Manhattan DA-elect Alvin Bragg Announces Transition Committee

Manhattan District Attorney-elect Alvin Bragg announced on November 5, 2021, the formation of a transition committee comprised of legal experts, service providers, faith based and community leaders, law enforcement, and those directly impacted by the office, that will help reimagine the office to deliver safety and justice for all.

“I am grateful to this group of talented and committed leaders who are volunteering their time and wisdom to ensure we are ready on Day 1 to transform the office to make it the progressive leader it should be,” said Alvin Bragg, a civil rights lawyer and former Chief Deputy Attorney General of New York. “The Transition Committee will be focused on doing the work necessary to identify the plans and people to implement my agenda to address both the need for fundamental reforms in the criminal legal system and the need for community safety. The two goals of justice and safety are not opposed to each other.  They are inextricably linked.  We deserve and demand both, and that has been the focus of my career, my life, and will be the focus of this office.”

“Together, we will make this office a leader on reform. One that ends racial disparities and mass incarcerations; makes us safer by getting justice for survivors of sexual assault and stopping the flow of guns onto our streets; one that invests in reentry programs and expands treatment for mental health and substance abuse; one that addresses the humanitarian crisis at Rikers; and one that holds police accountable, frees the wrongly convicted and delivers justice for all.”

The Transition Committee will be co-chaired by Lauren-Brooke Eisen, Director of the Justice Program at the Brennan Center for Justice at NYU School of Law, Leroy Frazer, former Chief of Staff and Executive ADA, in Brooklyn and Manhattan District Attorney Offices respectively, and Insha Rahman, Vice President of Advocacy & Partnerships at the Vera Institute of Justice. Judge Milton A. Tingling, a retired Justice of the NYS Supreme Court, will serve as Senior Advisor to the Transition Committee.

The committee, still in formation, presently has 160 members, including policy experts, many who bring lived experiences directly impacted by this office and some that have been justice-involved, will focus policies, procedures, and people to create a more equitable and just system that will improve public safety for every member of our community. Sub-committees include:  ATI (Pathways to Success); Data, Budget, Operations; Ethics; Faith-based; Free the Wrongfully Convicted; Gender-based Violence; Guns; Hate Crimes; Investigations; Juvenile Justice; People, Culture, DEI & Training; Police Integrity & Accountability; Re-entry; Rikers & Bail; and Tenant and Worker Protection.

The Transition Committee Coordinating staff includes: Brian Crow, Leslie Dubeck, Richard Fife, Peter Pope, Keisha Sutton-James, and Maggie Wolk.


Imam Al-Hajj Talib Abdur-Rashid, Chairman, Association of African American Imans

Richard Aborn, President; Citizens Crime Commission of New York

Tahanie Aboushi, Partner, the Aboushi Law Firm

Susan Abraham, Professor of Law, NYLS

Jody Adams, Former Family Court Judge

Dr. Debbie Almontaser, Founder and CEO of Bridging Cultures Group Inc.

Leily Arzy, Research and Program Associate, Brennan Center for Justice

Rachel Barkow, NYU Law Prof and Faculty Director of the Zimroth Center on the Administration of Criminal Law

Rachel Barkow, Vice Dean and Charles Seligson Professor of Law, Faculty Director, Zimroth Center, NYU School of Law

Rachael Bedard, MD, Correctional Health Services

Adele Bernhard, Director, Post-Conviction Innocence Clinic at New York Law School

Anurima Bhargava, Founder and Director of Anthem of Us

Erica Bond, Vice President of Social Justice at John Jay College of Criminal Justice

Rev.Chloe Breyer, Exec. Director, the Interfaith Center of New York

Rebecca Brown, Director of Policy, Innocence Project

David Brown, Partner at Paul Weiss Rifkind Wharton & Garrison

Jason Brown, Partner, Cohen & Gresser LLP

David Brown, Partner; Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP

Kirk Burkhalter, New York Law School professor, former police detective

Rev. Calvin O. Butts, Senior Pastor of the Abyssinian Baptist Church

Gwen Carr, Mother of Eric Garner and Activist

Andrew Celli, Emery Celli et al.

