Staff Team

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President and CEO
Carol Baldwin Moody

Carol Baldwin Moody has developed a reputation for her outstanding efforts to fight for equality.  Her work specifically focuses on educational, economic and gender equality.  Known as a tireless mentor and advocate for diversity for decades, Carol has taken on many roles to serve the community. Carol serves as President and CEO of Legal Momentum, The Women’s Legal Defense and Education Fund. Carol assumed this role in April 2018 after serving on the Legal Momentum Board for two years and receiving its Aiming High Award in 2011.

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Chief Strategic Officer and Senior Vice President
Siobhan "Sam" Bennett

Siobhan “Sam” Bennett is best known nationally for her passion at the intersect of women’s leadership and social justice. Past CEO of the first national organization to financially support women when they run for office, Washington D.C.’s bi-partisan Women’s Campaign Fund and She Should Run. Bennett is now honored to be charged with ensuring Legal Momentum’s half a century of impact is showcased leading up to it’s 50th Anniversary and beyond.

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Legal Director, and Director of the National Judicial Education Program
Lynn Hecht Schafran

Lynn Hecht Schafran, Esq. is Legal Director at Legal Momentum and has been Director of Legal Momentum's National Judicial Education Program to Promote Equality for Women and Men in the Courts (NJEP) since 1981. Lynn also serves as a senior staff attorney, litigating and writing in the areas of rape, domestic violence, the intersection of sexual assault and domestic violence, and gender bias in the courts.

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Deputy Legal Director and Senior Attorney, National Judicial Education Program
Jennifer Becker

Jennifer is Deputy Legal Director and National Judicial Education Program (NJEP) Senior Attorney. At Legal Momentum, Jennifer is engaged in a range of litigation, education, and policy on issues of gender-based discrimination and violence, including efforts to strengthen state gender-based violence statutes and reauthorization of the federal Violence Against Women Act.

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Senior Attorney, Economic Empowerment
Seher Khawaja

Seher is the Senior Attorney for Economic Empowerment at Legal Momentum, where she leads the Women Valued Initiative. Seher engages in litigation, policy advocacy, and educational outreach to advance economic security and workplace equality for women and girls, with a focus on assisting low-income and immigrant women.

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Director of Development, Events & Appeals
Crystal Williams

Crystal Williams joined Legal Momentum in 2013, bringing over twenty years of experience in non-profit fundraising management, development revenue-generating strategies, and event planning. Currently the Director of Development, Events & Appeals, her responsiblities include the renowned Aiming High Luncheon and Women of Achievement Awards Dinner.  Crystal also oversees the day-to-day operations of the development department.

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Chief of Staff
Sandra Brown Basso

Sandra Brown Basso joined Legal Momentum in December 1995 with extensive experience managing a diversity of high priority projects for executive-level personnel in both the for-profit and not-for-profit sectors. As Chief of Staff, she supports the President and Board of Directors and works closely with all Legal Momentum departments and leadership teams. Sandy holds a B.A. degree in English from Wesleyan University.

Staff Attorney
Ting Ting Cheng

Ting Ting is a civil rights attorney and gender justice activist, with a background in criminal and immigration defense and international human rights law. Before joining Legal Momentum, she was an attorney at the New York City Commission for Human Rights where she investigated and prosecuted discrimination claims in the areas of employment, housing and public accommodations. Earlier, she was a public defender and immigrant defense attorney at Brooklyn Defender Services.

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Program Manager, Women's Legal Resources
Mireille Martineau

Mireille Martineau joined Legal Momentum in October 2017 and serves as the Program Manager for Women’s Legal Resources. As Program Manager, Mireille oversees the intake and referral functions of the SYMS | Legal Momentum Helpline, a resource for women seeking information, assistance and referrals involving employment discrimination, campus sexual assault, and domestic violence.

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Office Manager
Cynthia D. Foulks

With almost three decades of service at Legal Momentum, Cynthia is the indespensible backbone of the office, keeping the organization running and staff members supported. 

Program Associate
Samantha Luce

Samantha Luce is the Program Manager for the National Judicial Education Program (NJEP) and an Associate with the Legal Department. In her role, she develops research-driven materials for NJEP.  This includes developing original content for the organization’s Teen Dating Violence curriculum, managing grant administration, coordinating judicial education opportunities, and facilitating program partnerships. She also assists with day-to-day operations in the Legal Department.

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Development Associate
Malika Phanda

Malika works as the Development Associate at Legal Momentum.  She oversees gift processing to interfacing with finance department system, executing major events, and stewardship, which include engaging with donors and managing communications.  

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