Our Staff


Jon Spack
Executive Director
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 two daughters.
Ann Gogol
Associate Director
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
Afterschool Programs and Volunteer Manager
MJ joined Discovering Justice in August 2015 as the Legal Programs Associate. In her new role as Afterschool Programs and Volunteer Manager, 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
Events and Communications Manager
Jamie joined Discovering Justice in September 2015 as the Administrative Assistant. In her new role as Events and Communications Manager, Jamie manages operations, communications, and events, and supports development and programming when needed. 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.
Dakotah Kennedy
Program Associate
Dakotah joined Discovering Justice in September 2017 as a Program Associate for Discovering the Bill of Rights. Dakotah arrived at DJ with over ten years of mock trial experience and a passion for youth engagement. She graduated from Portland State University with a Bachelors in Criminal Justice, where she continued participating in Mock Trial. After graduating, Dakotah worked at the public defender’s office where she acted as a liaison between her clients, their attorneys, and the court. Prior to her role at DJ, Dakotah worked as a career coach with youth experiencing houselessness to help individuals obtain and retain employment.
Johnny Sadoff
Program Associate

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
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.


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