About Us

Staff & Leadership

Our staff is comprised of individuals who are the best and brightest in their fields, committed to dismantling injustice and pursuing lasting change.

Our Staff

Kelechi Agbakwuru Housing Justice Counsel

Kaitlin Banner Deputy Legal Director

Renee Brandon Receptionist and Facilities Supervisor

Helen Cordero Workers' Rights Advocate

Dennis Corkery Interim Supervising Counsel

Ryan Downer Legal Director

Tanya Edelin Chief Operating Officer

Nadya Harrison Housing Justice Advocate/Investigator

Maggie Hart Senior Counsel

Giovanni Jackson Operations Specialist

Rochelle Jones Chief Financial Officer

Han Le Development Associate

Joanne Lin Executive Director

Stacey M. Litner Parole Program and Advocacy Lead

Megan Luckenbaugh Development Manager

Kristin McGough Interim Supervising Counsel

Mirela Missova Senior Counsel

Melissa Nussbaum Development Director

Marja Plater John E. Nolan Youth Justice Senior Counsel

Chelsea Sullivan Georgetown Women’s Law and Public Policy Fellow

Joanna Wasik Deputy Legal Director

Kent Withycombe Education Justice Advisor

+ Not yet admitted to the Bar of the District of Columbia, but admitted to practice law in another jurisdiction. Practicing law in the District of Columbia under the supervision of Washington Lawyers’ Committee attorneys barred in the District of Columbia pursuant to D.C. Court of Appeals Rule 49(c)(9)(B).
++ Not yet admitted to the Bar of the District of Columbia, but admitted to practice law in another jurisdiction. Practice limited to federal court matters.
+++ Not admitted to practice law in the District of Columbia and not engaged in the practice of law.

Our Leadership


Joseph Davis, Co-Chair
Willkie Farr & Gallagher LLP

Claudia A. Withers, Co-Chair
Civil Rights Corps

Jamie S. Gardner, Immediate Past Co-Chair
Paul Hastings LLP

Brian D. Schneider , Treasurer
ArentFox Schiff LLP

Joanne Lin
Executive Director (ex officio)

Board Members

Charles W. Johnson IV Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP
John A. Freedman Arnold & Porter LLP
John C. Keeney, Jr. Association of Zoos and Aquariums
Elizabeth B. McCallum Baker & Hostetler LLP
Roscoe C. Howard Barnes & Thornburg LLP
J. David Folds Baker, Donelson, Bearman, Caldwell & Berkowitz, P.C.
Nowell Bamberger Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP
Joseph M. Sellers Cohen Milstein Sellers & Toll PLLC
George D. Ruttinger Crowell & Moring LLP
George Breen Epstein Becker & Green, P.C.
Gail L. Westover Eversheds Sutherland (US) LLP
Maureen D. Hardwick Faegre Drinker Biddle & Reath LLP
Daniel A. Tishman Fish & Richardson P.C.
Joseph D. Edmondson, Jr. Foley & Lardner LLP
Emily P. Grim Gilbert LLP
Howard S. Hogan Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP
Jaime A. Santos Goodwin
Barry J. Pollack Harris St. Laurent & Wechsler LLP
Matthew S. Hellman Jenner & Block LLP
Thomas G. Allen Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton LLP
Jennifer G. Levy Kirkland & Ellis LLP
Stavroula E. Lambrakopoulos K&L Gates LLP
Joshua A. Levy Levy Firestone Muse LLP
Alex C. Lakatos Mayer Brown LLP
Omar Vincent Melehy Melehy & Associates LLC
William P. Barry Miller & Chevalier Chartered
Douglas W. Baruch Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP
Caitlin M. Kasmar Orrick Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP
Susan E. Huhta Outten & Golden LLP
Jeannie S. Rhee Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP
Lee G. Petro Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP
Justin Alex Proskauer Rose LLP
John P. Relman Relman Colfax PLLC
Leon Rodriguez Seyfarth
David L. Douglass Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton LLP
Steven P. Hollman Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton LLP
Mark P. Guerrera Sidley Austin LLP
Stephen J. Harburg Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP
Harry Lee Steptoe & Johnson LLP
Julia M. Jordan Sullivan & Cromwell LLP
Patrick McGlone Ullico Inc.
Emilio W Cividanes Venable LLP
Theodore A. Howard Wiley Rein LLP
Beth Wilkinson Wilkinson Stekloff
Brenda Lee Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr LLP
Liat Rome Williams & Connolly LLC
Amandeep S. Sidhu Winston & Strawn
Dwight P. Bostwick Zuckerman Spaeder
Avis Buchanan
Kelsi Corkran
Kevin Metz
Judith Winston


