The Shriver Center is led by a team of highly skilled, nationally recognized attorneys and professionals. Our advocates provide highly valued frontline information and ideas to policymakers and other national advocates, while collaborating with and supporting attorneys and others working at the state and local levels. Our work is led and supported by a governing board and an associate board.
Molly Bartlett, who joined the Shriver Center in February 2008, is responsible for managing various facets of external relations, including media, public relations/marketing, and fund-raising.
Ilze Sprudzs Hirsh
Ilze Sprudzs Hirsh, who has been with the Shriver Center since January 1989, has overall responsibility for the publication of Clearinghouse Review: Journal of Poverty Law and Policy and facilitates the development of the Shriver Center's poverty law library and website.
Ellen Hemley brings over 30 years of experience in the equal justice community to her role as Vice President of Training Programs. Prior to joining the Shriver Center, Ellen served as executive director of the Center for Legal Aid Education, which provided training and leadership development programs to equal justice advocates nationally. Previously, Ellen was Director of Training at the Massachusetts Law Reform Institute where, among other things, she oversaw CLAE's predecessor, the Legal Services Training Consortium of New England. She also served for many years as an independent consultant; her clients included the American Bar Association, the Supreme Judicial Court of Massachusetts, the Florida Bar Foundation, the Washington Access to Justice Commission, the Jewish Community Relations Council, the Massachusetts Immigrant and Refugee Advocacy Coalition, the Massachusetts Union of Public Housing Tenants, and scores of other legal aid networks, bar foundations and justice-related programs across the country.
Elizabeth Ring Zuckerberg
Elizabeth Ring is responsible for overseeing the human resources, procurement, information technology, financial management, and other operations of the Shriver Center.
Karen K. Harris
Karen K. Harris became the supervising attorney of the Shriver Center's Community Investment Unit in October 2008. She has advocated for the development of asset building policies and programs for low-income and minority communities.
Dan Lesser has been a senior attorney with the Shriver Center's public benefits unit since 1996. He specializes in child care and early education, immigrant access to public benefits, TANF program, tax and budget, and climate change issues.
Wendy Pollack is the founder and director of the Women's Law and Policy Project at the Shriver Center.
Margaret Stapleton, senior attorney, has more than thirty-five years of experience practicing welfare and civil rights law. At the Shriver Center she focuses on public benefits, health care, child support, and former-offender issues.
Katherine E. Walz
Kate Walz advocates on behalf of low-income individuals living in or in need of public, subsidized, or affordable housing.
For more information on our experts, see our Media Page.