Board Of Directors

Garland Allen, Treasurer
Garland Allen is the former Chicago Market Leader of the state and local tax consulting practice of PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP and before that was a tax partner in the Chicago law firm of Hopkins & Sutter (now Foley & Lardner).

Joe Baker
Joe Baker is Care2's Vice President of Advocacy and Editorial. He oversees Care2's advocacy work, its campaigns for nonprofit partners, and its editorial content.

Robyn Barbour
Robyn is a teacher in Northern California. In 1994, her grandmother was murdered.

James Bell
James Bell is the Founder and Executive Director of the W. Haywood Burns Institute. Mr. Bell and his colleagues at the Burns Institute are working with systems and community stakeholders to reduce disproportionality of youth of color in the juvenile justice system in 23 jurisdictions throughout the country.

Mary Broderick
Mary Broderick is a consultant on indigent defense issues, was executive director of California Attorneys for Criminal Justice, and served as director of the National Legal Aid and Defender Association's Defender Division. In addition to serving on the Death Penalty Focus Board, she is on the board of the Southern Center for Human Rights

Irving Cramer
Irving Cramer is the founding executive director of Mazon: A Jewish Response to Hunger and involved in several international relief efforts.

Mike Farrell (Leave of Absence)
Mike Farrell, a political and social activist best known for his portrayal of Army Capt. B.J. Hunnicutt in the TV-series "M*A*S*H" and Dr. Jim Hansen in the weekly NBC series “Providence,” is on a leave of absence as president and board member of Death Penalty Focus.

Linda Fox
Research Librarian, California Appellate Project

Nicole Gutierrez
Nicole Gutierrez is an associate at Manatt, Phelps & Phillips, LLP. Nicole has previously worked at the Department of Justice, Civil Rights Section, Special Litigation Unit and the Office of the Federal Public Defenders.

Aundré Herron
In addition to the unique perspective she brings as a result of having served on both sides of the criminal justice system, Aundré also brings the insight of someone who has lost more than one family member to the homicide epidemic in America.

Mark Kimber, Secretary
Small Business Owner

Rev. James Lawson
Reverend Lawson moved to Los Angeles in 1974 to lead Holman United Methodist Church where he served for 25 years before retiring in 1999. He has continued to train activists in nonviolence and to work in support of a number of causes, including immigrants' rights in the United States and the rights of Palestinians, opposition to the war in Iraq, and workers' rights to a living wage.

Fred Luskin
Dr. Luskin continues to serve as Director of the Stanford Forgiveness Projects, an ongoing series of workshops and research projects that investigate the effectiveness of his forgiveness methods on a variety of populations. He currently serves as a Senior Consultant in Health Promotion at Stanford University and is an Associate Professor at the Institute of Transpersonal Psychology. He presents lectures, workshops, seminars and trainings on the importance, health benefits and training of forgiveness, stress management and emotional competence throughout the United States. He offers presentations and classes that range from one hour to ongoing weekly trainings.

Stacy Mallicoat
Stacy L. Mallicoat is a Professor of Criminal Justice at California State University, Fullerton.

Lawrence C. Marshall
A nationally renowned advocate for reform of the U.S. criminal justice system, Lawrence C. Marshall has been widely recognized for both his activism and teaching. As the director of Stanford's legal clinics, Professor Marshall has committed himself to creating an integrated clinical experience that serves the needs of each and every student at Stanford Law School.

Paula Mitchell
Paula Mitchell joined Reed Smith’s Appellate Group clerking for eight years for the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit and reviewing over 500 federal appeals. In 2011 she coauthored a groundbreaking study on the exorbitant costs of the death penalty system with 9th Circuit Judge Arthur Alarcón.

Billie Mizell
Billie Mizell is a legal analyst, investigator, litigation specialist, and writer.

Robert Myers
Capital Defense Attorney

Tom Parker
Tom Parker has been involved in the criminal justice system in the United States for the past 45 years. He served as an FBI Agent for 24 years, retiring in 1994 as the Assistant Special Agent-in-Charge (i.e. Deputy Chief) of the Los Angeles Regional FBI Office. Prior to joining the FBI, Tom also served as a police officer for five years, and is currently an investigative consultant, educator, and expert witness on criminal justice matters.

Father Chris Ponnet
Priest, St. Camillus, Catholic Archdiocese of Los Angeles

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