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

 

Senior Management

John Bouman

John Bouman
President and Advocacy Director

John Bouman, president and advocacy director of the Shriver Center, is widely recognized as one of the most effective and thoughtful public-benefit advocates in the country.

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 Molly Bartlett

Molly Bartlett
Vice President of External Affairs

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.

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Ilze Hirsh

Ilze Sprudzs Hirsh
Vice President of Communication Programs

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.

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Ellen Hemley

Ellen Hemley
Vice President of Training Programs

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

Elizabeth Ring Zuckerberg
Vice President of Operations

Elizabeth Ring is responsible for overseeing the human resources, procurement, information technology, financial management, and other operations of the Shriver Center.

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Advocacy Staff

 Karen Harris

Karen K. Harris
Director, Asset Opportunities

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.

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 Dan Lesser

Dan Lesser
Director, Economic Justice

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.

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 Wendy Pollack

Wendy Pollack
Director, Women's Law and Policy Project

Wendy Pollack is the founder and director of the Women's Law and Policy Project at the Shriver Center.

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 Margaret Stapleton

Margaret Stapleton
Director, Community Justice

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.

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 Katherine Walz

Katherine E. Walz
Director, Housing Justice

Kate Walz advocates on behalf of low-income individuals living in or in need of public, subsidized, or affordable housing.

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