About Constitutional Rights Foundation

 

Vision/Mission

 

OUR VISION

For a society in which all young people become lifelong, knowledgeable, and confident participants in our democracy.

OUR MISSION

Constitutional Rights Foundation (CRF) inspires lifelong civic engagement through interactive programs and resources for teachers and youth because our democracy depends on informed participation by all.


CRF seeks to instill in our nation's youth a lifelong commitment to the principles expressed in our Constitution. CRF does this by leveraging the commitment of teachers and amplifying the voice of young people. CRF civic education resources are interactive and non-partisan with an emphasis on civil discourse. They are research-based and aligned to standards. We aim to engage young people to become active and empowered participants in our democracy.

CRF is dedicated to removing barriers, especially for underserved communities, to assure equity and justice in access to civic education. CRF is a non-profit, non-partisan, national and community-serving organization. The Board of Directors is comprised of professionals and thought leaders from the fields of law, business, government, education, entertainment, and the community. CRF staff include educators, lawyers, community organizers, fundraisers, designers, writers, and editors. They provide technical assistance and training to teachers, coordinate civic participation projects in schools and communities, organize student conferences and competitions, and develop publications in the following areas:

  • Law and Government programs and materials focus on how groups and individuals interact with the issues, institutions, people, and processes that shape our laws and government.
  • Civic Participation programs and materials bring to life the rights and responsibilities of active citizenship by challenging young people to explore their community and plan and implement projects that address community needs.

Download a copy of our Brochure. Explore the Programs section to learn how CRF translates its visions into reality. Turn to the Publications page to survey our catalog offering materials in Government, U.S. and World History, Business, and Civic Participation. Tour our Support section to learn how we keep our vital work moving ahead, or check out the Calendar. Finally, read about our History.

Federal Tax Id: 95-2219680 | Tax exempt status: 501(c)(3)

Board of Directors

 

Board of Directors

All Directors are independent, voting members. Updated May 2022.

Officers and Executive Committee:

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Darin BeffaDarin T. Beffa
Chair
Beffa Law

 

 

alexander_shannon_wb Jason C. Lo
Vice-Chair
Gibson Dunn

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Chief Financial Officer
Sullivan & Cromwell, LLP

  

 

beffa_darin_2017_new_wbNancy R. Thomas
Secretary
Morrison & Foerster

 

morrison_peterShannon Alexander
Chair, Nominating Committee
NBCUniversal

Hon. John KronstadtHon. John A. Kronstadt
At-Large
U.S. District Court


macala angelaAngela Machala
Nominating Committee Vice-Chair
Winston & Strawn LLP

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Immediate Past Chair
Amgen, Inc.

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Co-Chair, Development Committee
Morrison & Foerster

lo jasonDaniel Floyd
At-Large
Sony Entertainment

 

 

gold kateKate Gold
At-Large
Proskauer Rose

Thomas B. morrisonPeter B. Morrison
Co-Chair, Development Committee
Skadden

thomas_dougJonathan Gordon
Chair, Education & Program Oversight Committee
Alston & Bird

michael brianDouglas A. Thompson
Co-Chair, Publications Committee
Bryan Cave Leighton Pasiner LLP

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At-Large
Signature Resolution

 


Directors


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Robert C. Aronoff, a Professional Corporation

jandrJean-Claude (J.C.) André 
Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner LLP

Arnault2E Jane Arnault-Factor, Ph.D.
JurEcon, Inc.

babrick mattMatthew Babrick
First Republic Investment Management

bhamini jayJay Bhimani
Dechert LLP

brooks_kelliKelli Brooks
KPMG

CalabreseJoe Calabrese
Retired

Manny Joseph CaixeiroCaixero Manny
Venable

David Carrillo David A. Carrillo
California Constitution Center
UC Berkeley School of Law

Monisha A. Coelhocoelho c
AlvaradoSmith

collins_stephanieStephanie Collins
The Aerospace Corporation

 

clofeine sabrinaSabina Clorfeine
Southern California Gas Company

cooper_scottScott P. Cooper
Proskauer Rose LLP

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Meylan Jain Davitt & Arevian & Kim LLP

dimeglio_davidDavid J. DiMeglio
Vice-Chair, Education and Program Oversight Committee
Jones Day

