Board of Directors | Children's Law Center

Board of Directors

Creighton Magid

Chair
Chip Magid is the Partner-in-Charge of Dorsey & Whitney LLP’s Washington, DC office and an experienced courtroom advocate who handles complex and high-profile commercial litigation matters across the country. He has been listed in Washington, DC Superlawyers every year since 2015. He earned his undergraduate degree, with honors, from Princeton University and his JD cum laude from the University of Michigan Law School. Chip is actively involved in the community and serves as the board chairman of College Success Foundation – District of Columbia, is a Trustee of the Federal City Council, and is a member of the Economic Club of Washington. He joined the Children’s Law Center Board of Directors in 2015. 

Melissa Wiley

Treasurer
Melissa Wiley is a senior manager at Ernst & Young LLP, where she specializes in tax controversy matters. She previously spent six years in the firm's general counsel's office, prior to which she was an associate in the tax controversy practice at Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom. It was at Skadden that Melissa first became involved with Children's Law Center, taking on guardian ad litem and caregiver cases, and later serving as Skadden's representative on the CLC advisory board. She holds an undergraduate degree in actuarial science and earned her JD from the Georgetown University Law Center. She joined Children's Law Center's Board of Directors in 2013 and currently chairs CLC's Emeritus Board. An avid theatre fan, Melissa also serves on the board of directors of Flying V Theatre Company, as well as the foundation board for her church, St. Mary’s Episcopal in Arlington, Virginia.

Elizabeth Bausch

Secretary
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 the Vice President and General 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. She was previously Senior Vice President and Chief Legal Officer at SCI Ventures, and prior to joining that firm, she practiced corporate and securities law at DLA Piper. She is a summa cum laude graduate of Syracuse University and received her JD degree with honors from University of Maryland School of Law. Allison 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. She has lived in the DC area her entire life and is a fan of the Washington Nationals.

Meagan Barkett

Meagan Untalan Barkett is the Chief Operating Officer at NorthStar Anesthesia where she focuses on provider recruitment, ongoing client operations, and growth of NorthStar's geographic footprint. Prior to joining NorthStar, Meagan served as a Vice President at Cranemere, a permanent capital holding company focused on long-term partnerships. Before Cranemere, she spent over ten years at the Advisory Board Company in a variety of roles including corporate strategy, Chief of Staff to the Chairman and CEO, and Revenue Cycle division leadership. She received her undergraduate degree from the University of Pennsylvania and has an MBA from The Wharton School. She joined the Children's Law Center Board of Directors in 2019. Meagan resides in the District of Columbia with her husband, John Barkett, and their two daughters. 

Brian V. Breheny

Brian Breheny is a partner in Skadden's DC office and heads the firm's SEC Reporting and Compliance practice. Prior to joining Skadden in 2010, Mr. Breheny held a number of leadership positions in the Division of Corporation Finance at the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, eventually becoming its deputy director of legal and regulatory policy. Brian received his undergraduate degree from St. John's University and his JD cum laude from St. John's University School of Law. He joined the Children's Law Center Board of Directors in 2019. Additionally, he serves as a member of the board of directors of the Society for Corporate Governance and the SEC Alumni Association and is a member of the DC leadership committee for Lambda Legal and UCLA Law School's Williams Institute. He formerly served as a member of the board and treasurer of The National LGBT Bar Association and a member and chair of the board of Fair Chance, a DC-based organization that works to strengthen community-based nonprofits serving children and families experiencing poverty. Brian enjoys spending time with his family, including twins and Joey, a loveable yellow Labrador.

Traevena Byrd

Traevena Byrd is the Vice President, General Counsel and Board Secretary for American University, where she provides legal and strategic advice to the university's executive officers and board of trustees, manages all legal services for the university, and oversees board operations. She has previously served as Vice President and General Counsel at Towson University and is a member of the Board of Directors for the National Association of College and University Attorneys. In addition to teaching civil rights courses for first year college students, she has been a frequent presenter on the subject of free speech and student protest. Traevena is a graduate of the University of Iowa, where she received both her undergraduate and law degrees.

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. Her 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. Anne is a graduate of Dartmouth College and received both her JD and an M.Ed. in education policy from the University of Virginia. She lives in Northwest DC.

Manu Gayatrinath

Manu Gayatrinath is a partner at Latham & Watkins LLP where she serves as the Global Chair of the firm’s Private Equity Finance Group and focuses her practice on private equity finance. She maintains an active pro bono practice and 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 and received her JD from the University of Pennsylvania. She joined the Children's Law Center Board of Directors in 2019. Manu joined the Children’s Law Center Board in 2016. Manu enjoys spending time with her family and exploring the Georgetown neighborhood.

Stephanie P. Hales

Stephanie Hales is a partner in the Healthcare and Government Strategies groups at Sidley Austin LLP. She counsels clients on healthcare legislative and regulatory developments and their impact, providing assistance through strategic advice, analysis, and advocacy. Stephanie also has served as adjunct faculty for a health policy course at the University of Pennsylvania. She received her undergraduate degree from Washington University in St. Louis, and she received her law degree and a Masters in biomedical ethics from the University of Pennsylvania. She has served on Children’s Law Center’s Advisory Board since 2015 and joined the Board of Directors in 2019. She also serves on the Board of Directors for Pathways to Housing DC. Stephanie lives in the District with her husband, Tom, and their cat, Athena.   

