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LWB US Staff
Aaron (he/his) is a passionate advocate and educator. While earning his Ph.D. at Yale University, Aaron led the graduate teachers union and represented his community on New Haven’s city council, where he focused on affordable housing and education policy. He has taught at Deep Springs College in California and managed political campaigns for labor unions in Arizona and Georgia.
Chief Operating Officer
Nina (she/her) is a community-based leader who has built and led systems, teams, and organizations that increase access to education and public health services. She also has experience working in food access, community education and outreach, and organizational change management. Most recently, she led COVIDCheck Colorado, a social benefit enterprise that partnered with communities across the state to support Coloradans to safely return to community amidst the pandemic. Prior to this work, as co-founder of the Girls Athletic Leadership Schools, Nina spent over 10 years designing, building, and leading an innovative school model in Denver, Colorado. She worked as a coach for rising school leaders within the network and through Columbia University’s Summer Principal Academy. Nina has a BA in Education Studies from Brown University and an MA in Education from Columbia University.
Baltimore Project Coordinator
Alexis Taylor (she/her) strongly believes in closing the literacy gap and eliminating the digital divide across all sectors of the population in Baltimore. She has lived in Charm City since 2008 and is a graduate of both Morgan State University and Johns Hopkins University. The former teacher is also a journalist and photographer, with a passion for creating change through the Arts.
Development & Research Coordinator
Kat Edmiston (she/her) is eager to support LWB’s mission of expanding access to information through her role as Development Associate. In this capacity, she works on grant writing, prospecting, donor stewardship, fundraising events, and capital campaigns. Previously, Kat worked in research, studying trauma-informed practices for education and institutional barriers to long-term school success. She recently graduated from the University of Chicago with an M.A. in Social Sciences and a B.A. in Law, Letters, and Society.
Puerto Rico Project Coordinator
Moreno (he/his/el) is a passionate and creative professional with experience working in community organizations, specializing in social justice, community organizing, and alternative education programs. He is a native of Puerto Rico and uses play, art, and culture as a tool for change and healing.
Alex Aldarondo serves as a facilitator trainer for the Agile Learning Centers Network and as an education consultant for various independent community-based projects in Puerto Rico and abroad. Engaged in the field of education for over 15 years, Alex specializes in self-directed learning initiatives and community development framed in agile management, emergent strategies, and evolutionary stages of organizational development. He has collaborated with and helped initiate self-directed learning communities in México, Brazil, Puerto Rico, Portugal, Spain, and the United States.
Media Arts and Communications Advisor
José Luis Vargas (he/his/el) is a visual artist, art professor and independent educator and cultural community producer. He is a graduate of the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture, he earned an MFA at Pratt Institute and from the Royal College of Art. His paintings have been exhibited across the world. José Luis served as community radio coordinator for the Channel 6 Communication Project, and he has created youth media centers for various non profits. In 2011, he founded the first youth media center for Boys and Girls Club in Puerto Rico which created and produced comic books and video campaigns and spots touching on human rights and health-related themes.
Board of Directors
Chairman of the Board
Georges Lurcy Visiting Professor of Law and Senior Research Scholar in Law at Yale Law School
Senior research fellow at the French National Research Center in the University of Paris 1, Pantheon-Sorbonne
Deputy Chairman of the Board
Director of Interdisciplinary Studies Department and Professor of History at UC Berkeley
Senior Advisor, Hanseatic LLC
Co-Secretary of the Board
Senior Counsel at States United Democracy Center
Treasurer of the Board
Assistant Professor of French and Francophone Studies at Catholic University
Sterling Professor Emeritus of Law at Yale Law School
Strategic Development Adviser
NAACP Legal Defense Fund/Fried Frank Fellow
Associate Professor of Rhetoric at UC Berkeley
Associate Professor at John Jay College and the CUNY Graduate Center
Vice President, Gary Community Ventures
Dean Emeritus, University of Puerto Rico School of Law