FlegelL_employee_rights_advocacy_instituteLaura M. Flegel, Director of Law & Policy
(202) 898-2880 |

Laura M. Flegel has served as the Institute’s Director of Law & Policy as well as the Legislative & Public Policy Director of the National Employment Lawyers Association since February 2015. Immediately prior to joining NELA and the Institute, Ms. Flegel served as the Legislative Counsel to the District of Columbia City Council’s Committee on Human Services where she worked on a variety of workers’ rights legislation, such as the Minimum Wage Act, the Wage Theft Prevention Act, and a Ban the Box measure. She also worked for 18 years on civil rights, disability rights, and poverty law issues as the Director of Legal Services & Interim General Counsel for the Whitman-Walker Clinic, and as the Director of Legal Advocacy and Education at the Quality Trust for Individuals with Disabilities. Ms. Flegel is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin School of Law.

HofkinL_employee_rights_advocacy_instituteLeah A. Hofkin, Director of Development
(415) 296-7629 x221 |

Leah A. Hofkin joined the Institute and the National Employment Lawyers Association as Director of Development in 2010 with nearly 15 years of fundraising experience in the San Francisco Bay Area nonprofit community. She was Director of Development for Magic Theatre for five seasons, managed the institutional giving program for the American Conservatory Theater for four, and spent three years at the Bay Area Discovery Museum. Ms. Hofkin began her career as a lawyer, working for prominent firms in New York, Washington, DC, and Silicon Valley. She has served on a number of nonprofit boards, including the Art Monastery Project, Jewish Voice for Peace, Keneset HaLev – Community of the Heart, and the San Francisco Children’s Art Center. Ms. Hofkin holds a B.A. with distinction from George Washington University, a J.D. from Columbia University, and a master’s degree from Golden Gate University.

MaokiK_employee_rights_advocacy_instituteKaren Maoki, Director of Strategy & Operations
(415) 296-7629 x203 |

Karen Maoki joined the staff of the National Employment Lawyers Association in 2000 and now serves as Director of Strategy & Operations for the Institute and NELA. Ms. Maoki came to NELA from organized labor, having worked with UNITE HERE Local 2850 as an organizer intern and, later, their bookkeeper. In her free time, she has volunteered with Berkeley Needle Exchange Emergency Distribution and Celebration of Craftswomen, a benefit for The Women’s Building of San Francisco. Ms. Maoki is a graduate of Scripps College in Claremont, California.

Jeffrey A. Mittman, Executive Director
(415) 296-7629 x101 |

Jeffrey A. Mittman is the Executive Director of the National Employment Lawyers Association and the National Institute for Workers’ Rights. Prior to joining the Institute team, he served as the chief operating officer for The Equity Project, a charter school focused on educational equity for students from low-income families. Jeffrey has held several positions in the ACLU family, including serving as the executive director of the ACLU of Missouri, which was pivotal in the investigation of Michael Brown’s death in Ferguson and in obtaining state recognition of marriage for same-sex couples. As an attorney in private law practice for several years, he specialized in litigation, including criminal defense and employment discrimination matters. Jeffrey did advocacy organizing for Equality California, and has volunteered on electoral campaigns.

ValverdeP_employee_rights_advocacy_institutePedro A. Valverde, Digital Communications & Technology Manager
(415) 296-7629 x105 |

Pedro Valverde joined the National Employment Lawyers Association in August 2000 as the Member Services Coordinator and is now the Digital Communications & Technology Manager. Prior to joining the NELA team, he worked at Pillsbury, Madison & Sutro in the Environment, Land Use & Natural Resources practice group. Mr. Valverde relocated to the Bay Area in 1998 from Austin, Texas where he worked for both defense and plaintiff firms.

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