At Pro Bono Net, we are a dedicated and diverse team of individuals with the belief that technology is key to bringing the power of the law to all.
Mark O'Brien is the co-founder and Executive Director of Pro Bono Net, a national nonprofit that increases access to justice for the poor and other vulnerable populations through innovative uses of technology, collaboration and volunteer mobilization. Founded in 1998, Pro Bono Net has built web platforms to support public interest lawyers, build broad based justice partnerships, and empower people in need to solve their own legal problems. Prior to starting Pro Bono Net, Mark spent eight years building a nationally recognized pro bono program at Davis Polk. He is a Senior Fellow of the Institute for Technology Law & Policy at Georgetown University Law Center, where he co-teaches the Technology, Innovation, and Law Practice Practicum. Mark was named a 2012 FastCase 50 honoree for his contributions to the legal technology field.
Liz has played a key role in Pro Bono Net’s program strategy for more than a decade. She joined Pro Bono Net as a LawHelp Circuit Rider, working with legal aid programs in 25 states to build online resources to increase access to legal help for low income communities. As Program Director, Liz now manages strategic initiatives and programs at Pro Bono Net that equip individuals and communities with new tools to tackle civil justice problems. Previously, Liz managed outreach and education efforts at the Maine Women’s Policy Center on legislation impacting women’s health, civil rights, economic security and freedom from violence, and worked to increase the number of women running for office. She holds a master's degree in community informatics from the University of Michigan, and has served as a consultant to digital inclusion initiatives in Haiti and Chile. In 2015, she was selected to participate in the inaugural Legal Empowerment Leadership program at Central European University’s School of Public Policy. Liz hails from South Jersey originally and now lives in the San Francisco Bay Area.
Director, Immigration Advocates Network
Rodrigo Camarena is the Director of the Immigration Advocates Network, the largest network of nonprofit legal advocates committed to defending immigrants. Rodrigo was formerly Strategy Director at Purpose where he developed advocacy campaigns, digital products and brand strategies for global change-makers like the Ford Foundation, UNICEF, and Fwd.us. Prior to Purpose, Rodrigo developed new initiatives to tackle economic inequality as Executive Director of Business Growth Programs for the City of New York. Rodrigo is also the former Executive Director of the Mixteca Organization - an immigrant rights organization based in Sunset Park Brooklyn.
Mark J. McGrath
Chief Development Officer
Mark joined the team at Pro Bono Net in May of 2016. Previously he worked as a consultant with a wide variety of non-profit organizations leading their development efforts. Albert Einstein College of Medicine, Hale House Center, and The International Center for Transitional Justice are few of the organizations Mark has had helped raise funds to supporting their work over the past few years. Prior to his work as fundraising counsel, Mark gained valuable experience leading the development departments of a variety of New York organizations which include Continuum Health Partners, Inc., United Hospital Fund and United Way of New York City. Mark resides in Manhattan and is based in the New York office.
Director of Technology & Operations
Doug's background includes leading both technology and operations for a range of companies in the tech, services, and non-profit spaces. He has served as Chief Operating Officer and Chief Technology Officer for a number of firms, with a focus on startups and high growth organizations. Doug founded and built a 100 person Internet technologies firm, running it for eight years before selling it to a publicly traded firm. He recently completed a four-year consulting engagement with Teach For America, revamping their HR, recruiting, and financial operations, implementing new core corporate systems, and helping them build out and mature their technology operations.
Director of Finance & Administration
Paul coordinates the financial, human resource, and administrative support functions at Pro Bono Net. Paul has almost two decades of nonprofit finance experience as a financial consultant and manager. His claim to minor fame was to lead the research on the IRS form 990 that resulted in the Financial SCAN product from Guidestar. Prior to Pro Bono Net, Paul served as the Director of Finance and Administration at Hunger Free America and the Chief Financial Officer of the Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt Institute. Paul also served as a consultant at the Nonprofit Finance Fund where he served as a Senior Consultant and Director of Analytics, amongst other roles. Paul has taught “Advanced Excel” as an adjunct professor at NYU and is an alumni of the Coro Fellows Program. Paul is a Certified Nonprofit Accounting Professional.
