Our Staff

Executive Director

Jennifer L. Wood jwood@centerforjustice.org

Jennifer Wood has over 30 years of public interest experience in civil legal aid organizations, civil rights firms, state government, and legislative roles. Prior to joining the Center for Justice, she was the Deputy Secretary/General Counsel at the RI Executive Office of Health and Human Services and the General Counsel/Chief of Staff in the Office of the Lt. Governor. She also spent nine years as the Chief of Staff and Chief Legal Counsel at the RI Department of Elementary and Secondary Education. She started her career as a fellow at Rhode Island Legal Services, before transitioning to private practice. Jenn is a graduate of Brown University and the Northeastern University School of Law.

Staff Attorney

Jordan Mickman jmickman@centerforjustice.org

Jordan has practiced poverty law since 2012, and joined the Center for Justice as a Staff Attorney in July 2017. Jordan's work at the Center is focused on enforcing and advancing the rights of tenants and employees.  He began his legal career working with the Health, Education, and Legal Assistance Project: A Medical-Legal Partnership, where his work focused on helping low-income families in the Philadelphia region resolve disputes with public benefits, enforcing tenants’ rights to safe and affordable housing, eviction and foreclosure prevention, and defending consumers from unfair debt collection practices.  He earned a BA in Philosophy from The George Washington University and a JD from the Delaware Law School where he graduated with honors and was awarded the Outstanding Student Service Award.

Staff Attorney

Natalia Friedlander nfriedlander@centerforjustice.org

Natalia joined the Center for Justice as a Resnik-Curtis Liman Fellow in September 2018, with a focus on criminal justice and prisoners' rights. Natalia has a JD from Yale Law School, where she received the Stephen J. Massey Prize for client advocacy and community service. Prior to law school, she worked at healthcare nonprofits in Washington, DC, Tanzania, and Zambia. Natalia has a BA in Community Health from Brown University.

Legal Fellow

Ashley Papoila apapoila@centerforjustice.org

Ashley Papoila joined the Center for Justice as a legal fellow in September 2020. She graduated cum laude from Rhode Island College in 2014, where she earned her Bachelor of Arts. She received her JD in May 2019 from Roger Williams University School of Law, where she was the recipient of the Jurisprudence Scholarship. During her time at RWU Law, she was a student attorney for both the Criminal Defense Clinic and the Immigration Clinic. As a student attorney, she provided legal assistance to indigent individuals facing criminal or immigration legal consequences. Ashley has a passion for public interest law and is committed to providing all individuals with access to justice no matter their economic status.