Pooja Gehi, Executive Director
Pooja graduated from American University's Washington College (WCL) of Law in 2004 with a JD/MA in international affairs. At WCL she was the board chair of her National Lawyers Guild Law School Chapter.For the past eight years, Pooja has worked as a staff attorney and then the Director of Immigrant Justice at the Sylvia Rivera Law Project (SRLP) where she provided direct legal services for hundreds of low-income transgender and gender nonconforming clients in administrative hearings, immigration proceedings, civil litigation, and prisoners’ rights cases. Throughout this experience, she collaborated closely with LGBT organizations to build an analysis of gender justice among poverty and queer advocates across the nation. Pooja recently litigated Cruz v. Zucker, securing access to transition related healthcare for New York State Medicaid recipients.
Daniel McGee, Managing Director, National Lawyers Guild Foundation
Before coming to the NLGF, Daniel was Director of Finance and Development at the Sylvia Rivera Law Project (SRLP), a legal project organized by-and-for low income transgender people and transgender people of color. Prior to SRLP, Daniel worked as a Legal Program Associate at the Center for Reproductive Rights. He is a Certified Not-for-Profit Accounting Professional, a Rockwood Leadership Institute Alumni and a 2011-12 21st Century Pipeline Project Fellow.
Tyler Crawford, Director of Mass Defense
Tyler Crawford is an organizer, activist, and a graduate of Fordham Law School. Over the last decade, he has worked extensively with community organizations and workers’ rights groups, launching worker centers, tenant associations, and legal clinics. While attending Fordham Law, Tyler was an NLG Haywood Burns Fellow while he clerked at Appalachian Research and Defense Fund of Kentucky. During law school, Tyler also worked in Fordham’s Criminal Defense Clinic, representing protesters and others, as well as in the Community Economic Development Clinic, counseling not-for-profits, community organizations, and worker centers.
Traci Yoder, Director of Education and Research
Traci Yoder is the NLG Director of Education and Research and Executive Editor of the NLG Review. Before coming to the National Office, she was the Coordinator for the NLG Philadelphia Chapter and the Legal Worker Vice-President of the NLG National Executive Committee. She has written articles and reports on NLG history, mass surveillance, drug policy, legal education, and policing of protests for the Guild. She also coordinates the NLG Radical Law Student Project and the NLG Faculty Network. In addition to her NLG work, she has volunteered with projects such as the Radical Archives of Philadelphia, the Wooden Shoe Book Collective, and Interference Archive of Brooklyn.
Tasha Moro, Director of Communications
Prior to joining the NLG National Office in 2013, Tasha developed a background in civic engagement, community organizing, and digital communications for civil rights organizations in NYC. She currently manages the NLG website, national press, social media, and produces the triannual newsletter Guild Notes, and launched its column Beyond Bars: Voices of NLG Jailhouse Lawyers in 2014. She graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Reed College with a B.A. in Anthropology and authored a thesis on popular politics and collective memory in the graffiti of Buenos Aires, Argentina. She is passionate about media justice, ceramics, and Flight of the Conchords.
Lisa Drapkin, Director of Membership
Prior to joining NLG full time, Lisa worked for several other nonprofits in member support roles, including the Foundation Center, the National Police Accountability Project of the NLG, and Vegan Outreach. In addition, she is involved with the efforts of the NLG's Mass Incarceration Committee and Prison Legal Project, NYC Books through Bars, and well as additional prison support groups. A lifelong New Yorker, she has a B.A. in English from CUNY Queens College.
Kimmie David, Office Manager
Elena L. Cohen (she/her/hers) is the president of the NLG. She is a Partner at Cohen Green PLLC, a small firm focused on serving the LGBTQ community. She teaches courses on gender and the law at College of Staten Island. Read more at http://femmelaw.com.
Amreet Sandhu (she/her) serves NLG & its foundation as treasurer. She has an abacus, two cats, & may be reached at email@example.com.
Ken Montenegro (he/him) is Vice President of the National Lawyers Guild. He is a co-founder of the Stop LAPD Spying Coalition, the Radical Connections Network, and a board member of NTEN and May First Movement Technology.
Luna Martinez Gomez is Student National VP. From coordinating the National Student Movement in my native Mexico to starting a nonprofit in Zapatista communities, my practice is grounded in an anti-oppression analysis. At Berkeley Law, I work with orgs that seek collective liberation, such as LSJP, WOCC, and Radical Queers.
Sarah David Heydemann is the NLG Labor and Employee Committee representative to the NEC. She has been working in and around the labor movement as an organizer and lawyer for over ten years, and currently works on issues of workplace justice at the National Women's Law Center.
Jude Ortiz (he/him) has been the chair of the Mass Defense Committee since 2016; his second term is ending at the 2020 convention. He has been an NLG member since 2008. He is also a member of Tilted Scales Collective, a small collective that supports radical defendants.
Rachel A. Pickens - Executive Director of the National Police Accountability Project
Liliya Oliferuk (she/her) is NLG Anti-Racism Co-Chair She is a third-year law student at UNC Chapel Hill, and spends her free time working with local anti-racist and anti-fascist groups to fight white supremacy at the university and in her community.
Justice Gatson (she/her) runs the Reale Justice Community BailFund & Participatory Defense team in KC. She's an anti-racism trainer & works for the ACLU of Missouri giving Know Your Rights & legal observer trainings. She's also a Sister doula at Uzazi Village and will serve as NLG Midwest co-RVP.
Sarah Coffey - Legal Worker VP
Mumia Abu-Jamal - Jailhouse Lawyer VP Emeritus
Cait de Mott Grady- Student National VP
NLG National Office and National Executive Committee
The NLG National Office is the administrative hub of the organization, connecting our members, chapters, committees, and projects. National Office staff are responsible for administering membership, handling media and other communications, creating and distributing Guild publications, coordinating the annual convention, organizing national campaigns, producing educational resources, fundraising, and providing support to Guild members and entities.
The National Executive Committee (NEC) is the governing body for the NLG. Generally, it meets four times a year and includes:
- National President
- 1 Vice-President
- National Treasurer
- National Secretary
- National Office Executive Director
- 2 Student Vice-Presidents
- 1 Legal Worker Vice-President
- 1 Jailhouse Lawyer Vice-President
- 9 Regional Vice-Presidents
- 2 TUPOCC Chairs
- 2 National Office Representatives
- 10 Committee, Project, and Task Force Representatives
Between the NEC meetings, important and emergency decisions are made by the Executive Council (EC) of the NLG. This is made up of the executive-level NEC members: President, Vice-President, Treasurer, Secretary, Executive Director, Senior Student VP, and Legal Worker VP.
All NEC meetings are open to any current Guild members and we welcome your input. We ask that any requests for an item to be added to the agenda be sent to the National Office or the President at least 30 days before the next meeting. NEC meetings are usually held in January, April, August, and October.
All current Guild member are eligible to run for a position on the NEC. Executive-level elections are held at the annual convention, and other seats are decided by the regions, committees, and caucuses. For more information on the NEC, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.