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Sokha Danh

Sokha Danh is the Neighborhood Safety Advocate at the Public Defender Association. Sokha oversees local LEAD operations for Seattle-King County. Passionate about working for underserved populations, he previously focused his time on district revitalization and public safety for communities of color in Seattle and unincorporated King County. Sokha served on Mayor’s Edward B. Murray’s Special Task Force on Public Safety & Neighborhood Vitality in the Seattle Chinatown-International District in 2015. He was appointed in 2016 by the Washington State Commission on Pacific American Affairs to serve on Washington State’s Legislative Task Force on the Use of Body Worn Cameras by Law Enforcement.

Sokha was selected in 2015 by the National Coalition for Asian Pacific America Community as a Next Generation Scholar. He completed the Southeast Asia Resource Action Center’s Leadership & Advocacy Training in 2014. From 2010 to 2012, Sokha was the recipient of the United Negro College Fund Special Program’s Institute for International Public Policy Fellowship (IIPP). As an IIPP Fellow, Sokha studied at the University of Maryland’s Graduate School of Public Policy, East China Normal University in Shanghai and Howard University in Washington D.C. He also participated in Harvard Business School’s Summer Venture in Management Program.

Sokha is a graduate of Seattle University’s Albers School of Business and Economics.  He is currently on the Board of Directors for the Seattle Neighborhood Group, a nonprofit whose mission is to prevent crime and build community through partnerships with residents, businesses and law enforcement. Sokha also serves on the inaugural young professional board of Crosscut, a nonprofit electronic journal focused on politics, culture and technology in the Northwest. 

Lisa Daugaard is Director of the Public Defender Association. 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 from 2000-2012. She started as a felony and misdemeanor lawyer at the Defender Association from 1996-2001. In 1999, as a staff attorney, she coordinated the successful defense of hundreds of activists unlawfully arrested during the WTO demonstrations. Prior to becoming a public defender in 1996, Lisa directed the Urban Justice Center Organizing Project, a leadership development program for emerging homeless and formerly homeless activists in New York City. Before that, she was Legal Director of the Coalition for the Homeless, also in New York City, where she co-founded StreetWatch, an early police watch program focused on police treatment of homeless people, and sued a business improvement district for violating minimum wage laws for paying homeless workers $1 an hour to do “outreach” to other homeless people. After law school, she was a fellow at the ACLU National Legal Department, where she helped to coordinate the successful campaign and litigation to shut down the internment camp for HIV+ Haitian refugees at Guantanamo Bay Naval Base.

Lisa has also served from 2013 - 2016 as co-chair of Seattle’s Community Police Commission, and she continues to serve as a Commissioner.

Lisa graduated from the University of Washington in 1983, obtained a M.A. in Government from Cornell University in 1987, and a J.D. from Yale Law School in 1995 (Class of 1992).

Enrique Gonzalez

Enrique Gonzalez is the Community Advocate at the Public Defender Association. His focus areas include police reform and juvenile justice reform through the development of strategic partnerships and collaborations.

Enrique worked for El Centro de la Raza for over 10 years where he focused on a number of community based civil rights advocacy and policy issues. He worked as a youth case manager where he spent time in high schools providing coordination of services to youth at risk of dropping out, substance abuse, homelessness, and assisted with credit retrieval. In 2010 Enrique led El Centro de la Raza’s efforts to engage in juvenile justice policy reform by partnering with the MacArthur Foundation on piloting work with King County and other stakeholders with a specific focus on bridging the gap between the education and justice systems. In 2014 Enrique was appointed by Mayor Ed Murray to serve on the Community Police Commission. In 2017, Enrique was elected to be a co-chair of the Commission.

Enrique was born in Seattle, WA and graduated from the University of Washington with a degree in American Ethnic Studies. His grandmother and father were members of the original occupation of the organization that is now known as El Centro de la Raza. Consequently, Enrique grew up in the organization attending the Jose Marti Child Development Center as a child, and par-taking in the Hope for Youth Program as a teenager. 

