This page is a resource for LCLD Alumni to learn more about current leaders of the LCLD Alumni Executive Council (EC), leadership roles, and committee descriptions. Please click on the topics below to navigate this information. A PDF version of the Leadership & Committee Roles can be found in the "Resources" section at the left and bottom of this page.
- Executive Council Officers & Members
- Class Liaisons
- City Leads
- Executive Council Leadership Role Descriptions
- Other Alumni Leadership Role Descriptions
- Alumni Committee Descriptions
Executive Council Officers & Members
The LCLD Alumni Executive Council coordinates strategic initiatives, programming, and activities on behalf of the Fellows and Pathfinder Alumni community.
Chair: Patty Palacios
Chair-Elect: Jaimala Pai
Immediate Past Chair: Bonnie Lau
Secretary: Amber Thomson
Treasurer (Leader of Finance Committee): Lisa Harris
All In! Campaign Lead: Melissa Lauderdale Ward
All In! Campaign Lead: Brenda Rodriguez Howdershell
Chief Data Officer (Leader of Technology & Connectivity Committee): Patrick Fang
Advocacy Group Committee Chair & Vice-Chair: Richik Sarkar & Megan O'Neill
Communications Committee Chair & Vice-Chair: Karl Riley & Megan Yoshimura
Leadership Symposium Committee Chair & Vice-Chair: Ricardo Bonilla & Lisa Collins
Outreach Committee Chair & Vice-Chair: Joy Johns & Shani Harmon Alexander
Program Development Committee Chair & Vice-Chairs: Witt Chang & Michelle Park Chiu
Racial Justice Committee Chair: Ashley Wicks
Regional Program Leads: Sarah Maguire (Mid-Atlantic), Reena Bajowala (Mid-West),
Ashley Brooks (Northeast), Sushant Mohan (South) & Chahira Solh (West)
At-Large Member, Engagement: Albert Lin
At-Large Members, GC Mentoring Program: Maritza Okata & Randall Lehner
At-Large Members, Pathways to Equity: Saira Hussain & Bobby Singh & Eva Pulliam
At-Large Members, Sustainable Partnership: Kenneth Perry & Christophe Mosby
2011 Co-Class Liaisons: Shanna Cohn & Eric Tate
2012 Co-Class Liaisons: Yvette Gatling & Aja Sae-Kung
2013 Co-Class Liaisons: Caryn Boisen & Kyle Ferachi
2014 Co-Class Liaisons: Sarah Devine & William Toles
2015 Co-Class Liaisons: Mark Kressel & Angela Ramsom
2016 Co-Class Liaisons: Fawaz Bham & Lamia Matta
2017 Co-Class Liaisons: Phillip Chong, Nerissa McGinn & Nakimuli Davis-Primer
2018 Co-Class Liaisons: Naim Surgeon & Molly L. Wiltshire
2019 Co-Class Liaisons: Divya Gupta & Miyuki Oshima
2020 Co-Class Liaisons: Stacey Moore Buchanan & Ray McKenzie
Atlanta: Cory Davis & Kevin Gooch
Austin: Christopher Mugica
Baltimore: Roy Prather
Boston: Jaclyn Piltch
Charlotte: Joshua Lanning
Chicago: Ann Chen & Johner "J.T." Wilson III
Dallas: David Monterio & Lanita Morgan
Denver: Tracy Talbot
Detroit: Erin Bowles & Raymond Luk
Houston: Jeff Kuo
Indianapolis: Freedom Smith
Kansas City, MO: Kristin Kaplan
Los Angeles: Derrick Lam & Chrissy Roussell
Miami: Enjoliqué Aytch, Gregory Boulos & Reginald Sainvil
Milwaukee: Mai Der Shaw
Minneapolis: Jeff Brockman & Alex Christian
New Jersey: Sylvia-Rebecca Gutierrez
New York: Brian McGrath & Shivani Poddar
Portland: Dinah Choi
Philadelphia: Rubén Muñoz & Alice Palmer
Phoenix: Hayleigh Crawford
Richmond: Shyrell Reed
San Francisco: Christin Hill
Seattle: Samuel Jo
Silicon Valley: Marcus Barber & Deanna Kwong
St. Louis: Chris Pickett
Tampa/SW FL: Ellyn Kamke & Patricia Silva
Washington, D.C.: Saminaz Akhter & Marcus Childress
Executive Council Leadership Role Descriptions
Chair: This person is responsible for leading the Executive Council. The Chair is responsible for helping the Executive Council (EC) make decisions and leading the LCLD Alumni in a direction consistent with the goals of the organization. The Chair shapes the agenda and runs the Alumni EC monthly meetings with assistance from the Immediate Past Chair, Chair-Elect, and LCLD Alumni Program Manager.