New York Program Director
Veronica N. Dunlap, Esq., MBA is the New York Program Director at Pro Bono Net where she spearheads LawHelpNY and related technology initiatives that empower New Yorkers in need to resolve their legal problems and strengthen the work of advocates serving them. In addition, she is a volunteer attorney with NYCLA on a project aimed at restoring the civil rights of people with criminal convictions. Prior to joining PBN, Veronica served as the Director of Strategic Initiatives at the National Network for Safe Communities at John Jay College where she designed and implemented projects that aimed to reduce bias in policing, and managed communications and digital strategies. Before law school, Veronica performed on stages around the world as a classically trained dancer. She is a proud graduate of both George Washington University, where she received a B.A. in International Affairs and Fordham University School of Law where she received her Juris Doctor & M.B.A. in Finance. Veronica received the 2016 Heroine of Excellence Award for her work in social justice advocacy, and is a 2017 Council of Urban Professionals Fellow. Further, Veronica received the 2019 New York County Lawyer’s Association Pro Bono Honors Award for her dedication to public service and the 2020 Outstanding Woman Lawyer in Public Service Award from the National Bar Association.
Technology Innovations Manager, LawHelpNY
Tim joined Pro Bono Net in June 2018. His two-decade journey in the legal space has taken him from the Federal Courts to Law Firm Library Director to Legal Tech Ambassador to Legal Marketing. He works closely with legal services and community-based organizations and manages initiatives that leverage technology and LawHelpNY’s online resources to expand access to legal assistance for low-income and vulnerable communities and strengthen collaboration within the civil justice sector in New York. His LawHelpNY work with Pro Bono Net engages his passion for access to justice and love of community. He’s an avid podcaster - listening and hosting - but please don’t hold that against him. Tim likes to travel but loves coming back to Manhattan, his home for more than 20 years.
Don joined Pro Bono Net in February 2013 after spending several years working as a subcontractor for the organization. Prior to joining Pro Bono Net, he ran his own consulting company and has over 20 years of experience in the web development field. He lives with his wife and four daughters in Dewitt, Michigan.
Autumn is a content strategist with experience in digital and media production. After graduating from Syracuse University, Autumn began her career with Last Week Tonight with John Oliver as a Rights & Clearances Assistant. After working with HBO, she pivoted into digital work. Autumn has worked with a variety of digital brands as a founding producer, serving as the first social media producer for Redbook Magazine, the first digital producer for The Emmys, and Mic’s first Interactive producer on a tap storytelling project for Google. Autumn enjoys almost all TV, long walks with her poodle mix Nugget, and anything related to California.
Ariadne is a product manager with a background in both tech and the social sciences. After earning her MSW and spending two years doing case management for LGBTQ folx in NYC, she joined an early stage startup called Healthify working to build digital tools for social workers. Since then she has worked on a variety of projects that utilize digital technology for social good. Most recently, Ariadne was a fellow in the pilot cohort of the Compass Fellowship, a program designed to train and transition existing tech talent into the progressive tech space. Ariadne is now the product manager for LawHelp and probono.net, digital platforms that help thousands of people each year solve life-changing legal issues and that strengthen the work of advocates serving them. Ariadne’s passions include the great outdoors and the great indoors as well as reading with a focus on fiction and non-fiction. She also enjoys dancing, biking, and irony.
Americorps VISTA, LawHelpNY
Legal Solutions Designer
Alison joined Pro Bono Net in May 2020 as a legal solutions designer. She recently graduated from UC Davis School of Law, where she focused on creating tech solutions to bridge access-to-justice gaps for vulnerable communities. Prior to law school, Alison worked as a graphic designer. She cares zealously about how legal information is presented and interacted with: legal systems should be accessible by all. A cow-town Texas native, Alison enjoys running, reading, riding horses, and rough-housing with her four rescue dogs.
Development & Communications Coordinator
Jessica (Jess) joined Pro Bono Net in June 2018. She was previously the Development and Communications intern for Pro Bono Net throughout the spring of 2018. Jess graduated from Pace University with a B.A. in Communications and with a minor in Marketing. She enjoys volunteering, writing, and exploring the city in her spare time. Originally from New Hampshire, Jess now happily lives in New York City.
Quality Engineer, ProBono.Net & LawHelp
Kevin joined Pro Bono Net full-time in November 2007, and now serves as the QA Engineer. Prior to joining Pro Bono Net, he worked for Plural Inc and Dell Professional Services (DPS). Kevin received an A.S. degree in Business Management from the Borough of Manhattan Community College in December 2007. In his spare time, Kevin is an avid (but not very good) golfer. He lives in New York City.
Community Support Associate
Jonathan joined the Pro Bono Net team in March 2020 as a Community Support Associate. Prior to joining Pro Bono Net, Jonathan lived in Namibia, Africa, where he served as a Peace Corps volunteer teaching English as a second language. He also conducted many grassroots programs as a Peace Corps volunteer that promoted HIV/AIDS education and overall youth development. Jonathan graduated with a Bachelor of Arts- focused in Sociology and psychology from SUNY Purchase College. Jonathan has 8 years of experience working for non-profit organizations with a focus on empowering marginalized people, youth development, and community development.
