Tyler Crawford (he/him), 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 (she/her), 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 (she/her), Director of Communications
Tasha has been the NLG Director of Communications since 2013, where she manages the NLG website, national press, social media, webinar production, and produces the biannual newsletter Guild Notes, launching its column Beyond Bars: Voices of NLG Jailhouse Lawyers in 2014. 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 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, Flight of the Conchords, and ceramics.
Lisa Drapkin (she/her), 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 (she/her), Director of Operations
Charlie Blodnieks (they/them), Program Assistant
Charlie is an educator, fledgling organizer, student abolitionist, poet, and recent college graduate currently working as the Program Assistant at the National Office. Charlie has a background in non-profit administrative work, health justice organizing, publication design, poetry, and teaching. Before they worked at the NLG, Charlie was a barista and remains an avid at-home brewer and baker. Their poetic work is published in the Adroit Journal, Muzzle Magazine, and Write About Now. They graduated from Columbia University and completed a senior thesis on Leslie Feinberg's Stone Butch Blues, about transmasculine and working class liberatory histories.
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.
Elena L. Cohen (she/her/hers), President: Elena is a partner at Cohen Green PLLC ("Femme Law"), a small firm dedicated civil rights litigation & to serving NYC's LGBTQ community. In addition to being NLG president, Elena is a past president of the NYC-NLG & co-chair of its Mass Defense Committee.
Suzanne Adely (she/her), President-Elect: Suzanne is the first Arab-American president of the National Lawyers Guild, co-chair of the International Committee and member of the bureau of the IADL. She has worked as an organizer & human rights and labor advocate in New York, Chicago, Egypt, India and elsewhere.
Jilisa Milton (she/her), Vice President: Jilisa is an Alabama-based civil rights attorney, policy analyst, social worker, and relational strategist. She is Vice Chair of NLG’s Disability Rights Committee. She is a survivor of police violence and a founder of Black Lives Matter Birmingham.
Danielle Gregor (she/her), Secretary
Joelle Eliza Lingat (she/they), Treasurer and TUPOCC Co-Chair
Luna Martinez Gomez (she/her), Student National Co-Vice President: 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.
Samantha-Rae Hook (she/her), National Student Co-Vice President: Sam is a board member for the NLG student chapter at UMass Law (class of 2022). She is also a Legal Observer and a hotline coordinator for the Massachusetts Mass Defense Committee.
Sarah Coffey (she/her), Legal Worker Co-Vice President
Andreya García-Ponce de Leon, Legal Worker Co-Vice President: Andreya is rooted at San Bernardino Free Them All and E-board member at Root&Rebound. She is devoted to Criminal Justice policy reform and proud to be part of the empowering Movement to restore power to all oppressed people.
Mumia Abu-Jamal (he/him), Jailhouse Lawyer VP Emeritus
Sarah David Heydemann (she/her), NLG Labor and Employee Committee Representative: She is a labor and workers' center organizer turned lawyer. She is co-chair of the NLG Labor and Employment Committee and works as Senior Counsel at the National Women's Law Center, working to advance the Center’s workplace justice agenda.
Maggie Ellinger-Locke (she/her), Mass Defense Committee Chair: She is a movement lawyer based in the Washington DC area.
Lydia X.Z. Brown, Disability Justice Committee Chair: is an organizer and lawyer addressing violence against multiply-marginalized disabled people. They teach at Georgetown and founded the Fund for Community Reparations for Autistic People of Color’s Interdependence, Survival & Empowerment.
Kira Kelley (any pronouns), Anti-Racism Committee Co-Chair: Kira is also the NLG Vermont Chair, and spends time doing mass defense, legal self defense trainings, opposing cops and ICE, and trying to replace capitalism with mutual aid. Kira has a flip phone and a pet mouse and plays drums in a band.
Ashlyn Ruga, Anti-Racism Committee Co-Chair
Anthony Prince, Housing Committee Co-Chair
Sarah White (she/her), Housing Committee Co-Chair: She is a housing attorney practicing in Connecticut.
Jackelyn Mariano, International Committee Co-Chair
Jeanne Mirer, International Committee Co-Chair
Ría Thompson-Washington, TUPOCC Co-Chair
Michael Galvan, Queer Caucus Co-Chair
Jaelyn Miller, Queer Caucus Co-Chair
Sirine Shebaya, National Immigration Project Executive Director and N.E.C. Representative: A longtime immigrant rights advocate, she focuses on combining litigation and public campaign strategies to defend and advance the rights of immigrant communities of color.
Rachel A. Pickens (she/her), National Police Accountability Project Executive Director and N.E.C. Representative
Justice Gatson (she/her), Midwest co-RVP: Justice runs the Reale Justice Community Bail Fund & 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.
Kathleen Garbacz, Midwest Co-RVP
Scott Kampas, Midwest Co-RVP
Raymundo Rojas, Texoma Co-RVP
Megan Rue, Texoma Co-RVP
Reighlah Collins, Southern Co-RVP
Liliya Oliferuk, Southern Co-RVP
Shahily Negron-Falcon, Northeast Co-RVP
Nate Fox, Northeast Co-RVP
Sasha Novis, Far West Co-RVP
Delia Metoyer, Far West Co-RVP
Aneesa Khan, Mid-Atlantic Co-RVP
Andi Pla, Northwest Co-RVP
Junga Cha (she/they), Northwest Co-RVP
Shoshanna Silverberg, Southwest Co-RVP: Shoshanna's work as a civil liberties & restorative justice advocate serves as the basis for her work with companies concerned with unwinding the failed War on Drugs. She assists management teams in problem-solving within the intersection of compliance & the alignment of corporate activity with social movements.
Z Williams, Southwest Co-RVP
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
- National 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 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.
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 members 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 email@example.com.