Chair-Elect: This person is the second-in-charge for all activities and initiatives of the EC. The Chair-Elect is responsible for assisting the Chair make decisions and lead the EC. The Chair-Elect participates in all EC calls, and is tasked with special projects and initiatives. The Chair-Elect will assume the role of Chair after one year as Chair-Elect.
Immediate Past Chair: This person plays an active role as advisor to the Chair. The Immediate Past Chair provides guidance and historical knowledge to the Chair. The Immediate Past Chair leads the Rick Palmore Award Nomination and Selection Committee and participates in all EC meetings.
Secretary: The Secretary assists the Chair to ensure that the business of the EC runs smoothly. The Secretary frequently assists with the management of various working groups tasked with specific goals. The Secretary is also responsible for keeping meeting minutes during the EC monthly meetings and distributing those minutes to the EC.
Treasurer: The Treasurer is responsible for (1) creating the budget for the use of funds raised through the All In! campaign and (2) reporting to the EC on a quarterly basis. The Treasurer also serves as the chair of the Finance Committee.
All In! Campaign Chair: The All In! Campaign Chair, with guidance from the Treasurer and Finance Committee, is responsible for managing the All In! campaign.
All In! Campaign Vice-Chair: The All In! Campaign Vice Chair assists the All In! Campaign Chair in driving participation in the All In! Campaign.
Chief Data Officer: In furtherance of the EC’s strategic focus on enhancing LCLD Alumni engagement, the Chief Data Officer is responsible for coordinating efforts to develop a platform for use by LCLD Alumni that will facilitate networking, event planning, and the dissemination of substantive programming and other LCLD Alumni communications. The Chief Data Officer is also responsible for leading the EC’s efforts to develop analytical tools and metrics for assessing Alumni engagement. The Chief Data Officer serves as the head of the Technology and Connectivity Committee.
Advocacy Group Chair: The Advocacy Group Chair is responsible for creating and maintaining the Advocacy Groups and developing/executing topical calls for all alumni. The Advocacy Group Chair also leads the Advocacy Group Committee. Advocacy Group Vice-Chair: The Advocacy Group Vice-Chair assists the Chair in creating and maintaining the Advocacy Groups, developing/executing topical calls, and managing the Advocacy Group Committee.
Communications Committee Chair: The Communications Committee Chair is responsible for connecting LCLD Alumni through various communications channels including: The Year in Review and GroupMe/other social media. The Communications Chair leads the Class Liaisons in the dissemination of information to the various classes and spearheads Alumni Spotlight initiatives. The Communications Committee Chair works closely with the Vice-Chair and the LCLD Staff to achieve these goals.
Communications Committee Vice-Chair: The Communications Committee Vice-Chair assists the Communications Committee Chair in creating and disseminating information to LCLD Alumni. Leadership Symposium Committee Chair: The Leadership Symposium Chair is responsible for planning the annual leadership symposium. Tasks include (1) developing a conference agenda and conference sessions; (2) establishing and maintaining conference budget; (3) identifying and confirming speakers; (4) organizing social aspects of the conference; and (4) securing sponsorships to cover the costs of the conference. The Leadership Symposium Chair works closely with the Leadership Symposium Committee Vice-Chair and Leadership Symposium Committee to accomplish these tasks. Leadership Symposium Committee Vice-Chair: The Leadership Symposium Committee Vice-Chair assists the chair with all symposium-related tasks.
