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The Shriver Center is led by a team of exceptionally skilled, nationally recognized attorneys and professionals. Our advocates provide highly valued frontline information and ideas to policymakers and other national advocates, while collaborating with and supporting attorneys and others working at the state and local levels. Our work is led and supported by a governing board, leadership council, and a professionals' council.

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John Bouman President

John Bouman has been president of the Shriver Center since 2007, having been the leader of its advocacy program since 1996.

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Edward Mbewe Chief Finance and Operations Officer

Edward Mbewe oversees the human resources, information technology, financial management, and other operations of the Shriver Center.

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Kate Walz Vice President of Advocacy, Senior Director of Litigation, & Director of Housing Justice

Kate Walz, Vice President of Advocacy, advocates on behalf of low-income individuals living in or in need of public, subsidized, or affordable housing.

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Ambar Mentor-Truppa Vice President of Communications

Ambar Mentor-Truppa, Vice President of Communications, provides strategic direction and oversight to the Shriver Center's public relations, brand management, and marketing activities.

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Ellen Hemley Vice President of Advocate Resources and Training

Ellen Hemley brings over 30 years of experience in the equal justice community to her role as Vice President of Training Programs.

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Keenya Lambert Vice President of Development

Keenya Lambert provides oversight of all foundation, event, corporate, and individual giving revenue while advancing the Shriver Center’s organizational growth.

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Staff Directory

Stephanie Altman Director of Healthcare Justice and Senior Director of Policy
312.789.4105
Stephani Becker Associate Director of Healthcare Justice
312.789.4482
John Bouman President
312.368.2671
Sarah Cocco Grant Writer
773.295.1474
Emily Coffey Staff Attorney, Housing Justice, Goldberg Kohn Foundation/Fred Cohen Fellow
312.724.8411
Verónica Cortez Staff Attorney, Early Childhood
312.854.3374
Ailiana Denis Resources & Training Program Coordinator
312.767.9273
Ryan Deringer Human Resources Manager
312.368.1104
Nolan Downey Staff Attorney/Skadden Fellow, Economic Justice
312.854.3375
Carly Faison Development Associate
312.809.8144
Tanya Gassenheimer Staff Attorney, Community Justice
312.854.3384
Ellen Hemley Vice President of Advocate Resources and Training
312.368.1168
Janerick Holmes Associate Director, Racial Justice Institute
312.971.7793
Patrice James Director of Community Justice
312.368.2001
Gavin Kearney Senior Director of Multistate Advocacy
312.448.8266
Andrea Kovach Senior Attorney, Healthcare Justice
312.368.1089
Keenya Lambert Vice President of Development
312.368.1073
Edward Mbewe Chief Finance and Operations Officer
312.854.3378
Ambar Mentor-Truppa Vice President of Communications
312.809.8048
Kimberly Merchant Racial Justice Institute Director
312.883.3369
Michelle Nicolet Marketing Director
312.368.2675
Valerie O'Geese Office Adminstrator
312.368.3308
Terrance O'Neil Director of Online Learning
312.757.5105
Militza Pagán Staff Attorney/Skadden Fellow
312.690.5907
Brooke Peery LIN Program Associate
312.754.9394
Rasheedah Phillips Training & Business Development Attorney
312.854.3383
Terenee Pilcher Technology Systems Manager
312.368.3304
Wendy Pollack Women's Law & Policy Initiative Director
312.368.3303
Andrea Porter Major Gifts & Planned Giving Officer
312.854.3382
Ishena Robinson Communications & Media Specialist
312.549.9879
Jeremy Rosen Director of Economic Justice
312.854.3381
Henry Shah Advocacy Program Associate
312.368.1033
Brendan Short Senior Foundation Relations Officer
312.368.1150
Harleen Singh Corporate Relations & Events Officer
312.368.1098
Bonnie Sohn Controller
312.724.8139
Henry Tam Finance Coordinator
312.368.2677
Tex Pasley University of Virginia Powell Fellow in Legal Services
312.549.9877
Marie Claire Tran-Leung Senior Attorney, Housing Justice
312.754.9450
Kate Walz Vice President of Advocacy, Senior Director of Litigation, & Director of Housing Justice
312.368.2679
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