Rakim H. D. Brooks is the president of Alliance for Justice and a public interest appellate lawyer. He is committed to a judiciary that reflects America’s diversity and the Constitution’s promise of a more perfect union.
Director, Bolder Advocacy
Abby Levine serves as Director of the Bolder Advocacy Program at Alliance for Justice. She provides legal guidance that encourages grantmakers to support advocacy and other nonprofit organizations to participate in policymaking decisions through an understanding of federal tax and election law. 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.
Ryann Alonso is the Program Coordinator for the Bolder Advocacy program at Alliance for Justice’s DC office. They coordinate workshops and trainings, and provide administrative and programmatic support to Bolder Advocacy.
Leslie Barnes serves as Senior Counsel for the Bolder Advocacy Program at Alliance for Justice. In her role, she provides legal guidance to grant makers and nonprofits on engaging with elected officials, the public, voters, and candidates in a way that furthers their mission, encourages civic engagement and shapes public policy while complying with tax and election laws. She provides technical assistance, creates resources for tax-exempt entities and is available to work with your nonprofit board or staff to present a workshop or webinar on the rules surrounding nonprofit advocacy.
CA Program Coordinator
Jairo Gomez is the CA Program Coordinator for the Bolder Advocacy program. He coordinates workshops and trainings, and provides administrative and programmatic support.
Senior Bilingual Counsel
Sara Matlin is Senior Bilingual Counsel with the Alliance for Justice’s Bolder Advocacy Program in Northern California. Sara empowers Spanish- and English-speaking nonprofit organizations to become more courageous leaders in policy change movements.
Tim Mooney is senior counsel with the Bolder Advocacy Program at Alliance for Justice. He provides one-on-one technical assistance for nonprofit advocates, teaches nonprofit and election law workshops and writes on these issues for Bolder Advocacy publications.
Ronnie Pawelko is Senior Counsel for the Bolder Advocacy program at Alliance for Justice and is based in AFJ’s Washington, DC office. Through trainings and technical assistance, she supports nonprofit organizations in pursuing legal and effective advocacy to create systems change.
In 2020, Jen Powis opened the Houston office as Senior Counsel for the Bolder Advocacy Program at Alliance for Justice. For more than a decade, Jen has been a public interest attorney focusing on ensuring non-profits act as strong advocates.
Southern California Counsel
Quyen is the Southern California Counsel for the Bolder Advocacy program at Alliance for Justice and is based in AFJ’s Southern California office. Through trainings and technical assistance, she supports nonprofit organizations in pursuing legal and effective advocacy to create systems change.
Shannon Williams is the 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.