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The Sentencing Project Staff

Amy Fettig

Executive Director

Warren Allen

End Life Imprisonment Fellow

Alexandra Bailey

End Life Imprisonment Strategist

Breanna Bishop

Communications Associate

Durrel Douglas

Jail-based Voting Initiative Organizer

Nazgol Ghandnoosh, Ph.D.

Senior Research Analyst

Kara Gotsch

Deputy Director

R. Elysa Gurman

Executive Assistant

Liz Komar

Sentencing Reform Counsel

Heather Koslov

Development Director

Florence Lee

Development Associate

Marc Mauer

Senior Advisor

Morgan McLeod

Communications Manager

Richard Mendel

Senior Research Fellow

Ashley Nellis, Ph.D.

Senior Research Analyst

Terry Nixon

Director of Operations & Finance

Nicole D. Porter

Senior Director of Advocacy

Joshua Rovner

Director of Youth Justice

Emma Stammen

Research Fellow

The Sentencing Project Board of Directors

Henderson Hill, President

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.

Santha Sonenberg, Vice President

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.

Mark MacDougall, Treasurer

Mark MacDougall is a trial lawyer with extensive civil and criminal trial experience. He formerly served as a federal prosecutor with the Criminal Division of the U.S. Department of Justice. For more than a decade, MacDougall has devoted considerable time to the pro bono representation of defendants facing the death penalty in South Carolina and has received national recognition for this work, including the Foot Soldier Award from the NAACP and the Exemplar Award from the National Legal Aid and Defender Association. MacDougall received his undergraduate degree from the University of Notre Dame, his MBA from Boston University, and his law degree from the George Washington University.

Ashley McSwain, Secretary

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.

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.

Cynthia Jones

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.

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, 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.