Preeti Chauhan, Vice President, Urban Institute

Kandra Clark, Vice President of Policy & Strategy, Exodus Transitional Community

Lance Clarke, Partner, Hamilton Clarke, LLP

Laura Cohen, Director of the Rutgers Criminal and Youth Justice Clinic

Loyda Colon, Co-Director, Justice Committee

Cynthia Conti-Cook, Technology Fellow, Ford Foundation

Daniel Cort, First Deputy Commissioner, NYC Department of Investigation

Sherene Crawford, Director, Strategic Planning and Impact at the Center for Court Innovation

Liz Crotty, Partner, Crotty Saland PC

Khalil Cumberbatch, Council on Criminal Justice

Patricia Cummings, Chief of the Philadelphia District Attorney’s Conviction Integrity Unit

Reagan Daly, Research Director at the CUNY Institute for State and Local Governance

Sara Darehshori, Former senior counsel, Human Rights Watch’s International Justice program

Richard Davis, Chair of the Board of Directors, Legal Aid Society

Doralyn DeDios, President, Dominican Bar Association

Rev. Jacques DeGraff, Chair, School Construction Diversity Council

Victor Dempsey, Community Organizer at NAACP Legal Defense Fund

Xavier Donaldson, Partner, Donaldson & Chilliest, LLP

Kelly Donovan, Managing Director, KPMG

Tom Duane, Former State Senator

Hazel Dukes, President, NAACP New York State Conference

Veronica Dunlap, Director, New York Programs, Pro Bono Net

Laura Edidin, Former Chief Special Counsel for Ethics, Risk & Compliance, NYS Executive Chamber

David Eichenthal, Managing Director, PFM Group Consulting

Roger Fairfax, Dean of American University Washington College of Law

  1. Virginia Fields, President/CEO, NBLCH

Sienna Fontaine, Legal Director and General Counsel of Make the Road New York

Alice Fontier, Managing Director, Neighborhood Defender Service of Harlem

Megan French-Marcelin, Director of Criminal Justice and Democracy, Color of Change

Tracie Gardner, Vice President of Policy Advocacy, Legal Action Center

Elizabeth Gaynes, Executive Director, Osborne Association

Rabbi Lisa Gelber, Clergy, Congregation Habonim

Erin George, National Campaigns Manager, Clean Slate Initiative

Terri Gerstein, Director, State and Local Enforcement Project, Harvard Labor and Worklife Program;

Denora Getachew, Chief Executive Officer, DoSomething.Org

Janine Gilbert, First Deputy Commissioner, NYC Department of Information Technology and Telecommunications

Nancy Ginsburg, Director, Adolescent Intervention and Diversion Project

Cynthia Godsoe, Professor of Law, Brooklyn Law School

Carrie Goldberg, Founder, C.A. Goldberg Law Firm

Jerry Goldfeder, Special Counsel, Stroock; Adjunct Professor of Law, Fordham Law School

Dr. Robert Gore, Founder and Executive Director, Kings Against Violence Initiative (KAVI)

Sandy Grannum, Chief Diversity & Inclusion Officer at Office of the New York State Attorney General

Taa Grays, Vice President and Associate General Counsel, Infomation Governance

Bruce Green, Louis Stein Chair, Fordham Univ. School of Law

Bruce Green, Professor of Law, Fordham, and Director of the Stein Center for Law and Ethics

Aisha Greene, Chief, Rehabilitation Programs and Restorative Services Bureau, Queens DA

George Gurley, President of the Council of Churches of the City of New York

Derrick Hamilton, Founder and Advocate, Friends and Family of the Wrongfully Convicted

Phillip Hamilton, Managing Partner, Hamilton Clarke LLP

Anthony Harman, Director of Staff, United Federation of Teachers

Anna Harvey, President, Social Science Research Council; Professor of Politics and Director, Public Safety Lab, New York University