Outreach Committee Chair: The Outreach Committee Chair facilitates public service opportunities for the LCLD Alumni Community. These tasks include (1) ongoing public service opportunities with The Posse Foundation, (2) manage the group community service project at the Annual Leadership, and (3) lead community service initiatives throughout the year. Symposium. The Outreach Committee Chair is also responsible for creating and maintaining a list of Alumni who wish to speak at outreach events, CLEs, conferences, and other programs. Outreach Committee Vice-Chair: The Outreach Committee Vice-Chair assists the chair in planning and implementing public service opportunities throughout the year and at the Annual Leadership Symposium. Program Development Committee Chair: The Program Development Committee Chair oversees the development and implementation of substantive and networking opportunities through a network of five (5) Regional Leads and over fifty (50+) City Leads. Together with the Program Development Committee Vice-Chair and LCLD Alumni Program Manager, the Program Development Committee Chair tracks and allocates All In! funds for regional and local programs. The Program Development Committee Chair participates in 3 out of 5 monthly regional planning calls.
Program Development Committee Vice-Chair: The Program Development Committee Vice-Chair assists the Chair in all aspects of program development and implementation and All In! funding allocation decisions. The Program Development Committee Vice-Chair participates in 2 out of 5 monthly regional planning calls.
Program Development Committee Racial Justice Programs Chair: The Program Development Committee Racial Justice Programs Chair (Racial Justice Programs Chair), with assistance from the Racial Justice Program Committee, is responsible for developing programs and compiling guidance/best practices for Alumni to share with their organizations to combat systemic racism and remove barriers to success for attorneys from underrepresented groups.
Regional Program Leads: Five Regional Program Leads (Northeast, Mid-Atlantic, South, Midwest, and West) lead a number of City Leads their respective regions in the development, planning, and implementation of local programming for LCLD Alumni. Regional Leads manage monthly check-in calls where they facilitate the development of program topics and troubleshoot planning roadblocks. Regional Program Leads may also be called upon to lead a substantive program for the region.
Other Alumni Leadership Roles
City Leads: City Leads, with help from Regional Leads and the Program Development Chair and Vice-Chair, are responsible for planning and executing at least two programs for local alumni. When in-person events are being held, one event should contain substantive content and the other should focus on networking. During times when virtual programming is necessary, City Leads will be tasked with planning creative ways for local Alumni to network in a virtual setting. City Leads should also coordinate with each other to develop substantive programming events. City Leads participate in monthly check-in calls with the Regional Program Lead. Each city has at least two City Leads, and larger cities may have more than two City Leads. This is a great position for Alumni looking to lead within their local LCLD community.
Class Liaisons: Class Liaisons are responsible for acting as a “bridge” or connection point between each program class and the LCLD Alumni. The Class Liaisons strive to ensure that each class is made aware of programs, events, initiatives, and projects that the EC, other LCLD Alumni Classes, and LCLD are undertaking. Class Liaisons engage with their classes through periodic class calls and via GroupMe. Class Liaisons serve on the Communications Committee and play a critical role in encouraging participation for class-level awards. Each program year has two Class Liaisons.
Alumni Committee Descriptions
Advocacy Group Committee
The Advocacy Group Committee is responsible for planning, implementing, and supporting the Advocacy Group Program, a mutual support system where participating LCLD Alumni are divided into small groups and actively promote each other’s careers. Through the Advocacy Group Program, LCLD Alumni assist each other in reaching their respective career goals through concrete steps, including providing feedback to each other on career strategy, sharing learning resources, and introducing each other to people who can be critical to career transitions or progressions. The Advocacy Group Committee is also responsible for planing and executing topical calls open to all LCLD Alumni.
- Provide platform and guidance for Alumni to engage in peer-to-peer mentoring and counsel.
- Organize/facilitate Advocacy Groups.
- Plan topical calls for all LCLD Alumni.
The Communications Committee is responsible for building effective and ongoing relationships with and among LCLD Alumni by keeping the growing body of LCLD Alumni robustly informed of, and connected to, the LCLD Alumni experience. This committee works closely with the professional communications staff of LCLD and includes Class Liaisons in order to promote LCLD Alumni engagement and communications.
Developing, coordinating, and assisting in implementing an integrated communications plan through:
- Executing a cohesive new member care strategy (to facilitate the transition from Fellows or Pathfinders to LCLD Alumni).
- Developing and managing class-based and other LCLD Alumni communications and surveys.
- Utilizing social media and other channels to communicate messages coherently and effectively across the LCLD Alumni.
This committee also will seek to coordinate messaging and implementation on specific events and/or opportunities, such as:
- Developing the Year in Review.
- Engage in multi-channel communications efforts with Alumni about significant LCLD programs and initiatives.
- Drafting Alumni Spotlight stories.
