Board of Directors
Katharine Huffman, Board Chair
Principal, The Raben Group
Katharine Huffman is a Principal at The Raben Group, LLC, an advocacy firm that develops creative strategies, manages issue campaigns, and communicates effectively with policymakers. Ms. Huffman has worked with a variety of nonprofit advocacy organizations to identify policy goals, develop short- and long-term strategic plans, and build the organizational programming and resources necessary to achieve success. Prior to joining The Raben Group, Ms. Huffman served as the Director of State Affairs for the Drug Policy Alliance. She also founded and directed the organization's first state-level office, found in New Mexico. Ms. Huffman began her legal career as a civil-rights litigator and Soros Justice Fellow at the Southern Center for Human Rights in Atlanta, Georgia.
Founder and CEO, Flikshop
Marcus is the founder and CEO of Flikshop, a mobile application and website that gives incarcerated people the ability to receive personalized mail and postcards from their loved ones. Marcus was inspired to start Flikshop after serving eight years behind bars. Flikshop, which was created in 2012, now ships postcards to over 2,000 correction facilities around the country.Marcus is also the CEO of Perspectives Premier Contractors (PPC), and he continues to employ other returning citizens. Last but not least, Marcus is also the founder of the Flikshop School of Business, a program that teaches incarcerated youth life skills and entrepreneurship.
Assistant Professor, UCLA School of Law
Beth Colgan is Assistant Professor of Law at the UCLA School of Law. Her primary research and teaching interests are in criminal law and procedure and juvenile justice. Prior to joining the Law School, she was a Thomas C. Grey Fellow and Lecturer in Law at Stanford Law School. Previously, Colgan was the Managing Attorney of the Institutions Project at Columbia Legal Services in Seattle, Washington. Colgan’s practice focused on class litigation and legislative advocacy on behalf of juveniles and adults who were incarcerated or institutionalized on issues including constitutional deprivations, conditions of confinement, duties of care, reentry services, and sentencing reform. Prior to joining Columbia Legal Services, Colgan was an associate in the Seattle office of Perkins Coie, LLP. Her practice involved complex litigation in federal and state courts in the areas of election law, torts, securities, intellectual property, and environmental disputes. Colgan also engaged in extensive pro bono work while at Perkins Coie, focusing primarily on access to competent public defense services in rural Washington and the treatment of youth in the adult criminal justice system.
Noah D. Pizmony-Levy Drezner
Associate Professor of Higher Education, Teachers College, Columbia University
Dr. Drezner is an associate professor of higher education at Columbia University. Before coming to Columbia University, Dr. Drezner was an assistant professor of higher education at the University of Maryland. He was also a founding faculty member of the Center for Philanthropy & Non-Profit Leadership at Maryland’s School of Public Policy. His prior board involvements include Chairman of the board and the Social Justice Chair of his faith community. Dr. Drezner’s academic interests focus on philanthropy and education, particularly in diverse communities. He has a Ph.D. and M.S. Ed. in Higher Education from the University of Pennsylvania, and a B.S. from the University of Rochester. He is a member of the Association of Fundraising Professionals Research Council.
Counsel, Miller and Chevalier Chartered
Michael Satin is an attorney with Miller & Chevalier in Washington, D.C. He is an experienced trial lawyer who has tried dozens of cases at the state and federal level and has also argued before the D.C. Circuit and the D.C. Court of Appeals. His practice focuses on white collar defense and complex civil litigation, and he represents both individuals and entities. Prior to joining Miller & Chevalier, Michael worked at the Public Defender Service for the District of Columbia (PDS), where he represented indigent men and women charged with serious criminal offenses. In his last three years at PDS, he served as the training director. In that role, he designed and implemented a ten-week training program for new PDS attorneys and he conducted trainings for defense attorneys throughout the United States. In 2009 and in 2012, Michael taught as an Adjunct Professor at his alma mater, Cornell University Law School. He is also a Faculty Member at both Harvard Law School’s Trial Advocacy Workshop and the National Institute of Trial Advocacy’s Intensive Trial Training Program.
