Board of Trustees

CCR’s Board is made up of some of the country’s leading progressives, from lawyers and longtime activists, to human rights pioneers and academics. Many began their association with CCR as volunteers, interns, staff attorneys, movement allies, co-counsel, and advisors, and they contribute to our vision and our effectiveness through their expertise, passion, and commitment to social justice.


Senior Activist Fellow, Barnard Center for Research on Women; Director of Strategic Collaborations, Griot Circle; Executive Director, Emeritus, Astraea Lesbian Foundation for Justice

Amna Akbar

Associate Professor of Law, Ohio State University

National Strategies and Partnerships Director, Movement for Black Lives.; Adjunct Lecturer, Lehman College

Laila Al-Arian

Writer and Journalist

Leo Aldridge

Criminal Defense Attorney, San Juan, Puerto Rico

Amanda Alexander

Founding Executive Director of the Detroit Justice Center and a Senior Research Scholar at University of Michigan Law School

Colette Pichon Battle

Executive Director of the Gulf Coast Center for Law & Policy (GCCLP)

Rosemary R. Corbett

Faculty Fellow, Bard Prison Initiative

Lisa Crooms-Robinson

Professor of Law, Howard University

Michelle DePass

President and Chief Executive Officer of Meyer Memorial Trust

Marjorie Fine

Grantmaking Consultant 

Katherine Franke

James L. Dohr Professor of Law, Columbia Law SchoolDirector, Center for Gender and Sexuality Law, Columbia Law School

Justin Hansford

Professor of Law and Executive Director of the Thurgood Marshall Civil Rights Center

Leila Hessini
Vice Chair

Vice President, Programs at Global Fund for Women

Gay McDougall

Distinguished Scholar-in-Residence, Leitner Center for International Law and Justice, Fordham University School of Law

Jumana Musa

Director of the Fourth Amendment Center, National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers

Executive Director, Center on Race, Inequality, and the Law

Last modified 

May 10, 2018