- Encouraging and supporting the nomination of Alumni for national, regional, and local awards.
- Acting as, and managing, Class Liaisons (and class-based surveys and communications).
- Lead panel discussions at final Fellows and Pathfinder program meetings.
The Finance Committee, under the leadership of the Treasurer, is responsible for creating the budget for the use of funds that are raised through All In! The Finance Committee is also responsible for driving participation in the All In! Campaign.
Leadership Symposium Committee
The Leadership Symposium Committee is responsible for planning and implementing the LCLD Alumni Leadership Symposium, with the support of LCLD staff members. The committee’s responsibilities include (1) developing a conference agenda and conference sessions; (2) establishing and maintaining the conference budget; (3) identifying and confirming guest speakers; (4) organizing social events; and (5) securing sponsorships to cover the costs of the conference. This committee also works with LCLD staff to make recommendations for the following year’s conference location and committee chairs.
- Develop the agenda.
- Secure speakers.
- Secure sponsorships.
- Establish and maintain the conference budget.
- Plan social aspects of the conference.
The Outreach Committee is responsible for enabling the LCLD Alumni to have personal and collective impact on their local communities. The committee’s responsibilities include (1) organizing a yearly community service project at the LCLD Alumni Leadership Symposium; (2) identifying volunteer opportunities for Alumni with The Posse Foundation; and (3) helping to maintain a list of Alumni interested in speaking opportunities.
- Serve Greater Good to Improve Legal Diversity—Connect the LCLD Alumni to the community through service and charitable giving. The principal focus is on how LCLD Alumni can make an impact on the community. The major objective of this committee is to think big and to focus on the type of legacy that LCLD Alumni, as diverse leaders in the legal profession, want to leave behind—i.e., how Alumni want the community (those not in LCLD) to perceive LCLD and the LCLD Alumni.
- Relationship Incubation—Create monetary or action-driven projects and, in the process, bring LCLD Alumni together and help build relationships.
- Provide Pro Bono and volunteer opportunities for Alumni to serve their communities and engage with each other.
Program Development Committee
The Program Development Committee is comprised of Regional Leads and City Leads from around the country. It is responsible for promoting engagement among the LCLD Alumni with each other, LCLD Members, and other LCLD program participants (including current Fellows, Pathfinders, and 1L Scholars) by developing substantive programming and organizing networking events.
The Program Development Committee is responsible for organizing (1) substantive programs based on the needs of each city; (2) roundtable discussions involving LCLD Members, other business and community leaders, and LCLD Alumni in cities throughout the United States; (3) networking events; and (4) other events or programs that focus on career development, leadership training, or relationship incubation.
The five regions are as follows:
DC, MD, NC, VA, WV
IA, IL, IN, KS, MI, MN, MO, ND, NE, OH, Western PA (Pittsburgh area), SD, WI
CT, DE, MA, ME, NH, NJ, NY, Eastern PA (Philadelphia area), RI, VT
AL, AR, FL, GA, KY, LA, MS, OK, SC, TN, TX
AK, AZ, CA , CO, HI, ID, MT, NM, NV, OR, UT, WA, WY
- Relationship incubation by increasing LCLD Alumni interaction with other LCLD program participants and among each other by developing and implementing substantive and networking events.
- Facilitate access to role models and support through programs involving LCLD Members.
- Organize substantive programming for local LCLD community.
- Organize a Regional Roundtable Event in your city or region, giving you the opportunity to engage with General Counsel and Managing Partners.
- Organize a networking event for LCLD Alumni in your city or region.
Racial Justice Program Committee
The Racial Justice Program Committee assists the Program Development Committee Racial Justice Programs Chair with developing and executing programs to address systemic racism and helping members of underrepresented groups succeed. Committee members also help compile best practices and guidance for Alumni to share and implement within their organizations.
Technology and Connectivity Committee
The Technology and Connectivity Committee, under the leadership of the Chief Data Officer, is responsible for, in coordination with the Communications Committee and Program Development Committee, developing and implementing the EC’s engagement strategy, with a particular focus on building and enhancing technology platforms to facilitate communication, networking, engagement, and the dissemination of substantive content and programming in the LCLD Alumni community. The committee is also responsible for assisting the EC’s efforts to develop analytical tools and metrics for assessing Alumni engagement.
See below for a PDF version of the LCLD Alumni leadership roles and committee descriptions.