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.
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.
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.
Sam joined the Center for Justice as a legal fellow in December 2020. He is an honors graduate of Northeastern University School of Law, where he worked closely with the Legal Skills in Social Context program, which pairs cohorts of first year law students with community organizations and public interest law firms to advance social justice. Before attending law school, Sam worked as a film-maker, a carpenter, and a community organizer. He has a BA in English Literature from Grinnell College.
Joshua joined the Center for Justice as the Roger Williams University School of Law Legal Fellow in October 2020. Prior to coming to the Center for Justice, Joshua attended Roger Williams University School of Law where he graduated with honors and was also awarded the Pro Bono Collaborative Award for his dedication to providing pro bono legal services to Rhode Island’s low-income and indigent communities. Joshua grew up in a military family and before going to law school he spent twelve years in the hospitality and service industry, focusing mostly on mixology and pre-prohibition style bartending.
Jonathan joined the Center for Justice in 2021 as a Resnik-Curtis Liman Fellow, where he focuses on criminal justice and prisoners' rights issues, particularly centering queer individuals. Jonathan graduated from Yale Law School in 2020 and spent the following year clerking at the US District Court of Rhode Island. During law school, Jonathan interned at several civil rights organizations and helped direct his school's annual Rebellious Lawyering Conference. He is originally from Staten Island, NY, and completed a BA in Africana Studies at Brown University and an MPP at Harvard Kennedy School.