Executive Director
Noah Bookbinder

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. Before that, Bookbinder served as Chief Counsel for Criminal Justice for the United States Senate Judiciary Committee, where he worked from 2005 to 2013.

From 1999 to 2005, Bookbinder worked as a Trial Attorney for the United States Department of Justice’s Public Integrity Section. He has taught about prosecuting public corruption as an adjunct professor at George Washington University Law School and Howard University School of Law. He graduated from Yale University and Stanford Law School and served as a law clerk to United States District Judge Douglas Woodlock.

Deputy Director
Donald K. Sherman

Donald K. Sherman became CREW’s Deputy Director in June 2018. Prior to joining CREW, he served as Senior Counsel on the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee. Before working in the Senate, Donald was Chief of Staff and Senior Counsel for Oversight and Investigations in the Office of General Counsel at the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. Sherman has also served in various roles on the staff of Rep. Elijah Cummings, and as counsel on the House Ethics Committee. Sherman also practiced law at Crowell & Moring, LLP and served as a law clerk to the Honorable Neil E. Kravitz of the District of Columbia Superior Court. Sherman graduated from Georgetown University and Georgetown University Law School.

Communications

Communications Director
Jordan Libowitz

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.

Digital Engagement Manager
Meghan Faulkner

Meghan is CREW’s Digital Engagement Manager. Prior to joining CREW, Meghan worked as Digital Manager at Every Voice and as a digital consultant and staffer for political campaigns. Meghan received her BA in political science from Boston University.

Press Secretary
Jenna Grande

Jenna is a Press Secretary. Before joining CREW, Jenna worked in Communications in both the U.S. House of Representatives and the U.S. Senate. Previously, she worked on campaigns in Connecticut and at the Connecticut General Assembly. Jenna graduated from Marist College, where she received her degree in Environmental Policy and Economics. At Marist, Jenna served as the Editor in Chief for the campus paper, the Marist Circle.

Digital Strategist
Linnaea Honl-Stuenkel

Linnaea is CREW’s Digital Strategist. Prior to joining CREW, she volunteered on campaigns ranging from city council to presidential races. Linnaea has experience in political fundraising, Senate offices, and advocacy groups in her home state of Minnesota. Linnaea received her B.A. in Psychology from Wellesley College, where she researched political and social psychology.

Communications Associate
Miru Osuga

Miru is a Communications Associate. Prior to working at CREW, she interned at the National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition and volunteered for the East Coast Asian American Student Union. Miru received her M.S. in Social Policy and B.A. in Communications from the University of Pennsylvania.

Press Associate
Lauren White

Lauren is a Press Associate. Prior to joining CREW, Lauren worked as a Press and Digital Media Fellow in the office of Congressman John Sarbanes. She received a B.S. in Environmental Studies and English from Gettysburg College, where she was heavily involved in campus activism and student outreach.

Legal

Chief Counsel and Assistant Director
Adam Rappaport

Adam Rappaport serves as CREW’s Chief Counsel and Assistant Director. Prior to joining CREW, Adam practiced law at Levine, Sullivan, Koch & Schulz, LLP, 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.

Senior Counsel for Operations and Litigation
Laura Beckerman

Laura Beckerman serves as CREW’s Senior Counsel for Operations and Litigation. Prior to joining CREW, Laura worked as a trial attorney with the Department of Justice’s Tax Division. Laura received her J.D. from the University of California, Berkeley School of Law and her B.A. from Wellesley College.

Senior Litigation Counsel
Stuart McPhail

Stuart McPhail serves as CREW’s Senior 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.

Senior Counsel, Complaints and Litigation
Nikhel Sus

Nikhel Sus serves as Senior Counsel, Complaints & Litigation. Prior to joining CREW, Nikhel worked as a Trial Attorney at the Department of Justice in the Civil Division’s Federal Programs Branch. Sus previously served as Counsel at WilmerHale LLP. Sus clerked for Judge Reggie B. Walton of the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia, and Judge John T. Copenhaver of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of West Virginia. Sus graduated from George Washington University Law School, and the College of Charleston.

Paralegal
Eden Tadesse

Eden is a Paralegal. Prior to joining CREW, Eden worked as an Undergraduate Clerk at the Environment and Natural Resources Division of The Department of Justice. Eden also worked at Washington Legal Clinic For The Homeless, an organization that provides legal assistance to those who are homeless or affected by other housing issues. Eden received her B.A. in Government from William and Mary.

Operations

Chief Operating Officer
Arielle Linsky

Arielle Linsky serves as CREW’s Chief Operating Officer. A native of Washington, D.C., Arielle has over ten years of experience working with nonprofit organizations and political groups including Planned Parenthood, the NAACP, and the Anti-Defamation League on fundraising and strategic outreach. She has worked on campaigns at the federal, state, and local level. Arielle received her B.A. from the University of Michigan.

