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Bryan Stevenson, Executive Director of EJI, has won national acclaim for his work challenging bias against the poor and people of color in the criminal justice system. Since graduating from Harvard Law School and the Harvard School of Government, he has assisted in securing relief for dozens of condemned prisoners, advocated for poor people and developed community-based reform litigation aimed at improving the administration of criminal justice. He also is on the law faculty at New York University School of Law.

Eva Ansley, Operations Director, has coordinated and developed legal services for poor people and death row prisoners in Alabama for almost 20 years. She has been instrumental in developing institutional assistance to indigent defendants at the Alabama Capital Representation Resource Center and the Equal Justice Initiative since the inception of both organizations.

Randy Susskind, Deputy Director, has been with EJI since graduating from Georgetown University Law Center in 1994. He also serves as adjunct faculty in the Equal Justice and Capital Defender Clinic at the New York University School of Law. He previously worked as a staff attorney at the Alabama Capital Representation Resource Center.

Alicia D’Addario, Senior Attorney, is a 2005 graduate of New York University School of Law. Prior to joining EJI, she clerked for Judge Rosemary Pooler on the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit. She received her B.A. from Oberlin College in 2002, where she majored in both Math and History.

Jacqueline Jones-Peace, Senior Attorney, was on the faculty at New York University School of Law as Co-Associate Director of the Lawyering Program. Prior to that, she was a Litigation Associate at Cleary Gottlieb in New York for several years after clerking for U.S. District Judge John S. Martin in the Southern District of New York. She is a 1995 graduate of New York University School of Law.

Zachary Katznelson, Senior Attorney, is a 2000 graduate of New York University School of Law. Prior to joining EJI, he clerked for District Court Chief Judge Marilyn Patel in California, represented Guantanamo Bay prisoners as senior counsel and legal director at the London-based nonprofit law organization Reprieve, and was a senior attorney at the American Civil Liberties Union in New York.

Charlotte Morrison, Senior Attorney, has been with EJI since 2001. She clerked for Judge Rosemary Barkett on the United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit, is a former Rhodes Scholar with degrees in Philosophy from Oxford University and the University of Montana, and graduated from New York University School of Law in 2000.

Angie Setzer, Senior Attorney, interned with EJI in the fall of 1998 and joined the staff after graduating from the University of Michigan Law School in 1999. She currently manages some of EJI's training programs and has challenged capital convictions and death sentences across Alabama.

Aaryn Urell, Senior Attorney, has been with EJI since she graduated from New York University School of Law in 2001. She has a Master's Degree in International Relations from American University and has worked on human rights and conflict resolution in Ghana and South Africa.

Cathleen Price, Cooperating Senior Attorney, is a 1996 graduate of Harvard Law School and a former law clerk of Justice Fred Banks on the Mississippi Supreme Court. She is a 1999 National Association for Public Interest Law (NAPIL) Equal Justice Fellow and has coordinated complex litigation at EJI for several years.

Ryan Becker, Staff Attorney, joined EJI after graduating in 2011 from New York University School of Law, where he was in the Equal Justice and Capital Defender Clinic and interned with the Neighborhood Defender Services of Harlem and Cabrini Green Legal Aid in Chicago. He graduated from the University of Illinois at Chicago with a B.A. in Political Science, and before that served active duty in the United States Marine Corps for four years.

Andrew Childers, Staff Attorney, graduated in 2011 from Harvard Law School, where he was a clinical student in the Criminal Justice Institute and the Human Rights Program, volunteered for the Prison Legal Assistance Project and Mississippi Delta Project, and interned with EJI and NAACP Legal Defense Fund. He has a B.A. from Washington University in St. Louis and an M.A. from Tulane University, both in Anthropology.

Stephen Chu, Staff Attorney, is a 2008 graduate of New York University School of Law, where he co-chaired a committee of the Asian-Pacific American Law Student Association and advocated on behalf of children in delinquency cases. He has a B.A. in Biochemistry and Philosophy-Neuroscience-Psychology. He spent a year clerking for Minnesota Supreme Court Justice Alan C. Page before joining EJI.

Carla Crowder, Staff Attorney, received a J.D. from the University of Alabama School of Law in 2009. She has a B.A. in English and History from Huntingdon College. Prior to joining EJI, she was an award-winning journalist who most recently covered Alabama prison and parole systems, juvenile justice, and capital punishment for The Birmingham News.

