The work of Gideon’s Promise is guided by dedicated individuals who serve the organization in a variety of capacities.

Executive Team


Erika Berrien

Finance Director

Christopher Pearson

Advancement Director 

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Allison Peters

Administrative Assistant

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Sharon Davis Williams

Strategic Planning & Operations Director

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Ebony Willis

Marketing & Communications Specialist

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Board of Directors

Giles Davidson, Chairman
Managing Partner
GoWest LLC
Dallas, TX

Winfield Ward Murray, Vice Chairman
Deputy Chief of Staff
Office of Mayor Keisha L. Bottoms
Professor, Morehouse College
Atlanta, GA

Lesley Zork, Secretary
Nurse Attorney
Jack H. Olender & Associates, P.C.
Washington, D.C.

Clinton Browning
Managing Director
The SSB Group
Atlanta, GA

J.R. Clark
Squire Patton Boggs
Washington, D.C.

Charles E. Clayman
Founding Partner
Clayman & Rosenberg LLP
New York, NY

Craig L. Dean
Managing Director
Dean Development Group 
Washington, D.C.

Dawn Deaner
Executive Director, Choosing Justice Initiative
Former Metro-Nashville Public Defender
Nashville, TN

Kenneth Hardin
Assistant Public Defender 
Harris County Public Defender’s Office 
Houston, TX 

Tiffany Hosey
Chief Executive Officer
Reston, VA

Marc Johnson
Managing Director
APCO Worldwide
New York, NY

Michael Kam
Kam, Ebersbach & Lewis
Atlanta, GA

David E. Patton
Executive Director
Federal Defenders of New York
New York, NY

Lynn Pride Richardson
Chief Public Defender
Dallas County
Dallas, TX

Sheel Tyle
Founder & CEO
Spring, TX

Advisory Board

Emmet Bondurant
Bondurant Mixson & Elmore, LLP
Atlanta, GA

Blair G. Brown
Zuckerman Spaeder, LLP
Washington, DC

Nelson Fernandez
Founder & CEO
Crosby Street Consultants
New York, NY

George H. Kendall
Patton, Suires & Boggs
New York, NY

Gary Kohlman
Of Counsel for Litigation
Office of the Attorney General for the District of Columbia
Washington, DC

Ray Marshall
Professor Emeritus / Audre & Bernard Rapoport Centennial Chair in Economics & Public Affairs
University of Texas – Austin
Former United States Secretary of Labor
Austin, TX

Portia Mount
Vice President & Global Leader of Strategic Marketing
Ingersoll Rand
Greensboro, NC

Charles Ogletree, Jr.
Jesse Climinko Professor of Law
Harvard Law School
Cambridge, MA

Michele Roberts
Executive Director
National Basketball Players Association
New York, NY

Mark J. Rochon
Member & Chair, White Collar Defense
Miller & Chevalier
Washington, DC

Claudia Saari
Circuit Public Defender
Stone Mountain Circuit Public Defender Office
Stone Mountain, GA

Mark Stephens
The Law Office of Mark E. Stephens 
Knoxville, TN

Ian Yankwitt
Tortoise Investment Management
New York, NY

Malik Yoba
Actor, Writer & Producer
New York, NY

“This community makes me look in the mirror as to how I was approaching problems and makes me re-think things within a new framework.”

John Lindner — St. Tammany Parish, LA
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