Staff

2015 Staff photo

2016 NCYL Staff

ATTORNEYS

Jesse Hahnel
Executive Director

Hannah Benton
Staff Attorney
Juvenile Justice

Neha Desai
Staff Attorney
Mental Health/Juvenile Justice

William L. Grimm
Senior Attorney
Child Welfare/Foster Care

Rebecca Gudeman de Ortiz
Senior Attorney
Adolescent Health

Frankie Guzman
Staff Attorney
Juvenile Justice

Michael Harris
Senior Attorney
Juvenile Justice

Poonam Juneja
Staff Attorney
Child Welfare

Allison Newcombe
Staff Attorney
Mental Health/Juvenile Justice

Atasi Uppal
Staff Attorney
Juvenile Justice/FosterEd

Kate Walker Brown
Staff Attorney
Mental Health/Juvenile Justice

Leecia Welch
Senior Attorney
Child Welfare/Foster Care/Mental Health

FOSTER YOUTH EDUCATION INITIATIVE (FosterEd)

Michelle François Traiman
Director, FosterEd

Rachel Velcoff Hults
Attorney
Chief Operating Officer, FosterEd

Andrew Moffett
Data & Technology Project Manager

Casey Schutte
Director, FosterEd: California

Pete Hershberger
Director, FosterEd: Arizona

Molly Dunn
Deputy Director, FosterEd: Arizona

Minsun Park Meeker
Director, FosterEd: Los Angeles

Grace Spulak
Director, FosterEd: New Mexico

Angela Vázquez
Education Policy Manager, FosterEd: Los Angeles

Kawena Cole
Education Liaison, FosterEd: Los Angeles

Yesenia Collier
Education Liaison, FosterEd: Los Angeles

Julia Aros-Thornton
Education Liaison, FosterEd: Arizona

Jennifer Harris
Education Liaison, FosterEd: Arizona

Arayah Larson
Volunteer Coordinator, FosterEd: Arizona

Andrea Molina
Chief Education Liaison, FosterEd: Arizona

Amy Dunlap
Chief Education Liaison, FosterEd: New Mexico

OF COUNSEL

Edward Opton
Of Counsel
Child Welfare/Foster Care

POLICY

Jackie Thu-Huong Wong
Director of Government Relations

Anna Johnson
Policy Analyst

Elizabeth Laferriere
Policy Advocate

FELLOWS

Lily Colby
Equal Justice Works Fellow

Alexandra Santa Ana
Public Service Venture Fund Fellow

Joellé “Jo” Williams
John Gardner Fellow

ADMINISTRATION

Jasmine Amons
Program Associate

Lewis Cohen
Director of Communications

Karla James
Director of Finance and Operations

Melissa Martin
Director of Strategic Partnerships

Jason Sutton
Business Manager

Miranda Perry
Program & Communications Manager

Jason Wurtz
Development Manager