ in the fall of 2022. 

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Mari Nemec, Dorot Felllow

Mari is one of Alliance for Justice’s two 2022-2023 Dorot Fellows. In this role, she researches and prepares reports on federal judicial nominees and monitors the federal courts.

Mari graduated from the University of Arizona’s James E. Rogers College of Law in 2022 and received her B.A. in history and gender studies from the College of William and Mary in 2017. 

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Jeevna Sheth, Dorot Fellow

Jeevna Sheth is one of the two Dorot Fellows for 2022-2023 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. 

Jeevna graduated from the George Washington University Law School in May 2020 and earned her B.A. in Political Science and Human Rights from the University of Chicago in 2017. 

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Bolder Advocacy


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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Susan Finkle-Souris, Senior Counsel, Affiliated Organizations

Susan Finkle-Sourlis serves as Senior Counsel for Affiliate Organizations with Bolder Advocacy.

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Shannon Williams, Director of BA Operations and Evaluation

Shannon Williams is the Director of Bolder Advocacy Operations and Evaluation.

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Haley Davis, Senior Program Coordinator, Bolder Advocacy

Haley Davis is the Senior Program Coordinator for the Bolder Advocacy Program at Alliance for Justice’s DC office. 

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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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California


Nona Randois, Interim Senior Legal Director, Bolder Advocacy

As Interim Senior Legal Director of Bolder Advocacy, Nona ensures that Bolder Advocacy offers expert training, resources, and technical assistance to support nonprofits and foundations conducting advocacy throughout the country and leads AFJ’s Bolder Advocacy work in California.

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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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Mallory Morales, Northern California Counsel

Mallory Morales is the Northern California Counsel for the Bolder Advocacy Program at Alliance for Justice.

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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 and Evaluations Coordinator

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

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Texas


Natalie Roetzel Ossenfort, Interim Program Director, Bolder Advocacy

Natalie Ossenfort serves as Interim Program Director for Bolder Advocacy, and formerly served as the Director of AFJ’s Texas office, where she worked with local nonprofit organizations to boost their advocacy capacity and understanding of state and federal nonprofit advocacy rules.

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Monika Graham, Bilingual Counsel

Monika Graham serves as Bilingual Counsel for the Bolder Advocacy Program at Alliance for Justice. She supports nonprofit organizations in their advocacy and lobbying efforts by equipping them with the resources to do so boldly and effectively.

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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 of 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

Drew Dawson, Staff Accountant

Drew Dawson is Staff Accountant at Alliance for Justice, joining in the spring of 2022.

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Communications


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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Development


Emily Harting, Director, Foundation Relations

Emily Harting joined the Alliance for Justice in May 2022 as the Director, Foundation Relations. In this role she is responsible for stewarding, cultivating, and growing the portfolio of generous foundation supporters that make AFJ’s work possible. 

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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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Outreach


Mike Salamon, Deputy Director of Outreach & Membership

Mike Salamon comes to AFJ with over 15 years of experience leading advocacy initiatives and grassroots engagement campaigns for a variety of leading nonprofits. Most recently, Mike was Director of Community Engagement and Organizing for the Anti-Defamation League, where he led strategic planning and engagement for multiple federal and state campaigns focused on combatting hate and extremism.

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Maria Martinez, Senior Manager of Outreach & Membership

Maria Martinez joined AFJ as Senior Manager of Outreach & Membership in July 2022. Maria is an organizer and political activist with experience in both electoral and issue advocacy campaigns. She was recently the Latinx Coalition Director for the Democratic National Committee where she coordinated outreach to state democratic parties and coalition partners, with a focus on President Biden’s Build Back Better agenda and its impact on Latinx communities.

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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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