Product Support Specialist
Taylor joined Pro Bono Net as the Website Administrator of LawHelpNY in May 2017. Previously, she worked as a Staff Paralegal at Legal Assistance of Western New York in Geneva, New York. Taylor is proud to call the Finger Lakes home. She joined the LawHelpNY team to support the program’s consideration and service of communities in Central and Western New York. Taylor has a B.S. from Cornell University in Policy Analysis and Management, with a concentration on Social Welfare Policy and a minor in Inequality Studies. Taylor is passionate about contributing to efforts to reduce poverty in America, promote educational opportunities, create access to justice, and build stronger, happier communities. She is currently training to make the US Rowing team and earn the opportunity to represent our country in the 2020 Summer Olympic Games in Tokyo.
Sam is a lawyer, technologist, and a believer that technology can help bridge the access-to-justice gap. He likes to get his hands dirty and is constantly building and experimenting with ways to apply technology to law. Sam was a Fastcase 50 recipient in 2017 as well as a guest on the Lawyerist Podcast to talk about his work. The ABA Journal profiled his LegalOptics project in October of 2017. He's written a good bit for Lawyerist about legal technology and small firm practice, and is an occasional speaker about the intersection of law and technology. Sam previously worked as the Development Team Leader for the Florida Justice Technology Center as well as the Project Manager for the Florida Criminal Justice Data Pilot Project with Measures for Justice.
Quality Engineer, LawHelp Interactive & Pro Bono Manager
Kanchana joined Pro Bono Net in January 2013 after previously working with a start-up pharmaceutical company in India, and in California as a QA tester. Kanchana earned her Bachelor's degree in Science from India, and was a part of the certificate program at Hudson County School of Technology on Inclusive Education. She lives in Princeton, New Jersey.
Finance and Administration Associate
Amy joined Pro Bono Net in December 2019. As the Finance & Administration Associate, she coordinates the financial, human resource, and administrative support functions at Pro Bono Net. Amy has a background in retail management, operations, and political science. She is an avid reader, a hiker, and a culinary enthusiast. She lives in New York City.
AmeriCorps VISTA, Pro Bono Net
Jillian Jin is the 2020-21 AmeriCorps Vista at Pro Bono Net. Her project will focus on implementing and sharing resources that will connect nonprofits and pro bono to rural, underserved, and marginalized communities. In addition, she volunteers as a sexual assault advocate and helps develop services for survivors of domestic violence, dating violence, and more. Prior to Pro Bono Net, Jillian attended Lewis & Clark College and graduated with a bachelor's degree in Sociology and Anthropology with a minor in Asian Studies. She is committed to expanding legal access, and is excited for this opportunity.
Program Manager, LawHelp Interactive
Claudia is the Program Manager for LawHelp Interactive at Pro Bono Net. Under her stewardship LHI has grown to be the largest and most used online form platform in the US. In this capacity Claudia supports a network of legal nonprofits, Pro Bono Programs, and other groups creating, funding, and using online forms to improve their work and make it better for those without lawyers to create legal documents for free. Claudia practiced public interest law for 15 years in CA and Philadelphia before joining Pro Bono Net, including being a Managing Attorney at Bay Area Legal Aid, and Supervising Attorney at the Bar Association of SF, where she worked to establish the lawyer for the day program in SF Superior Court in 2002/2003. She participates in multiple advisory boards including the ATJ Fellows Program, to Dean Ted Ruger's New Innovation Center, and Penn's Toll Public Interest Center. She also is a member of the tech committee for the ATJ Board in Washington State. She has been recognized throughout her career for her contributions, most recently receiving the Promoter of Justice Award by the WA ATJ Board. She has also received the Fastcase 50, and Women in Law. She has an MPP/MPH from UC Berkeley and a BA from the same university. She graduated from Penn Law and was a Skadden Fellow from 1997-1999. Claudia is bi-coastal spending time both in Eastern WA and Maryland.
Cecilia Kim joined Pro Bono Net in July 2020 as a Project Manager for LawHelp Interactive, LawHelp, and probono.net. Prior to joining Pro Bono Net, she worked as a project manager in the healthcare and life sciences space, supporting software implementation for clients including large health systems, state/federal/foreign government initiatives, and multi-national pharmaceutical companies. She earned a Bachelor’s in Health Sciences and a Master’s in Applied Health Informatics from Stony Brook University. She lives in New York and enjoys volunteering, reading, and baking in her free time.
