Ann Gogol

Chief Operating Officer
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Henry Schunk

Office Administrator
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Laura Brenner

Education Director
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Luke Matys

Senior Education Associate
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Mariana Garcia

Communications Fellow
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Jennifer West

Program Fellow
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Matt Wilson

Executive Director
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Malia Brooks

Program Fellow
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Abigail Lavallee

Courthouse Programs Intern
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Callen Creeden

Development Fellow
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Tony Jordan


Partner, EY

Cynthia Malm

Vice Chair

Community Volunteer

Joshua Levy

Vice Chair

Partner Ropes & Gray

Abim Thomas

Vice President & Associate General Counsel, Fidelity Investments

Deborah Birnbach



Gary Spiess

Former Executive Vice President and General Counsel

FleetBoston Financial Company

Joe Mueller



Jeremy Eisemann


AVP & Legislative Counsel Liberty Mutual Insurance Company

Jonathan Spack

Former CEO

TSNE MissionWorks

Michael Parini

Executive Vice President & Chief Legal and Administrative Officer

Vertex Pharmaceuticals

Peter Levine

Associate Dean for Research

Lincoln Filene Professor of Citizenship and Public Affairs, Tufts University

Richard Henken


Schochet Companies

Carmen Ortiz

Counsel with Anderson & Kreiger LLP

Former U.S. Attorney for the District of Massachusetts

Setti Warren

Executive Director of the Shorenstein Center on Media

Politics and Public Policy, Harvard Kennedy School

Thad Beal

Painter, Former Prosecutor

Suffolk County District Attorney’s Office, Former Partner, Nixon Peabody

Sponsors & Supporters

Presenting Sponsor

Champions of Democracy

Guardians of Justice

Democracy Stewards

Justice Leaders

Jim & Cathy Stone

Change Agents

Casner & Edwards

Hogan Lovells

Betsy & Mark Gabrielson

Northern Trust

Prince Lobel


The Schochet Companies


Community Advocates

Thad Beal

Cetrullo LLP

Charles River Associates


Donnelly, Conroy & Gelhaar, LLP

Shanti Fry

Greenberg Traurig, LLP

Hemenway & Barnes

Hirsch Roberts Weinstein LLP

Jackson Lewis

Lando & Anastasi

Laredo & Smith

Libby Hoopes Brooks


O’Brien & Levine Court Reporting Solutions

Pierce Atwood LLP

G.T. Reilly & Company

Sugarman Rogers

Saul Ewing Arnstein & Lehr LLP

Todd & Weld

Cornerstone Research

Demeo LLP


Ann Gogol joined Discovering Justice in 2013. 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. Outside of her experience as an educator, Ann 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. She earned a B.S in Business from Miami University in Oxford, Ohio, as well as a J.D., cum laude, and an M.A. in Teaching from Willamette University in Salem, Oregon.


Henry Schunk joined Discovering Justice in October 2019. He is a graduate of the University of Georgia, where he earned his B.A. in Political Science and History.Prior to relocating to Boston from Atlanta, Henry worked resettling refugees from conflict and crisis areas around the world, providing robust social services and trauma-informed care to his clients and administering financial aid grants at the State and Federal level. With his passion for history, Henry has taken over our Courthouse Tours program, and is happy to have you along for a walk through the Moakley Courthouse.


Laura Brenner joined Discovering Justice in August 2019. She is a graduate of Simmons University, where she earned her B.S. in Psychology and her M.A. in Teaching, and most recently had a successful career as an elementary school teacher in Boston. Laura is an experienced educator and instructional leader who is skilled in trauma-informed teaching, social-emotional learning, and culturally relevant engaging curriculum design and teaching practices. She is passionate about helping students and teachers build their metacognition, critical thinking, leadership, self-reflection, and global awareness through rigorous and engaging educational opportunities, and sees issues around justice and civics as ideal vehicles for developing these vital skills.


Luke Matys joined Discovering Justice in October 2019. He is a graduate of St. Lawrence University, where he received a B.A. in History and Philosophy, and went on to receive his Ed.M. from Harvard’s Graduate School of Education. Prior to working at Discovering Justice, Luke spent three years teaching 8th grade English and Math and 7th grade World Geography at Nativity Preparatory School of New Bedford. While there, he revitalized the school’s community service program to make after school programming more rewarding for both students and community partners. Luke has collaborated with the National Action Civics Collaborative, and is currently a content developer for Youth in Front.

Zach Gale

Zach Gale joined Discovering Justice in June 2021 as an intern. He goes to Brookline High School. Zach lives in Brookline, Massachusetts. With his passion for history, politics, and civics, Zach is interning for Discovering Justice.

Jennifer West

Jennifer comes to Discovering Justice after serving as a Regional Political Director for the re-election campaign of Senator Jeanne Shaheen. She studied Government and History at Dartmouth College, where she was also involved in political advocacy and progressive student organizing. She is deeply passionate about voter access, and hopes to attend law school in order to pursue a career litigating voter protection and civil rights cases.


For more than three decades, Matt Wilson has built and run community-based initiatives for a healthier and more vibrant Massachusetts. As a nonprofit executive, community organizer, public advocate, fundraiser, and trainer, Wilson has worked with residents to help them vision, realize, and build their capacity and power for change.
Wilson was the founding Executive Director of MASSCreative, the statewide advocacy voice for Massachusetts’ arts, cultural, and creative community. Under his direction MASSCreative grew to more than 400 organizational members with 25,000 individuals taking part in public education and advocacy actions. In his tenure, arts funding in the Commonwealth doubled and his advocacy work helped implement state policies to increase access and participation to quality arts education.
As the Director of Toxics Action Center Wilson built the organization from scratch to a New England-wide resource for hundreds of neighborhoods working to protect themselves from environmental pollution threats.
Wilson graduated from Dartmouth College and earned a Masters of Public Administration at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government.

Malia Brooks

Malia recently graduated from Whitman College with a Politics degree. She brings a varied background teaching and mentoring elementary school students in Walla Walla, WA, assisting behind the scenes of a Cambodia-based nonprofit, and guiding her peers through career advising. As an Outreach and Recruitment Associate, she looks forward to building connections across the Commonwealth and expanding access to Discovering Justice’s educational opportunities.


Abigail Lavallee

Born and raised in Massachusetts, Abigail currently attends Emmanuel College in Boston. She is majoring in Communications & Media Studies and Writing, Editing, & Publishing with a minor in History. 

Abigail has a background in teaching fourth graders. Additionally, she has a certification in Constitutional Law & Constitutional Cases. Her passion for fostering a love for education in the greater community is marked by her own personal goal to be a life-long learner. 

As a Courthouse Programs Intern, she looks forward to developing Mock Trial programs for kids, creating interactive experiences at the Moakley Courthouse for the touring community, and teaching others about the judicial system, while sculpting her own perception of the court.

Callen Creeden

Callen is a recent graduate of American University with a B.A. in Environmental Studies and Political Science. Going to school in Washington D.C. he was able to pursue unique opportunities to take part in various marches and protests for social change. He has previously interned on Capitol Hill and American Rivers. 

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