Marc Schindler (Ex-Officio)
Executive Director, Justice Policy Institute
Marc Schindler is a dedicated justice system reformer, while serving in a variety of roles. Most recently, he was a partner at a DC-based nonprofit philanthropic investment organization, Venture Philathropy Partners. He served in a variety of leadership roles at DC's juvneile justice agency, Department of Youth Rehabilitation Services (DYRS), including Chief of Staff and Interim Director. Schindler also served as a Staff Attorney, with the Youth Law Center, advocating for the rights of young people in the juvenile justice and child welfare systems. He is also a former Baltimore City public defender. Schindler is a recognized expert in the field, providing commentary in the national media, including CNN and NPR, and is also the author of numerous articles and book chapters.
Joseph B. Tulman
Professor of Law, University of the District of Columbia
Professor Joseph Tulman directs the Juvenile and Special Education Law Clinic at the University of the District of Columbia. He has worked as part of the Juvenile Law Clinic at Antioch University, where he later joined the faculty of the law school. He went on to join the faculty of the University of District of Columbia in its public law school. He is formerly the deputy director of the Equal Justice Foundation (precursor of NAPIL/Equal Justice Works), an organization dedicated to promoting equal access to justice and to creating opportunities for law students and lawyers to served underrepresented people. Professor Tulman has served as council in numerous cases on behalf of youth and families involved in the juvenile justice system and/or in contact with the child and family welfare systems. He has authored a number of articles regarding the unnecessary detention of children and has pioneered the use of special education advocacy for children in the neglect and delinquency systems. Under mayoral appointment, Professor Tulman served, from September 2001 until March 2003, as chair of the District of Columbia Juvenile Justice Advisory Group, of which he remains a member. He also serves on the board of School Talk, Inc., and he is a member of the advisory boards for the Southern Poverty Law Center's School-to-Prison Pipeline Reform Project, the D.C. Department of Youth Rehabilitation Services, and the Mid-Atlantic Juvenile Defender Center. Prof. Tulman is a graduate of the University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill law school and Antioch University, where he received a Master’s degree in teaching.
Bobby N. Vassar
Assistant to the President, Bay Aging
Bobby Vassar has cultivated a long career in the legal field and accumulated extensive experience in issues relating to justice policy and its implementation at the state and federal level. Mr. Vassar has worked in the public sector since 1976, most recently as Chief Counsel to the Minority in the House Subcommittee on Crime, Terrorism and Homeland Security. Before that, he served as Senior Counsel and Legislative Director to Congressman Bobby Scott, from Virginia’s 3rd District. Prior to working in Congress, Mr. Vassar served in various state offices in Virginia, including as Acting Secretary for Health and Human Resources, Deputy Commissioner for State Programs in the Department of Social Services, and Chairman of the Virginia Parole Board. He also served as President of the Association of Paroling Authorities in 1987 and as a member of the Virginia Criminal Sentencing Guidelines Commission from 1995 to 2001. Mr. Vassar began his legal career as a fellow at the Roanoke Legal Aid Society.
Subrina L. Wood
Senior Tax Manager, Calibre CPA Group PLLC
Subrina L. Wood is a Senior Tax Manager at Calibre CPA Group PLLC with more than 24 years of exempt-organization tax experience. Previously, Ms. Wood worked at Tate & Tryon Certified Public Accountants and Consultants, as well as in the tax departments of the Boston offices of KPMG, Mellon Bank, and Thompson Reuters. While at KPMG, Ms. Wood concentrated on high net worth individuals and planned giving strategies. At Mellon Bank, she managed the Boston office’s Planned Giving Administration group which handled the bank’s charitable remainder trusts, pooled income funds, and gift annuities. Ms. Wood also managed Mellon Bank’s Tax Exempt Section which handled various accounting, tax status, and tax reporting issues for public charity and private foundation clients. Lastly, Ms. Wood spent some time at Thompson Reuters where she oversaw the accounting and filing of more than 3,500 trusts, public charities, and private foundation returns.