Our Staff

OUR STAFF

Jon Spack
Executive Director

 jspack@discoveringjustice.org

 617.748.4186

c.617.921.7970

Jon joined Discovering Justice as Executive Director in August 2015, where he works closely with the Board of Trustees and the rest of the Staff to ensure that the organization achieves its mission. Jon oversees the strategic vision to ensure Discovering Justice remains a high-impact, widely recognized leader in education. Prior to Discovering Justice, Jon served in leadership roles at several national education non-profits in Boston and in the Bay Area, including Education Pioneers, Citizen Schools, and Spark. Throughout his career, Jon has focused on building core infrastructure to sustainably expand high-quality programming, as well as leading fundraising and expansion operations. After graduating from Brookline High School, Jon received his B.A. from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and his M.S. in Non-Profit/NGO Leadership at the University of Pennsylvania. Jon currently resides in Brookline, MA with his wife and daughter.

Ann Gogol
Associate Director

 agogol@discoveringjustice.org

 617.748.9642

Ann joined Discovering Justice in August 2013 as the Legal and Secondary Education Director. Prior to relocating from Oregon to the Boston area, Ann taught math, Spanish, and French to both elementary and middle school students. She also taught Legal Research and Writing to law students and a variety of political science courses to community college students in Salem, Oregon. She also worked as an Associate Attorney in the Business and Corporate practice area at Schwabe, Williams and Wyatt in Portland, Oregon and spent two years as a law clerk at the Oregon Court of Appeals. Ann earned a B.S in Business from Miami University in Oxford, Ohio. She also earned both a J.D., cum laude, and an M.A. in Teaching from Willamette University in Salem, Oregon.

Marieljane "MJ" Bastien
Legal Programs Associate

mjbastien@discoveringjustice.org

 617.748.9641

MJ joined Discovering Justice in August 2015. In her role as Legal Programs Associate, she combines her passions for youth, education and our justice systems. Prior to working at Discovering Justice, MJ was a Teach For America Corps member in Massachusetts. During her time as a Corps member, she taught special education at Humanities and Leadership Development High School in Lawrence, MA. She graduated from Boston University with a B.A. in Political Science and minors in English and Women & Gender Studies. MJ also earned her M.Ed. from Boston University.

Jamie Cross
Administrative Assistant

 jcross@discoveringjustice.org

 617.748.4185

Jamie joined Discovering Justice in September 2015 as the Administrative Assistant. In addition to ensuring office operations run smoothly, Jamie assists with communications, marketing and program support. Growing up in Boston, educational access was vital to Jamie’s success and growth. Today she is committed to giving back to her community by helping other students unlock their potential through civic education. Jamie graduated summa cum laude from the University of Massachusetts Boston with a B.A. in Sociology, Psychology and Gender Studies.

Johnny Sadoff
Program Associate

 jsadoff@discoveringjustice.org

 617.748.9639

Johnny is a DC native. He received his B.A. in English and Spanish literature from Kenyon College in Gambier, Ohio. He moved out to Boston to receive his M.Ed. from Harvard University. A certified English teacher, Johnny has taught middle and High School English in both charter and vocational schools. He is on the board of directors of The Marble Collection-- the only statewide print and online magazine of the arts by students in grades 8-12. Prior to joining Discovering Justice, he served as a program coordinator at 826 Boston, a youth writing and publishing nonprofit. He is a long distance runner and a mentor with Dreamfar High School Marathon, an organization that trains high school students to run and complete the Providence Marathon. In addition, he loves to play and teach chess.

Jan Shafer
Education Director

 jshafer@discoveringjustice.org

 617.748.4184

Jan joined Discovering Justice in September 2014 as the Elementary Education Director after twenty five years as an elementary classroom teacher in Cambridge and Newton public school districts. Jan has particular experience in culturally responsive teaching methods and ethics education. She has also developed and written curricula for elementary and middle school students for Amplify Learning, Blueground Publishers, and Voices of Love and Freedom. Jan holds an M.Ed. from Harvard University and a B.S. of Education and Massachusetts Standard Certification from Lesley University.

Danielle White
Strategic Partnerships Manager

 dwhite@discoveringjustice.org

 617.748.9635

Danielle joined Discovering Justice in September 2013. In her current role as Strategic Partnerships Manager, she leads the expansion of Discovering Justice programs to new school districts and partner courthouses across the state. A native of western Massachusetts, Danielle is thrilled to broaden Discovering Justice’s impact and bring civic and justice education to more students across the Commonwealth. Danielle graduated from Stonehill College in Easton, MA with a B.A. in International Studies and Gender and Sexuality Studies.


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