 

duffy_joseph Joseph Duffy
Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP



 

hashmall miraJ. Mira Hashmall
Miller Barondess LLP

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Sheppard Mullin

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Partricipant
howard alanAlan Howard
Perkins Coie LLP
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Loeb & Loeb LLP
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The Claro Group

Deepak JainDeepak Jain
Chair, Audit Committee 
Alvarez & Marsal Disputes and Investigations

Jennifer Kellerkeller jennifer 
Keller/Anderle LLP

khournyFadia Rafeedie Khoury
Southern California Edison

Elaine K. Kimkim elaine
Mitchell Silberberg & Knupp LLP

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O'Melveny & Myers LLP 

 

Rachel Lowelowe rachel
Alston & Bird LLP
Malik Shahzad webShahzad A. Malik
Vice-Chair, Development Committee
Nixon Peabody

altBrian Marler
Vice-Chair, Audit Committee
Houlihan Lokey

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EY

Patrick McNicholasmcnicholas pat
McNicholas & McNicholas LLP

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Bird Marella LLP

 

Hon. Tara Newmannewman t
Los Angeles County Superior Court

Becky O'Malleyomalley becky
B. Riley Financial

paskachChristopher Paskach (Ret.)
Vice-Chair, Finance Committee

Emil Petrossian Emil Petrossian 
Vice-Chair, Publications Committee 
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David Rodmanrodman d
Oracle NetSuite

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Patrick Rogan Law

 

pks shrinkPaul K. Schrieffer
P.K. Schrieffer LLP
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The Walt Disney Company

shaw_gloriaGloria Franke Shaw
The Walt Disney Company

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Co-Chair, Publications Committee

Joel D. Siegelsiegel joel
Dentons

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Katten
Rstern bobert S. Stern (Ret.)
Morrison & Foerster

wais_aatonAaron M. Wais
The Motion Picture Association

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Latham & Watkins LLP

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Munger Tolles & Olson LLP

 

 

 

 

Emeritus Board

Emeritus Board

Membership on CRF’s Emeritus Board recognizes those individuals who made meritorious contributions to the mission of the Foundation and the young people we serve during their tenures on our Board of Directors.

Bette Bardeen
Nestor Barrero
Hon. William Bogaard (Ret.)
Alan N. Braverman
Robert Carlson
E. Todd Clark
Jerome Coben
Knox Cologne
John Cooke
James De Meules
Louis P. Eatman
Dr. Philip Fagan
Joel Feuer
Alan V. Friedman
Hon. Haley Fromholz (Ret.)
Gregory Gelfan
Hon. Ronald George (Ret.)
Stephen N. Goldberg
Hon. Terry Hatter
Laurence Hutt
Jane Jelenko
Joseph Keller

Richard Kolodny
David Laufer
Leslie Lobaugh
Sharon Matsumoto
Hon. Dorothy Nelson
Dian Ogilvie
Michael Owen
Thomas Pfister
Hon. Burt Pines (Ret.)
Donald Randle
Lisa Rockwell
Alan I. Rothenberg
Marvin Sears
W. Davis Smith
Hon. Marjorie Steinberg (Ret.)
Gregory Stone
Gail Migdal Title
Susan J. Troy
John Vandevelde
Daniel Willick
Hon. Arleigh Woods (Ret.)
Peg Yorkin

 

 

Legacy Society

Legacy Society

Securing the future of Constitutional Rights Foundation

We acknowledge with enormous gratitude those who have pledged to include CRF in their estate planning.

Robert C. Aronoff
Vikas Arora
Joseph A. Calabrese
Knox Cologne
Marshall L. Croddy
Vincent J. Davitt
Kimberly A. Dunne
Louis P. Eatman
Alan C. Friedman

Hon. Haley J. Fromholz (Ret.)
Jonathan M. Gordon
Nancy Knupfer
Christopher H. Paskach
Thomas Pfister
Patrick G. Rogan
Thomas A. Ryan
K. Eugene Shutler
Hon. Marjorie Steinberg (Ret.)
Robert S. Stern


Endowment Builders

Since 1990, CRF has been fortunate to receive a number of endowments given by people who share our passion for civic education and support our mission, teaching young people how to be engaged citizens in our democracy.

