The Leadership Conference Staff

We value our staff, learning, partnerships, relationships, sustainability, and stewardship. They offer direction and help us prioritize as we strive to be known and admired for our inclusive culture as we consider our rewarding mission of civil and human rights.

Executive Office

Vanita Gupta
President and CEO

Kristine Lucius
Executive Vice President, Policy & Governmental Affairs

Ashley Allison
Executive Vice President, Campaigns & Programs

Allyn Brooks-LaSure
Executive Vice President of Communications

Karen Lawson
Senior Advisor

Brent Johnson
Manager of Executive Office

Rebecca Van Voorhees
Executive & Research Assistant

Charlene Dillard
Receptionist/Office Coordinator

Campaigns & Programs

  • Sakira Cook, Director of Criminal Justice Program
  • Hannah Fried, Executive Director of Access Democracy and Campaign Director, All Voting Is Local
  • Lynda Garcia, Policing Campaign Director
  • Liz King, Director of Education Program
  • Sonum Nerurkar, Get Out the Count Manager
  • LaShawn Warren, Senior Vice President, Campaigns & Programs
  • Corrine Yu, Program Director, Special Projects


  • Sarah Edwards, Senior Writer
  • Karely Hernandez, Communications Manager
  • Shin Inouye, Director of Communications & Rapid Response
  • Tyler Lewis, Director of Coalition Communications & Research
  • Patrick McNeil, Social Media Manager
  • Lindsey Montague, Creative Lead
  • Alicia Smith, Communications Assistant
  • Kristen Voorhees, Communications Manager
  • LaGloria Wheatfall, Communications Manager


  • Jamal Chevis, Development Assistant
  • Bethany Criss-June, Managing Director of Development
  • Joshua Gerras,  Development Associate

Field & Membership

  • Mariah Brothe, Field Associate
  • Jordyn Bussey, Regional Field Manager
  • Lisa Haywood, Director of Membership Services & Events
  • Cedric Lawson, Field Director
  • Katherine Lemus, Field Assistant
  • Sergio Lopez, Regional Field Manager
  • Anjali Thakur-Mittal, Managing Director of Field & Membership

Finance & Administration

  • Craig Ashby, Grants Accounting Manager
  • Ron Bigler, IT Director
  • Herlyth Clark, Accounting Manager
  • Constance Dennard, Office Manager
  • Angela M. Lovelace, Vice President of Finance
  • Andy Meruvia, IT Manager
  • Donaldson Smith, Staff Accountant
  • Crystal Smith-Hunt, SPHR, Human Resources Director


  • Gisela Ariza, Senior Education Policy Analyst
  • Arielle Atherley, Policy Associate
  • Josh Boxerman, Policy Assistant
  • Emily Chatterjee, Senior Policy Counsel
  • Leslie Lina Paluch, Law & Public Policy Fellow
  • Rob Randhava, Senior Policy Counsel
  • Jheanelle Wilkins, State & Local Government Affairs Director
  • Mike Zubrensky, Chief Counsel
  • Lena Zwarensteyn, Fair Courts Campaign Director

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Last Update 07/20/18