Kimberly Jenkins-Snodgrass, ChairpersonKimberly Jenkins-Snodgrass is a tireless advocate for justice, civil ... and human rights. During her partnership with the late Justice Warrior, Joyce Ann Brown, and her family’s personal struggle to see justice served (her son is incarcerated in a maximum-security prison in Virginia), she has traveled the country fighting wrongful incarceration. She has also educated communities about Mothers (Fathers) for the Advancement of Social Systems Inc. (MASS), a successful and proven reintegration to society program. She is the co-author of a Delayed But Not Denied and author of U Can Have Him. When Ms. Jenkins-Snodgrass experienced the injustice of the system firsthand with her son’s wrongful incarceration, her faith in the system was lost. However, her story is one that far too many American families experience, and it has strengthened her resolve to work for equality.
Rabbi Charles (Chuck) Feinberg, Executive DirectorCharles M. Feinberg, Executive Director Charles M. Feinberg was a ... congregational rabbi for 42 years. He served and led congregations in Wisconsin, New York, British Columbia, and Washington, DC. During his career, Rabbi Feinberg has been an advocate for Central American Refugees, the poor and the homeless, for interfaith dialogue and cooperation, and for respecting the human rights of both Palestinians and Israelis. Rabbi Feinberg recently concluded his sixth year as Executive Director of IAHR.
John Jay List, Vice-ChairpersonJohn is a long-time member of Tifereth ... Israel Congregation (DC) where he served as President. John is a graduate of the University of Virginia and the University of Michigan Law School. Before retiring in 2015, he was the General Counsel and Chief Lending Officer for a cooperative finance corporation serving America’s cooperative utilities, Native American utility authorities and public power utilities. John began working with IAHR as a volunteer working on the Pen Pal Project. He has been engaged in a variety of social justice causes and activities since college. John is currently heading up IAHR’s Pen Pal Project.
Ed Kopf, TreasurerEd has held leadership positions in the following ... community and religious organizations: J Street: The Political Home for Pro-Israel, Pro-Peace Americans, Greater Washington Co-Chair Jewish Community Relations Council, Board Member Yachad [DC Housing Preservation], Former President and Advisory Board Member of Ann Frank House: Homes and Hope for DC’s Homeless, Former President and Board Member of Adas Israel Congregation, and Docent at the Library of Congress. Ed has also over twenty years of experience in leadership positions in finance, operations, marketing, and strategic planning. He has consulted extensively with owners, executives and boards of large and small corporations on a wide variety of management and financial issues.
Margaret "Mardi" Mellon, SecretaryIn 1993, Dr. Mellon founded the Food and Environment ... Program at the Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS) to promote the adoption of science-based farming systems that are simultaneously productive, environmentally benign, and resilient in the face of stress. Margaret Mellon is a respected expert on biotechnology, antibiotics and food safety. She holds a doctorate in molecular biology and a law degree from the University of Virginia. Dr. Mellon has published widely on the potential environmental impacts of biotechnology applications. She has also served three terms on the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Advisory Committee on Biotechnology and 21st Century Agriculture and for many years taught a popular course in biotechnology and the law at the Vermont Law School. She was named a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (1994). Dr. Mellon is now a science policy consultant in the areas of antibiotics, genetic engineering, and sustainable agriculture.
IAHR Board Members
Perry ApelbaumPerry Apelbaum is currently serving as the Staff Director for the House Judiciary ... Committee Democrats. Mr. Apelbaum has long served as the top Committee aide to Ranking Member JohnConyers, including during the impeachment of President Clinton. He led the Committee's staff during the investigation of politicization at the Bush Justice Department and the subsequent contempt of Congress proceedings against the Bush Administration and is known on Capitol Hillas an expert on medical malpractice policy and intellectual property issues. Before joining the Committee staff, Mr. Apelbaum was an associate at Covington & Burling. He received his JD from Harvard Law School and attended the University of Michigan for his undergraduate degree.
Sue BochardtSue holds a bachelor’s in electrical engineering from the University of Maryland and a master’s ... in human development and Psychology from Harvard’s Graduate School of Education. Her work weaves art, ideas, technology, story-telling, and user experience into animated videos that put sense-making into service. Her passion for exploring the tensions between theory and practice informs her use of narrative, metaphor, motion, and music to document the insights and puzzles of groups learning together. In collaboration with clients, Sue facilitates teams and organizations in making sense of both the frustration and fulfillment of collaborative work by articulating and deepening shared knowledge.
