Kareem Crayton

Kareem Crayton

Interim Executive Director

Dr. Kareem Crayton is an internationally respected scholar, expert, and consultant whose work centers on the intersection of law, politics, and race. He is the only academic in the United States in law and political science whose primary work explores the relationship between race and politics in representative institutions.
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Danielle Carman

Danielle Carman

Deputy Director

Danielle Carman joined the Southern Coalition for Social Justice as its Deputy Director in September 2016. Prior to joining SCSJ, she served for more than 15 years as the founding Assistant Director and General Counsel of the North Carolina Office of Indigent Defense Services (IDS), a statewide agency charged with overseeing the provision of legal services to indigent persons.
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Allison Riggs

Allison Riggs

Senior Staff Attorney, Voting Rights

Allison Riggs leads the voting rights program at the Southern Coalition for Social Justice based in Durham, NC, an organization she joined in 2009. Her voting rights work has been focused on fighting for fair redistricting plans, fighting against voter suppression, and advocating for electoral reforms that would expand access to voting.
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Ian Mance

Ian Mance

Staff Attorney, Criminal Justice

Ian A. Mance is a staff attorney with Southern Coalition’s criminal justice team. He joined SCSJ in 2013 by way of a Soros Justice Fellowship, during which he focused on utilizing traffic stop data to challenge racial profiling practices by law enforcement. His efforts working with community organizers in Durham helped lead to a formal finding of “racial bias and racial profiling”...
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Whitley Carpenter

Whitley Carpenter

Staff Attorney, Criminal Justice

Whitley Carpenter is Staff Attorney currently focusing on criminal justice issues related to SCSJ’s Clean Slate Project, which provides direct legal reentry services to persons with criminal records. In her time with SCSJ, she has also explored issues related to racial profiling and police misconduct. Read Whitley’s full bio »

Angaza Laughinghouse

Angaza Laughinghouse

Staff Attorney, Criminal Justice

Angaza Laughinghouse is Staff Attorney working with SCSJ’s Clean Slate Project, which provides direct legal reentry services to persons with criminal records. He received his B.A. in Sociology from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, and his J.D. from North Carolina Central University School of Law. Read Angaza’s full bio »

Ivy Johnson

Ivy Johnson

Staff Attorney, Criminal Justice

Ivy Johnson is an attorney at SCSJ and works primarily in the Criminal Justice section but does some work for Voting Rights as well. She grew up in Brooklyn and earned her B.A. in Government and French from Wesleyan University in Connecticut, but has been moving further and further south since Read Ivy’s full bio »

Ricky Watson Jr.

Ricky Watson Jr.

Youth Justice Project Co-Director

Ricky is Co-Director of the Youth Justice Project, which works to ensure equity, fairness, and justice for youth in education, juvenile delinquency, and criminal systems. Ricky, a native of Greensboro, NC, graduated from Wake Forest University with a B.A. in Political Science, and earned his J.D. from Elon University School of Law with a concentration in Public Interest. Read Ricky’s full bio »

Peggy D. Nicholson

Peggy D. Nicholson

Youth Justice Project Co-Director

Peggy D. Nicholson is Co-Director of the Youth Justice Project, which works to ensure equity, fairness, and justice for North Carolina youth in high-quality education, juvenile, and criminal systems. She graduated from the University of North Carolina with a B.A. in Political Science and African Studies, and earned her J.D. from the University of Virginia School of Law in 2011. Read Peggy’s full bio »

Jaclyn Maffetore

Jaclyn Maffetore

Staff Attorney, Voting Rights

Jaclyn Maffetore is a staff attorney in SCSJ’s voting rights section, where she engages in litigation and policy advocacy promoting fair districts and voter enfranchisement for marginalized communities. Growing up in Southeastern North Carolina and witnessing discrimination first hand, Jaclyn developed a strong sense of justice and fairness that guided her toward the legal profession at a young age.
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Jeff Loperfido

Jeff Loperfido

Staff Attorney, Voting Rights

Jeff Loperfido is a Staff Attorney with SCSJ’s Voting Rights group. His practice focuses on litigation and policy advocacy that ensures the fair and full participation of all voters.
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John Carella

John Carella

Staff Attorney, Voting Rights

John Carella is a staff attorney in SCSJ’s voting rights team and engages in litigation regarding redistricting, voter registration, and other issues surrounding the right to vote in free and fair elections.
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Gregory Moss

Gregory Moss

Staff Attorney, Voting Rights

Gregory K. Moss Jr. is an attorney and project manager on the voting rights team. He works to educate voters on various issues related to voting. Gregory also assists the team with preparing for voting rights litigation. Gregory attended North Carolina Central University for college
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Dustin Chicurel-Bayard

Dustin Chicurel-Bayard

Communications Director

Dustin Chicurel-Bayard serves as the communications director for SCSJ. For the five years prior to joining the organization, Dustin held the same position at the North Carolina Sierra Club. He has developed relationships with journalists, editors, and advocates across the country. Dustin works to identify communications opportunities to advance all of SCSJ’s core issues. Read Dustin’s full bio »

Jackie Gonzalez

Jackie Gonzalez

Development Director

Jackie Gonzalez joined the Southern Coalition for Social Justice in December 2018. As Development Director, she will be working to cultivate and expand relationships with donors and members of the community. Read Jackie’s full bio »

Kristen Powers

Kristen Powers

Advocacy Coordinator

Kristen Powers serves as SCSJ’s Advocacy Coordinator. She works across project teams to organize the most impactful and equitable policy and educational efforts possible. Read Kristen’s full bio »

Laura Wright

Laura Wright

SOLVE Coordinator

Laura Wright is an Equal Justice Works Fellow at SCSJ facilitating the work of SOLVE (Southern Leadership for Voter Engagement). Her fellowship project is aimed at developing and spreading best practices for combating discriminatory administrative barriers to voting to communities of color throughout the south. Read Laura’s full bio »

Sala Abdallah

Sala Abdallah

Community Organizer

Sala Abdallah is a formerly incarcerated man dedicated to righting his wrong through outreach to the youth, and bringing consciousness to the community by making them aware their voices are heard and opinions matter. Read Sala’s full bio »

Stacy Hamilton

Stacy Hamilton

Office Manager

Stacy Hamilton has served as SCSJ’s Office Manager since November 2015. In that capacity, she manages SCSJ’s finances, oversees office administration, and provides human resource services. Read Stacy’s full bio »

Chris Ketchie

Chris Ketchie

Demographer and Data Analyst

Chris Ketchie serves as the Southern Coalition’s in-house demographer and data analyst, where he specializes in research, analysis, and spatial visualization of demographic and electoral data to provide an evidence base for advocacy, community organizing, and litigation. Read Chris’ full bio »