Board of Directors
Theodore D. Segal
Ted Segal is a lawyer in private practice in Washington D.C and serves as an adjunct professor at the Georgetown University Law Center. He was formerly a partner at Stradley Ronon Stevens & Young, LLP, where he served as chair of the Corporate & Securities Practice Group and as a member of the firm's Board of Directors. Prior to joining Stradley Ronon, he was a partner at DLA Piper where he headed the firm's Washington office. Ted received his BA, magna cum laude, from Duke University, and his JD, magna cum laude, from Georgetown University Law Center. He joined Children's Law Center's Board of Directors in 2013, served on the benefit host committee in 2012, and was Co-Chair of the Children's Law Center 2014 Helping Children Soar Benefit. A native Washingtonian, Ted is married and has two wonderful children.
Melissa is an assistant general counsel at Ernst & Young LLP, where she supports the firm's tax practice. She previously spent eight years at Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom, where she focused on tax controversy and litigation matters. It was at Skadden that Melissa first became involved with Children's Law Center, first taking on guardian ad litem and caregiver cases, and later serving as Skadden's representative on the CLC advisory board. An avid theater fan, Melissa also serves on the board of directors of the Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company. She holds a bachelor's degree in actuarial science and a JD from the Georgetown University Law Center. She joined Children's Law Center's board of directors in 2013. Melissa is a Capitals season ticket holder, a recreational runner, and an avid wine taster.
Elizabeth Bausch is a trustee and secretary of Many Hands, a women’s grant making organization dedicated to making a lasting impact on the lives of DC area women, children, and families. She is also a reading tutor in the DC public schools with Reading Partners. Previously, Elizabeth served as trustee and board chair of Concord Hill School and trustee and president of the Nord Family Foundation, a leading grant making organization in northeast Ohio. She is a former television and interactive media producer for WETA and was a producer on the flagship PBS weekly news program, “Washington Week.” She joined Children’s Law Center’s board of directors in 2016. Elizabeth and her husband, Justin, have two sons.
Allison L. Alexander
Allison Alexander is Vice President and Chief Corporate Counsel of Clark Enterprises, Inc., one of the largest privately held companies in the Washington, DC metropolitan area with holdings in real estate, financial markets, venture capital/private equity and other investments. Ms. Alexander’s career comprises more than 15 years of top tier law firm, in-house legal and investment experience. She was previously Senior Vice President and Chief Legal Officer at SCI Ventures, a Maryland-based venture capital firm with over $200 million under management. Prior to joining SCI Ventures, she practiced corporate and securities law at DLA Piper, where she advised clients ranging from start-ups to Fortune 500 companies in financing deals, commercial contract negotiations and corporate structuring and compliance matters. She received her J.D. degree with honors from University of Maryland School of Law and is a summa cum laude graduate of Syracuse University. Ms. Alexander joined the Children’s Law Center Board in 2016 and also serves on the Board of Trustees of the National Center for Children and Families.
John Bentivoglio is a healthcare enforcement and regulatory partner at Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP in Washington, DC. At Skadden, John co-chairs the Guardian ad Litem pro-bono team. Previously John served as Associate Deputy Attorney General and Special Counsel for Healthcare Fraud at the U.S. Department of Justice. He also served as a professional staff member on the U.S. Senate Committee on the Judiciary under then-Chairman Joseph R. Biden, Jr. John joined the Children's Law Center Board in 2013.
Jill is Government and Regulatory Affairs Counsel at IBM Corporation, where she focuses on regulatory and policy issues related to international trade and data privacy. She previously was an attorney with the international trade practice of Sidley Austin LLP in Washington, DC, where she was promoted to partner. It was at Sidley that Jill became a founding member of Children's Law Center's Advisory Board. She also serves on the Arlington County Commission on the Status of Women. Jill is a proud graduate of Georgetown University, where she received her BS in Foreign Service and her JD, and she also holds a certificate in comparative political and social studies from the Institut d’Etudes Politiques de Paris (Sciences Po). Jill is a regular breakfast prep volunteer at a local soup kitchen, despite limited culinary skills.
Anne P. Davis
Anne Davis is Co-Managing Partner of Arnold & Porter Kaye Scholer LLP, and has practiced as a litigator for many years in the Firm’s Washington DC office. Anne previously served as Co-General Counsel to the Firm. Anne’s pro bono practice has included representing clients in asylum petitions and other immigration matters, voting rights cases, and police misconduct cases. Earlier in her career, Anne worked as a trial lawyer in the Office of the Prosecutor at the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia in the Hague, Netherlands, where she was a member of a trial team prosecuting four Bosnian Serb Army commanders charged with genocide and crimes against humanity in connection with the 1995 mass executions at Srebrenica. She is a graduate of Dartmouth College and received both her law degree and an M.Ed. in education policy from the University of Virginia. Anne lives in Northwest DC with her husband, Chase, daughter Paige, son Graham and a very sweet chocolate lab named Zoe.
