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About NJP


Senior Management

César Torres
Executive Director

César Torres has served as Executive Director of the Northwest Justice Project since the Fall of 2006. He earned his J.D. at the University of Virginia School of Law and his B.A. from Yale University. He has dedicated his legal career to the cause of equal justice. During law school he clerked for the Legal Aid Society (civil) in New York and served in an externship at the Center for Law and Social Policy in Washington D.C. Immediately after law school he became  a staff attorney at Hudson County Legal Services (1985-1989). Thereafter, he worked at Essex Newark Legal Services, Newark, NJ, where he took over as Managing Attorney for that program’s Housing & Income Maintenance Unit (1989 – 2006). He was named ENLS Deputy Director beginning in 1998, a position he held until his departure in 2006. Beginning in 2003 he litigated and supervised a Predatory Lending Practices Project.  Throughout his tenure at ENLS, he provided statewide training on federally subsidized housing programs. Mr. Torres’s advocacy efforts have focused on representation of low income residents of Essex County New Jersey combining litigation with community struggles to limit the loss of federally assisted and affordable private housing, Hope VI and Mark-to-Market housing programs, including significant state appellate advocacy experience.

Hickory Gateless
Deputy Director

Before joining NJP, Hickory focused on advocacy in collaboration with young people in foster care or experiencing homelessness, most recently serving as the Deputy Director at the Mockingbird Society – a statewide organization focused on transforming foster care and ending youth homelessness. There, he helped advance the organization’s vision, lead strategic planning efforts, and develop a more inclusive culture focused on becoming a more anti-racist organization. Previously, Hickory managed the Lawyers Fostering Independence Program for the Center for Children and Youth Justice. In that role, he oversaw program staff, 100+ volunteer attorneys, and developed community relationships to provide young people with access to civil legal aid. Before dedicating his career to social justice issues full time, he was a constitutional and appellate attorney at Pacifica Law Group, and clerked for Associate Chief Justice Charles W. Johnson and U.S. District Court Judge Benjamin H. Settle. Hickory graduated from Seattle University with a joint J.D. / M.B.A.  

Abigail Daquiz
Director of Advocacy

Abigail Daquiz joined the Northwest Justice Project as Director of Advocacy in 2021. She earned her J.D. and B.A. at the University of Washington and has been an active member in the Access to Justice Community throughout her career. Currently, she is president of the Benefits Law Center Board, on which she has served since 2016. She has also served on the Board of Directors of the Northwest Immigrant Rights Project (2009-2014) and was the founding president of the Filipino Lawyers of Washington (FLOW). Most recently, Abigail was a Senior Trial Attorney at the Office of the Solicitor of the U.S. Department of Labor where she has worked for more than 13 years advancing the rights of workers by enforcing the Fair Labor Standards Act, Migrant and Seasonal Agricultural Worker Protection Act, the worker protections in the Immigration and Nationality Act, Occupational Safety and Health Act, Mine Safety and Health Act, and whistleblower protections among others. Her work has involved complex litigation, administrative advocacy, and community and partner engagement in cases involving workers in the Western Region (CA, OR, AZ, WA, ID, AK, HI, and the U.S. Protectorates in the Pacific). Abigail is proud to be part of the inaugural cohort of the Leadership Academy/Just Lead WA and a 2009 fellow of the Washington Leadership Institute (WLI). 

Steve Pelletier
Director of Finance

Steve Pelletier is an accounting professional with 37 years of accounting, finance and management experience. He has practiced in the public accounting and the private accounting sectors over the years and he is currently the Director of Finance of the Northwest Justice Project. Steve is a licensed CPA in Washington State and has been a member of the American Institute of CPAs and the Washington Society of CPAs since the early 80’s. He received an undergraduate degree in accounting and business administration from Western Washington University in 1981. Since 1999, Steve has served as NJP’s Director of Finance where he is responsible for overseeing all the accounting, finance, management reporting, and budgeting functions of the organization and is deeply involved with program policy development and grant compliance. Mr. Pelletier’s professionalism and expertise has gained NJP significant recognition and in 2009 he was appointed to the LSC Fiscal Advisory Committee by LSC President Helaine Barnett to participate with LSC staff on ways to assist LSC grantees in improving internal control systems and procedures.

David Forrester
IT Director

David Forrester leads NJP’s dedicated technology team. For the past 15 years, David’s work has focused on helping nonprofits develop strategies and deliver technology solutions that help broaden and deepen their positive impact. Before joining NJP, held technology leadership positions with National CASA/GAL Association and Facing History and Ourselves. In his work with NPower Northwest and 501 Commons, David served dozens of nonprofits across the region--leading and mentoring technology teams for innovation, with an eye toward maintaining stable and secure ongoing operations. Prior to making the shift to the social sector in 2005, David spent 10 years in Internet professional services consulting in Boston. He graduated summa cum laude from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst with degrees in Philosophy and Journalism. 

Sue Encherman
Operations Director

Susan Encherman began her career in civil legal services in January 1980 when she was hired as the first Administrator of Evergreen Legal Services. She held this position until October of 1995 when as a result of a statewide restructuring plan, she left to launch the Northwest Justice Project as the Director of Administration. Ms. Encherman is an active participant and lecturer in state and national legal aid technology and administrative taskforces and workgroups and is a frequent presenter on best practices for civil legal aid programs nationally. Prior to joining the civil legal services network, she was a paralegal with the Clark County Public Defenders office.