Sue created and produced an animated film on solitary. Her work on the Quaker Peace and Justice committee of the Stony Run Quaker Meeting in Baltimore has sparked her passion to explore applying theory and practices of anthrocomplexity to the seemingly intractable challenges facing Baltimore, particularly in the criminal justice system.
Karen Dickson-MorrisonKaren graduated from Old Dominion University with a ... bachelor’s degree in Elementary and Middle School Education. She earned a master’s degree in Instruction and Curriculum from the University of Phoenix. Karen is a Homebound Instructor for Norfolk Public Schools. In 2014, Karen discovered her passion for justice when she found out a dear friend of hers was serving life in prison for a first-time drug offense. She advocated for Corey Jacobs’ release and in 2016, President Obama granted him clemency. Karen has advocated for the release of other men and women and through dedication and service, assisted with their release as well. Karen continues to advocate for people serving long and lengthy sentences in federal and state prisons.
June KressPrior to entering the non-profit sector, June served ... for nine years as a senior policy analyst in the US Department of Justice and completed a year as a loaned intergovernmental executive with the DC Council Judiciary Committee. She has a bachelor’s degree in sociology from New York University and a masters and doctorate from the School of Criminology, University of California, Berkeley. June Kress has more than 40 years of experience as a criminal justice researcher, policy analyst, program director, consultant, and academic. From January 2004 until June 2017, she served as the Executive Director of the Council for Court Excellence, a nonprofit, nonpartisan civic organization that since 1982 has worked to improve the administration of justice in the local and federal courts and related agencies in the Washington, DC metropolitan area.
She is a member of the board of directors of Anne Frank House, Adas Israel Sisterhood, Tzedeck DC, NCRC-National Child Research Center, and is an active member of Leadership Greater Washington and the Cosmos Club.
Davion PercySince July 2020, Davion has been the managing director of Percy ... Public Affairs, LLC. Before that Davion was the Senior Government Relations Consultant at Alexander & Cleaver in Annapolis, MD. Prior to joining Alexander & Cleaver, Davion served in Prince George’s County Government for 10 years. He worked five years in the Department of Environmental Resources (now the Department of Permitting, Inspections, and Enforcement). During Davion’s last five years with Prince George’s County, he served in the office of Council Member Karen R.Toles (D-Suitland) as Constituent Services Specialist. As Chief of Staff, Davion advised Council Member Toles on all policy matters, including zoning issues, and served as her staff liaison to the Health, Education, and Human Services committee, which she chaired. Additionally, he oversaw the day-to-day functions of the office.
David SmithDavid is an alumnus of Mary Washington College with a B.A. ... in Religion and Concordia Seminary-St. Louis where he earned a Master of Divinity. He served in pastoral ministry for 6 years. In 2013 he was arrested and subsequently spent over 16 and a half months in solitary confinement in Norfolk, Va. He currently works for Allianz in Richmond, volunteers with formerly incarcerated to equip them to thrive, and advocates for change in the Virginia prison and jail system.
John SturcJohn is currently a professorial lecturer in Law and ... Visiting Scholar at the George Washington School of Law. From 2013 to 2016, John was the chief counsel in the Office of Stability at the U.S. Treasury Department. From 1990 to 2013, John was a partner at Gibson, Dunn, and Crutcher where he served as the co-chair of the firm’s national securities enforcement practice group and as a leader of its securities litigation practice. Earlier in his career, John was an associate director of the Enforcement Division of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission and an assistant U.S. Attorney.
Nikki ThompsonNikki is the legislative director of the Baltimore City ... Council. Nikki has worked at all levels of government – federal, state and local. She has served as a congressional staffer, associate director of policy in Washington, D.C., and is a known behind-the-scenes orchestrator of several key policy wins in Annapolis. Most notably, she secured $1.8 million in state funds to expand pretrial services, limited collateral consequences for returning citizens, and most recently, spearheaded Maryland’s most successful progressive tax reform campaign to date.
Nikki’s entire career has been dedicated to economic justice for low-wealth communities and she has received several recognitions for her advocacy. As a graduate of Howard University School of Law, Nikki is a proud “social engineer” and is laser-focused on using the rule of law to provide justice and dismantling oppressive systems through policy. She guides President Mosby’s legislative agenda through the City Council to create policy wins for Baltimore residents.
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