Staff

Jessica Alcantara

Jessica Alcantara

Skadden Fellow Staff Attorney

Jessica Alcantara joined Advancement Project in 2016 as a Skadden Fellow Staff Attorney in the Quality Education program and the Ending the Schoolhouse to Jailhouse Track program. Jessica supports black andMoredirectright
Drew Ambrogi

Drew Ambrogi

Digital Communications Strategist

Drew Ambrogi joined Advancement Project in April 2015, after working as an outreach coordinator for the Fulbright Scholar Program. He graduated from American University in 2014, where his studies focused on racialMoredirectright
Kaitlin Banner

Kaitlin Banner

Staff Attorney

Kaitlin Banner is a staff attorney in the Ending the Schoolhouse to Jailhouse Track program.  Prior to joining Advancement Project, Kaitlin was Clinical Instructor at the Took Crowell InstituteMoredirectright
Judith Browne Dianis

Judith Browne Dianis

Executive Director

Judith Browne Dianis has an extensive background in civil rights litigation and advocacy in the areas of voting, education, housing, and employment.  She has protected the rights of peopleMoredirectright
Jeralyn Cave

Jeralyn Cave

Senior Communications Associate

Jeralyn is a Senior Communications Associate with Advancement Project’s Ending the Schoolhouse to Jailhouse Track Campaign. In this role she provides strategic communications support to grassroots organizationsMoredirectright
Donetta Clark

Donetta Clark

Administrative-Assistant/Receptionist

Donetta Clark returned to Advancement Project in November 2014, as Administrative-Assistant/Receptionist.  She formerly served at Advancement Project as a community-partnership enrollee with the National Caucus and Center on BlackMoredirectright
Glendale Clarkson

Glendale Clarkson

Operations Manager

With 20 years of office management, administrative, and human resources experience, Glendale Clarkson is a vital member of the Advancement Project team. Prior to joining Advancement Project, Clarkson worked as directorMoredirectright
Misha Cornelius

Misha Cornelius

Communications Associate

Misha is a passionate and driven communications strategist from Oakland, CA. Before joining the Advancement Project as a Communications Associate in support of the organization’s various programs, MishaMoredirectright
Carolyn Cowen Nissen

Carolyn Cowen Nissen

Development Manager for Foundation Relations

Carolyn Cowen Nissen joined Advancement Project in September 2016 as the Development Manager for Foundation Relations. She has a background in foundation management and civil rights. Carolyn worked for 2 and aMoredirectright
Giovanni Cozzarelli

Giovanni Cozzarelli

Chief Financial Officer

With 30 years of experience in both non-profit and for-profit settings, Giovanni Cozzarelli joined Advancement Project as the new Chief Financial Officer (CFO) in October 2011. As CFO, Cozzarelli is responsible forMoredirectright
Danielle Davis

Danielle Davis

Staff Attorney

Danielle Davis is a Staff Attorney in Advancement Project’s Power & Democracy Program and its emerging Strategic Initiatives Program, Justice Project. As a Staff Attorney, Danielle works toMoredirectright
Hana Fleary

Hana Fleary

Program/Executive Assistant

Hana Fleary is a recent addition to Advancement Project joining the organization in 2013 as the Program/Executive Assistant.   Prior to joining Advancement Project, she worked as an AdministrativeMoredirectright
Edward A. Hailes, Jr.

Edward A. Hailes, Jr.

General Counsel/Managing Director

Edward Hailes, Jr. is an experienced civil rights attorney and ordained Baptist minister. He joined the Advancement Project staff in 2001 as the Director of its Power and Democracy Program. HeMoredirectright
Barbara Janifer

Barbara Janifer

Legal Administrative Assistant

Barbara Janifer comes to Advancement Project after working for OBVS Law firm and Fannie Mae. She has 22 years of professional experience as an Administrative Assistant. Janifer is an active communityMoredirectright
Flavia Jimenez

Flavia Jimenez

Managing Director of Organizational Development & Leadership

Flavia Jimenez became Managing Director of Organizational Development & Leadership in 2016.  In this newly created role Flavia is responsible for leading organization change initiatives and opportunities for professional growthMoredirectright
Donita Judge

Donita Judge

Senior Attorney and Co-Program Director, Power and Democracy

Donita Judge is a senior attorney and Co-Program Director of Advancement Project’s Power & Democracy Program based in Washington, DC.  Judge served as co-counsel representing the NCMoredirectright
Sabrina Khan

Sabrina Khan

Staff Attorney

Sabrina Khan is a staff attorney in the Voter Protection and Opportunity to Learn programs. Prior to joining Advancement Project, Sabrina advocated a wide array of voting rights issues atMoredirectright
Jennifer Lai-Peterson

Jennifer Lai-Peterson

Senior Attorney

Jennifer Lai-Peterson rejoined Advancement Project in 2015 as an attorney in our Right to Vote Initiative and our Voter Protection Program.  A litigator and  former union and community organizer,Moredirectright
Denise Lieberman

Denise Lieberman

Senior Attorney and Co-Program Director, Power and Democracy

Denise Lieberman is a Senior Attorney in the organization’s Voter Protection Program, Denise works to identify and remove systemic barriers to voting. A seasoned constitutional and civil rightsMoredirectright
Eileen Ma

Eileen Ma

Staff Attorney for Voter Protection and Immigrant Justice

As a longtime social justice advocate over more than two decades, Eileen has worked for numerous organizations as labor and community organizer, campaign director, and non-profit executive, among other roles.Moredirectright

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