John Dalton, Staff Attorney, graduated in 2009 from Stanford Law School. Prior to joining EJI, he clerked for Judge Pamela Ann Rymer on the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit and was an associate at Davis, Polk & Wardwell. He has a B.A. in Political Science, History, and Religion from Carson-Newman College in Jefferson City, Tennessee.

Lawanna Kimbro, Staff Attorney, previously worked as a mental health counselor at the Veritas Therapeutic Community in Harlem, and as an attorney associate at Alston & Bird in New York. She graduated from the Georgetown University Law Center in 2007, and received from New York University an M.A. in Counseling in 2012, an M.A. in Public Administration in 2003, and a B.S. in Health Care Management in 2001.

Benjamin Maxymuk, Staff Attorney, is a 2006 graduate of Harvard Law School, where he co-founded a student organization to promote awareness of needed reforms in the criminal justice system. He clerked for U.S. District Judge Louis H. Pollak in the Eastern District of Pennsylvania and for Judge Richard A. Paez on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit prior to joining EJI. He earned a B.A. in English from Duke University in 1995.

Kathryn Miller, Staff Attorney, joined EJI after working as a public defender at the Bronx Defenders in New York. She is a 2007 graduate of the University of California, Berkeley, School of Law, where she worked on Alabama cases in the Death Penalty Clinic. Prior to law school, she taught middle school in New Orleans through Teach for America. She has a B.A. in History from The College of William and Mary.

Sia Sanneh, Staff Attorney, received a J.D. from Yale Law School in 2007. She has a Master’s degree in teaching of social studies from Columbia University Teachers College and earned a B.A. in history from Columbia University in 2001. After graduating law school, she was a Liman Public Interest Fellow at Legal Action Center in New York, where she studied the collateral consequences of school-based arrests.

Benjamin Schaefer, Staff Attorney, graduated in 2011 from New York University School of Law, where he participated in the Equal Justice and Capital Defender Clinic and interned at the Orleans Public Defenders in Louisiana. He has a B.A. in History from the University of Virginia and a master's degree in Administration, Planning, and Social Policy from Harvard University Graduate School of Education. He previously taught sixth grade social studies in Henderson, North Carolina.

Jennae Swiergula, Staff Attorney, received a J.D. degree from Harvard Law School in 2008. She has a B.A. in psychology from the University of Washington. She interned with Judge Michael H. Dolinger on the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York and was an associate at Debevoise & Plimpton in New York prior to joining EJI.

Jennifer Taylor, Staff Attorney, is a 2010 graduate of Yale Law School, where she participated in the Prison Legal Services Clinic and interned for the NAACP Legal Defense Fund. She has a B.A. in Comparative Studies in Race and Ethnicity from Stanford University and a Master's in Journalism from Columbia University.

Catherine Coleman-Flowers, Rural Development Manager, is a native of Lowndes County, Alabama. She taught high school in Detroit, Michigan, and Washington, D.C. before returning home to advocate for poor people in Alabama's Black Belt. She is the founder and director of the Alabama Center for Rural Enterprise and joined EJI in summer 2008 as part of EJI's Race and Poverty initiative.

Maria Morrison, Social Worker, has worked with children, adults, and families in the social services field for over ten years, most recently at a residential treatment program for emotionally troubled children. She has an M.S.W. from the University of Alabama, an M.F.A. in creative writing from Goddard College, and a B.A. in English from the University of Montana.

Ursula Hill, Social Worker, has a B.A. in Art History from Grinnell College and an M.S.W. from the University of Maryland, where she worked with foster parents and children in the juvenile justice system. Prior to joining EJI, she managed a program that served incarcerated people and their families, conducted psychosocial assessments for the Maryland Office of the Public Defender, and worked with women in a transitional housing program.

Lynda Black, Staff Assistant, came to EJI in 2008. She previously worked for over 20 years at the University of Pittsburgh in the Academic Resource Center. She was responsible for Center operations and research and performed a wide range of administrative tasks.

Ramona Thornton, Staff Assistant, graduated from Huntingdon College in 1991, with a B.A. in Art. She brings a wealth of administrative and operations assistance experience to EJI.

Martha White, Staff Assistant, joined EJI in 2013. She has a B.A. in Art History from Centre College in Danville, Kentucky. Prior to joining EJI, she was an assistant to the Director of Operations for a manufacturing company in Montgomery. She previously worked as executive assistant to the President of Huntingdon College.