Bill Hawthorne, Co-Founder and Chief Strategy Officer, EDISS

Susan Herman, Director, Mayor’s Office of Community Mental Health

Mari Hinajosa, Formerly of Lawyers for Children

Mari Hinojosa, Board member, Lawyers for Children

Wayne Ho, President and CEO, Chinese-American Planning Council

Marissa Hoechstetter, Survivor and advocate

Susan Hoffinger, Partner, The Hoffinger Firm, PLLC

Raschaad Hoggard, Abyssinian Baptist Church

Daniel Horwitz, Partner at McLaughlin & Stern, LLP

Talib Hudson, Director of Special Projects, National Network for Safe Communities

Donna Hylton, President, A Little Piece of Light

Rev.Phillip Jackson, Priest-in-charge, Trinity Church Wall Street

Michael Jacobson, Director, CUNY Institute for State and Local Governance

Seymour James, Partner, Barket Epstein Kearon Aldea & Lo Turco

Rev. Clement James, Director, Faith-Based Outreach for the NYS Governor’s Office

Stephen Juris, Partner, Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson

Joo-Hyun Kang, Director, Communities United for Police Reform

Zachary Katznelson, Executive Director, Independent Commission on NYC Criminal Justice and Incarceration Reform

Elie Kaunfer, CEO of Hadar Institute

Rabbi Elie Kaunfer, President and CEO, Yeshivat Hadar

Josh Kellerman, RWDSU International Union

Sania Khan, Former Assistant Attorney General, Civil Rights Bureau NYAG

Kevin Kim, CUNY Board of Trustees

Ross Kramer, Director, Incarcerated Gender Violence Survivors Initiative, Sanctuary for Families

Chris Kwok, Mediator, JAMS

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Don Lee, Board Chair, Homecrest Community Services

Matt Levine, Partner, Phillips Nizer LLP

Harlan Levy, Foley Hoag LLP

Daniel Levy, Principal, McKool Smith P.C.

Harlan Levy, Former Chief Deputy Attorney General of New York

Brian Lewis, Chief Program Officer, exalt

Juanita Lewis, Executive Director of Community Voices Heard

Charles Linehan, Managing Director, Quest Research & Investigations (QRI)

David Loftis, Attorney-in-Charge, Post Conviction and Forensic Litigation, Legal Aid Society

Ann-Marie Louison, Chief Strategic Initiatives Officer, Center for Alternative Sentencing and Employment Services

Diane Lucas, Pro Bono Counsel for Racial Justice Initiatives, Davis Polk and Wardwell

Renate Lunn, Director of Training, New York County Defender Services

Justine Luongo, Attorney in Charge, Criminal Defense Practice

Dr. Ross MacDonald, Chief Medical Officer, Correctional Health Services

Christine Magdo, Assistant United States Attorney

Mina Malik, Senior Partner, The Cochran Firm

Jane Manning, Director, Women’s Equal Justice Project

Janos Marton, National Director, Dream Corps JUSTICE

Howard Master, Special Counsel to the DA, Suffolk County DA’s Office

William McGovern, Partner, Kobre & Kim LLP

Mike McGuire, Director, Mason Tenders District Council

Wayne McKenzie, General Counsel, NYC DOP

Julio Medina, Executive Director, Exodus Transitional Community

YvesChristopher Michel, Managing Director, Macquarie Group

Chris Michel, Managing Director, Regional Head of Talent and Inclusion, Macquarie Group

Harriet Michel, Former President and CEO, New York Urban League

Brina Millikowsky, Strategy Consultant

Kate Mogulescu, Director, Survivors Justice Project

Kate Mogulescu, Associate Professor of Clinical Law, Brooklyn Law School

Five Mualimm-ak, President/ Founder of Incarcerated Nation Network

Alia Nahra, Special Assistant, Brennan Center Justice Program

Peter Neufeld, Co-Founder and Special Counsel, Innocence Project, and Partner, Neufeld Scheck & Brustin

