President and Chief Executive Officer
Noah Bookbinder

Noah Bookbinder became CREW’s President 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.

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 Director
Meghan Faulkner

Meghan is CREW’s Digital Director. 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.

Communications Associate
Miru Osuga

Miru is a Communications Associate. Prior to working at CREW, Miru interned at the National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition and received a M.S. in Social Policy and B.A. in Communications with minors in Asian American Studies and Environmental Studies from the University of Pennsylvania.

Deputy Press Secretary
Lauren White

Lauren is Deputy Press Secretary. 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.

Communications Associate
Sara Wiatrak
Sara is a Communications Associate. She received her dual B.A. in Journalism and Government and Politics from the University of Maryland, where she worked for the Office of International Affairs and the College of Behavioral and Social Sciences. Sara interned with CREW for three semesters during her undergraduate career.

Legal

Senior Vice President and Chief Counsel
Donald K. Sherman

Donald K. Sherman serves as CREW’s Senior Vice President and Chief Counsel, and previously served as Deputy Director. Prior to joining CREW, Sherman served in various roles in the House, Senate, and the Executive Branch including as Special Assistant to the President for Racial and Economic Justice at the White House, Senior Counsel to Ranking Member Claire McCaskill on the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, and Chief Oversight Counsel to the late Rep. Elijah Cummings, then-Ranking Member of the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform. Sherman was also 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 (HUD). Sherman began his career on Capitol Hill as counsel on the House Ethics Committee where he investigated alleged ethical violations by Members of Congress and staff. Sherman also practiced law in the Washington, DC office of Crowell & Moring, LLP and served as a law clerk to the Honorable Neil E. Kravitz of the District of Columbia Superior Court. Sherman graduated cum laude from Georgetown University with a degree in American Studies and earned his J.D. from the Georgetown University Law Center.

Chief Ethics Counsel
Virginia Canter

Virginia Canter joined CREW as its Chief Ethics Counsel following a career in public service.  Her prior experience includes serving as Ethics Advisor to the International Monetary Fund, White House Associate Counsel to Presidents Obama and Clinton, Senior Ethics Counsel for the Department of the Treasury and Assistant Ethics Counsel for the Securities and Exchange Commission.  Virginia received her B.A. and J.D. from the University of Baltimore and is a member of the Maryland Bar.

Counsel
Kayvan Farchadi

Kayvan serves as CREW’s Counsel. Prior to joining CREW, Kayvan worked as a white collar and regulatory associate at Covington and Burling LLP. Kayvan received his J.D. from George Washington University Law School with high honors and his B.A. from the College of William and Mary.

Legal Fellow
Alex Goldstein

Alex Goldstein serves as a Legal Fellow at CREW. Alex recently received his J.D. with honors from Georgetown Law. While in law school, Alex interned in the Voting Section and the Office of Legal Policy at the U.S. Department of Justice, participated in the Federal Legislation Clinic, served as Senior Articles Editor of the Georgetown Journal of Legal Ethics, and participated in other roles with a focus on threats to American democracy. Prior to law school, Alex worked as a paralegal and received his B.A. from Cornell University in 2016.

Staff Counsel
Laura Iheanachor

Laura Iheanachor serves as CREW’s Staff Counsel. Prior to joining CREW, Laura defended the City of New York and its agencies, including the New York City Police Department, in federal civil rights lawsuits at the New York City Law Department. Before her tenure at the Law Department she served as a prosecutor at the Kings County District Attorney’s Office in Brooklyn, New York. Laura received her J.D. from Washington and Lee University and her B.S. from East Carolina University.

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.

General Counsel and Senior Advisor
Adam Rappaport

Adam Rappaport serves as CREW’s General Counsel and Senior Advisor. 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, 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.

Legal Operations Manager
Eden Tadesse

Eden is a Legal Operations Manager. 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 Stogner

Arielle Linsky Stogner 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 Associate
Shaila Bornstein

Shaila Bornstein is CREW’s Operations Associate. Prior to joining the team she worked on campaigns in Massachusetts, South Carolina, and Pennsylvania, and interned with a political non-profit in Washington DC. She graduated Magna Cum Laude from the University of Massachusetts Lowell with a Criminal Justice Major and Political Science Minor.

Deputy Operations Director
Komal Choudhary-Hart

Komal is CREW’s Deputy Operations Director. 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.

Policy

Policy Director
Debra Perlin

Debra Perlin serves as CREW’s Policy Director. Perlin came to CREW from the American Constitution Society (ACS) where she served as Director of Policy and Program and oversaw the development of policy on national security, separation of powers, and rule of law issues. Prior to ACS Perlin served in several positions in the federal government including as the Supreme Court Fellow in the Office of the Counselor to the Chief Justice at the U.S. Supreme Court, an attorney at the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, and a Justice Advisor at the U.S. Department of State. Perlin received her J.D. cum laude from Boston College and her B.A. summa cum laude from Brandeis University.

Policy Associate
Gabriella Cantor

Gabriella Cantor serves as CREW’s Policy Associate. Prior to joining CREW, she interned with several non-profits, including Giffords and Community Labor United. She also was worked with political campaigns as a field fellow and campus organizer  in Massachusetts. Gabriella graduated summa cum laude from Tufts University, where she earned her BA in Sociology and Civic Studies.

Senior Policy and Advocacy Advisor
Justine Ellis

Justine Ellis serves as Senior Policy and Advocacy Advisor. Before joining CREW, Justine was an American Council of Learned Societies (ACLS) postdoctoral fellow. She has previous experience in academic, nonprofit, and corporate responsibility sectors. Justine graduated summa cum laude from Barnard College of Columbia University and received a doctorate from the University of Oxford.

Federal Policy Manager and Senior Counsel
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.

Deputy Director
Conor Shaw

Conor Shaw serves as Deputy Director 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.

Policy Advisor
Elizabeth Schick Vigna

Prior to serving as a Policy Advisor at CREW, Elizabeth served as an Arabic linguist in the U.S. Navy, during which time she obtained undergraduate degrees in Arabic and Spanish from the Defense Language Institute and Arizona State University. Following her time in the Navy, she completed her M.A. in Public Policy with a focus on campaigns and elections. Currently, Elizabeth is completing a J.D. at the University of Maryland Carey School of Law. During her time at Carey Law, Elizabeth has worked in the Maryland General Assembly and with various organizations and nonprofits focused on state and federal criminal justice reform.

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.

Deputy Research Director
Walker Davis

Walker Davis is Deputy Research Director. 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.

Senior Researcher
Rebecca Jacobs

Rebecca is a Senior Researcher. 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
Angela Li

Angela Li is a Research Associate at CREW, where she interned for two semesters before joining the team full time. She has also interned with the American Bar Association’s Section of Civil Rights and Social Justice as well as an Ithaca-based incarceration reform nonprofit. Angela received her B.A. in Government from Cornell University, where she worked in the Public Service Center.

Research Associate
Alyssa Meiman

Alyssa Meiman is a Research Associate at CREW, where she interned for three semesters before joining the team full time. She previously interned with the American Civil Liberties Union of Kentucky. Alyssa received her B.A. in Political Science and Economics from The Ohio State University, where she was a Research Assistant in the departments of Political Science and Sociology.

Research Data Specialist
Caitlin Moniz

Caitlin Moniz is a Research Data Specialist. 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.