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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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, Bolder Advocacy Program

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

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Tim Mooney, Senior Counsel, Bolder Advocacy Program

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

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Ronnie Pawelko, Senior Counsel, Bolder Advocacy Program

Ronnie Pawelko is Senior Counsel for the Bolder Advocacy program at Alliance for Justice and is based in AFJ’s Washington, DC office.

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Shannon Williams, Evaluation Manager, Bolder Advocacy Program

Shannon Williams is the Evaluation Manager at Bolder Advocacy.

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Ryann Alonso, Program Coordinator, Bolder Advocacy Program

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, Bolder Advocacy Program

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, Bolder Advocacy Program

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, Bolder Advocacy

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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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, Receptionist/Office Administrator

Anese Clark has been with Alliance for Justice for nineteen years and currently serves as a Receptionist/Office Administrator.

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Semeka Lyles, Bookkeeper


Christopher Gray, Director of 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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Alisha Dingus, Director of Individual Giving

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

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Holly Tippett, Director, Foundation Relations

Holly is the Director of Foundation Relations at Alliance for Justice where she works closely with Program Directors to best represent AFJ’s work and vision to current foundation funders and prospects.

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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, Director, Outreach

Keith Thirion leads the outreach team 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 Emeritus & 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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