CRF acknowledges with enormous gratitude past presidents who established endowments at CRF: Jerome C. Byrne, James A. Cobey, and Alan I. Rothenberg; to past board members, Jack Stutman and Robert Rosenstiel; and to our long-time supporters Phyllis and Robert Henigson for their continuing Life Income Gifts. We would also like to recognize Dr. Jama Laurent and the board of directors of the Creative Kids Foundation for establishing an endowment allowing CRF to place students as interns in arts organizations in Los Angeles. To all of you, a very special thank you. Most of all, we would like to send out a loud cheer and celebrate our champion of champions, Lloyd M. Smith, who throughout his life embodied the highest ideals of American democracy and believed in the importance that all young people be educated about their constitutional heritage. It was Lloyd who established the CRF Endowment Builders Program, ensuring that CRF’s mission continues long into the future.

To all of our friends, supporters, and donors, and to those people who have indicated that they will remember CRF in their will or by bequest: We thank you for your generosity and for the trust you have given us. Most important, we thank you on behalf of the students of tomorrow who will have opportunities to learn about and celebrate our Constitution and its Bill of Rights for generations to come.

Contact us to discuss possible bequests or endowment to CRF.

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Past Board Chairs

Past Board Chair

Term

Gene Kaplan*

1962 - 1964

Gifford Philips*

1964 - 1967

Richard Rogan*

1967 - 1969

Jerome C.  Byrne*

1969 - 1971

Dorman  Commons*

1971 - 1974

James A. Cobey*

1974 - 1976

Robert E. Taylor*

1976 - 1978

Robert E. Carlson

1978 - 1980

Bruce Gitelson

1980

William P.  Hogoboom*

1981 - 1984

Raymond C. Fisher*

1984 - 1987

Alan I. Rothenberg

1987 - 1990

Harry L. Usher*

1990 - 1992

Alan V. Friedman

1992 - 1994

Knox M. Cologne, III

1994 - 1996

Susan J. Troy

1996 - 1998

Haley J. Fromholz

1998 - 2000

Marjorie S. Steinberg

2000 - 2002

Jerome L. Coben

2002 - 2004

Louis P. Eatman

2004 - 2006

John A. Kronstadt

2006 - 2008

Joseph A. Calabrese

2008 - 2010

Michael Lawson

2010 - 2012

T. Warren Jackson

2012 - 2014

Robert S. Stern

2014 - 2016

Christopher Paskach

2016 -2018

Peter B. Morrison

2018 - 2020

Kimberly A. Dunne

2020 - 2022

* deceased

  

Annual Reports and Financials


Annual Reports 

 

 

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Financial Statements

 

Latest Audited Financials | Latest IRS Form 990


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Staff

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Amanda Susskind, President

Amanda Susskind joined CRF in August 2020 as its President, bringing experience in civil rights, education, and law. Under her leadership, the organization has expanded external relations, updated systems and equipment, and increased the efficacy and reach of its programs. Before joining CRF, Amanda served for 18 years as the L.A. Regional Director of the Anti-Defamation League where she oversaw a civil rights agenda encompassing anti-bias education and bullying prevention programs, Holocaust education, hate crime victim assistance, and advocacy for constitutional rights. Prior to ADL, Amanda specialized in public and environmental law as a partner at Weston, Benshoof, Rochefort, Rubalcava & MacCuish and, before that, a shareholder at Richards, Watson & Gershon. She earned a JD from Hastings College of the Law and a BS in Mathematics from Stanford University. Ms. Susskind plays the violin with the Culver City Symphony Orchestra.
     

  

 


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Keri Doggett, Vice President

With CRF since 1991, Keri oversees CRF’s programs and participates in their design and dissemination for elementary, middle, and high school students and teachers. She develops curriculum materials, provides leadership in the design and delivery of CRF teacher professional development, works directly with researchers to evaluate CRF programs, and works with CRF's president and the board of directors on fundraising, establishing new partnerships, and outreach. In her tenure at CRF she has directed national, state, and local programs including History Day California, over a dozen Teaching American History projects, and Civic Action Project. Prior to joining CRF, Keri taught for ten years in Jefferson County Public Schools in Colorado.