Renee DeSilva is Chief Talent Officer at EAB, an education consulting firm that serves more than 1,200 schools, colleges, and universities. In this capacity, she leads all of EAB’s talent-related functions, including recruiting, diversity and inclusion, employee experience, and benefits. Across her more than 15 years at the firm, Renee has served in a number of different roles, including strategic relationship management, the operational planning of new product launches, and the execution of an innovative cross-division sales model. She earned her B.A. from Syracuse University. Renee joined Children’s Law Center’s Board of Directors in 2015. Renee resides in Maryland with her husband, Ernest, and their three children.
Ona Alston Dosunmu
Ona Dosunmu is Vice President and General Counsel at The Brookings Institution. After leaving law firm practice, she spent four years as Associate Director of Budget and Administration in the Foreign Policy Studies program at Brookings before becoming General Counsel. Prior to joining Brookings in 2002, she spent seven years representing major corporations on multi-million dollar transactions—both domestic and international—with the global law firms of: Akin, Gump, Strauss, Hauer, & Feld, L.L.P.; Latham & Watkins; and Arent Fox. Ona is currently a director of the Association of Corporate Counsel and sits on the advisory boards of Corporate Pro Bono and Georgetown’s Corporate Counsel Institute. Ona was recently named one of “America’s 50 Outstanding General Counsel” by the National Law Journal. Ona joined the Children’s Law Center Board in 2016.
Vicki Scheer Foster
Vicki joined Children's Law Center's Board of Directors in 2015.
Manu Gayatrinath is a partner at Latham & Watkins LLP. She serves as the Global Chair of the firm’s Recruiting Committee and focuses her practice on private equity finance. On the pro bono front, she has worked to help undocumented children in the United States who have been abused, abandoned or neglected get Special Immigrant Juvenile Status. Manu is a graduate of Barnard College with a bachelor in economics. She worked at JPMorgan Chase prior to earning her JD from the University of Pennsylvania in 2004. Manu, a New York City native, her husband (Anthony) and their lovely English Bulldog (Lola), live in the District. Manu joined the Children’s Law Center Board in 2016.
Wendy currently serves on the boards of the DC Promise Neighborhood, Children’s National Medical Center, RaiseDC, the Community Foundation for the National Capital Region, and Health Leads. She is the board chair of the DC Promise Neighborhood and the Children’s National Advocacy and Public Policy Institute, the co-chair of RaiseDC, and the Mid-Atlantic board chair of Health Leads. Wendy joined Children’s Law Center’s board of directors in 2013. Wendy and her husband, Fred, have five children.
Justin Gray is President and CEO of Gray Global Advisors, LLC, a full service business advisory firm that specializes in the strategic implementation of government affairs and business consulting services for public and private corporations, foreign governments, educational institutions, trade associations, foundations, and nonprofits. He also serves on the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation Corporate Advisory Council, the Board of Trustees for Riverview School, and the Board of Trustees of Operation Understanding. He received his law degree from the University of Virginia School of Law and graduated magna cum laude from Florida A&M University. Justin joined Children’s Law Center’s Board of Directors in 2012.
Michael N. Harreld
Michael N. Harreld is the immediate past president of PNC Bank in Greater Washington and currently special advisor to the chairman of The PNC Financial Services Group. Over a 48-year distinguished career with PNC and its Louisville, Ky., based predecessor Citizens Fidelity Corporation, Harreld has overseen all aspects of the bank’s local operations, including Retail Banking, Corporate & Institutional Banking, Wealth Management and community based-activities. Harreld moved to Washington in 2005 to lead PNC after its acquisition of Riggs National Bank. For the past 12 years has been actively engaged in civic activities. Currently, he serves on the boards of the Federal City Council, the United Way of the National Capital Area, the Economic Club of Washington DC, The Meyer Foundation, Raise DC and HEROES, Inc. Harreld received his B.A. degree in history and political science from the University of Louisville and his J.D. degree from the University of Louisville Law School.