Noam Biale, Fellow, graduated in 2011 from New York University School of Law, where he was a Root-Tilden-Kern public interest scholar and participated in the Equal Justice and Capital Defender Clinic. He interned at the Defender Association in Seattle and Iraqi Refugee Assistance Project in Amman, Jordan, and after law school, clerked for Judge Allyne R. Ross on the United States District Court for the Eastern District of New York. He has a B.A. in Philosophy from the University of California at Berkeley.

Christina Brown, Fellow, graduated from UCLA School of Law in 2012. She interned at the Los Angeles County Public Defender’s Office and the Center for Children’s Law and Policy in Washington, DC. Prior to law school, she earned a B.A. from Southern Methodist University and a master’s degree in Education from Harvard University and worked for Outward Bound, a wilderness intervention program for at-risk teens, and volunteered with the New York Probation Department.

Rachel Judge, Fellow, graduated in 2013 from Harvard Law School, where she represented indigent criminal defendants as a student attorney. She interned for the Public Defender Service for the District of Columbia and the Southern Center for Human Rights in Atlanta. She has a B.A. in Sociology from Brown University and worked on behalf of death row inmates in California before law school.

Alison Mollman, Fellow, graduated in 2012 from University of California, Berkeley, School of Law, where she participated in the death penalty clinic and juvenile hall outreach. She interned for the California Habeas Project and represented clients as a certified law student at the East Bay Community Law Center. Prior to law school, she developed a support group for mothers incarcerated at the Iowa Correctional Institute for Women. She has a B.A. in Women’s Studies from the University of Iowa.

Evan Parzych, Fellow, earned his J.D. from New York University School of Law in 2012, where he was in the Civil Rights Clinic. While in law school he worked at the Neighborhood Defender Service of Harlem and the New York Civil Liberties Union. He has a B.A. in Anthropology and Classics from the University of Connecticut.

Krystal Quinlan, Fellow, graduated in 2011 from New York University School of Law, where she was a Criminal Law Scholar and participated in the Equal Justice and Capital Defender Clinic. She interned at the Orleans Public Defenders in Louisiana and the Drug Policy Alliance in Berkeley, California. Prior to law school, she worked at Facebook.

Erica Selig, Fellow, graduated in 2012 from Columbia University School of Law, where she worked for the Neighborhood Defender Service of Harlem and participated in the Human Rights Clinic. She interned for the Orleans Public Defenders in Louisiana and for Human Rights Watch in New York. She has a B.A. in History from The George Washington University and did human rights work in India during law school.

Bethany Young, Fellow, graduated from The George Washington University Law School in 2012, and has a B.A. in English from Spelman College. During law school, she interned at the U.S. Department of Education and clerked for D.C. Superior Court Judges Hon. Janet Albert and Hon. Mary Grace Rook. She also clerked for the Maryland Office of the Public Defender and interned for the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law.

Zawadi Baharanyi, Paralegal, after graduating from Columbia University in 2011 with a degree in Political Science with a concentration in Human Rights, joined EJI as a Justice Fellow. A native of Lee County, Alabama, Zawadi is involved in research, client management, and educational projects.

Kiara Boone, Paralegal, earned a degree in Political Science from Davidson College in 2011 and a nonprofit management executive certificate from Georgetown University in 2012. Prior to joining EJI, she worked with the National Coalition for the Homeless in Washington, DC, and managed support for community development in Florida for the Jessie Ball duPont Fund.

Ian Eppler, Paralegal, obtained a B.A. in Public Policy and American Institutions in 2013 from Brown University, where he conducted a study of the social and public health implications of rural prison construction. He worked at the American Civil Liberties Union National Prison Project, Texas Defender Service, and the Campaign for the Fair Sentencing of Youth in Washington, DC.

Jeff Hall, Paralegal, after graduating from Harvard University with a degree in Social Anthropology, joined EJI in 2011 as a Justice Fellow where he is involved in research projects, client management, and educational projects.

Kate Hatheway, Paralegal, after receiving a B.A. in German from Columbia University in 2010, joined EJI in 2011 as a Justice Fellow, where she focuses on client management, death penalty research, and communications. She previously worked for the Justice Policy Institute as a researcher.

Imani Lewis, Paralegal, graduated from Emory University in 2013 with a B.A. in African American Studies/Pre-Law. A Gates Millennium Scholar, she tutored jail inmates in Covington, Georgia, in English and writing and volunteered with the Metro Atlanta Task Force for the Homeless.