JusticeAid boasts a Board of Directors whose experience and accomplishments put them at the forefront of the legal, communications, arts, and activist communities. Our Board members share a passion for charity and helping those most in need, but their abilities to effect positive change don’t hold them back from having a good time. When they aren’t winning major court cases, assisting public defender services, advising nationally renowned nonprofits, and creating art themselves, you can find them at any of our events…usually dancing in the front row.
MARK ROCHON, President
Member, Miller & Chevalier
Mark Rochon is a citizen of three cities: Detroit, where he was born; Washington, D.C., where he lives; and New Orleans, which holds his heart—and all three have forged his commitment to using music and the arts to promote justice. As a high school student he listened to Motown, lived through the 1967 Detroit riots, and raised money for Mother Waddles and her mission to provide food, hope, and dignity to the disadvantaged in Detroit.
At 18 years, Mark enlisted in the Navy (he ended up on a nuclear submarine), which enabled him to attend college on the GI Bill. He graduated from Stanford Law School and then moved to the District of Columbia to work at the D.C. Public Defender Service, where he represented the poor and tried countless cases. During these years, Mark continued his love of music, including D.C.’s indigenous Go-Go music.
Mark fell in love with New Orleans when he attended his first jazz festival in 1998. As a Member at a major D.C. law firm, he donates his time and money to indigent defense in “NOLA” and to local justice and music organizations. A highlight of his life was an appearance on New Orleans radio station WWOZ—an auspicious beginning, perhaps, to a second career as a blogger of New Orleans music and estoterica.
GARY KOHLMAN, Treasurer
General Counsel, National Basketball Players Association
Gary Kohlman arrived at the University of Michigan on a trumpet scholarship and with a love for music. He left years later with a passion for social justice causes. Gary has been fortunate to live a life in which both passions have been fulfilled. As a young public defender in the District of Columbia, he represented poor people in countless trials and twice before the Supreme Court. In the evenings he moonlighted as the manager of a rock band.
Gary currently works as General Counsel at the National Basketball Players Association. Prior to his work at NBPA, he worked at a law firm that helps working men and women fight for better working conditions by forming unions. He played a major role in the recent hearing that led to the groundbreaking Labor Board decision giving the Northwestern football team the right to vote on forming a union. At the same time, Gary manages D.C.’s premier country rock band, The Morrison Brothers Band. JusticeAid is a perfect fit for Gary, combining as it does the use of the arts, particularly music, to advance social justice issues.
HON. STEPHEN G. MILLIKEN, Secretary & Chief Executive Officer
Judge, Superior Court of the District of Columbia, Retired
Stephen Milliken served as a Judge for more than 20 years in the Superior Court of the District of Columbia. As an undergraduate at Harvard, he worked with the Phillips Brooks House (Prison Committee), assisting adjudicated delinquents released into community-based treatment—a program that cut re-arrest rates by nearly half. After college, he signed onto the night shift at a reform school in upstate New York to explore corrections alternatives. Following law school and a stint at the Department of Justice, he continued his commitment to the poor and disenfranchised as a Fellow at Georgetown Law Center and as a founder/partner of Milliken, Van Susteren, & Canan.
Steve is thrilled to be promoting justice through the arts. As a judge, he created the “Juried Art Show,” a competition for District of Columbia public school art students held in the Jury Room of the Superior Court, and judged by, among others, the Dean of the Corcoran School of Art. With 10,000 potential jurors viewing their work, the students received great exposure, and winners earned scholarships to continue their studies.
Now that Steve has retired from the bench, he has returned to painting at the Washington Studio School. He is the driving force behind the founding of JusticeAid to use the arts to promote social, economic, and racial justice.
STEVE ANDERSON, Board Member
Executive VP, ESPN, retired
Steve Anderson recently retired after a 35-year career at ESPN and ABC Sports. Steve joined ESPN seven months after the network launched in 1979, eventually becoming a producer. He then served over 25 years in various senior management roles overseeing TV, Radio and International production departments and shows including SportsCenter, Outside the Lines, NFL, NBA, MLB, NHL, College Football and Basketball live event and studio productions. Steve was proud to serve on ESPN’s Editorial Board, the Executive Diversity and Inclusion Committee, and was the Executive Champion of ESPN’s Women’s Employee Group.
After growing up in the New York City area and graduating from The College of the Holy Cross in Worcester, Massachusetts, Steve returned to the city and spent two years as an assistant basketball coach at Fordham University. Over his six years on college campuses, while exploring the many different genres of music including Rock, Blues, Jazz, Reggae, Folk and Country, Steve’s love and appreciation for music developed into a true passion.
