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

Seema Nanda
Executive Vice President and COO

Kristine Lucius
Executive Vice President for Policy

Ashley Allison
Senior Advisor and Acting Executive Vice President for Field

Allyn Brooks-LaSure
Vice President for Communications

Brent Johnson
Manager of Executive Operations

Rebecca Van Voorhees
Administrative Assistant for the Executive Office


  • Lynda Garcia, Policing Campaign Director


  • Sarah Edwards, Senior Writer
  • Karely Hernandez, Communications Manager
  • Shin Inouye, Director of Communications and Media Relations
  • Tyler Lewis, Director of Messaging and Project Management
  • Patrick R. McNeil, Digital Communications Manager
  • 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 for Program Operations
  • Lisa M. Haywood, Membership Services Director
  • Vania Iscandari, Carol H. Pitchersky Development Fellow


  • Mariah Brothe, Communities Against Hate Coordinator
  • Jordyn Bussey, Field Associate
  • Cedric Lawson, Field Manager
  • Katherine Lemus, Administrative Assistant for Field and Policy
  • Sergio Lopez, Field Manager
  • Anjali Thakur-Mittal, Deputy Director for Field Operations
  • Jheanelle Wilkins, Senior Field Manager

Finance and Administration

  • Craig Ashby, Grants Accounting Manager
  • Ron Bigler, IT Director
  • Herlyth Clark, Accounting Manager
  • Constance Dennard, Finance Associate
  • Charlene Dillard, Receptionist / Office Coordinator
  • Angela M. Lovelace, Vice President, Finance & Administration
  • Andy Meruvia, IT Manager
  • Crystal Smith-Hunt, SPHR, Director for Human Resources and Administration
  • Donaldson Smith, Payroll Staff Accountant


  • Gisela Ariza, Policy Analyst
  • Arielle Atherley, Policy Associate
  • Josh Boxerman, Policy Assistant
  • Emily Chatterjee, Senior Counsel
  • Sakira Cook, Senior Counsel
  • Liz King, Senior Policy Analyst and Director of Education Policy
  • Leslie Lina Paluch, Law and Public Policy Fellow
  • Rob Randhava, Senior Counsel
  • Corrine Yu, Senior Counsel and Managing Policy Director
  • Mike Zubrensky, Chief Counsel and Legal Director

Last Update 05/01/18