Kathleen joined Pro Bono Net in June 2020 with close to two decades of experience in nonprofit development. Kathleen's extensive experience in fundraising has brought millions of dollars into the social justice sector, supporting causes such as LGBT rights, voting rights and democracy reform, empowerment for women and girls, and advocacy and direct services for New York City's public school students. Previous to her career in nonprofit fundraising, Kathleen taught English abroad, in Nepal as a Peace Corps Volunteer and in Japan as a member of the JET program. Kathleen lives dually in New York City and Western Massachusetts and is based in the New York office.
Associate Director, Immigration Advocates Network
Pat brings nearly 20 years immigration law and project management experience to her role as Associate Director of the Immigration Advocates Network. She helps manage staff and programs; and, writes legal content for IAN's online resources. Pat previously worked at Catholic Legal Immigration Network. (CLINIC), where she managed local outreach projects, represented immigrants in proceedings, trained and supported immigration practitioners, and recruited pro bono counsel to represent immigrant children. Prior to CLINIC, she worked at Proyecto Libertad in Harlingen, Texas and AYUDA in Washington, D.C. Her interest in the work comes from a strong sense of history, and a passion for social justice.
Community Support Associate
Casey Mears joined Pro Bono Net in September 2017 as an Americorps VISTA with the Immigration advocates Network. Since completing her Americorps service, Casey has worked as a Project Assistant with various Pro Bono Net Programs. Prior to joining Pro Bono Net, she served as an Americorps State Member in Burlington, VT working with families experiencing homelessness, as well as working in other direct service capacities with vulnerable populations. She earned a Bachelor’s degree in Human Services and Sociology from the University of Delaware. Casey is a proud resident of the Hudson Valley and spends her free time coaching middle school Odyssey of the Mind, crafting, and playing with her cat, Nina.
Partnerships Manager, LawHelp Interactive
Mirenda Meghelli serves as the Partnerships Manager at Pro Bono Net. She previously worked as the Hotline Program Coordinator for Legal Information for Families Today (LIFT) in New York City, where she managed the organization's bilingual telephone and email family law information hotlines. Before LIFT, Mirenda worked as a staff attorney at the Bronx Defenders within the organization's Family Defense Practice. She received her B.A. in History from University of Pennsylvania and earned her J.D. from Georgetown University Law Center. Mirenda lives in the Washington, DC area and enjoys yoga, her instant pot, and travel.
Field Support Associate, Citizenshipworks
America joined Pro Bono Net in May 2020 as a Field Support Associate for Citizenshipworks, a project of the Immigration Advocates Network. Prior to Pro Bono Net, America was a Case Planner at SCO Family of Services in New York, where she helped families navigate the child welfare system. She was also a FirstGen Civil Rights Fellow at the National Immigration Law Center, where she advocated for DACA and deportation protections. America graduated from Wesleyan University in 2018 and now lives in New York City. Outside of Pro Bono Net, America enjoys making iced lattes, sharing playlists with friends, and going to the farmer’s market in her neighborhood.
Pro Bono & Strategic Initiatives Manager
Jeanne coordinates, develops and grows state and national digital initiatives that strengthen the work of legal advocates and pro bono attorneys helping communities with their legal problems. For almost two years, she was Pro Bono Net’s Disaster Response Legal Fellow and organized initiatives to support disaster survivors and attorneys working on disaster legal aid. Before joining PBN, Jeanne provided free legal representation and employment discrimination litigation on behalf of low-income LGBT individuals in Puerto Rico and worked as a legal fellow with the Central Alabama Fair Housing Center. She also founded an award-winning Ms. JD chapter in her law school and facilitated workshops on reproductive and constitutional rights to communities in Puerto Rico. Jeanne is a volunteer for the American Bar Association Disaster Legal Services Program, where she helps coordinate immediate and free temporary legal help to disaster survivors across the country. She is an appointed member of the American Bar Association Standing Committee on Disaster Response and Preparedness and an affiliate of the New York City Bar Association Pro Bono & Legal Services Committee. Jeanne is bilingual and admitted to practice law in the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico.
Senior Project Manager
Simon joined Pro Bono Net in September 2015 as a Senior Project Manager. He has been working in the IT field for over fifteen years in various capacity from programmer, statistician and systems analyst to project manager and department director. Over the years, he has worked primarily with non-profits, government and community-based organizations, helping them build and implement IT solutions to support their important work. He earned a Bachelor's in Cognitive and Linguistic Sciences from Brown University and a Master's in Experimental Psychology at C.U.N.Y. Before moving into IT, he taught undergraduate psychology courses for about 6 years and fantasizes about going back one day. He is a fan of media, especially video games, that combine his love of technology, art and story. His time working at ESRB fed his addiction and probably did not help his social life any.