Frederick L. Klein

Fred Klein is a Partner at DLA Piper LLP (US) and co-head of the firm's Washington, DC Real Estate practice. After law school, he clerked in the US Court of Appeals for the 5th and 11th Circuits for Judge Paul Roney. Fred received his undergraduate degree from Duke University and his JD from the University of Miami Law School. He joined the Children's Law Center Board of Directors in 2019 and has represented several community service organizations on pro bono matters throughout his career, including Martha's Table, the Capital Area Food Bank, and For Love of Children. In his free time, Fred loves to write personal letters and visit his adult children in different American cities. 

Michael S. Labson

Mike Labson is a Partner at Covington & Burling LLP in Washington D.C. in the Food, Drug, and Device practice. He is also a member of the firm's Management Committee and Executive Committee. 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 he previously served as the Vice Chair of 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.

Daniel A. Masur

Dan Masur is a leader of Mayer Brown LLP’s Technology Transactions practice and served from 2013-2019 as the Partner-in-Charge of its Washington, DC office. For more than 20 years, Dan has represented national and international clients in a broad range of information technology and business process sourcing transactions. Prior to joining Mayer Brown in 1997, Dan served as Vice President and General Counsel of I-NET, Inc., a provider of information technology, telecommunications and outsourcing services. He received his undergraduate degree from Marquette University and his JD from the Georgetown University Law Center. Dan joined the Children’s Law Center Board in 2018 and currently serves as the Chair of the Development Committee. He has twice served as a co-chair of the annual CLC benefit. He also serves on the Higher Achievement President’s Council and founded “Making the Case for Kids,” a Mayer Brown campaign focused on children and education, which partners with Children’s Law Center, Higher Achievement and other outstanding local non-profits. Dan is a die-hard Capitals fan and attends home games whenever possible.

Evan Miller

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.

Robert Ourisman, Jr.

Robert is the CEO of the Ourisman Automotive Group and is currently operating 11 automotive dealerships in 7 locations around the greater Washington metropolitan area. Beginning his career at the age of 13 as a custodian at one of the collision centers, and subsequently working every job in a dealership; Robert has developed a keen understanding for what is required to run a successful operation. Robert is a member of Leadership Greater Washington and sits on the board of HEROES, Inc. His interests include fitness, music, design, travel, and sports. He received his BA from Rollins College and resides in Washington, D.C.

Miguel E. Rodriguez

Miguel Rodriguez serves as The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation's director for Government Relations in North America. Located in Washington, D.C and Seattle, Washington, his teams are tasked with formulating and executing strategies to promote the foundation’s programmatic goals and priorities with federal and state & local lawmakers and decision makers. Prior to joining the foundation, Miguel was the senior vice president for Government Affairs at the Center for American Progress (CAP). Miguel joined CAP after practicing law as a partner at Bryan Cave LLP where his practice consisted of providing his clients with legal and political counsel. During the Obama administration, Miguel served as an assistant to president and director of the White House Office of Legislative Affairs. Miguel is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania and the University of Pennsylvania Law School. He is a frequent lecturer at the university and has served as an adjunct professor there since 2014.

Simone Ross

Simone E. Ross, a partner at Covington & Burling LLP, is a seasoned litigator who skillfully manages complex criminal and internal investigations and civil litigation for corporate and individual clients in various industries. Simone previously served as Managing Vice President of Ethics & Investigations at a top 10 financial institution, where she built and led that institution’s internal ethics and investigations department. Simone also previously served in the U.S. Department of Justice as an Assistant United States Attorney in the District of Columbia and as an Assistant Counsel in the Office of Professional Responsibility. Simone received her bachelor’s degree in Communication from Stanford University in 1988, and her law degree from Georgetown University Law Center in 1993. Simone, a native Washingtonian, currently is a member of the Chevy Chase Citizens Association and the Citizens Advisory Council for the D.C. Metropolitan Police Department’s Second District.

Joanne L. Zimolzak

Joanne Zimolzak is a partner in the Washington, DC Office of Dykema Gossett PLLC where she routinely handles all aspects of complex business and regulatory litigation while offering solution-oriented, practical advice to clients in a variety of highly regulated industries. A former chair of the ABA's Tort Trial and Insurance Practice Insurance Coverage Litigation Committee, Joanne's expertise in this area has been recognized by DC Super Lawyers in 2018 and 2019. She is a is a graduate of the University of Maryland, College Park, and earned her JD from the Georgetown University Law Center. Joanne first joined Children’s Law Center Board of Directors in 2015 and is now serving her second term. A long time supporter of and advocate for the pro bono and legal communities in the District of Columbia, she also serves on the Executive Committee of the DC Council for Court Excellence and the Advisory Board for the Georgetown Law Corporate Counsel Institute. When not practicing law or spending time with her family, Joanne enjoys gardening, growing both flowers and vegetables.