CREW’s Crew

Noah Bookbinder, Executive Director

Noah Bookbinder became CREW’s Executive Director in March 2015. Prior to joining CREW, he served from 2013 to 2015 as Director of the Office of Legislative and Public Affairs at the United States Sentencing Commission, where he helped guide the Commission on important policy decisions including its historic 2014 action to reduce sentences for most federal drug offenders. Learn more about Noah Bookbinder.

Jennifer Ahearn, Policy Counsel

Jennifer Ahearn serves as CREW's Policy Counsel.  Prior to joining CREW, Jennifer worked in the Office of General Counsel of the United States Sentencing Commission and served as a law clerk to Judge Thomas B. Russell of the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Kentucky.  Jennifer received her J.D. and LL.M. degrees from Duke Law and her undergraduate degree from the University of Pennsylvania.

Matt Corley, Research Director

Matt Corley is the Research Director at CREW. Before joining the CREW team, Matt worked as an Assistant Editor at the Center for American Progress, where he wrote for ThinkProgress and The Progress Report. Originally from Newton, MA, Matt received his B.A. from Ithaca College and earned a M.A. in Political Science from George Washington University.

Katherine DuncanCommunciations Assistant

Katherine Duncan is a Communications Assistant at CREW.  Before joining CREW, Katherine worked as an Editor and Writing Coach at CEB, in addition to prior positions at small publications, government organizations and nonprofits.  Katherine is a DC native and graduated from Georgetown University with a B.A. in English and Philosophy.

Alison Grass, Research Associate

Alison Grass is a Research Associate. Prior to joining CREW, Alison worked as a researcher for the Water Program at Food & Water Watch. An Alabama native, Alison received her B.A. in Mass Communicaions from the University of Alabama at Birmingham and a Master of Urban and Regional Planning (M.U.R.P.) degree from Alabama A&M University.

Madeline Kirsch, Staff Assistant

Madeline Kirsch is CREW's Staff Assistant. She graduated from Mount Holyoke College with a B.A. in Politics and is a native of Rhode Island. During summer breaks, Madeline interned for both members of the RI delegation to the United States Senate. 

Jordan Libowitz, Communications Director 

Jordan Libowitz serves as CREW's Communications Director. A native of Philadelphia, Jordan previously worked on campaigns from Pennsylvania to Alaska. Prior to joining CREW, he ran a communications consulting firm specializing in non-profits. Jordan received his B.A. from the Johns Hopkins University.

Stuart McPhail, Litigation Counsel

Stuart McPhail serves as CREW's Litigation Counsel. Prior to joining CREW, Stuart worked as a litigation associate with Gibson, Dunn and Crutcher LLP and, before that, Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton and Garrison LLP. Stuart clerked with Judge Fortunato Benavides of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit and with Judge Maxine Chesney of the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California. Stuart received his J.D, from Columbia Law and his B.A. and B.S. from the University of Maryland.

John Morgan, Research Associate

John Morgan is a Research Associate. Prior to joining CREW, John was a member of the due diligence research team at Morgan Stanley in New York. A native of Long Island, NY, John graduated from the University of Michigan with a B.A. in English and received a Masters in Diplomacy through Norwich University.

Adam Rappaport, Senior Counsel

Adam Rappaport serves as CREW’s Senior Counsel. Prior to joining CREW, Adam practiced law at Levine, Sullivan, Koch & Schulz, L.L.P., representing members of the news media, and served as a law clerk to Judge David G. Trager of the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York. Adam covered Congress for National Journal’s CongressDaily before attending law school. Adam received his J.D. with honors from the University of Chicago and his B.A. from Wesleyan University.

Melanie Sloan, Of Counsel

Melanie Sloan serves as Of Counsel to CREW, following 12 years as the group's founding Executive Director. She is a nationally recognized expert on congressional ethics. Prior to starting CREW, she served as an Assistant United States Attorney in the District of Columbia where, from 1998-2003, she successfully tried cases before dozens of judges and juries.

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