WHO WE ARE

Staff

Allie Fiske

Communications + Events Coordinator

ALLIE FISKE

Allie Fiske is responsible for developing and implementing CAPLAW’s outreach strategy, as well as designing and managing CAPLAW's website, publications, live and virtual trainings, and communications surrounding the annual national training conference. Allie's previous experience includes managing communications for municipalities and nonprofits, and implementing large-scale arts festivals and performances. Allie received her Masters in Community Arts from Lesley University.

Allison Ma'luf, Esq.

Executive Director + General Counsel

ALLISON MA'LUF, ESQ.

Allison Ma'luf is Executive Director and General Counsel of Community Action Program Legal Services, Inc. (CAPLAW). She advises community action agencies on a wide range of legal issues, including board responsibilities, Head Start, employment law, and tax-exempt organization law requirements. Prior to joining CAPLAW, Allison practiced law as a corporate associate at Goodwin Procter LLP in Boston, Massachusetts and Troutman Sanders LLP in Atlanta, Georgia where she represented public and private companies and nonprofit organizations in general corporate matters. She also completed a two-year appointment to the Staff Attorney’s Office at the United States Court of Appeals, Eleventh Circuit. Allison received her undergraduate and law degrees from Wake Forest University.

Jonathan Cohen, Esq.

Staff Attorney

Jonathan Cohen, Esq.

Jonathan Cohen is a Staff Attorney at CAPLAW. He advises community action agencies on legal issues related to organizational governance, tax-exempt law, and federal government grant compliance. Prior to joining CAPLAW, Jon conducted research and wrote business case studies on organizational change management and strategy for Harvard Business School. He has also practiced business law in Boston, worked to promote international human rights with Human Rights Watch in Washington, D.C., and organized around environmental justice issues in Hartford, CT. Jon earned a bachelor’s degree from Trinity College, a master’s from the London School of Economics and Political Science, and a law degree from Northeastern University School of Law.

Valerie Phillips

Operations + Finance Coordinator

VALERIE PHILLIPS

Valerie Phillips is Operations and Finance Coordinator at CAPLAW. She is responsible for managing the daily operations of CAPLAW and facilitating financial management. She has a background in education as well as nonprofit fundraising, management, and events. Prior to joining CAPLAW, Valerie was an assistant curator and a graduate student in history, whose dissertation addressed material culture, consumption, and gender in early modern France. Valerie received her Ph.D. from the University at Buffalo and is a graduate of the University of Miami.

Veronica Zhang, Esq.

Deputy Director + Senior Counsel

VERONICA ZHANG, ESQ.

Veronica Zhang is Deputy Director and Senior Counsel at CAPLAW. She advises community action agencies nationwide on strategic, operational, and legal matters, including tax-exempt law, employment law, Head Start and other government grant compliance, and corporate governance. Prior to joining CAPLAW, Veronica was a business law associate at Goodwin Procter LLP, where she represented public and private companies in mergers and acquisitions and other strategic collaborations. She also helped nonprofit organizations operate and maintain tax-exempt status. Veronica is a graduate of Yale University and Boston University School of Law.

Allie Fiske

Communications + Events Coordinator

ALLIE FISKE

Allie Fiske is responsible for developing and implementing CAPLAW’s outreach strategy, as well as designing and managing CAPLAW's website, publications, live and virtual trainings, and communications surrounding the annual national training conference. Allie's previous experience includes managing communications for municipalities and nonprofits, and implementing large-scale arts festivals and performances. Allie received her Masters in Community Arts from Lesley University.

Jonathan Cohen, Esq.

Staff Attorney

Jonathan Cohen, Esq.

Jonathan Cohen is a Staff Attorney at CAPLAW. He advises community action agencies on legal issues related to organizational governance, tax-exempt law, and federal government grant compliance. Prior to joining CAPLAW, Jon conducted research and wrote business case studies on organizational change management and strategy for Harvard Business School. He has also practiced business law in Boston, worked to promote international human rights with Human Rights Watch in Washington, D.C., and organized around environmental justice issues in Hartford, CT. Jon earned a bachelor’s degree from Trinity College, a master’s from the London School of Economics and Political Science, and a law degree from Northeastern University School of Law.

Allison Ma'luf, Esq.

