Nan Aron is the founder and president of Alliance for Justice (AFJ), the leading progressive advocacy organization on justice issues since its inception in 1979. Under Nan’s leadership, AFJ has grown to become a national association of more than 130 groups representing a variety of progressive constituencies. At present, AFJ comprises two main programs, the Justice Program and the Bolder Advocacy initiative.
Director, Bolder Advocacy
Abby Levine serves as Director of the Bolder Advocacy initiative at Alliance for Justice. Abby’s work includes creating curriculum, teaching workshops, providing technical assistance, writing plain-language legal guides, and describing federal legislative and regulatory developments that impact nonprofits.
Nona manages AFJ’s Bolder Advocacy work in California as well as its Northern and Southern California offices. Nona has over two decades of experience as an attorney specializing in representing nonprofit organizations.
Natalie Ossenfort serves as the Director of AFJ’s Texas office. Prior to her work with the organization, she helped to create and run the Innocence Project of Texas, a nonprofit dedicated to freeing those wrongfully convicted of crimes in the state.
Leslie comes to Alliance from Justice from private and government practice. Having worked as Co-General Counsel for the Indiana Election Division, she has helped guide candidates, nonprofits, and local election officials through more than 30 election cycles.
California Program Manager
Marianna Garcia is the California Program Manager for AFJ’s Bolder Advocacy program, providing administrative and programmatic support to its West Coast Programs.
Toren received his J.D. from UC Davis School of Law and a bachelor’s degree in International Politics from Georgetown University. Prior to joining AFJ, Toren served as a Commission Counsel in the Legal and Enforcement Divisions of California’s Fair Political Practices Commission (FPPC).
Sara Matlin is the Bilingual Counsel with the Alliance for Justice’s Bolder Advocacy Initiative in Oakland, CA. Sara empowers Spanish- and English-speaking nonprofit organizations to become more courageous leaders in policy change movements.
Ronnie Pawelko is Elections Counsel for Alliance for Justice. Before joining AFJ, Ronnie was General Counsel at Family Planning Advocates of New York State where she focused on reproductive health care policy and worked to ensure their advocacy and political activities were conducted in compliance with applicable laws and regulations.
Nikhil Pillai is Counsel for the Bolder Advocacy Initiative at Alliance for Justice. He consults with and trains nonprofit organizations on the rules and strategies for legal and effective advocacy.
Southern California Counsel
Shyaam serves as Southern California Counsel for the Bolder Advocacy program at the Alliance for Justice. In this capacity, he assists nonprofit organizations in pursuing legal and effective advocacy to advance their public policy goals.
Advocacy Evaluation Manager
Shannon Williams is the Advocacy Evaluation Manager at Alliance for Justice. As part of the Bolder Advocacy team, she leads AFJ’s efforts in educating and providing capacity assessment and other tools for nonprofits, funders, and evaluators to help them measure and strengthen organizational advocacy and community organizing.
Chris is the Bolder Advocacy Program Associate for the organization. In this role she provides a wide range of administrative, technical , and program support activities that advance the program area’s activities.