- Stephen Manning Executive Director and Board Member
- Jessica Boell Treasurer
- Jennifer Rotman Secretary
- Luis Guerra Board Member
- Juliet Stumpf Board Member
- Alyssa Grass Board Member
- Ian Philabaum Program Director
- Victoria Bejarano Muirhead Development Director
- Ariel Prado Program Manager – Centers of Excellence East
- Ramon Valdez Program Manager – Centers of Excellence West
- Jose Cruz Guadarrama Media Designer and Webmaster
- Shizuko Hashimoto Legal Fellow
- Erin M. Pettigrew Rights Attorney
- Jordan Cunnings Staff Attorney
- Isela Ramos Gonzalez Staff Attorney, Sheridan
- Valentina de Fex Legal Fellow
- Frank Rose Database Engineer
- Christopher Kuttruff Operations Engineer
- Michele Albaugh Helpdesk Specialist
- Elizabeth Hernandez Skokan Helpdesk Manager and LawLab Training Specialist
- Katy Mitchell Program Manager, Sheridan
- PJ Podesta Advocacy Coordinator
- Ana Ortiz Varela Advocacy Coordinator
Meet Stephen Manning
Stephen is the founder and executive director of the Innovation Law Lab. He is also a founding partner at Immigrant Law Group PC and an adjunct professor at Lewis & Clark Law School. Stephen has received multiple awards for his pioneering immigration work, including the 2017 Financial Times Legal Innovator of the Year Award and the 2015 AILA Founders Award. He is a former Commissioner for the City of Portland’s Human Rights Commission. He is on the Board of Directors of the ACLU of Oregon and the Board of Directors of Health Bridges International.
Meet Jessica Boell
Jessica is a founding partner at Immigrant Law Group PC in Portland, Oregon and an instructor of immigration law at Portland Community College. She is a nationally known expert in removal defense, family-based immigration, and federal court appeals. Jessica’s past work includes positions at the ACLU Immigrants’ Rights Project and the Contra Costa County Office of the Public Defender. For nearly ten years, she has been selected as a Super Lawyer in Oregon, a designation awarded to the top 5% of lawyers in the state. Jessica received her JD from the UC Berkeley School of Law.
Meet Jennifer Rotman
Jennifer is a lawyer at Immigrant Law Group PC in Portland, Oregon and adjunct professor at Lewis & Clark Law School. She is a nationally known expert in naturalization, removal defense, asylum claims, visas for crime victims, family immigration, and federal litigation. She is the EOIR Liaison for the Oregon chapter of the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) and am ambassador to the American Immigration Council. Prior to joining ILG, Jennifer clerked for the Honorable Jose A. Fuste in the United States District Court in Puerto Rico. Jennifer received her JD from the UC Berkeley School of Law.
Meet Luis Guerra
Luis is the Director of Operations at the United Farm Workers Foundation, where he leads efforts to expand immigration legal services to farm workers across the country. He previously served as the Executive Director at Causa of Oregon, Oregon’s state-wide immigrant rights advocacy organization.
Meet Juliet Stumpf
Juliet is the Robert E. Jones Professor of Advocacy and Ethics at Lewis & Clark Law School, where in 2016 she was awarded the Leo Levenson Award for Excellence in Teaching. She is a scholar of crimmigration law, the intersection of immigration and criminal law. Her current research explores innovation in immigration law and seeks to illuminate the study of immigration law with interdisciplinary insights.
Meet Alyssa Grass
Alyssa is a Spanish teacher at Portland Public Schools. She is a leading thinker on integrating student identity and culture into education.
Meet Ian Philabaum
Ian oversees the Innovation Law Lab Centers of Excellence and manages BorderX. Previously, Ian was the project coordinator at the CARA Pro Bono Project which provides legal representation and advocacy for women and children held in the Dilley Detention Center. Ian holds BA in Latin American Studies from the University of Arizona and a MDP in Development Studies from the University of Arizona.
Meet Victoria Bejarano Muirhead
Victoria manages all aspects of development, from writing grants to stewarding individual donors. Prior to joining the Innovation Law Lab, she was a gift officer at the Oregon Health & Science University and Stanford University. She is a volunteer with the Rabbit Advocates, a Portland-based rabbit rescue, and the Stanford Association of Oregon. Victoria received her BA from Stanford University.
Meet Ariel Prado
Ariel manages the Centers of Excellence in Atlanta, Georgia and Charlotte, North Carolina. He formerly worked as the project manager for the CARA Pro Bono Project at the Dilley Detention Center. Ariel is excited to work towards ending practices of mass criminalization and incarceration.
Meet Ramon Valdez
Ramon manages the Centers of Excellence in Portland, Oregon and Kansas City, Missouri. He was formerly project manager for the CARA Pro Bono Project at the Dilley Detention Center and prior to that, a paralegal at the McCrummen Immigration Law Group in Kansas City. He firmly believes that the intelligent use of technology and large scale collaboration are crucial to ensuring human rights and due process on a global scale.
