Discovering Justice Staff

  • Discovering Justice Staff

Ann Gogol

Chief Operating Officer
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Kiara Batista

Courthouse Programs Manager
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Katherine Susich

Development and Administrative Associate
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Matt Wilson

Executive Director
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Victoria Suri

K-5 Curriculum Developer
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Emily Duggan

Communications and Development Senior Associate
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Laura Brenner

Education Program Director
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Malia Brooks

Community Partnerships Manager
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Ann Gogol

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.

Kiara Batista

Kiara is passionate about civic education, language accessibility, and legal advocacy. Prior to joining Discovering Justice, she was the Program Coordinator for the Nelson & Lindsay Fellowship Programs at the Moakley Courthouse. Kiara graduated from the University of Massachusetts Amherst, where she earned her B.A. in Legal Studies and Portuguese with a Certificate in Translating and Interpreting for Portuguese.

Katherine Susich

Katherine Susich believes strongly in the role of democracy and civic education in both mitigating social conflict and building prosperous, inclusive communities. Before joining Discovering Justice, she worked as a Program Associate for the Consortium on Gender, Security, and Human Rights at the University of Massachusetts – Amherst. Katherine graduated from The Catholic University of America with degrees in History and World Politics, and earned a master’s degree in Conflict Transformation and Social Justice from Queen’s University Belfast in Northern Ireland.

Matt Wilson

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.

Victoria Suri

Victoria is interested in problem-solving to create impactful and accessible learning experiences that will promote justice ideals and foster the spirit of student change-makers. As Discovering Justice’s K-5 Curriculum Developer, she supports teachers in creating meaningful and valuable learning experiences that develop knowledgeable and effective student advocates. Previously, Victoria spent six years as an elementary educator with experience in social-emotional and inquiry-based learning experiences.  She earned a B.A. in Elementary Education from the University of Kentucky, and an M. Ed. in Curriculum and Instruction with an emphasis on instructional technology from the University of Virginia.

Emily Duggan

Emily Duggan believes in the importance of experiential learning programs to help young people explore new perspectives, environments, and ideas. A poet and performer, Emily is proud to have supported communications and development initiatives for a variety of local nonprofits. She earned a BA in Creative Writing from Brandeis University, with graduate study in Theatre Education at Emerson College and Writing at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.

Laura Brenner

Central to everything Laura does are students and the belief that with authentic, collaborative relationships and a reflective, responsive, innovative approach to instruction and curriculum, public education is a pathway towards liberation for all students, and to a more just and equitable world. She is committed to problem solving with teachers and district leaders, facilitating professional development and designing engaging educational opportunities that build elementary students’ civic identities, critical skills, and global awareness. Before becoming a nonprofit leader with Discovering Justice, Laura worked for seven years as an elementary school teacher and instructional leader in Boston.She is a graduate of Simmons University, where she earned her Bachelors in Psychology and her Masters in Teaching. Most recently, she graduated from UPenn Graduate School of Education with her Masters in School Leadership and a principal certificate while spending a year as principal intern in Cambridge, MA.

Malia Brooks

As Community Partnerships Manager, Malia enjoys building connections across the Commonwealth and expanding access to Discovering Justice’s civic education programs. She brings a varied background to the role, including 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. Malia is a graduate of Whitman College, where she earned a degree in Politics.