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The Sentencing Project Staff


Amy Fettig

Executive Director

Breanna Bishop

Communications Associate

Nazgol Ghandnoosh, Ph.D.

Senior Research Analyst

Kara Gotsch

Director of Strategic Initiatives

Nancy Konjo

Administrative Associate

Marc Mauer

Senior Advisor

Morgan McLeod

Communications Manager

Ashley Nellis, Ph.D.

Senior Research Analyst

Terry Nixon

Director of Operations

Nicole D. Porter

Director of Advocacy

Joshua Rovner

Senior Advocacy Associate

The Sentencing Project Board of Directors


Cynthia Jones, President

Cynthia Jones is a professor of law at American University’s Washington College of Law where she teaches courses in Evidence, Criminal Law, Criminal Procedure, and a seminar on “Race, Crime and Politics.” Jones served as a law clerk to the Honorable Frank E. Schwelb of the District of Columbia Court of Appeals and worked as an associate at the law firm of Dickstein, Shapiro and Morin. In addition to serving as a public defender, she was also the Executive Director of the Public Defender Service and the Deputy Director of the D.C. Pretrial Services Agency. Jones received her undergraduate degree from the University of Delaware and her law degree from American University’s Washington College of Law.

Susan Tucker, Vice President

Susan Tucker is the former Director of Justice Reinvestment Initiatives for the New York City Department of Probation. Susan also served as the Founding Director of The After-Prison Initiative at the Open Society Institute and the Director of Policy and Research for Victim Services (now Safe Horizons) in New York City, the nation's most comprehensive victim assistance organization. Tucker received her undergraduate degree from Barnard College and her law degree from the NYU School of Law.

Michael Blake

Michael Blake is an independent consultant who advises endowments, foundations, and private family financial offices on governance and management of investments. Blake served as Vice President of Finance at Evelyn and Walter Haas Fund, San Francisco and worked as Country Director of Central African Republic (CAR) Peace Corps. Blake received a B.A. in Economics from Duke University, and Master’s in Business Administration from University of California, Berkeley.

Angela J. Davis

Angela J. Davis is a professor of law at American University's Washington College of Law. She is an expert in criminal law and procedure with a specific focus on prosecutorial power and racism in the criminal justice system. Davis previously served as director of the D.C. Public Defender Service, where she began as a staff attorney representing indigent juveniles and adults. Davis is the author of Arbitrary Justice: The Power of the American Prosecutor. She received her undergraduate degree from Howard University and her law degree from Harvard Law School.

Judge Nancy Gertner

Judge Nancy Gertner is a former federal judge for the United States District Court for the District of Massachusetts, retiring from the federal bench in September 2011. Gertner had a 20-year career as a lawyer and was celebrated for her work as a criminal defense attorney and civil rights activist. Gertner taught for more than 10 years as a visiting lecturer at Yale Law School, focusing on American sentencing and comparative sentencing law. She received her undergraduate degree from Barnard College, Columbia University, and her law degree and master’s degree from Yale University.

Henderson Hill

Henderson Hill is Senior Counsel at ACLU. He previously worked as a public defender (PDS), director of the NC Death Penalty Resource Center, a partner at the civil rights law firm, Ferguson Stein Chambers (CLT), and as director of the Federal Defenders of Western North Carolina. Most recently, Henderson served as founding director of the 8th Amendment Project. Henderson launched, and continues to serve as co-director of Redress NC, an initiative to unwind extreme sentences through collaboration with community stakeholders. Henderson is a graduate of Lehman College, CUNY, (B.A. Economics), and Harvard Law School, J.D.

Glenn Ivey

Glenn Ivey is a partner at Ivey & Levetown LLP in Greenbelt, Maryland. His practice focuses on white collar criminal defense, Congressional and grand jury investigations, civil litigation, regulatory matters, and internal corporate investigations. He has previously served as an Assistant U.S. Attorney at the U.S. Attorney’s Office under former Attorney General Eric Holder, an elected State’s Attorney for Prince George’s County, MD, and a chairman of the Maryland Public Service Commission. He has taught at both Harvard Law School and the University Of Maryland School Of Law. Ivey graduated from Princeton University and Harvard Law School.

Ashley McSwain

Ashley McSwain is the Executive Director for Community Family Life Services, an organization serving women returning home from prison or jail and serves, homeless and low income families offering case management, release planning and navigation services. McSwain is also adjunct faculty for Catholic University’s Graduate School of Social Work and is licensed to practice Social Work in Maryland and the District of Columbia. She holds a Master of Social Work from Temple University, a Master of Organizational Development from American University and a bachelors in Criminal Justice from Temple University.

Santha Sonenberg

Santha Sonenberg served as a public defender in the federal and local courts, litigator, consultant, and associate professor at various schools of law—including Harvard Law School, Georgetown University Law Center, and University of Maryland School of Law. As a career practitioner, Sonenberg’s emphasis has been the fair and individualized treatment of the disenfranchised. Sonenberg received a Bachelor of Arts Degree from Wesleyan University, Middletown, CT, and her Juris Doctor degree from Georgetown University Law Center.

Ebony Underwood

Ebony Underwood is an advocate, social entrepreneur, filmmaker, and Soros Justice Fellow (2016).  She is the Founder & CEO of We Got Us Now, a nonprofit and movement built by, led by and for children of incarcerated parents in an effort to create greater awareness about the issue of parental incarceration and the rippling effects of mass incarceration. She also served as CEO of INPRISON.net, Director of Special Projects of Ebony Son/DTP/Def Jam Records, and spearheaded the Google-initiated digital #LoveLetters campaign. Underwood received her Bachelor of Arts degree in political science from The City College of New York.