Enrique was a writer for the Beacon Hill News with his column “La Voz Racional” where his focus was on social, political and cultural issues. He also serves on the board of trustees of the Museum of History and Industry (MOHAI).

Corey Guilmette is an Arthur Liman Public Interest Fellow at PDA. Prior to joining PDA, Corey was an Intern at the King County Department of Public Defense in Seattle, WA and a Ford Foundation Summer Fellow at the Sentencing Project in Washington, D.C.  

During law school, Corey fostered his passion for criminal justice reform through his coursework and student activities. While in law school, he served as a member of the Arthur Liman Public Interest Project. As a member of the Liman Project, he collaborated with the Association of State Correctional Administrators (ASCA) to author “Time-in-Cell: The Liman-ASCA 2014 National Survey of Administrative Segregation in Prison.” The report provided the most comprehensive overview to-date of conditions in solitary confinement and the number of people housed in solitary confinement. In addition to his work with the Liman Project, Corey served as the Director of the Green Haven Prison Project – one of the oldest university-prison partnerships in the country. As the Director, he led a collaboratively facilitated seminar series between law students and men incarcerated at the Green Haven Correctional Facility. Corey was also a member of the Yale Criminal Justice Clinic, representing clients as they sought to correct illegal life sentences for convictions that courts imposed upon them as juveniles. As a member of the clinic, he also collaborated with the Office of Governor Dannel Malloy to evaluate and reform the parole revocation system in Connecticut.

Corey is a graduate from Wesleyan University with a B.A. in Government and a B.A. in Psychology. He went on to receive his J.D. from Yale Law School. 

Julia Jacobs is the Executive Assistant at the Public Defender Association. Julia worked for various nonprofit agencies in Seattle and Los Angeles before joining PDA. Her previous work focused on public health issues such as mental health services provided in high schools, maternal and infant health, early childhood education, and identifying health disparities in various racial and ethnic groups. She pairs this nonprofit, policy-based background with prior administrative work at the University of Washington School of Medicine.

Julia is a graduate of the University of Washington with a Bachelor’s in Philosophy as well as from the University of Southern California in 2014 with a Master of Public Policy degree.  

Andrew Kashyap

Andrew Kashyap is Senior Attorney at the Public Defender Association. Andrew has over 15 years of experience as an attorney working with community groups on new strategies to achieve comprehensive change and build community power, especially in communities of color. These efforts have ranged from helping pass priority hire legislation in Seattle, to advocating for community benefit agreements that prevent displacement in Seattle’s communities of color, to providing legal support to South Asian, Arab, and Muslim communities in New York City after 9/11.

Andrew started his legal career in New York City, first as an Equal Justice Works Fellow at the National Employment Law Project, and then as an attorney at the Urban Justice Center. Andrew then moved to Seattle and worked at Columbia Legal Services for several years. Andrew has taught in the clinical programs at Fordham School of Law and Seattle University School of Law. He has also gained policy experience at SEIU Local 775. Prior to law school, Andrew worked as a community organizer for over seven years with tenants and immigrant workers in Providence and New York City.

Andrew is an appointed member of the following City committees charged with crafting policies that affect core populations PDA works with:

Fair Chance Housing Legislation Committee:  This committee, comprised of community representatives and city officials and chaired by the Office of Civil Rights, is charged with developing "ban the box"-type legislation that will limit the use of criminal records to bar persons from housing. This committee was convened in April 2016 and is due to wrap up its work and recommendations in early 2017. 

Prisoner and Community Corrections Re-entry Workgroup:  This workgroup, comprised of community members with knowledge of the criminal justice system along with city officials and chaired by the Office for Civil Rights, is charged with examining current City policies and developing new policies that facilitate the re-entry of formerly incarcerated persons and remove barriers to employment, housing and other benefits. This group will be convened in November 2016 and will meet for 15-18 months.

Andrew graduated from Brown University in 1990 and obtained a J.D. from Northeastern University School of Law in 1999.

