gideon’s promise board of directors

Board of Directors

Our board members are fiduciaries of Gideon’s Promise, who steer the organization towards a sustainable future by adopting sound, ethical, and legal governance and financial management policies, as well as ensuring Gideon’s Promise has adequate resources to advance its mission.

Clinton Browning, Chairman
Partner & Head
Berkeley, CA

Winfield Ward Murray, Vice Chairman
Of Counsel, Department of Labor
Professor, Morehouse College
Atlanta, GA

Giles Davidson, Chairman Emeritus
Managing Partner
JWD Property
Dallas, TX

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

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

Craig L. Dean
Regional Director, Strategic & Government Accounts
Green Standards
Toronto, ON

C. Dawn Deaner
Executive Director and Founder, Choosing Justice Initiative
Former Metro-Nashville Public Defender
Nashville, TN

Kenneth Hardin
Executive Director
Managed Assigned Counsel Program
Houston, TX

Marc Johnson
Vice President, Corporate Communications
Menlo Park, CA

Michael Kam
Kam, Ebersbach & Lewis (Retired, acting Of Counsel)
Atlanta, GA

Kristi Matthews
Sr. Counsel Employment and Social Impact
Atlanta, GA

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

Lynn Pride Richardson
Chief Public Defender
Dallas County Public Defender
Dallas, TX

Alejo Rodriguez Jr.
Director of Collaborative Advocacy
Brooklyn, NY

Virginia Sloan
President-Emeritus and Founder
The Constitution Project
Washington, D.C.

Paul Song
FuseBio Therapeutics
Los Angeles, CA

Jon M. Talotta
Hogan Lovells US LLP
Washington, D.C.

Michael Wolfson
Vaudeville Ventures
New York, NY

Rochelle Yankwitt
Director of Client Service
Tortoise Investment Management
New York, NY



gideon’s promise advisory board

Advisory Board

Emmet Bondurant
Bondurant Mixson & Elmore, LLP
Atlanta, GA

Blair G. Brown
Zuckerman Spaeder, LLP
Washington, DC

Charles E. Clayman
Clayman Rosenburg Kirshner & Linder LLP
New York, NY

Lara Druyan
Managing Director
Silicon Valley Data Capital
San Francisco, CA

George H. Kendall
Director, Public Service Initiative
Squire Patton Boggs
New York, NY

W. Gary Kohlman
Sr. Counsel for Litigation
Office of the Attorney General
Washington D.C.

Ray Marshall
Rapoport Chair in Economics & Public Affairs
University of Texas – Austin
Former United States Secretary of Labor
Austin, TX

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

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

Mark J. Rochon
Miller & Chevalier Chartered
Washington, D.C.

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

Sheel Tyle
Founder & CEO
Spring, TX

Ian Yankwitt
Tortoise Investment Management
New York, NY

† Deceased

Protecting This Promise

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