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NCLR staff

Our dedicated staff works from our national office in San Francisco and our eastern regional office in Washington D.C.

Samantha Ames, Esq.
Staff Attorney

Aaron Aruck
Legal Assistant

Jennifer Barth
Office Manager

Noemi Calonje
Immigration Project Director

Helen J. Carroll
Sports Project Director

Azael Chávez Laría
Project Assistant

Billy Chen
Director of Finance and Operations

Muna Hawatmeh
Legal Assistant

Melissa Higuchi
Senior Development Assistant

Arcelia Hurtado, Esq.
Immigration Policy Advisor

Ashland Johnson, Esq.
Policy Counsel

Kate Kendell, Esq.
Executive Director

Geoff Kors
Senior Legislative and Policy Strategist

Carla Lopez
Program Assistant

Shannon Price Minter, Esq.
Legal Director

Laura Nixon
Reproductive Justice Fellow

Erik Olvera
Director of Communications

Asaf Orr, Esq.
Staff Attorney

Angela Perone, Esq.
Staff Attorney

Maya Rupert, Esq.
Policy Director

Cathy Sakimura, Esq.
Family Law Director & Supervising Attorney

Dani Siragusa
Development Manager for Events

Christopher Stoll, Esq.
Senior Staff Attorney

Connie Utada, Esq.
State Legislative Director

Amy Whelan, Esq.
Senior Staff Attorney

Shannan Wilber, Esq.
Youth Project Director

Autumn Woish
Development Manager for Data Systems

Ming Wong, Esq.
Law Clerk

Bethany Woolman
Communications Associate

Chris Zaldúa
Legal Assistant

Dena Zaldúa-Hilkene
Assistant Director of Development

NCLR board of directors

Our Board of Directors consists of fifteen Bay Area-based leaders of diverse backgrounds and professional expertise, committed to advancing the direction and leadership of NCLR in the broader social justice and legal arenas.

Shalanda Baker
Angela Berry
Tamika Butler, Esq. - Co-Chair
Lisa Cisneros
Stacey Camillo, J.D.
Elizabeth Deeley, Esq.
Erin Dominguez, Esq.
Dorothy Fernandez, Esq.
Thelma Garza, J.D.
Gareth Gill
Kate Kendell, Esq. - Executive Director
Kelly McCown, Esq. - Co-Chair
Leigh Morgan
Andrea Palash, Esq.
Stacy Parson
Maya Philipson

NCLR national advisory board

Ten women in key cities throughout the U.S. bring a national perspective to NCLR's leadership.

Kate Clinton - NY
Diane Holland - MN
Yesenia Leon - FL
Fiona Martin - CO
Deborah Ortega, Ph.D. - CO
Barbara Russo - NY
Sara Sperling - CA
Eileen Scallen, Esq. - MN
Jill Schlesinger - NY
Sarah M. Schmidt, Psy.D. - IL

NCLR national advisory council

Eleven women in key cities throughout the United States extend NCLR’s network and represent NCLR in national conversations about LGBT legal and social justice issues.

Roberta Achtenberg, Esq. - CA 
Carol Alpert - NY
Susan A. Gore - TX
Joyce Hunter - NY
Phyllis Lyon - CA
Lory Masters - TX
Raquel Matas, Esq. - FL
Nancy Polikoff, Esq. - DC
Ruthann Robson, Esq. - NY
Abby R. Rubenfeld, Esq. - TN
Carmen Vazquez - NY
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