Najja Morris is the Operations Advisor with the Law Enforcement Assisted Diversion (LEAD) National Support Bureau. 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. Prior to joining the NSB, Najja served as a Case Manager, then as Direct Services Supervisor, with the LEAD Pilot program in Seattle WA for 3 years. Najja has dedicated over 20 years working within the urban areas of Seattle with/on behalf of a wide array of marginalized and disenfranchised communities; including foster-care/homeless youth, those struggling with mental health and substance abuse, chronically ill/homeless and youth involved in the juvenile justice system.

Tara Moss is the LEAD Project Director at the Public Defender Association. Tara Moss 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 worker to Executive Director over the course of four years. During her career Tara has also collaborated with organizations focused on social justice work and drug policy reform, including the Racial Disparity Project and Class Action. Tara has also volunteered with The Defender’s Association as a member on their Board of Directors as well as their Racial Equity Advisory Board. 

In 2009 Tara began working for Real Change, an award-winning weekly newspaper that provides immediate employment opportunity and takes action for economic, social, and racial justice. She was the Vendor Services Manager, a program that serves over three hundred homeless and low-income vendors per month. After successfully managing Real Change’s vendor program for five years, Tara expressed interest in operations. She started working in human resources in 2012 and took on increasing responsibility in finance, facilities, and information technology. She ultimately took the role of Operations Director at Real Change. In the Summer of 2017 Tara  joined PDA  as Seattle-King County LEAD Project Director, with a focus on LEAD expansion planning in the north precinct.

Kris Nyrop

Kris Nyrop is the LEAD National Support Director at PDA and has worked on the LEAD project since 2009. He was the 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 Institute at the University of Washington. He was a project ethnographer for the Vancouver Injection Drug User Study from 1997 to 1999. He has worked as an outreach worker, researcher, and trainer in the areas of HIV/AIDS prevention, hepatitis C prevention, syringe exchange, harm reduction, and drug policy reform. Additionally, he has consulted with projects throughout the U.S. as well as in Canada, Russia, and the Republic of Georgia.

Tarra Simmons is a Rule 9 Legal Extern at the Public Defender Association. Her focus area is 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 policy reform and is a Community Organizer for Civil Survival, leading other criminal justice involved individuals in policy change. Her work in re-entry continues as Tarra was recently appointed by Governor Inslee to the Washington Statewide Re-entry Council where she co-chairs the council alongside King County Prosecutor, Dan Satterberg. Tarra was given the opporunity to continute her work with PDA for another two years by earning the presitgious Skadden Fellowship. Her commitment to this work stems from her personal experience with drug addiction and the criminal justice system.

Tarra graduated from Pacific Lutheran University with her Bachelor’s Degree in Nursing in 2000, and will graduate from Seattle University School of Law in May 2017.

Patricia Sully

Patricia Sully is a staff attorney at the Public Defender Association. She joined PDA in 2014, where she works on a number of public policy issues and most recently the campaign to bring Supervised Consumption Spaces to the Seattle/King County area. She also provides legal support to individuals engaged in direct action and coordinates VOCAL-WA. Prior to joining PDA, Patricia served as the Assistant Director of the Access to Justice Institute at Seattle University School of Law and co-taught Law and Social Movements as an adjunct professor.

Patricia has been an active advocate for social change for over a decade as an activist, organizer, and lawyer. She started her career as a as a community organizer in Grand Rapids, MI, where she worked for a free neighborhood health clinic and neighborhood association. She went on to serve in the Peace Corps from 2006-2008 working on local capacity building in the Prevention of Mother-to-Child Transmission HIV/AIDS program in Botswana. As a law student, she worked as a judicial extern for the International Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia (ICTY) and was an active member of Street Youth Legal Advocates Washington (SYLAW). Shortly after passing the New York Bar Exam in 2011, she moved into a tent with Occupy Seattle, where she helped coordinate the legal team. When she is not in the office, she can often be found protesting in the streets.

Patricia received her B.A. from Calvin College in 2004 and graduated Magna Cum Laude from Seattle University School of Law in 2011.