The Leadership Conference Education Fund Staff

Wade Henderson
President & CEO

Wade Henderson is the president and CEO of The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, the nation’s premier civil and human rights coalition, and The Leadership Conference Education Fund. Under his stewardship, The Leadership Conference has become one of the nation’s most effective advocates for civil and human rights. Mr. Henderson is also the Joseph L. Rauh, Jr., Professor of Public Interest Law at the David A. Clarke School of Law, University of the District of Columbia. Prior to his role with The Leadership Conference, Mr. Henderson was the Washington Bureau director of the NAACP. Mr. Henderson is a graduate of Howard University and the Rutgers University School of Law.  He is a member of the Bar in the District of Columbia and the United States Supreme Court. Mr. Henderson has received countless awards and honors, including the prestigious Eleanor Roosevelt Award for Human Rights and the Charles Hamilton Houston Medallion of Merit from the Washington Bar Association.

Karen McGill Lawson
Executive Vice President & COO

Karen McGill Lawson is the executive vice president and COO of The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights and The Leadership Conference Education Fund. She works with the president to maintain the organizations’ financial stability; oversees implementation of the organizations’ policies and procedures, and manages ongoing strategic planning and evaluation. Her career has focused on issues of equity through direct service, research and advocacy. Ms. Lawson is co-author of “Talking to Our Children About Racism, Prejudice and Diversity; Building One Nation, A Study Of What Is Being Done Today in Schools, Neighbors and the Workplace,” and “All Together Now!,” a guide to educational activities and resources on diversity for teachers of young children. She is also senior editor of The Education Fund’s Civil Rights Monitor, an annual publication that tracks the civil rights activities of the federal government. Ms. Lawson holds B.A. and M.A. degrees from Pennsylvania State University and Notre Dame University, respectively.

Nancy Zirkin
Executive Vice President & Director of Public Policy

Nancy M. Zirkin is the executive vice president and director of policy at The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights and The Leadership Conference Education Fund. Ms. Zirkin has long been active in issues involving civil rights. Since 1971 she has worked to advocate public policy that improves the lives of all people by promoting civil and constitutional rights and equity in education and in the workplace. Before coming to The Leadership Conference and The Education Fund, Ms. Zirkin served as director of public policy and government relations for the American Association of University Women (AAUW), a 150,000 member national organization. In addition, Zirkin was appointed to the Woodrow Wilson Center board of directors by President William J. Clinton in 1998, and to the United States Institute of Peace board of directors by President George W Bush in 2008. Ms. Zirkin is also a National Trustee for Boys and Girls Clubs of America, the Leadership Council Chair for No Kid Hungry, and sits on the Board of Trustees of the Washington National Opera.

Ellen Buchman
Executive Vice President for Field and Communications

Ellen Buchman is executive vice president for field and communications at The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights and The Leadership Conference Education Fund. Ms. Buchman oversees field and communications staff who develop and carry out strategies for the coalition’s public education, rapid response, communications, and field organizing and outreach campaigns on a number of priority issues, including but not limited to voting rights, criminal justice reform, equity in education, economic security, affirmative action, federal judicial nominations, and other critical issues in the coalition. Further, Ms. Buchman, who has formal training in leadership development and social work, has authored numerous training materials and curricula, as well as conducted numerous trainings and talks in both domestic and international seminars, conferences, and classes. She has been a member of the staff of The Leadership Conference and The Education Fund since 2003 and is a graduate of the University of Michigan.

Lisa Donner
Executive Director
Darrell Diggins
Administrative Manager
Alexis Goldstein
Senior Policy Analyst
Amanda Jackson
Organizing and Outreach Manager
Jim Lardner
Communications Director
Virginia Robnett
Payday Campaign Director
Brian Simmonds Marshall
Policy Counsel
Marcus Stanley
Policy Director
Amanda Werner
Arbitration Campaign Manager

Jeff Miller
Vice President for Communications
Karely Hernandez
Communications Manager
Tyler Lewis
Director of Messaging and Project Management
Patrick McNeil
Digital Communications Manager
Shin Inouye
Director of Communications and Media Relations
Alicia Smith
Communications Assistant

Ed Fichter
Vice President for Development
Jamal Chevis
Development Assistant
Joshua Gerras
Development Associate for Program Operations
Lisa Haywood
Director of Membership Services
Mary Anne Walker
Manager for Individual Giving and Development Operations
Vania Iscandari
Carol H. Pitchersky Development Fellow

Anjali Thakur-Mittal
Deputy Director for Field Operations &
Director, Communities Against Hate Initiative
Jordyn Bussey
Field Associate
Paul-Winston Cange
Field Assistant
Cedric Lawson
Field Manger
Abbey Meller
Field Assistant
Sergio Lopez
Field Manager
Jheanelle Wilkins
Senior Field Manager

Angela M. Lovelace
Vice President for Finance and Administration
Ron Bigler
IT Director
Herlyth Clark
Accounting Manager
Constance Dennard
Finance Associate
Charlene Dillard
Receptionist & Office Coordinator
Charlotte Irving
Finance Associate
Andy Meruvia
IT Manager
Crystal Smith-Hunt
Director of Human Resources & Administration

Gisela Ariza
Policy Analyst
Steven Boyd
Policy Assistant
Arielle Atherley
Policy Associate
Emily Chatterjee
Senior Counsel
Sakira Cook
Senior Counsel
Elizabeth King
Senior Policy Analyst and Director of Education Policy
Milan Kumar
Policy Associate
Rob Randhava
Senior Counsel & Senior Policy Analyst
Corrine Yu
Senior Counsel and Managing Policy Director
June Zeitlin
Director of Human Rights Policy