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
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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... more
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... more
Corey Guilmette is the Staff Attorney 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... more
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... more
Martina Kartman is a Soros Justice Fellow at the Public Defender Association. 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 and... 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 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... more
Kris Nyrop is the Director of Harm Reduction Practices 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... more
Tarra Simmons is a Skadden Fellow 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... more