Later when Steve realized his teenage son, Matt, shared the same serious interest in music, the two embarked on a quest to see many of the legends who were still performing including Les Paul, Chuck Berry, Little Richard, BB King, Levon Helm, and Buddy Guy, to name a few. The highlight of their music exploration was a two-week trip through Mississippi, Louisiana, New Orleans, Memphis, and Chicago visiting various music clubs, juke joints, and attending blues festivals along the way.
Steve is honored to join the board of this important organization dedicated to promoting social, economic, and racial justice through music and the arts.
PAUL DALEN, Board Member
Owner, Reverse Thread, Inc.
On September 17th, 1964 at the tender age of 7, Paul Dalen (along with his family and 20,276 other music-loving Midwesterners) witnessed the spectacle of The Beatles performing live in Kansas City, Missouri. It left a lasting impression to say the least.
Paul has spent his entire life involved in different aspects of the music industry: as a musician in his teens and 20s and as a tour manager and touring sound engineer after that. In the 1990s, he worked for Bill Graham Presents in San Francisco, presenting hundreds of shows at The Fillmore and elsewhere. He then moved to New York City (where he resides) to work in artist management and tour management.
Paul currently works as Tour Manager for Bonnie Raitt, manages Grammy-winning record producer Tucker Martine, and stage manages at multi-day outdoor music festivals, including Bonnaroo, Outside Lands SF, Governors Ball NYC, and several others. Using his skills in event production to help JusticeAid move the needle on social justice issues is an honor for Paul. He is committed to the idea of “using privilege to disrupt privilege.”
BRANDI HARDEN, Board Member
Managing Partner, Harden & Pinckney, PLLC
Brandi Harden is the Managing Partner at Harden & Pinckney, PLLC, a boutique law firm located in downtown Washington, D.C., that specializes in criminal defense litigation, contract, and divorce and family law. She is also an adjunct professor at Howard University School of Law, where she coaches the Huver I. Brown Trial Advocacy Moot Court Team.
Before Brandi began her private practice, she was a trial attorney at the Public Defender Service, maintaining a homicide caseload and supervising attorneys who litigated general felony cases in D.C. Superior Court.
She was a Chair of the 2004 Criminal Practice Institute and has served on the faculty of the National Student Leadership Conference, the Georgia Honors Program, the Southern Public Defender (SPD) Training Center, the Bronx Defender’s Trial College, and Harvard Law School’s Trial Advocacy Workshop. Prior to her work at SPD, Brandi worked for the Southern Center for Human Rights, the United States Department of Labor, and the United States Department of Justice Antitrust Division Computer and Finance Section. A native Texan, Brandi obtained both her Bachelor of Arts and Juris Doctorate from Howard University.
TAZEWELL JONES, Board Member
Chief of Staff, Stove Boat Communications
Tazewell Jones studied political science at American University and graduated with honors in 2010. When he is free from work in public relations, he chairs JusticeAid’s media and communications committee, helping to publicize the organization’s work and beneficiaries. JusticeAid combines two of Taz’s greatest interests—live music and helping those in need.
PAGE KENNEDY, Board Member
Page grew up near San Francisco in the 60s and early 70s, where she developed both a life-long love of music and a commitment to social justice. After college, Page spent a year in Latin America amid poverty and political upheaval, working with an itinerant doctor who cared for the poor in Bolivia. Inspired by these experiences, she returned to the States to attend NYU Law School.
For the last 25 years, Page has worked on justice issues in the nation’s capital. She defended indigent criminal defendants as a lawyer with the Public Defender Service for the District of Columbia and worked as a labor lawyer for Bredhoff & Kaiser representing the Steelworkers, the AFL-CIO, and other unions trying to improve conditions for working people. In between stints as a practicing lawyer, she played a key role in launching, fundraising for, and directing the activities of nonprofit organizations addressing environmental, educational, and social justice issues, including the Mid-Atlantic Innocence Project, Green Spaces for DC, D.C. Law Students in Court, and the D.C. Public Schools.
Page continues to satisfy her love of music with frequent trips to New Orleans and Austin.
ABBY KOHLMAN, Board Member
Associate, Akin Gump Strauss Hauer &
Abby Kohlman received her law degree from Georgetown Law School in 2013. She is currently a litigation associate at Akin Gump Hauer Strauss & Feld in Washington, D.C. At Georgetown, she was a member of the Juvenile Justice Clinic, representing indigent juveniles who were arrested and charged in DC Superior Court, and she spent a summer in the trial division of the Orleans Public Defender. Abby received her undergraduate degree in Government and American Studies from Cornell University, where she worked with the head of the Death Penalty Clinic, and served as an investigative intern for the D.C. and Charleston Public Defender Services.
