Our Staff

The Leadership Conference Education Fund is led by a diverse and talented team of people who are dedicated to our mission of building an America as good as its ideals.

Executive Office

Maya Wiley
President and CEO

Chris Canning
Executive Vice President and COO

Vanessa N. Gonzalez
Executive Vice President of Field and Member Services

Jesselyn McCurdy
Executive Vice President for Government Affairs

Corrine Yu
Senior Advisor to the President
Interim Executive Vice President of Campaigns and Programs

Addie Whisenant
Chief of Staff

Eunic Epstein-Ortiz
Executive Vice President of Communications

Hannah Bundy
Executive Office Associate

Charlene Dillard
Senior Office Associate & Receptionist

Erika Friman
Senior People & Culture Associate

O’neil Pryce
Senior Operations Manager, Project Management

Matthew Rosales
Senior Operations Manager, Organizational Policy and Performance

Tatiana Montalvo
Project Associate


Campaigns and Programs

Steven Almazán
Senior Program Manager, K-12 Education

Meeta Anand
Senior Director, Census and Data Equity

Nadia Aziz
Senior Program Director, Fighting Hate and Bias Program

Anita Banerji
Senior Program Director, Media and Tech

Reginald Belle
Senior Justice Assistant

Tierra Bradford
Senior Program Manager, Justice Reform

Imani Bryant
Senior Assistant, Census and Data Equity

Janay Greene
Campaigns and Programs Assistant

Shekinah Hall
Associate, Education Equity Program

Liz King
Senior Program Director, Education

Frank Nolan
Campaigns and Programs Associate

Scott Simpson
Managing Director of Campaigns and Programs

Bree Spencer
Senior Program Director, Justice Reform

David Toomey
Voting Rights and Technology Fellow

Frank Torres
Civil Rights Technology Fellow

Amy Vertal
Senior Program Manager, Census & Data Equity

Corrine Yu
Senior Advisor to the President
Interim Executive Vice President of Campaigns and Programs



Sofia Costas
Senior Communications Manager, Coalition Communications and Research

Dena Craig
Director of Media Relations

Nisreen Eadeh
Senior Digital Content Manager

Natalie Goffney
Senior Creative Associate

Mattie Goldman
Senior Communications Manager

Paul Haakenson
Senior Communications Assistant

Evan Hartung
Senior Communications Assistant

Rachel Hooper
Senior Communications Manager

Shalonda Hunter
Digital Director

Patrick McNeil
Senior Writer / Content Manager

Eunic Epstein-Ortiz
Executive Vice President of Communications

Mark Ricks
Web Producer

Erica Southerland
Managing Director of Communications



Tahir Ahmad
Director, Institutional Relations and Development Operations

Adrina Bradley
Senior Assistant, Development

Paz Cisternas
Revenue Operations Associate

Kelsey Edwards
Senior Manager, Foundation Relations

Pamela Giller
Vice President, Development

Kristen Hairston
Development Fellow

Erica Jeong
Manager, Donor Relations

Sashia Moore
Senior Manager, Corporate Relations and Special Events


Field and Membership

Yterenickia Bell
Senior Advisor, Voting Rights

Esteban Camarena
Field Manager, Census & Data Equity

Fey Cárdenas
Field Manager

Vanessa N. Gonzalez
Executive Vice President of Field and Member Services

Lisa Haywood
Director of Membership Services & Events

Zaha Khawaja
Field Assistant

Cedric Lawson
Field Director

Aliza Lifshitz
Field Associate

Hillary Medina-Loveless
Field Manager, Education Equity Program

Anjali Thakur-Mittal
Managing Director of Field & Membership


Finance and Administration

Ron Bigler
Senior IT Director

Amy Britt
Data Manager

Michael Clausell

Ben Goldberg
IT Assistant

Eloy Kapote
Staff Accountant

Andy Meruvia
IT Manager

Carmen Morrison
Grants Accountant

Mohammad Rawof
IT Manager

Wayne Shamblin
Senior Accounting Assistant

Ravi Shankar
Vice President of Finance

Tiara Smallwood
Budget Analyst

Keijon Waters
Staff Accountant


Government Affairs

Bennu Amen
Government Affairs Assistant

Kanya Bennett
Managing Director of Government Affairs

Josh Boxerman
Policy Analyst

Samantha Cyrulnik-Dercher
Senior Manager, Fair Courts

Jesselyn McCurdy
Executive Vice President for Government Affairs

Veena Muraleetharan
Policy Associate

Nahid Paiman
Senior Policy Assistant

Leslie Proll
Senior Director, Voting Rights Program

Peggy Ramin
Policy Counsel, Health/Poverty

Rob Randhava
Senior Policy Counsel

Kylee Reynolds
Policy Counsel, Fair Courts

Chanel Sherrod
Government Affairs Program Manager

Jonathan Walter
Policy Counsel, Media and Technology

Chloé White
Policy Counsel

Jheanelle Wilkins
Director of State & Local Government Affairs

Lena Zwarensteyn
Senior Director, Fair Courts Program

People and Culture

Kristen Booker
Director, People Operations

Taylor Carson
Senior HR Associate

Crystal Smith-Hunt
Senior Benefits Manager

Alicia King
Vice President, People & Culture

Steven Taylor
Senior Manager, Recruitment & Development


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