Executive Director + General Counsel

ALLISON MA'LUF, ESQ.

Allison Ma'luf is Executive Director and General Counsel of Community Action Program Legal Services, Inc. (CAPLAW). She advises community action agencies on a wide range of legal issues, including board responsibilities, Head Start, employment law, and tax-exempt organization law requirements. Prior to joining CAPLAW, Allison practiced law as a corporate associate at Goodwin Procter LLP in Boston, Massachusetts and Troutman Sanders LLP in Atlanta, Georgia where she represented public and private companies and nonprofit organizations in general corporate matters. She also completed a two-year appointment to the Staff Attorney’s Office at the United States Court of Appeals, Eleventh Circuit. Allison received her undergraduate and law degrees from Wake Forest University.

Valerie Phillips

Operations + Finance Coordinator

VALERIE PHILLIPS

Valerie Phillips is Operations and Finance Coordinator at CAPLAW. She is responsible for managing the daily operations of CAPLAW and facilitating financial management. She has a background in education as well as nonprofit fundraising, management, and events. Prior to joining CAPLAW, Valerie was an assistant curator and a graduate student in history, whose dissertation addressed material culture, consumption, and gender in early modern France. Valerie received her Ph.D. from the University at Buffalo and is a graduate of the University of Miami.

Veronica Zhang, Esq.

Deputy Director + Senior Counsel

VERONICA ZHANG, ESQ.

Veronica Zhang is Deputy Director and Senior Counsel at CAPLAW. She advises community action agencies nationwide on strategic, operational, and legal matters, including tax-exempt law, employment law, Head Start and other government grant compliance, and corporate governance. Prior to joining CAPLAW, Veronica was a business law associate at Goodwin Procter LLP, where she represented public and private companies in mergers and acquisitions and other strategic collaborations. She also helped nonprofit organizations operate and maintain tax-exempt status. Veronica is a graduate of Yale University and Boston University School of Law.

Allie Fiske

Communications + Events Coordinator

ALLIE FISKE

Allie Fiske is responsible for developing and implementing CAPLAW’s outreach strategy, as well as designing and managing CAPLAW's website, publications, live and virtual trainings, and communications surrounding the annual national training conference. Allie's previous experience includes managing communications for municipalities and nonprofits, and implementing large-scale arts festivals and performances. Allie received her Masters in Community Arts from Lesley University.

Allison Ma'luf, Esq.

Executive Director + General Counsel

ALLISON MA'LUF, ESQ.

Allison Ma'luf is Executive Director and General Counsel of Community Action Program Legal Services, Inc. (CAPLAW). She advises community action agencies on a wide range of legal issues, including board responsibilities, Head Start, employment law, and tax-exempt organization law requirements. Prior to joining CAPLAW, Allison practiced law as a corporate associate at Goodwin Procter LLP in Boston, Massachusetts and Troutman Sanders LLP in Atlanta, Georgia where she represented public and private companies and nonprofit organizations in general corporate matters. She also completed a two-year appointment to the Staff Attorney’s Office at the United States Court of Appeals, Eleventh Circuit. Allison received her undergraduate and law degrees from Wake Forest University.

Jonathan Cohen, Esq.

Staff Attorney

Jonathan Cohen, Esq.

Jonathan Cohen is a Staff Attorney at CAPLAW. He advises community action agencies on legal issues related to organizational governance, tax-exempt law, and federal government grant compliance. Prior to joining CAPLAW, Jon conducted research and wrote business case studies on organizational change management and strategy for Harvard Business School. He has also practiced business law in Boston, worked to promote international human rights with Human Rights Watch in Washington, D.C., and organized around environmental justice issues in Hartford, CT. Jon earned a bachelor’s degree from Trinity College, a master’s from the London School of Economics and Political Science, and a law degree from Northeastern University School of Law.

Valerie Phillips

Operations + Finance Coordinator

VALERIE PHILLIPS

Valerie Phillips is Operations and Finance Coordinator at CAPLAW. She is responsible for managing the daily operations of CAPLAW and facilitating financial management. She has a background in education as well as nonprofit fundraising, management, and events. Prior to joining CAPLAW, Valerie was an assistant curator and a graduate student in history, whose dissertation addressed material culture, consumption, and gender in early modern France. Valerie received her Ph.D. from the University at Buffalo and is a graduate of the University of Miami.

