MEET THE TEAM


Jill Habig / Founder and President

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Jill Habig is an attorney and political strategist with experience in political campaigns, policy advocacy, affirmative litigation, and public law.

Before founding PRP, Jill was the Deputy Campaign Manager and Policy Director for Kamala Harris for U.S. Senate, and served as policy director for her transition team. Prior to joining the campaign, she served as Special Counsel to then-Attorney General Harris, advising the Attorney General on key legal issues and policy initiatives. Her work emphasized consumer fraud, health, education, human trafficking, and civil rights, including issues related to gender and LGBT rights. In 2015, she led the creation and launch of the Attorney General’s Bureau of Children’s Justice and managed its work, including civil rights investigations of school districts, child welfare departments, and juvenile justice systems.

Jill was previously a Lecturer in Law at Yale Law School and served on the Affirmative Litigation Task Force at the San Francisco City Attorney’s Office, where she worked on the landmark trial challenging Proposition 8. She was a law clerk for Judge Dorothy Nelson of the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals and Judge Edward Chen of the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California. Jill earned her J.D. from Yale Law School and her B.A. from Georgetown University.

Joanna Pearl / Legal Director

 
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Joanna Pearl is Public Rights Project’s Legal Director. Joanna is an experienced attorney with a background in policy, enforcement, and litigation in both government and the private sector.

Joanna was a founding member of the United States Consumer Financial Protection Bureau’s Office of Enforcement, having served on the team tasked with creating the new federal agency in the wake of the 2008 financial crisis. She went on to be Chief of Staff for the Enforcement Office at the CFPB for six years under three Enforcement Directors. Joanna also served as Acting Principal Deputy Enforcement Director in 2016.

In these roles, she managed the development and execution of the CFPB’s enforcement strategy, investigations, and litigation. She advised on matters related to payday and short-term lending, mortgages, credit cards, credit reporting and furnishing, debt collection and debt relief, student lending, auto lending, deposit products, and payments processing and systems. During Joanna’s tenure, the CFPB obtained nearly 12 billion dollars in relief for more than 25 million consumers who were victims of illegal, predatory practices. Joanna also oversaw all operational aspects of the CFPB’s Enforcement Office, including recruitment, workforce planning, and budget creation and administration.

Before joining the CFPB, Joanna was an Associate at Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP in Washington, DC, where she focused on commercial litigation and employment counseling and defense. Joanna began her career in state government, serving as Legislative Assistant and Chief of Staff to Representative Jay R. Kaufman in the Massachusetts State House of Representatives. She is a graduate of Yale College and Harvard Law School.

Jenny Montoya Tansey / Policy Director

 
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Jenny Montoya Tansey is an attorney, researcher, and civic technologist who has worked develop and implement policy from positions in government and the nonprofit sector.

Previously, Jenny was the Director of Safety and Justice at Code for America, where she was responsible for launching and leading the organization’s work in criminal justice. She and her team built and scaled technology tools that help make it much easier for people reclassify or dismiss old criminal convictions and to stay in compliance with their conditions of release from jail.

Prior to this position, Jenny was the Research Director at Californians for Safety and Justice, where she conducted policy and public opinion research about crime victims, health coverage for justice populations, and pretrial reform. At CSJ, she also successfully developed and advocated for two new pieces of state legislation that improved access to health care for Californians cycling in and out of jail.

Ben Chida / Co-Founder

 
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Ben Chida is an attorney, policy advisor, and former teacher.  He is currently an associate at Boies Schiller and Flexner.  Before joining the firm, Ben served as a legal and policy advisor in the Office of the California Attorney General, Kamala D. Harris, where he spearheaded multiple initiatives related to children’s policy, technology, data, and privacy. He also clerked for Hon. Robert L. Wilkins of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit and Hon. David O. Carter of the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California. Ben holds a J.D. from Harvard Law School and served as a Teach for America fellow in New York.

Carlo David / Consultant, Strategic Communications & Impact

 
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Carlo David is a recent graduate of the Coro Fellows Program in Public Affairs where he participated in a nine-month leadership and development program, learning from elected officials, non-profit and business leaders on the importance of cross-sector collaboration to better serve society’s most vulnerable. As a Coro Fellow, he worked with various Bay Area organizations on how to build and expand their capacity, assess their impact and better reflect the populations they were designed to serve. 

