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Satory Adams is a Program Assistant primarily supporting the Community Justice Project (CJP) as well as PDA's local and national LEAD work.  She started as an intern with CJP in 2018 then later joined CJP as part-time staff from January-June 2019.  Satory is passionate about criminal justice reform and anti-violence work.  Her personal experience as someone directly affected by the criminal justice system has led her to the meaningful work... more

DeVitta Briscoe is the Survivor Network Coordinator with the Community Justice Project (CJP) where she is building communities of healing and support for crime survivors most commonly affected by violence, including young people of color, and elevating those voices in policy discussions for public safety and criminal justice transformation.  DeVitta draws on her personal experience as a survivor of multiple forms of violence and her... more

Tim Candela is a LEAD Project Manager and serves Seattle Police Department's West Precinct.  Tim's current role is focused on providing technical assistance, coordinating LEAD activities, facilitation of meetings, and community engagement germane to LEAD.  Tim has provided various levels of macro and micro level Social Work practices over the past 11 years.  Before joining the Public Defender Association, Tim did street-based outreach and... more

Chief (Ret.) Brendan Cox is the Director of Policing Strategies at the LEAD National Support Bureau, where he brings 23 years of experience in law enforcement and criminal justice reform. Brendan retired as Chief of Police from the Albany, NY police department in January of 2017. He was employed with the Albany police department for twenty-three years serving in many capacities throughout his career. After serving as a patrolman he was... more

Lisa Daugaard is the Executive Director at PDA. Lisa served as Deputy Director of the King County (WA) Department of Public Defense through August 2015, and previously supervised misdemeanor practice (2002-2006) and then was Deputy Director (2007-2013) at The Defender Association, a non-profit public defender office.

Lisa was a founding staff attorney at the Defender Association Racial Disparity Project, and went on to direct the RDP... more

Prachi Dave is the Senior Attorney. Prior to joining PDA, Prachi was a Staff Attorney at the American Civil Liberties Union of Washington (ACLU-WA) where she managed the Second Chances Project, which focused on the reentry aspect of criminal justice reform. There, she worked to reduce the barriers posed by criminal records through litigation and policy advocacy. She also worked on the problems relating to legal financial obligations in the... more

LaKecia Farmer is the Legislative Campaign Coordinator for the Civil Survival Project. LaKecia is passionate about creating transformational changes to the criminal legal system using antiracist and community-oriented principles. She witnessed her family and community experience involvement in the criminal legal system, and experienced the trauma and harm that follows. Therefore, she has dedicated her life to undoing harmful systems by... more

Tracy Gillespie is a LEAD Project Manager for the Seattle Police Department’s East and North precincts.  Her current role provides operational support, project design, community liaise, resource advocacy, and facilitation between the LEAD partners.  Prior to joining the Public Defender Association, Tracy worked in social services for over 12 years.  Locally, she served as a clinical case manager for street-involved youth at the City of... more

Corey Guilmette is a Staff Attorney and leads efforts to reform King County's inquest process, which provides a public review of any death involving law enforcement.  Corey has represented several families in inquest hearings and led advocacy efforts to improve the inquest process.  These efforts culminated in significant improvements to inquest hearings.  Key reforms included a guarantee of publicly-funded attorneys to represent families of... more

Turina James is a Program Assistant and former Board Member, serving from 2016-2018.  During that time, she also did volunteer work at PDA in 2016 as well as completed an internship in 2017.  Turina comes to PDA with lived experience as an alumna of the Law Enforcement Assisted Diversion (LEAD) program.  She currently serves on several work groups and committees with the... more

Katrina Johnson is a LEAD Project Manage with particular emphasis in developing the LEAD approach in South Seattle and South King County, as well as ensuring high quality services are provided for survival sex workers.

