Kate A. Martin, Chair

Kate Martin is proud to have served as Chair of the Board of SJP since its founding. She is a senior fellow at American Progress where she works on issues at the intersection of national security, civil liberties, and human rights. The New York Times’ Taking Note blog described her as “an expert on surveillance and detention, and a leading advocate for the rule of law in the so-called ‘war on terror.’” Before coming to American Progress, Martin served as director of the Center for National Security Studies for more than 20 years. She frequently testifies before Congress on national security and civil liberties issues. She is also a frequent commentator in the national media and has written extensively on these issues for the past 25 years. At the Center for National Security Studies, Martin brought lawsuits that challenged government deprivations of civil liberties. She has taught national security law and served as general counsel to the National Security Archive.

Christy Weisner, Secretary

Christy Weisner is a litigator by trade who focuses on e-discovery and the business of law. Christy graduated from the University of Virginia School of Law in 2010 and clerked for the Honorable Edward Hogshire in Charlottesville, Virginia. She joined Mayer Brown in New York as an associate before transferring to the Washington, D.C. office. In both offices, Christy focused on antitrust, securities, and other complex commercial litigation while also dedicating significant time to pro bono cases, representing a criminal defendant in a due process appeal to the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals and a Gambian family in an affirmative asylum application. Christy recently joined Pangea3, Thomson Reuters’ alternative legal service provider, in Washington, D.C. Prior to law school, Christy worked on Capitol Hill in the personal office of the Honorable Elijah E. Cummings (MD-07) and as an intern for Senator Paul S. Sarbanes (MD). She received her bachelor’s degree in political science from Salisbury University. Christy is an attorney admitted to practice in the state of New York and the District of Columbia and retains inactive membership in the bar of the Commonwealth of Virginia. 

Dele Butler

Dele Butler practices law at Hogan Lovells LLP, an international law firm, and works with investment fund managers to help them form and manage their private investment funds and advises on all aspects of fund formation and maintenance, including structuring, governance, and investor relations. Dele also advises investors on their private fund investments across numerous asset classes, including, private equity, venture capital, real estate, emerging markets, and Small Business Investment Companies (SBICs).

Dele received her Bachelor degree from University of Maryland College Park in 2000, Master degree from Johns Hopkins University in 2003 and J.D. from The George Washington University Law School in 2010.

Angela Kennedy Acree

Angela Kennedy was born and raised in Washington DC and graduated from the National Cathedral School for Girls.  After getting BA from Princeton University, she taught for a few years in DC Public Schools, then got her JD from Howard University School of Law in 1995.  Angela Kennedy has been a Staff Attorney at the Public Defender Service for the District of Columbia in the Civil Division for 15 years.  Angela Kennedy is most proud of her four sons.

The Honorable Joan Goldfrank

The Honorable Joan L. Goldfrank graduated cum laude from Emory University and received her J.D. from Emory University School of Law. Judge Goldfrank began her legal career as a Trial Attorney with the United States Department of Energy. She served as Associate Chief Counsel for President Jimmy Carter’s Commission on the Accident at Three Mile Island. She was an associate at the law firm of Collier, Shannon, Rill & Scott, and she served as an attorney in the Office of Legal Advisor for Saint Elizabeths Hospital. In 1985, Judge Goldfrank became the Executive Attorney for the D.C. Board on Professional Responsibility. In 1994, she accepted a position as an Attorney at the United States Department of Justice where she worked in the Professional Responsibility Advisory Office, the Environment and Natural Resources Division, and the Office of Professional Responsibility until her appointment as a Magistrate Judge of the Superior Court of the District of Columbia in 2002. During her tenure on the Court, she was part of teams that established the Mental Health Diversion Court and the Juvenile Behavioral Diversion Program. She served as the first judicial officer to preside over these calendars. As a Magistrate Judge, she also served as Chair of the Superior Court’s Commission on Mental Health. Judge Goldfrank retired after more than ten years of service on the Court.

Judge Goldfrank was an adjunct professor at American University’s Washington School of Law and Vermont School of Law where she taught professional responsibility. She was a member of the Boards of the D.C. Legal Counsel for the Elderly and a founding member of the Frederick B. Abramson Memorial Foundation. She has participated in various Bar activities, including serving as vice chair of the Disciplinary System Study Committee and a member of the Leadership Development Committee. The Board of Governors of the D.C. Bar appointed her to the D.C. Judicial Disability and Tenure Commission in 2014 for a six-year term. She is a Fellow of the American Bar Foundation.

Marcus Littles

Marcus Littles is an experienced social entrepreneur with expertise in racial and gender justice, strategic philanthropy, and social justice and advocacy. He is the Founder and Senior Partner at Frontline Solutions, a Black-owned national consulting firm that offers clients in the nonprofit and public sectors a full range of services to enhance impact. Under Marcus’ leadership, Frontline has provided support services to numerous social change organizations, including philanthropic foundations, affinity groups and support organizations, as well as nonprofits advocacy groups and social enterprises. Frontline has three offices, in Washington DC, Philadelphia, and Durham, NC, and 17 full-time staff. Previously, Littles worked as a consultant for TCC Group, served as a Program Associate in the Ford Foundation’s Community and Resource Development Unit and has held positions as a policy analyst at the US Department of Housing and Urban Development, an educator at a middle school in South Africa and a program director at several youth development organizations.  Originally from Mobile, Alabama, currently Marcus lives in Washington DC with his wife, and toddler son.

Christian Smutherman

Since starting his career as a teacher in Trenton, New Jersey, Christian has been dedicated to advancing equity in education for America’s most marginalized students. Now he serves as Content Director for CityBridge Education, where he leads the organization’s communications and storytelling efforts. Growing up in communities segregated by race and class, Christian has always been attuned to the undercurrent of socioeconomic injustice and inequity that run deep through the United States. Christian believes in and works toward creating a future where possibilities are infinite for everyone, regardless of identity or background.

Christian received his Bachelor of Arts from Princeton University, where he focused on creative writing and digital design.  In his spare time, Christian loves to film wedding videos and play basketball.

Claire Nilsen Blumenson, Esq.

Claire has focused her career on the intersection of juvenile justice and education. After graduating from University of Virginia Law in 2011, Claire joined the Public Defender Service for the District of Columbia ("PDS") as an Equal Justice Works Fellow. Through this two-year fellowship, sponsored by Greenberg Traurig, Claire provided post-disposition special education representation to youth ages 18–22 who had been placed in DC's secure juvenile facility.

Prior to working at PDS, Claire received her Bachelor of Arts from Wesleyan University, majoring in government, sociology, and psychology. Claire earned her Masters in Teaching while serving as a corps member of Teach for America in Brooklyn, New York. She taught third and fourth grade at Excellence Boys Charter School, part of Uncommon Schools, Inc

Claire is an attorney admitted to practice in the District of Columbia and the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.

Sarah Comeau, Esq.