Veronica Zhang, Esq.

Deputy Director + Senior Counsel

VERONICA ZHANG, ESQ.

Veronica Zhang is Deputy Director and Senior Counsel at CAPLAW. She advises community action agencies nationwide on strategic, operational, and legal matters, including tax-exempt law, employment law, Head Start and other government grant compliance, and corporate governance. Prior to joining CAPLAW, Veronica was a business law associate at Goodwin Procter LLP, where she represented public and private companies in mergers and acquisitions and other strategic collaborations. She also helped nonprofit organizations operate and maintain tax-exempt status. Veronica is a graduate of Yale University and Boston University School of Law.

Board

Dr. Bertha Proctor

CAPLAW President

Pace Community Action Agency, Inc.

VINCENNES, IN

Betsey Andrews Parker

Community Action Partnership of Strafford County

DOVER, NH

Ken Robinette

CAPLAW Vice President

South Central Community Action Partnership, Inc.

TWIN FALLS, ID

Darlene Bigler

Blueprints

WASHINGTON, PA

Arlene Dobison

CAPLAW Treasurer

 The Agriculture & Labor Program, Inc.

WINTER HAVEN, FL

David Brightbill

Washington-Morgan Community Action Program

MARIETTA, OH

Kathy Di Nolfi

CAPLAW Treasurer

A New Leaf

MESA, AZ

Dawn Hommer

Community Action Agency of Southern New Mexico, Inc.

LAS CRUCES, NM

Dr. Ericka Whitaker

Southeastern Community Action Partnership

LUMBERTON, NC

Joel Evans

Delta Area Economic Opportunity

PORTAGEVILLE, MO

Tracy Diaz

Community Action Partnership of Northwest Montana

KALISPELL, MT

Jerralynn Ness

Board Emeritus

Patricia Steiger

Board Emeritus

Dr. Bertha Proctor

CAPLAW President

Pace Community Action Agency, Inc.

VINCENNES, IN

Arlene Dobison

CAPLAW Treasurer

 The Agriculture & Labor Program, Inc.

WINTER HAVEN, FL

Betsey Andrews Parker

Community Action Partnership of Strafford County

DOVER, NH

David Brightbill

Washington-Morgan Community Action Program

MARIETTA, OH

Dr. Ericka Whitaker

Southeastern Community Action Partnership

LUMBERTON, NC

Ken Robinette

CAPLAW Vice President

South Central Community Action Partnership, Inc.

TWIN FALLS, ID

Kathy Di Nolfi

CAPLAW Treasurer

A New Leaf

MESA, AZ

Darlene Bigler

Blueprints

WASHINGTON, PA

Dawn Hommer

Community Action Agency of Southern New Mexico, Inc.

LAS CRUCES, NM

Joel Evans

Delta Area Economic Opportunity

PORTAGEVILLE, MO

Tracy Diaz

Community Action Partnership of Northwest Montana

KALISPELL, MT

Jerralynn Ness

Board Emeritus

Patricia Steiger

Board Emeritus

Dr. Bertha Proctor

CAPLAW President

Pace Community Action Agency, Inc.

VINCENNES, IN

Ken Robinette

CAPLAW Vice President

South Central Community Action Partnership, Inc.

TWIN FALLS, ID

Arlene Dobison

CAPLAW Treasurer

 The Agriculture & Labor Program, Inc.

WINTER HAVEN, FL

Kathy Di Nolfi

CAPLAW Treasurer

A New Leaf

MESA, AZ

Betsey Andrews Parker

Community Action Partnership of Strafford County

DOVER, NH

Darlene Bigler

Blueprints

WASHINGTON, PA

David Brightbill

Washington-Morgan Community Action Program

MARIETTA, OH

Dawn Hommer

Community Action Agency of Southern New Mexico, Inc.

LAS CRUCES, NM

Dr. Ericka Whitaker

Southeastern Community Action Partnership

LUMBERTON, NC

Joel Evans

Delta Area Economic Opportunity

PORTAGEVILLE, MO

Tracy Diaz

Community Action Partnership of Northwest Montana

KALISPELL, MT

Jerralynn Ness

Board Emeritus

Patricia Steiger

Board Emeritus