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.

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

Sam Starks, Vice Chairman
Senior Attorney
The Cochran Firm Atlanta
Atlanta, GA

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

Clinton Browning, Secretary
Partner & Head
Berkeley, CA

Ilham Askia
President & CEO, East Lake Foundation
Co-Founder, Gideon’s Promise
Atlanta, GA

Jonathan Rapping
Co-Founder, Gideon’s Promise
Atlanta, GA

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

Marc Johnson
Vice President, Corporate Communications
Menlo Park, CA

Mina Malik 
Senior Partner
The Cochran Firm New York
New York, NY



Serena Nunn 
Criminal Justice Reformer
Atlanta, GA

David E. Patton
Kaplan, Hecker, & Fink
New York, NY

Naveen Ramachandrappa
Bondurant Mixson & Elmore LLP
Atlanta, GA

Alejo Rodriguez Jr.
Adjunct Professor
Columbia Law School
Brooklyn, NY

JaKathryn Ross
Senior Director, Community Affairs
Atlanta, GA

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.




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

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

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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