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Who We Are

We believe in the power of public health law and policy to improve lives and make our communities safer, healthier, stronger and more equitable. We know that understanding, navigating and using law and policy can transform our communities so we work to help public health professionals, policymakers, researchers and educators, advocates and health care professionals do just that.

Attorneys & Staff

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Amy Lieberman

Senior Attorney

Ann Phi-Wendt

Managing Director

Anna Schmalzbauer

Deputy Managing Director

April Shaw

Senior Staff Attorney

Betsy Lawton

Senior Staff Attorney

Blair Inniss

Senior Staff Attorney

Brianne Schell

Staff Attorney

Brooke Torton

Senior Staff Attorney

Carrie Waggoner

Deputy Director

Chris Alibrandi

Deputy Director

Colleen Healy Boufides

Deputy Director

Corey Davis

Deputy Director

Dawn Hunter

Region Director

Denise Chrysler

Region Co-Director

Donna Levin

Project Director, Act for Public Health

Emely Sanchez

Legal Fellow

Erica White

Staff Attorney

Gene Matthews

Principal Investigator

James G. Hodge, Jr.

Region Director/Principal Investigator

Jane Perkins

Senior Staff Attorney

Jennifer Piatt

Deputy Director

Jill Krueger

Region Director

Kathleen Hoke

Region Director

Kayleen Klarich

Associate Director, Marketing and Communications

Kerri McGowan Lowrey

Deputy Director

Leila Barraza

Senior Consultant

Madeline Kim

Public Health Associate

Mathew R. Swinburne

Associate Director

Megan Griest

Chief of Staff

Morgan Jones-Axtell

Staff Attorney

Mosalewa Ani

Program Coordinator

Peter D. Jacobson

Region Co-Director

Sara Rogers

Public Health Policy Analyst

Sarah Somers

Managing Attorney

Stephen Murphy

Senior Attorney

Advisory Board


Aaron Wernham

Montana HealthCare Foundation

Adrian E. Dominguez

Urban Indian Health Institute

Barbara Ferrer

Los Angeles County Department of Public Health

Howard Koh

Harvard T. H. Chan School of Public Health

John T. Monahan

Georgetown University

Kimberlydawn Wisdom

Henry Ford Health System

McClain Bryant Macklin

Health Forward Foundation

Scott Hall

Greater Kansas City Chamber of Commerce

Steven Gravely

The Gravely Group

Umair Shah

Washington State Department of Health