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Rachel H. Berg, Esq.

Rachel H. Berg, Esq.

Rachel Berg works on NCLR’s nationwide impact litigation. She litigates the full range of NCLR’s civil practice, including transgender rights, education, sports, youth, and discrimination. Before joining NCLR, Rachel spent most of her career in private practice at large law firms in New York and Nashville, where she focused on class action litigation. While there, she also developed a substantial pro bono practice related to various social justice issues. Rachel clerked for the Honorable Eli...

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Lisa Oman

Lisa Oman

Lisa Oman is the Director of Finance and Operations (DFO) and a member of NCLR’s senior management team. Lisa provides financial and operational leadership in partnership with the board of directors, senior management team, and the finance committee to support and improve NCLR’s long-term financial health and strategic growth. Lisa has a 20-year track record of guiding nonprofit strategic planning, financial management, and program development at nationally-recognized institutions...

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Pamela Mercado Garcia

Pamela Mercado Garcia

Pamela Mercado Garcia was born and raised in Mexico. In 2011, when she was 12 years old, she migrated to the United States. She remained undocumented until her family was granted residency in 2015 after her mother applied for adjustment of status through the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA). Pam joined NCLR as the Immigration Project Associate in June of 2022. She is responsible for assisting the Immigration Project Director and the pro bono of Counsel Attorneys with a variety of tasks...

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Misa Ridgway

Misa Ridgway

Misa Ridgway joined NCLR as Philanthropy Coordinator in November 2021. He is responsible for processing donations, including upkeep of donor records and gift entry, aiding in financial reporting, and providing support through digital communication. He is also responsible for engaging with donors through events and outreach. Misa is a graduate of UC Berkeley with bachelor’s degrees in Political Science and Linguistics. Throughout his career, Misa has worked in various non-profits. He...

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Ellen Caminiti

Ellen Caminiti

Ellen Caminiti is the Communications Coordinator for the National Center for Lesbian Rights (NCLR), where she is responsible for managing the day-to-day operations of the organization’s social media channels and working with the Communications Director to develop messaging and communications strategy to help amplify all of NCLR’s impactful work for the LGBTQ community. Ellen truly enjoys the creative and intersectional nature of her position is excited about the potential that NCLR’s...

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Danielle (Danny) King, Esq.

Danielle (Danny) King, Esq.

Danielle (Danny) King is the Senior Youth Policy Counsel at the National Center for Lesbian Rights (NCLR), where they will be taking an intersectional approach to implementing legal strategies to advance the well-being of LGBTQ youth through community education, collaboration with coalitions, and public policy advocacy, particularly for LGBTQ youth impacted by the Child Welfare and Juvenile Justice Systems. Danielle (Danny) first joined NCLR in 2021, as a Gender Equality Attorney where they...

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Nesta Johnson, Esq.

Nesta Johnson, Esq.

Nesta joined NCLR in 2020, continuing a career focused upon advocating for the rights of children and families, particularly in the child welfare arena. Before joining NCLR, Nesta served as a staff attorney with the Legal Aid Society, and later with the Children’s Law Center, in Brooklyn, New York. Nesta graduated in 2008 with a BA from Stony Brook University, where she majored in Philosophy, and served as the Distinguished Alumni speaker at the 2016 departmental graduation ceremony. Nesta was...

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Chelsea E. HaleyNelson

Chelsea E. HaleyNelson

Chelsea E. HaleyNelson serves as pro bono Of Counsel for NCLR’s Immigration Project. Chelsea is a California State Bar Certified Specialist in Immigration and Nationality Law.  She graduated from the University of San Francisco School of Law in 2005 with a Certificate in Public Interest Law.  Before law school, she obtained an undergraduate degree from the University of California Santa Barbara in both Political Science and Security and Peace Studies.  Her legal practice focuses...

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Christina Lee

Christina Lee

Christina Lee serves as pro bono Of Counsel for NCLR’s Immigration Project. Christina is a founding partner at Becker & Lee LLP. She received her law degree, JD, from King Hall, UC Davis School of Law in 2003, and her Bachelor of Arts in Economics, from Barnard College. Christina has represented clients in removal proceedings before the Immigration Court, the Board of Immigration Appeals, and the Ninth Circuit. She has also represented many clients in Federal District Court filing mandamus...

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Cara Jobson

Cara Jobson

Cara Jobson serves as pro bono Of Counsel for NCLR’s Immigration Project. Cara has worked on legal issues affecting the LGBT immigrant community for over twenty years, and she worked on some of the first asylum cases in the United States based on sexual orientation. She frequently provides trainings to community groups and non-profits on immigration law. She is a partner at Wiley & Jobson LLP.

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