Meet Jose Cruz Guadarrama
Jose manages the Innovation Law Lab website, and has designed an array of presentations, graphics, and reports for the Innovation Law Lab and other immigrants’ rights organizations. He is passionate about design and immigrants’ rights, and brings artistically inventive and visually appealing design elements to the Innovation Law Lab’s work.
Meet Shizuko Hashimoto
Shizuko graduated from the University Washington School of Law in 2016 after receiving the William H. Gates Public Interest Law Scholarship. Prior to attending law school, she was active as a community organizer in the immigrants’ rights, Central American solidarity, and anti-war movements in Portland. She is a first generation American and is honored to work with immigrant communities and immigrant families.
Meet Erin M. Pettigrew
Erin M. Pettigrew is the Rights Attorney for Innovation Law Lab in collaboration with Oregon Ready. She represents immigrant communities and their allies in pursuing strategic litigation to halt anti-immigrant policies and practices. Before joining Innovation Law Lab, Erin worked in private practice as a civil litigator in workplace discrimination and wage theft cases. After graduating from the University of Washington School of Law, Erin was a public interest law fellow sponsored by the Yale Initiative for Public Interest Law on a wage recovery project, housed at Northwest Workers’ Justice Project. Erin speaks Spanish and considers it a privilege to serve immigrants, allies, and their communities in the fight for a more just and welcoming Oregon.
Meet Jordan Cunnings
Jordan Cunnings is a Staff Attorney at Innovation Law Lab. Previously, Jordan represented immigrants in detention centers throughout Southern California as an Equal Justice Works Fellow at Public Counsel. She also clerked for the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals. Jordan is a proud graduate of UCLA School of Law and its David J. Epstein Program in Public Interest Law and Policy, and is thrilled to have the opportunity to work for immigrant rights in her home state of Oregon.
Meet Isela Ramos Gonzalez
Isela provides direct legal services to the Innovation Law Lab's clients detained at the Federal Detention Center in Sheridan, Oregon. Prior to joining Innovation Law Lab, Isela represented farm workers in employment litigation at the Oregon Law Center. Isela has nearly fifteen years of experience fighting for immigrants ‘ rights through organizing, public policy, and the law. While in law school, she served as a judicial intern in the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit. She holds a JD from Northeastern University School of Law, a Masters in Public Policy from American University, and a BA from Wellesley College. Isela is admitted to practice law in the state of Oregon, California, and the United States District Court – District of Oregon.
Meet Valentina de Fex
Valentina is a Legal Fellow at Innovation Law Lab. Valentina graduated from Boston College Law School where she was awarded the Susan Grant Desmarais Award for Public Service Achievement and Leadership and was a Fellow at the Clough Center for the Study of Constitutional Democracy. She was also a part of the BC Immigration Clinic and Ninth Circuit Appellate Project where she assisted immigrants with their cases before various courts. Valentina herself is a first-generation immigrant from Colombia and remains devoted to ensuring that Due Process and rights of immigrants are protected in the United States.
Meet Frank Rose
Frank is an experienced product developer and trained cognitive scientist, focused on writing powerful code to serve the powerful mission of the Innovation Law Lab.
Meet Christopher Kuttruff
Chris is a unix nerd, community organizer, and focuses on the back-end infrastructure for LawLab's software. Between childhood John Grisham novels and exposure to incredible immigration attorneys, Chris hopes to sharpen his craft with the urgent purpose of a legal ethos that actually represents justice - a commitment to human rights and equality under the law. Until all of us are free, none of us are free.
Meet Michele Albaugh
Michele is a lifetime supporter of the rights of people with disabilities. Outside of managing the helpdesk, she is the Director of Learning and Development at a nonprofit organization that provides services to individuals with disabilities.
Meet Elizabeth Hernandez Skokan
Elizabeth assists with the management of the helpdesk and facilitation of LawLab training webinars. She is also the Lead Business Services Specialist at the Immigrant Law Group PC, where she has worked since 2016. Elizabeth is passionate about languages, art and social interactions. As an immigrant herself, she’s committed to help others navigate the immigration system.
Meet Katy Mitchell
Katy manages the day-to-day of our pro bono representation program embedded at the Federal Detention Center in Sheridan, Oregon. Prior to joining the team full-time, she was a long-term volunteer and one of the co-authors of the Innovation Law Lab's inaugural Impact Report. She received her BFA from Maryland Institute College of Art and her MFA in Collaborative Design at Pacific Northwest College of Art.
Meet PJ Podesta
P.J. is an Advocacy Coordinator for BorderX based in California. He has organized direct service, communications, and grassroots campaigns against incarceration and deportation with Pueblo Sin Fronteras and others.
Meet Ana Ortiz Varela
Ana Ortiz Varela is a poet dedicated to serving migrants through art, independent publishing, and abolitionist practice.