As a Sociology undergraduate at the University of California Berkeley, Carlo’s research focused on the intersection between US foreign policy and its long history of state-sanctioned discrimination. In the winter of 2016, Carlo was named a Robert T. Matsui Congressional Fellow, where he worked at the House Democratic Caucus under the leadership of then-Chairman and now CA Attorney General Xavier Becerra. 

Sung Choi / Legal Intern

 
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Sung Choi is a second-year student at Berkeley Law School. Previously, Sung was a software engineer on the Hillary for America Tech Team. There, he focused on online voter registration and education. While at Nava Public Benefit Corporation, he contributed to a Medicare technology infrastructure project. Sung graduated from Swarthmore College with a B.A. in Sociology & Anthropology. He subsequently conducted additional research on gender and sexuality as a Fulbright Scholar in Korea.

 

 


ADVISORY BOARD


Heather Gerken: Dean, Yale Law School

Brian Nelson: General Counsel, LA2028 Olympic Committee; former General Counsel, California Department of Justice (DOJ); former U.S. DOJ attorney

Danielle Gray: Partner, O’Melveny & Myers; former Assistant to President Obama & Cabinet Secretary

Kelly Dermody:  Partner, Lieff Cabraser Heimann & Bernstein LLP

Lenore Anderson:  Founder & President, Alliance for Safety & Justice; former prosecutor

Jenny Montoya Tansey: Former Director of Safety & Justice, Code for America

Bram Elias: Clinical Professor & director of immigration practice,  University of Iowa College of Law

Dennis Herrera: City Attorney, San Francisco

Karen Dunn: Partner, Boies Schiller Flexner LLP; former Associate Counsel to President Obama & federal prosecutor

David Vladeck: Professor, Georgetown Law; former Director, Federal Trade Commission Bureau of Consumer Protection

Travis LeBlanc: Partner, Boies Schiller Flexner LLP; former Enforcement Chief, Federal Communications Commission

Eli Savit:  Senior Advisor and Counsel to the Mayor, City of Detroit

Kathleen Morris:  Professor of local government law, Golden Gate University Law School; co-founder, Yale Law School/San Francisco Affirmative Litigation Project

Peter Harvey: Partner, Patterson Belknap Webb & Taylor LLP; former Attorney General, New Jersey; former federal prosecutor

Swati Mylavarapu: Founder, Incite.org; Co-Founder, The Arena

Melissa Murray: Professor & former Interim Dean, Berkeley Law School; Visiting Professor, New York University School of Law

Christy Lopez: Professor, Georgetown Law; former Deputy Chief, U.S. DOJ Civil Rights Division

Julian Mortenson:  Professor of constitutional law, University of Michigan Law School

Erin Bernstein:  Senior Deputy City Attorney, City of Oakland

Stella Burch Elias:  Professor of immigration law, University of Iowa College of Law


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The Ambassadors Circle is a collective on a mission to inspire and equip our tribes to #DoMoreGood.

LT Hilton, Ambassador

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Latanya (LT) Hilton has been a champion for social good and underserved communities for more than 15 years. Through her roles in fund development and executive leadership, she has raised over $20 million to support education and nonprofit organizations. She is a Founding Ambassador with The Ambassadors Circle, a collective on a mission to inspire and equip their tribes to #DoMoreGood, and the former Vice President of Development and Strategic Partnerships for the San Francisco-based Center for Youth Wellness. She holds a Masters in Business Administration from Santa Clara University.

J. Hilton, Ambassador

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J. Hilton loves to build, whether as a social entrepreneur, community organizer or corporate citizen. Throughout his career, Hilton has led diverse teams for globally recognized brands such as Pandora and Yahoo. He currently works as a Founding Ambassador of The Ambassadors Circle and a Principal of Seven International.  Hilton graduated from Santa Clara University where as a student he founded a community oriented media network that produced a culturally forward magazine and hosted innovative live experiences throughout the region.