Operations Manager
Komal Choudhary

Komal is CREW’s Operations Manager. Komal completed her Master of Public Administration at USC. Previously, Komal had earned her B.A. in Politics with a minor in Gender and Society. Komal has prior experience in human resources and staffing.

Staff Assistant
Rachel Feldman

Rachel Feldman serves as Staff Assistant. Prior to joining CREW, Rachel interned at Vital Voices Global Partnership and the Anti Defamation League, as well as the S M Sehgal Foundation in Haryana, India. Rachel graduated summa cum laude from the University of Florida with majors in International Studies and Economics and a minor in Nonprofit Organizational Leadership.

Policy

Policy Director
Jennifer Ahearn

Jennifer Ahearn serves as CREW’s Policy Director. 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.

Policy Associate
Hajar Hammado

Hajar Hammado is a Policy Associate. Prior to joining CREW, Hajar worked as a Regional GOTV Director in Iowa, and was an opposition researcher at Reger Research. Hajar is originally from California and received her B.A. with honors in Political Studies from Pitzer College, A Member of the Claremont Colleges.

Staff Counsel, Public Advocacy
Gabe Lezra

Prior to joining CREW, Gabe served as Regulatory and Federal Relations Counsel at the American Association for Justice and worked as a financial institutions and consumer law associate at Debevoise and Plimpton LLP in New York. Prior to law school, Gabe worked as a soccer journalist based in Spain for SBNation/Vox Media. Gabe received his J.D. with honors from Georgetown Law and his B.A. with high honors from Wesleyan University.

Senior Counsel, Policy and Litigation
Conor Shaw

Conor Shaw serves as Senior Counsel, Policy and Litigation at CREW. Prior to joining CREW, Conor was a clinical fellow at the Federal Legislation Clinic at Georgetown University Law Center. Before that, Conor was an associate at Eimer Stahl LLP in Chicago; he also served as a law clerk to Judge William K. Sessions III of the U.S. District Court for the District of Vermont. Conor received his J.D. with honors from the University of Chicago and obtained his B.A. from Middlebury College, summa cum laude.

Legislative Affairs and Policy Counsel
Mia Woodard

Prior to joining CREW, Mia served as Investigative Counsel for the U.S. Senate Aging Committee’s bipartisan drug pricing investigation and worked as Managing Editor for the Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies, where she led the research and policy agenda for small businesses and tech. Mia also worked as a civil defense litigator and served as a law clerk to the Honorable Herman C. Dawson of the Circuit Court of Maryland. Mia received her J.D. from Howard University School of Law and her undergraduate degree in Political Science from University of Maryland Baltimore County (UMBC).

Research

Research Director
Robert Maguire

Robert Maguire serves as CREW’s Research Director. Prior to joining CREW, Robert founded and ran the Center for Responsive Politics’ Politically Active Nonprofits project, tracking the spending and financial networks of “dark money” groups in U.S. elections. In 2014, he won the Society of Professional Journalists’ Sigma Delta Chi Award for Public Service Journalism for his reporting. Robert has a B.A. in English from Clemson University and a Master’s in U.S. Foreign Policy from American University.

Chief Investigator
Matt Corley

Matt Corley is the Chief Investigator 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.

Research Manager
Walker Davis

Walker Davis is a Research Manager. Prior to joining CREW, Walker was a student at Lewis & Clark College where he co-authored legal research on the topic of campaign finance law enforcement in the American states.

Research Associate
Rebecca Jacobs

Rebecca is a Research Associate. Prior to joining CREW, Rebecca interned with several organizations including Greenberg Quinlan Rosner and Unite Here. She has spent time in Brussels, Belgium as a student and intern at Interel Group. In 2018, Rebecca earned her B.A. from American University, where she studied Political Science with a concentration in public policy.

Research Associate
Eli Lee

Eli Lee is a Research Associate. Prior to joining CREW, Eli researched and fact-checked articles as an Editorial Fellow at The Atlantic and received a B.A. in History from Harvard University.

Research Associate
Meredith Lerner

Meredith Lerner is a Research Associate. Prior to joining CREW, Meredith was a paralegal at Spiegel & McDiarmid LLP, a public interest firm in Washington. Meredith received her B.A. (International Honours) in International Relations from the College of William & Mary and the University of St Andrews.

Research Associate
Caitlin Moniz

Caitlin Moniz is a Research Associate. Prior to joining CREW, Caitlin worked at the Center for Political Accountability where she guided corporations to adopt disclosure of their election-related spending. She created and oversaw Track Your Company, the Center’s database of corporate political spending. She received her B.A. in Foreign Affairs from the University of Virginia.