Before joining PDA, Katrina worked for Real Escape from the Sex Trade (REST) for just under two years as support staff in REST’s emergency receiver shelter in South Seattle, receiving and supporting informal police... more

Martina Kartman is a Soros Justice Fellow with the Community Justice Project (CJP). Martina partners with community leaders in Seattle-King County, and The UW Center for Human Rights’ Rethinking Punishment Project to support community based responses to interpersonal and state violence. Her focus is on moving away from imprisonment as a frontline approach to addressing violence, and building responses to harm that uphold the needs, humanity... more

Anna Kovacevic is the Development Officer. She came to the United States from Germany where she grew up after leaving Bosnia during the civil war of the 1990s.  Her experience as a refugee shaped her world view and ignited her passion for social justice.  Anna is passionate about ending mass incarceration and building leadership and organizing capacity amongst formerly incarcerated people.  After earning her Bachelor of Social Work degree... more

Malika Lamont is a LEAD Project Manager and has worked to address social determinants of health for over 20 years. She earned her bachelor’s degree at Xavier University of Louisiana and holds a Master of Public Administration degree with a focus in Public Health Policy and Nonprofit Management. Malika has worked as a licensed Adolescent Counselor and Family Care Coordinator in Tacoma, the Washington Initiative for Supported Employment,... more

Marie brings a diverse background to her role as Finance Director.  As a Certified Public Accountant practicing independently, Marie created and led accounting and finance departments for non-profits and small businesses in the Seattle area.  This includes 8 years as contract CFO for PDA when it provided public defense services in Seattle and King County.

Marie also earned a masters in Psychology from Seattle University and has... more

Najja Morris is the LEAD National Support Bureau Director. In her current role, Najja is responsible for providing national technical assistance and support to jurisdictions in all phases of the implementation of local LEAD programs; focusing on the areas of harm reduction, case management and direct services. Najja also now coordinates local LEAD operations in Seattle's East Precinct (the Central District, Capitol Hill and Little Saigon) and... more

Tara Moss is the Seattle-King County LEAD Project Director. She has worked in the nonprofit field for over ten years and has long been passionate about social justice. As an undergrad at Smith College, she participated in an internship doing HIV prevention outreach with the Seattle nonprofit Street Outreach Services (SOS). After graduating with a BA in Psychology, Tara continued work with SOS where she advanced from the position of outreach... more

Christa Nemeth is the Operations Director, bringing over 10 years of administrative experience with her from a variety of local and non-local institutions, such as: the University of Utah Medical Center, the Port of Seattle, the University of Washington School of Medicine (UWSOM), and Harborview Medical Center (HMC).  Her previous work at UWSOM included advocacy for the Network of Underrepresented Faculty (NURF) and at HMC included supporting... more

Kris Nyrop

Kris Nyrop is a Consulting Expert and previously was Director of Harm Reduction Practices and the LEAD National Support Director.  Kris has worked on the LEAD project since 2009. Before his time with PDA, he was the former Executive Director of Street Outreach Services in Seattle from 1997-2007. Prior to that he worked for the Washington State Department of Health, Public Health - Seattle and King County, and the Alcohol and Drug Abuse... more

Jesse Rawlins is a LEAD Project Manager and will be focusing his work on Seattle's East Precinct by providing technical assistance, community liaising, stakeholder facilitations and other justice advocacy work.  Additionally, Jesse will be managing some of the organization's efforts to enhance drug user engagement and health through policy advocacy, community outreach and movement building.  He comes with over ten years of extensive... more

Tarra Simmons is a Skadden Fellow and her focus area is on expanding the LEAD Project and providing LEAD legal services. Tarra has worked for a variety of nonprofit organizations on barriers to re-entry prior to joining PDA. Realizing the best way to avoid the collateral consequences of a conviction is to divert individuals from the criminal justice system, Tarra joins PDA in support of this mission. Tarra believes in a bottom up approach to... more

Cory Walster is the Community Organizer for the Civil Survival Project. He started with Civil Survival as a volunteer 3 years ago, was one of the original founding board members, and has led the Kitsap County Gamechanger group since 2018. He is a father of two children, a son, and daughter, he's a registered tribal member of the Oglala Lakota Nation. Cory’s passion for this work stems from his own lived experiences with the systems of... more