Achieving LGBTQ Equality Through Litigation, Legislation, Policy, and Public Education

NCLR Staff, Board & Councils

NCLR’s dedicated team works from our national headquarters in San Francisco and our regional office in Washington D.C.

Management Team Hide -

Kate Kendell, Esq.
Executive Director

Shannon Minter, Esq.
Legal Director

Cathy Sakimura, Esq.
Deputy Director & Family Law Director

Julianna S. Gonen, Esq.
Policy Director

Ruth McFarlane, Esq.
Director of Development & Community Engagement

Lauren Gray
Director of Communications

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Noemi Calonje
Immigration Project Director

Helen J. Carroll
Sports Project Director

Emily Haan, Esq.
Supervising Family Law Staff Attorney

Lia Dun
Legal Assistant

Itir Yakar, Esq.
Legal Fellow

Asaf Orr, Esq.
Transgender Youth Project Staff Attorney

Ben Panico
Equality Project Manager

Alexander L. Chen, Esq.
Equal Justice Works Fellow

Chris Stoll, Esq.
Senior Staff Attorney

Amy Whelan, Esq.
Senior Staff Attorney

Julie Wilensky, Esq.
Senior Staff Attorney

Shannan Wilber, Esq.
Youth Policy Director

Julianna S. Gonen, Esq.
Policy Director

Ming Wong, Esq.
Supervising Helpline Attorney

Cathy Sakimura, Esq.
Deputy Director & Family Law Director

Shannon Minter, Esq.
Legal Director

Tyrone Hanley, Esq.
Policy Counsel

Carolyn Reyes, Esq.
Youth Policy Counsel

Desiree Robedeaux
Legal Assistant

Margarita Sánchez Morales
Immigration Project Assistant

Malhar Shah
Family Law Staff Attorney

Communications View +

Lauren Gray
Director of Communications

Andrea L. Pino
Digital Strategy and Communications Manager

Darren Arquero
Butler Koshland Fellow

Development View +

Andi Klash
Database Coordinator

Ruth McFarlane, Esq.
Director of Development & Community Engagement

Marc Wilson
Development Database Manager

Nancy Purcell
Annual Fund Manager

Elizabeth Lanyon
Individual Giving Manager

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Board of Directors View +

Elizabeth Kim, Esq.
Board Member

Rosío Alvarez
Board Member

Emily Doskow
Board Co-Chair

Felicia Medina, Esq.
Board Co-Chair

Gareth Duncan Gill
Board Member

Lisa Cisneros, Esq.
Board Member

Therese Lee, Esq.
Board Member

Arlette T. Smith
Board Member

Aubrey Hone, Esq.
Board Member

Nancy Geimer
Board Member

Leah Nutting, Esq.
Board Member

Paulina Houston, Esq.
Board Member

National Leadership and Advisory Councils View +

National Leadership Council

Nevin Caple, NY

Katherine Carroll, CA

Diane Holland, MN

Fiona Martin, CO

Debora Ortega, Ph.D., CO

Barbara Russo, NY

Elizabeth Schwartz, Esq., FL

Sara Sperling, CA

Alison Burgos, FL

Shalanda Baker,Esq., HI

David Flugman, Esq.,NY

National Advisory Council

Roberta Achtenberg, Esq., CA

Carol Alpert, NY

Susan A. Gore, TX

Joyce Hunter, NY

Phyllis Lyon, CA

Lory Masters, TX

Raquel Matas, Esq., FL

Nancy Polikoff, Esq., DC

Ruthann Robson, Esq., NY

Abby R. Rubenfeld, Esq., TN

Carmen Vazquez, NY

Kate Clinton, NY

Yesenia Leon, FL

Jill Schlesinger, NY

National Family Law Advisory CouncilView +

Lauren Barros, UT

Jane Bassett, MI

Suzanne Bryant, TX

Carol Buell, NY

Lee Carpenter, PA

Emily Doskow, CA

Mariette Geldenhuys, NY

Diane Goodman, CA

Laura Gray, UT

Kathie Gummere, AZ

Debra Guston, NJ

Janet Helson, WA

Joan Hollinger, CA

Debra Hunt, TX

Eva Juncker, MD & VA

Courtney Joslin, CA

Joyce Kauffman, MA

Deb Kinney, CA

Karen Langsley, TX

LeeAnn Massucci, OH

Allison Mendel, AK

Connie Moore, TX

Patricia Novotny, WA

Tiffany Palmer, PA

Lynn Perls, NM

Nancy Polikoff, D.C.

Raegen Rasnic, WA

Abby Rubenfeld, TN

Elizabeth Schwartz, FL

Julie Shapiro, WA

Susan Silber, MD

William Singer, NJ

Judith Sperling-Newton, WI

Lori Surmay, GA

Kim Surratt, NV

Sharon Thompson, NC

Judith Turkel, NY

Arabia Vargas, TX

Deborah Wald, CA

Tanya Washington, GA

Bradley Weidemann, NC

Richard Wilson, IL

Claudia Work, AZ

Michele Zavos, D.C. & MD

Read About the National Family Law Advisory Council

#BornPerfect Advisory CommitteeView +

Sam Brinton, Co-chair

James Guay, Co-chair

Bill Bettencourt

Dr. Caitlin Ryan

Deb Cuny

Rev. Debra W. Haffner

Dr. Judith Glassgold

Kimberly Inez McGuire

Mathew Shurka

Peter Drake

Ryan Kendall

Prof. Shawn Markus Crincoli

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