Meet Our Coaches & Staff

Nan Aron

Nan Aron, AFJ’s founder and president, guides the organization and its two programs, the Bolder Advocacy Initiative and the Justice Program, to secure the right of all Americans to have their voices heard when government makes decisions that affect their lives.

Abby Levine

Director, Bolder Advocacy
Abby Levine serves as Director of the Bolder Advocacy initiative at Alliance for Justice.  Abby’s work includes creating curriculum, teaching workshops, providing technical assistance, writing plain-language legal guides, and describing federal legislative and regulatory developments that impact nonprofits.

Nona Randois

California Director
Nona manages AFJ’s Bolder Advocacy work in California as well as its Northern and Southern California offices. Nona has over two decades of experience as an attorney specializing in representing nonprofit organizations.

Natalie Roetzel Ossenfort

Texas Director
Natalie Ossenfort serves as the Director of AFJ’s Texas office. Prior to her work with the organization, she helped to create and run the Innocence Project of Texas, a nonprofit dedicated to freeing those wrongfully convicted of crimes in the state.

Leslie Barnes

Leslie comes to Alliance from Justice from private and government practice. Having worked as Co-General Counsel for the Indiana Election Division, she has helped guide candidates, nonprofits, and local election officials through more than 30 election cycles.

Marianna Garcia

California Program Manager
Marianna Garcia is the California Program Manager for AFJ’s Bolder Advocacy program, providing administrative and programmatic support to its West Coast Programs.

Sue Hoechstetter

Senior Advisor for Foundation Advocacy and Evaluation
At Alliance for Justice’s Bolder Advocacy program, Sue helps organizations grow and assess their advocacy and community organizing skills and practices with tools, training, and technical assistance. 

Toren Lewis

Toren received his J.D. from UC Davis School of Law and a bachelor’s degree in International Politics from Georgetown University. Prior to joining AFJ, Toren served as a Commission Counsel in the Legal and Enforcement Divisions of California’s Fair Political Practices Commission (FPPC).

Sara Matlin

Bilingual Counsel
Sara Matlin is the Bilingual Counsel with the Alliance for Justice’s Bolder Advocacy Initiative in Oakland, CA. Sara empowers Spanish- and English-speaking nonprofit organizations to become more courageous leaders in policy change movements.

Ronnie Pawelko

Elections Counsel
Ronnie Pawelko is Elections Counsel for Alliance for Justice.  Before joining AFJ, Ronnie was General Counsel at Family Planning Advocates of New York State where she focused on reproductive health care policy and worked to ensure their advocacy and political activities were conducted in compliance with applicable laws and regulations.

Nikhil Pillai

Nikhil Pillai is Counsel for the Bolder Advocacy Initiative at Alliance for Justice. He consults with and trains nonprofit organizations on the rules and strategies for legal and effective advocacy.

Alexa Pinto

Program Coordinator
Alexa is the Program Coordinator for the Washington, D.C. office of Bolder Advocacy at Alliance for Justice. She is a recent graduate of University of Maryland, College Park, where she majored in Anthropology with a focus in sociocultural inequality and historical archaeology.

Shyaam Subramanian

Southern California Counsel
Shyaam serves as Southern California Counsel for the Bolder Advocacy program at the Alliance for Justice. In this capacity, he assists nonprofit organizations in pursuing legal and effective advocacy to advance their public policy goals.