Community Support Associate, ProBono.Net & LawHelp Interactive
Joining Pro Bono Net in June 2016, Rafael comes from a background in Arts Administration and Information Technology, bringing his experience in service, project management and technology from both, for profit and nonprofit organizations as Community Support Associate. Prior to joining Pro Bono Net, Rafael worked at Nespresso, Macktez and Citi, in the fields of Information Technology and Compliance. A graduate of Indiana University, he holds a Master of Music degree. In his ongoing journey of growth and expansion, he enjoys the practice of mindfulness and exploration of consciousness. Rafael was born and raised in San Juan, Puerto Rico and currently lives in New York City’s metro area.
LiveHelp Program Associate
Wantee joined Pro Bono Net in May 2020 as a LiveHelp Program Associate. She received her J.D. from Touro College, Jacob D. Fuchsberg Law Center, and B.A. in Political Science from Queens College, City University of New York in 2017. As a law student, Wantee began volunteering with LawHelpNY in October 2017. As a LiveHelp volunteer, Wantee found her passion for using her law degree to assist disadvantaged individuals in our community and expanding legal access to justice. She is grateful for the opportunity to begin her law career at Pro Bono Net.
Project Manager, Immigration Advocates Network
Since 2010, Ken has steered projects at Immigration Advocates Network (IAN) from concept to fruition. From website design and development to mobile app creation, he has worked on nearly every program in IAN’s portfolio, with a current emphasis on Citizenshipworks and immi. Prior to that, Ken provided in-the-field resettlement services to newly-arrived refugees and directed program delivery for resettlement at CWS. Ken lives in New Jersey with his son and two cats and spends his spare time at the beach, travelling, and listening to loud music.
Program Associate, LawHelpNY
Ariel joined the Pro Bono Net team in January 2020, with a background in arts administration, arts education, and human resources systems implementations. She is passionate about digital and physical wayfinding with a focus on accessibility and loves all things transit. Ariel’s interest in social justice topics spring from seeing the effects of disaster response and healthcare mismanagement on local communities, particularly following Hurricane Sandy in 2012. Outside of Pro Bono Net, Ariel likes to see contemporary prints and textile art shows and remain largely unhelpful at trivia nights.
Sandra Sandoval Chavarria
Citizenshipworks Program Manager, Immigration Advocates Network
Sandra joined the Immigration Advocates Network in October 2013. As Citizenshipworks Program Manager, Sandra leads strategy implementation and assists in product development of Citizenshipworks – a free online tool that helps individuals apply for citizenship. Prior to joining IAN, Sandra worked with San Antonio Immigrant Youth Movement (SAIYM), a youth-led movement to empower undocumented youth by providing resources, tools, and guidance to help navigate the higher education system. Sandra is a graduate of the University of Texas at San Antonio and received an MPA from the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs at Syracuse University.
Senior Product Manager, Pro Bono Manager
Jessica joined the Pro Bono Net team in August 2008, working first as LawHelp Program Associate and now as Senior Product Manager for Pro Bono Manager. Prior to joining Pro Bono Net, Jessica lived in Los Angeles and worked for a major motion picture company on the rebuild of a B2B Asset Management application used by a number of different internal and external stakeholders. She now enjoys applying her interest in operations to helping law firms use technology to make their pro bono programs run more efficiently. Jessica earned her B.A. in Communication Processes from the University of Connecticut, and now lives in New York City.
Junior IT Associate
Frank joined Pro Bono Net in June 2020 as a Junior IT Associate. Before joining the company he worked as an ITS Technician at Manhattan College from 2017 - 2020. Frank graduated from Manhattan College with a B.S. in Computer Engineering and a Minor in Business. He enjoys fishing, watching hockey, and learning about new cultures.
Program Manager, Immigration Advocates Network
Sebastian brings a decade of experience in creating and expanding immigration programs. As a Program Manager in Sebastian designs and collaborates to bring new digital tools to immigrants and advocates. He was the Director of Legal Services for Catholic Charities of the East Bay, and the Immigration Institute of the Bay Area, both based in Oakland, CA. Sebastian was a founding member of the Bay Area Naturalization and DACA collaboratives. Sebastian has JD with a certificate in Federal Indian Law and Highest Pro Bono Distinctions from the Sandra Day O'Connor College of Law at Arizona State University, and a BA in Raza Studies with an emphasis in Behavioral and Social Science from the College of Ethnic Studies at San Francisco State University.