Emily Gerry Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP
Aleena Ijaz Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP
Shoshana Golden Arent Fox LLP
Destiny Planter Arent Fox LLP
Danait Mengist Arnold & Porter LLP
Erin Steele Barnes & Thornburg LLP
Stephanie M. Hines Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft LLP
Cathy Lian Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft LLP
Jessica Hollis Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP
Rebecca Ojserkis Cohen Milstein Sellers & Toll PLLC
Harini Srinivasan Cohen Milstein Sellers & Toll PLLC
Phoebe Wolfe Cohen Milstein Sellers & Toll PLLC
Roy Abernathy Crowell & Moring LLP
Mary Marston Crowell & Moring LLP
Ellie Riegel Crowell & Moring LLP
William Tucker Crowell & Moring LLP
Amadi Anene DLA Piper
Daniel Morris Eversheds Sutherland (US) LLP
Catherine Betts Faegre Drinker Biddle & Reath LLP
James Cowan Fish & Richardson P.C.
Jacob N. Heller Foley & Lardner LLP
Renuka Santhanagopalan Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson LLP
Emily Lamm Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP
Connor Leydecker Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP
Kareem Ramadan Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP
Kristine M. Hansen Gilbert LLP
Brandon Levey Gilbert LLP
Sarah Sraders Gilbert LLP
Virginia Selden McCorkle Goodwin Procter LLP
Carolyn A. DeLone Hogan Lovells US LLP
Victoria Hall-Palerm Jenner & Block LLP
Krystalyn Kinsel Jenner & Block LLP
Claire M. Lally Jenner & Block LLP
Mary Marshall Jenner & Block LLP
Eric Petry Jenner & Block LLP
Dean Brower Kirkland & Ellis LLP
Demisse Selassie Kirkland & Ellis LLP
Drew Bridgewater Kirkland & Ellis LLP
Eric Petry Kirkland & Ellis LLP
Jean Hyun Kirkland & Ellis LLP
Madeline Gootman Kirkland & Ellis LLP
Nick Teleky Kirkland & Ellis LLP
Rachel Clarke Kirkland & Ellis LLP
Alanna Horan Kirkland & Ellis LLP
Caroline Darmody Kirkland & Ellis LLP
Isel Bedgood Kirkland & Ellis LLP
C.J. Rydberg Latham & Watkins LLP
Naomi Zuckerman Latham & Watkins LLP
Juliana Andonian Levy Firestone Muse LLP
Brandon Dennis Mayer Brown LLP
Christen B’anca Glenn Mintz, Levin, Cohn, Ferris, Glovsky and Popeo, P.C.
Neaha P. Raol Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP
Anthony Carral Morrison & Foerster LLP
Jackson Hagen Orrick Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP
Cierra Newman Orrick Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP
Jude C. Nwaokobia Outten & Golden
Ariel V. Giumarelli Paul Hastings LLP
Patricia Liverpool Paul Hastings LLP
Michael A. Warley, Jr. Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP
Erica T. Jones Proskauer Rose LLP
Shannon McGowan Proskauer Rose LLP
Corey I. Rogoff Proskauer Rose LLP
Charrise L. Alexander Ropes & Gray LLP
Justin A. Benson Sidley Austin LLP
Cayla Calderwood Sidley Austin LLP
Ryan J. Strasser Troutman Sanders LLP
Edward C. Beach, Jr. Venable LLP
Patricia Drennan Venable LLP
Dunham V. Janney Venable LLP
Shannon E. Twiss Venable LLP
Nicolette Wolfrey Venable LLP
Tyler Bridegan Wiley Rein LLP
Morgan Huston Wiley Rein LLP
Tania Martinez Wilkinson Stekloff
Guus Duindam Wilkinson Stekloff
Annie Showalter Williams & Connolly LLP
Elizabeth Wilson Williams & Connolly LLP
Anna Jugo Willkie Farr & Gallagher LLP
John T. Knoblett Willkie Farr & Gallagher LLP
Stephanie L. Miner Willkie Farr & Gallagher LLP
JoAnna B. Suriani Willkie Farr & Gallagher LLP
Gannam Rifkah Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr LLP
Nick DiCarlo Zuckerman Spaeder LLP
Casey Jonas Zuckerman Spaeder LLP

The Corporate Advisory Board (CAB) has been in existence since 2010 and was created to offer the business community the opportunity to participate with the Committee in accomplishing our mission of addressing issues of discrimination and poverty in our community.

The CAB companies offer business perspectives and advice on Committee matters; work with Committee lawyers and co-counsel to provide legal services and support on Committee cases; serve as partners with the Committee’s Education Project in the DC public schools; and attend Committee events throughout the year while establishing closer ties with our many supporting law firms.

The Committee is pleased to thank and recognize our CAB Members:


BDO, Anthony M. Lendez

BDO, Nidhi Rao

Savills, Richard Rome

Members of the WLC’s Board of Directors provide leadership in building relationships with the legal business community to increase support for the Committee. CAB membership is for a 12-month period from the month your membership begins.

Corporate Outreach Committee:

The Board’s Corporate Outreach Committee is chaired by Jennifer G. Levy of Kirkland & Ellis LLP.

For more information about the Corporate Advisory Board, please contact Gregg Kelley