Karen Newirth, Director, Exoneration Project Mass Exoneration Initiative

Jose NIeves, Law Office of Jose L. Nieves, Esq. and Associates

Eliza Orlins, Public Defender

Afrika Owes, JD Candidate, Fordham Law

Chauncey Parker, NYPD Deputy Commissioner for Community Partnerships

Michael Pastor, Adjunct Professor of Law, New York Law School

Victor Pate, Chairman, Nan NYC Chapter Second Chance Committee

Rachel Pauley, Director of Government Programs at Columbia Law School

Rosemonde Pierre-Louis, COO, NYU McSilver Institute, Former Commissioner OCDV, Former Manhattan Deputy Borough President

Michael Polenberg, Vice President, Safe Horizon

Alix Pustilnik, Global Director, Lateral Partner Recruiting and Integration, Dechert LLP

Jocelynne Rainey, CEO and President of Getting out and Staying Out

Michael Rempel, Director of Jail Reform, Center for Court Innovation

Rev.Nicholas Richards, Minister, social justice advocate, international leader and social entrepreneur

Prof.Sam Roberts, Associate Professor of History (Columbia University)

Jennifer Rodgers, Lecturer-in-Law, Columbia Law School

Max Rodriguez, Associate, Pollock Cohen LLP

Rebecca Roiphe, Professor of Law, New York Law School

Lourdes Rosado, President & General Counsel, LatinoJustice PRLDEF

Terri Rosenblatt, Supervising Attorney, DNA Unit, Legal Aid Society

Jackie Rowe-Adams, Co-founder, Harlem Mothers SAVE

Chris Ryan, Managing Director, K2 Integrity

Dr.Yusef Salaam, Motivational Speaker, Author, and Member of the Exonerated Five

Natalia Salgado, Director of Federal Affairs, Working Families Party

Barry Scheck, Co-Founder and Special Counsel, Innocence Project, and Partner, Neufeld Scheck & Brustin

Rev.John Scott, Pastor, St. John’s Baptist Church

Susan Shah, Managing Director, Racial Justice, Trinity Church Wall Street Philanthropies

Dominique Sharpton, Director, National Action Network

Ashley Sharpton, Activist and Organizer, National Action Network

Jennifer Sommers, Assistant Attorney General

Ayanna Sorett, Senior Fellow and Adjunct Professor, Columbia University

Michael-Sean Spence, Senior Director, Everytown for Gun Safety

Amy Spitalnick, Executive Director, Integrity First for America

Martha Stolley, Partner, Morgan Lewis

Corey Stoughton, Attorney in Charge CDP-SLU, The Legal Aid Society

Chanterelle Sung, Director, Compliance, Pfizer

Nick Suplina, SVP for Law & Policy, Everytown for Gun Safety

David Szuchman, Senior Vice President, Head of Global Financial Crime and Customer Protection, PayPal

Lu-Shawn Thompson, Justice advocate and widow of Ken Thompson

Bhav Tibrewal, Political Director, Hotel Trades Council

Jeremy Travis, Executive Vice President of Criminal Justice, Arnold Ventures

Amy Tully, Formerly of the New York State Attorney General’s Office

Ilana Turko, Executive Director, Office of Crime Victim Supports, NYC Mayor’s Office of Criminal Justice

Alan van Capelle, Executive Director, Educational Alliance

Rev.Michael Walrond, Senior Pastor of First Corinthian Baptist Church

Earl Ward, Partner, Emery Celli Brinckerhoff Abady Ward & Maazel

Hadassa Waxman, Partner, Proskauer Rose

Rev.Sharon White-Harrigan, Executive Director, Women’s Community Justice Association

Ellen Yaroshefsky, Professor of Law, Hofstra Law School

Jo-Ann Yoo, Executive Director, Asian American Federation

Pablo Zevallos, Attorney

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