JON NORRIS, Board Member
Solo Practitioner, The Law offices of Jon W. Norris
Jon is a practicing criminal defense attorney in Washington, D.C. As a former Deputy Trial Chief and Lead Attorney for Homicide at The Public Defender Service for The District of Columbia, and former criminal defense investigator, Jon has spent his professional lifetime working to provide justice and defend those accused of criminal offenses in both local and Federal courts.
A father of three and grandfather of two, Jon’s interests outside of family and the court system include vintage British and European motorcycles, scuba diving, and fine-fine music. Jon is a 15-year veteran of NOLA Jazz Fest with many friends who are musicians both locally and nationally. Along with his wife Debbie, they have put on numerous house concerts both in their home and through The Mindfulness Center. In addition to New Orleans, Jon and his son have made regular musical pilgrimages to Joshua Tree, Austin, Memphis, Clarksdale, Holly Springs (Mississippi), and Nashville. Utilizing a system of Hobo signs and social media, Jon frequently houses and feeds traveling musicians.
Jon is honored to be a part of theJusticeAid Board of Directors to promote Justice through the Arts.
HEATHER PINCKNEY, Board Member
Managing Partner, Pinckney & Harden, PLLC
Heather’s background is in civil rights. She has worked for TranAfrica, the Educational Opportunities Section of the Civil Rights Division of the United States Department of Justice, and The Washington Legal Clinic for the Homeless. Most recently, she served as the Deputy Chief of the Trial Division for the Public Defender Service for the District of Columbia, assisting in the management and day-to-day operations of the trial division and supervising more than 60 attorneys litigating criminal cases in the District of Columbia Superior Court. Heather is currently a Partner in the law firm Harden & Pinckney. A native Washingtonian, she received her B.A. from Marymount University and her J.D. from George University School of Law.
THERESE STEINER, Board Member
President, Therese Steiner Consulting
Two events in 1968 left a deep impression on Therese Steiner: Riots in her hometown of Cincinnati and her first live music concert—Aretha Franklin rocking the house down at Cincinnati Gardens.
Therese is thrilled to join the JusticeAid Board, combining her love of the arts and a desire to have an impact in the area of social justice. Therese comes to JusticeAid through ClassAct—a non-profit made up of members of Therese and Steve Milliken’s class at Harvard dedicated to social change. After Harvard, Therese spent two years at art school in Paris (where she got her true education), before returning to the states to complete graduate work in Creative Writing at the Columbia University Graduate School of the Arts.
When she’s not dancing, Therese is a consultant with media, entertainment, and early stage companies. Clients include ESPN, FX, Showtime, seriouseats.com, among others. Previously, Therese was Deputy Director of the Production Center at WNET/ Thirteen—public television in New York, where she oversaw programs such as the MacNeil/Lehrer Newshour, Great Performances, Nature, and American Masters. She was a Field Producer on the Emmy and Peabody Award winning series Heritage: Civilization and the Jews with Abba Eban.
In addition to serving on the JusticeAid Board, Therese is a Founding Board member of ClassACT, on the Executive Board of Classic Stage Company, and is Board Chair Emeritus and Co-Founder of GlobalGirl Media—a non-profit teaching journalism and leadership skills to girls from under-resourced communities, empowering them to have a voice in the global media landscape.
LESLEY ZORK, Board Member
Nurse/Attorney Consultant Jack H. Olender and Associates, PC
With dual degrees and careers spanning several decades in nursing and law, Lesley Zork has acquired considerable experience and success holding the government, institutions, and corporations accountable on behalf of individual clients while advancing causes for social justice and equality.
The child of missionaries, Lesley was born in Zambia and grew up in Zimbabwe in the 60s and 70s at a time when institutionalized racial separation and inequality were just beginning to be challenged. This exposure and upbringing fostered in her a deep understanding of the corrosive effects of social, racial, and economic inequality and injustice on the welfare of individuals and the stability of communities.
Lesley grew up in a family of musicians, where music of all kinds formed an integral part of everyday life. She has a deep understanding of the power of music to bring people together across social and cultural divides. She firmly believes that one of the most effective ways to empower individuals and end injustice is through music and the arts. Lesley is thrilled to combine her passions as a Board member for JusticeAid.