Board of Directors
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.
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 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. 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.
Meagan Untalan Barkett is a Vice President at Cranemere, a permanent capital holding company focused on long-term partnerships. At Cranemere, she focuses on identifying, evaluating and partnering with Cranemere’s operating companies. Prior to 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 has an MBA from The Wharton School and a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Pennsylvania. Meagan resides in the District of Columbia with her husband, John Barkett, and their two daughters.
Brian V. Breheny
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.
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.
Stephanie P. Hales
Leslie B. Kiernan
Leslie B. Kiernan is a litigation partner at Kiernan PLLC where she advises clients in civil, criminal, regulatory, and congressional proceedings and is an expert on government ethics 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 and also served as counsel to the Office of the First Lady. Ms. Kiernan 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 the Vice-Chair of the Board of Directors and Chair of CNMC’s Enterprise Risk and Compliance Committee. Ms. Kiernan joined the board of Children’s Law Center in 2017. She is a graduate of Brown University and Georgetown University Law Center.
Frederick L. Klein
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.
Claire M. Maddox
Daniel A. Masur
Dan Masur is a partner at Mayer Brown’s Washington, DC office and a leader of its Technology Transactions practice. For more than 20 years, Dan has represented national and international clients in a broad range of on-shore, near-shore, and offshore information technology and business process sourcing transactions involving global and niche outsourcing providers, offshore captives and various hybrid structures. In addition, in recent years, Dan has represented clients in cutting-edge arrangements with digital service providers involving cloud, “big data,” “as-a-service,” “internet of things,” robotic process automation, artificial intelligence and blockchain. Dan also deals on a regular basis with data privacy, data protection and cybersecurity issues. Dan joined Mayer Brown in 1997. From 1994 to 1997, he served as Vice President and General Counsel of I-NET, Inc., a rapidly growing provider of information technology, telecommunications and outsourcing services. Prior to I-NET, Dan was a partner in another Washington DC firm.
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.