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The Management Team

The department's management team works to ensure DPD is providing excellent legal representation to its clients. The team oversees DPD's budget and operations, staffing, partnership-building, external affairs, human resources, and other operational needs. The team includes DPD's four managing attorneys, who oversee operations, monitor caseloads, and supervise staff in their respective division.


Anita Khandelwal
Gordon Hill
Kari Boyum
Alena Ciecko
Ben Goldsmith
Haydee Vargas

The Policy Team

The policy team identifies top priorities in criminal legal reform, drafts legislation or identifies priority legislation, litigates appeals as needed, works with the judiciary and prosecutor on shared concerns, engages in external relationship-building, works with the media, works with a range of community-based partners on policy and system reform, and oversees our training program. Each member of the team brings considerable subject matter expertise to the department as well as a deep commitment to quality public defense.


La Rond Baker
Katie Hurley
Brian Flaherty
Tara Urs
Leslie Brown

The Administration and Operations Team

The department's administration and operations team manages DPD's budget, payroll, and financial compliance, oversees case coordination and assignments, handles myriad technological issues, and uses data to analyze workloads, staffing levels, and trends in the criminal and civil legal systems.


Laura Federighi
Melanie Oberlander
Stev Weidlich

The Training and Assigned Counsel Team

The Training and Assigned Counsel Team have two separate but related functions. The Training Team develops and manages DPD's training program, recruits potential speakers, oversees internship recruitment, and manages the intern and new attorney training programs. The team works closely with the Assigned Counsel Team, helping to ensure DPD's panel of assigned counsel has access to relevant training programs. The Assigned Counsel Team also recruits and selects our assigned counsel panel, coordinates case reassignments when attorneys leave the panels, and acts as a liaison with DPD's expert services administrative attorneys, who review and respond to expert service requests.


Scott Ketterling
Alison Liu