Leslie B. Kiernan
Leslie B. Kiernan is a litigation partner at Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP where she advises clients in civil, criminal, regulatory, and congressional proceedings and is an expert on government ethics and conflicts-of-interest law. She served as a public delegate during the 69th Session of the United Nations General Assembly. From 2011-2014 she was Deputy Counsel to President Obama. During her time in the Counsel’s office, she advised on a wide range of compliance, risk-management, policy, and oversight issues and also served as counsel to the Office of the First Lady. Ms. Kiernan has been recognized in The Best Lawyers in America, and has been active in community and nonprofit organizations including serving from 2009-11 on the Board of Trustees for the D.C. Public Defender Service and in various capacities on behalf of Children’s National Medical Center. She is currently a member of the Board of Directors and Chair of CNMC’s Enterprise Risk, Compliance, and Legal Affairs Committee. She also serves on the board of Kids v Cancer, a nonprofit that promotes pediatric-cancer research. Ms Kiernan joined the board of Children’s Law Center in 2017. She is a graduate of Brown University and Georgetown University Law Center.
Michael S. Labson
Mike is a Partner at Covington & Burling LLP in Washington D.C. His practices focuses on providing strategic advice to pharmaceutical and biotechnology clients in dealing with the FDA and other agencies. He is a member of the firm's Management Committee, and previously was one of the firm's Hiring Partners and Co-Chair of the Diversity Committee. He is also actively involved in pro bono work. Mike received his undergraduate degree from Harvard University and his JD from Harvard Law School. He joined the Children's Law Center Board of Directors in 2017, and also serves on the Board of the Children's Dental Health Project. When not practicing law or spending time with his family, Mike can generally be found on his bike pedaling the byways of DC and Maryland.
Chip is an experienced courtroom advocate who handles complex and high-profile commercial litigation matters across the country, and is the Partner in Charge of Dorsey & Whitney LLP’s Washington, DC, office. He is actively involved in the community. Chip is the board chairman of College Success Foundation – District of Columbia, which helps low income children prepare for college and earn college degrees; is on the Executive Committee of the Federal City Council; and is a member of the Program Committee of the Economic Club of Washington. Chip earned his AB, with honors, from Princeton University, and his JD, cum laude, from the University of Michigan Law School. He joined the Children’s Law Center Board of Directors in 2015.
Evan Miller is a partner in the law firm of Jones Day, where he is co-chair of the firm's employee benefits and executive compensation practice. He has been actively involved with the St. Albans School and Columbia University. He joined the Children's Law Center Board of Directors in 2015. Evan resides in the District of Columbia with his wife, Nancy Hedin, and their adopted daughter, and they also have a son currently attending college.
Miguel E. Rodriguez
Miguel Rodriguez is the Senior Vice President for Government Affairs at the Center for American Progress (CAP). Prior to joining CAP, Rodriguez was a Partner in Bryan Cave LLP’s Public Policy and Government Affairs group in Washington, DC. Rodriguez’s practice consisted of providing his clients with legal and political counsel, helping them formulate strategies to promote their policy and legislative priorities. Immediately prior to joining Bryan Cave, Rodriguez served as an Assistant to President and Director of the White House Office of Legislative Affairs. In this role, he served as President Obama’s primary liaison to the United States Congress, working to advance the administration’s legislative agenda and to promote its policy priorities. Prior to his appointment as Director, Rodriguez served as a Special Assistant to the President in the White House Office of Legislative Affairs. Rodriguez previously served as the Deputy Assistant Secretary for Senate Affairs at the U.S. Department of State from 2009 until 2011. From 2005 to 2009, Rodriguez was Chief Counsel for then Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton, also serving as the Senator’s Legislative Director from 2008 until 2009. Rodriguez is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania (1994) and the University of Pennsylvania Law School (1999). He is a frequent lecturer at the university and has served as an adjunct professor since 2014.
Deborah A. Wilson
Deborah Wilson is the principal at Ramshead Advisors, a boutique advisory firm focused on mergers and acquisitions, pricing, due diligence, accounting policy and operational effectiveness for commercial mortgage banking companies. Previously, she was the Chief Financial Officer at Walker & Dunlop. In the past, Debbie served on the Board of the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Shelter for Battered Women, chair of the Arthritis Foundation Mid-Atlantic Golf Committee and chair of the Capital Standards Committee, a committee of the Fannie Mae DUS Lender Advisory Council. Debbie was also a Charter Board Member of the Trump National DC Women’s Golf Association. Debbie is currently the co-chair of the Georgetown University Medical Center Partners in Research; she joined the Children’s Law Center board of directors in 2015.
Joanne L. Zimolzak
Joanne joined the Children's Law Center Board of Directors in 2016.