Meet Our Coaches & Staff

Rakim Brooks

President
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. 

Natalie Roetzel Ossenfort

Interim Program Director of Bolder Advocacy
Natalie Ossenfort serves as the Interim Program Director of Bolder Advocacy. 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.

Nona Randois

Interim Senior Legal Director
Nona Randois is the Interim Senior Legal Director for Bolder Advocacy. Nona has over two decades of experience as an attorney specializing in representing nonprofit organizations.

Tim Mooney

Senior Counsel
Tim Mooney is the Senior Counsel for 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.

Shannon Williams

Director of Bolder Advocacy Operations and Evaluation
Shannon Williams is the Director of Bolder Advocacy Operations and Evaluation. In her role, she works collaboratively across the organization to ensure continuity of day-to-day programmatic operations and guide sustainable program growth.

Leslie Barnes

Senior Counsel
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.

Sara Matlin

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.

Quyen Tu

Southern California Counsel
Quyen is Senior Counsel for the Bolder Advocacy program at Alliance for Justice and is based in Southern California. She was in private practice before joining AFJ with a focus on advising social enterprises and benefit corporations, a legal status mix between nonprofit and for-profit. Quyen is one of the founding hosts on BA’s Rules of the Game podcast.

Mallory Morales

Northern California Counsel
Mallory Morales is the Northern California Counsel for the Bolder Advocacy Program at Alliance for Justice. She supports nonprofit organizations in their advocacy efforts to push progressive policies and bend the arc of justice.

Victor Rivera Labiosa

Bilingual Counsel
Victor Rivera Labiosa is a Bilingual Counsel for the Bolder Advocacy team and the Alliance for Justice’s Texas office, where he works with Spanish-and English-speaking nonprofit organizations to ensure they are maximizing their lobbying and advocacy efforts.

Monika Graham

Bilingual Counsel
Monika Graham serves as Bilingual Counsel for the Bolder Advocacy Program at Alliance for Justice. She supports nonprofit organizations in their advocacy and lobbying efforts by equipping them with the resources to do so boldly and effectively. 

Ryann Alonso

Senior Program Coordinator
Ryann Alonso is the Senior 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.

Jairo Gomez

Program and Evaluation Coordinator
Jairo Gomez is the Program and Evaluation Coordinator for the Bolder Advocacy program. He coordinates workshops and trainings, and provides administrative and programmatic support.

Nadia Watson

Marketing Communications Manager
Nadia Watson is the Marketing Communications Manager for the Bolder Advocacy program at Alliance for Justice. She will help implement and maintain an overall content marketing strategy for Bolder Advocacy's thought leadership and advocacy resources for the dual purpose of aligning with AFJ's overall strategy and effectively engaging key stakeholders.