Karen Holland
Human Resources Director

Karen Holland joined the Northwest Justice Project in 2014 as the Northwest Justice Project’s first Director of Human Resources. Karen brought over 20 years in Human Resources with her to NJP.  She is a generalist with experience in recruiting, employee relations, labor relations, staff training and development as well as benefits, compensation, and payroll administration. Most of her career has been in the healthcare industry in addition to time in both the manufacturing and hospitality industries. Although her experience includes working in for profit organizations, more than 15 years of her experience prior to joining NJP was in the in the not for profit sector.  

Bryan Baker
Development Director

Bryan Baker joined Northwest Justice Project in 2015 as the organizations first Director of Development. He brings more than 20 years of nonprofit leadership to NJP including expertise in program management, operations, community engagement and fundraising. Previously, Bryan helped transform the fundraising culture of Peace for the Streets by Kids from the Streets where he served as Development Director for four years. Living in Washington since 1992, Bryan earned his B.A. at the Evergreen State College and M.A. at Antioch University Seattle. He is currently serving on the Diversity and Inclusion Committee of the Association of Fundraising Professionals / Advancement Northwest Chapter.


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Samantha Adams
Robert Adelman
Juju Aldhaher
Meron Amare
Kristofer Amblad
Jennifer Ammons
Robert Anderson
Maren Anderson
Amanda Aragon
Tami Arntzen
Kaha Arte
Lupe Artiga
Annie Aslan
Fadi Assaf
Ireneo Bartolome
Madi Bates
Jamie Bates
Marieke Beck-Coon
Jennifer Bell
Chea Berra
Michele Besso
Sujatha Branch
Amanda Breck
Melissa Briggs
Alison Brooks
Catherine Brown
Meredith Bruch
Jennifer Brugger
Chris Brunetti
Jennifer Budinick
Kelsey Burazin
Karla Camac Carlisle
Leticia Camacho
Karen Campbell
Claire Carden
Izzy Carranza
Alberto Casas
Josefina Cerrillo-Ramirez
Nate Christiansen
Adam Chromy
Nick Clapham
David Coombs
Lance Cornick
Jefferson Coulter
Scott Crain
Kristi Cruz
Karla Davis
Alyson Dimmitt Gnam
Tran Dinh
Macy Disney
Kriste Draper
Daniel Ediger
Yuridia Equihua
Deborah Espinosa
Elizabeth Flavin
Genevieve Fontan
Jonathan Fork
LeeAnn Friedman
Brendan Gaff
Laurie Garber
Sandy Garcia
Rigo Garcia
Christy Garcia
Caroline Gillis
Sarah Glorian
Lindsey Goheen
Tyler Graber
Carrie Graf
Jamie Graves-Haslam
Amber Greaves
Ashley Greenberg
Meredith Grigg
Mariah Hanley
Carmen Hargis-Villanueva
Anna Harkness
Hanna Harrison
Elizabeth Helm
Elizabeth Hendren
Robert Hervatine
Chelsea Hicks
Marjie High
Jennifer Hill-Hart
Coco Holbrook
Monica Holland
Sam Holland
Lauren Holzer
Catherine Houser
Keith Howard
Todd Hubbard
Maria Irizarry
Kathy Jensen
Adam Johnson
Rachel Johnson
Joseph Jordan
Brick Kawabata
Jeffrey Keddie
Charlotte Keenan
Julia Kellison
Andrea Kelso
Leanne Kendall
Geoff Kiernan
Stacy Kihlstrom
Jong Kim
Alicia Kingston
Scott Kinkley
Sheana Kleist
Philippe Knab
Niki Krimmel-Morrison
Steve Krupa
Dusty Lamay
Elizabeth Landry
Kate Laner
Erika Lim
Cina Littlebird
Joy Ann Logan-von Wahlde
Michelle Lucas
Judith Lurie
Lindy MacMillan
Margaret MacRae
Michelle Maddox
Tareva Marshall
Annalise Martucci
Alicia McCormick
Tom McKay
Rob McMillen
Alex Medina
Rob Miller
Vicky Minto
David Morales
Paola Morinigo
Jill Mullins
Timothy Murphy
Nicole Murray
Graciela Navarro
Andrew Newman
Damian NoOneElse
Amy NoOneElse
Therese Norton
Heidi Noun
Allyson O'Malley-Jones
Kelly Owen
Adam Paczkowski
Adam Papini
Steve Parsons
Dainen Penta
Lacey Peterson
Karen Phillips
Malena Pinkham
Patrick Pleas
Christina Pollard
Mira Posner
Kimberly Powell
Patricia Proebsting
Rachel Prouser Marenstein
John Purbaugh
Jason Quackenbush
Kristina Ralls
Jessica Ramirez
Jessica Rehms
Adison Richards
M. Abbas Rizvi
Steve Robins
Meredith Ruff
Ava Sanchez
Jessica Schultz
Luanne Serafin
Seth Sivinski
Sara Sluszka
Gail Smith
Carl Snodgrass
Jodi Sullivan
Kerry Summers
Jennifer Summerville
Steven Swenson
David Tarshes
Anthony Thach
Sarah Thorpe
Holly Timmerman
Jose Trejo
Sara Vandenbelt
Lola Velazquez
Amy Vigorita
Jason Vilaysanh
Lisa von Biela
Lisa Waldvogel
Janell Waters
Mary Welch
Eva Wescott
Sara Wilkinson
Carrie Williams
John Wolff
Aric Wong
Matt Woods
Beth Wright
Farishtay Yamin
Julia Yetter
Jennifer Yogi
Melody Young
Rich Zahniser
Mahlet Zelleke
Alma Zuniga