Staff

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Andrew has been with CRF since 1991, when he was hired as a program assistant. As publications manager, he oversees the publishing process, from initial conception through completion of print and online publications. Andrew works closely with program staff to capture program requirements and translate them into practical design solutions. He has designed, developed, and maintained several of CRF's websites, including its main website. Andrew has a bachelor's degree in political science from California State University, Northridge, and a certificate in marketing from Los Angeles City College


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Since coming to CRF in 2001 with degrees in political science and history, David has provided local, regional, and national training to youth, educators, and other professionals seeking ways to integrate civic- and law-related activities into their educational programs. David became senior operations director in 2022. Due to events leading to the dramatic change in the day-to-day operations of the organization, David has assumed leadership in CRF’s operations and information technology, as well as assisting in online learning programs and resources. David is also on CRF’s Civic Action Project team and is responsible for filming and editing projects to help promote and showcase CRF programs.

 

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Jasmin began working at CRF in 2019 as a program coordinator for the Mock Trial and Expanding Horizons Institute (EHI) programs. She participated in the EHI program herself in 2013 and enjoyed her experience in the program. Jasmin graduated from CSU Channel Islands with a degree in Spanish.  In 2022, she assumed the role of Office Manager.


 

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Allison joined CRF in 2022 as the operations and program assistant. Allison’s job includes providing general support and assistance to the director of operations, senior management, and publications team. She is a UC Berkeley class of 2020 graduate where she studied social welfare and minored in education.

 

 

 


 

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Kathleen joined CRF in 2022 as a program director, working with the Civil Action Project and Talking About Democracy programs. Prior to CRF, she spent eight years as a high school STEM teacher and was a moderator for the high school Mock Trial program. She is a graduate of Loyola Marymount University.

 

 

  


 

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Damon began working at CRF in 2008. He edits CRF’s Bill of Rights in Action magazine and all CRF’s curricular materials and publications. Damon also develops curriculum for many of CRF’s programs and leads teacher professional development workshops in a variety of social studies subjects. Damon is the director of the California Three Rs Project for teaching about freedom of religion and religious literacy in California’s public schools. Before CRF, Damon was an attorney with the Los Angeles County Public Defender, a professional mediator, and a middle-school social-studies and English-language arts teacher. He received his bachelor’s degree in history (with a minor in cinema) from USC, his M.Ed. from UCLA, and his JD from Loyola Law School, Los Angeles. He is the recipient of the 2021 Hilda Taba Award from the California Council for the Social Studies.  

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Josh has worked at CRF since 2019 and manages development at CRF, which includes the Year-End Appeal; donor stewardship and outreach; grant writing; and the Annual Celebration. Josh graduated with a bachelor's degree in history from the University of California, Santa Barbara, in 2014. Before coming to CRF, Josh worked at the nonprofit Santa Maria Valley Discovery Museum.  

 
 
  

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John is the Managing Director of John H Martin LLC and have been under contract with CRF since 1990. I am responsible for the finances of CRF and work closely with the President and the Board. I have been married for over thirty years with three grown children who also participated in CRF programs. I have served on a local school board for over forty years and have rotated as Board Chair on numerous occasions and perennial serves as Chair the Board’s Budget and Audit Committee.

 

   

 

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Gregorio began working at CRF in 1995 and specializes in leading workshops for youth and conducting professional development sessions for educators and program staff seeking ways to incorporate civic- and law-related activities into their school or community-based programs. Gregorio also directs CRF’s Cops & Kids program and co-directs the national Civic Action Project. He is a graduate of East Los Angeles College and Occidental College. 
 

 

 

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With CRF since 1990, Lourdes currently directs the California Mock Trial program, which includes the Los Angeles County and California State Finals competitions. She works with county coordinators, administrators, teachers, and hundreds of judges and lawyers throughout the state. Lourdes also directs the Expanding Horizons Institute, partnering with job sites and providing guidance for the educational seminars for high school students from underserved communities in the greater Los Angeles area. She provides workshop sessions at local and state conferences on CRF programs and materials. Lourdes is a dedicated educator with over 20 years of experience implementing history programs to K-12 schools including History Day in California.
  

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Sean-Michael is the program coordinator for the Expanding Horizons Institute (EHI) and Mock Trial programs. He began working at CRF in 2016. Before coming to CRF, Sean-Michael participated in the EHI program as a student in 2008 and is happy to now work on the same program. He currently attends California State University, Northridge, and is majoring in political science (law and society).

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Laura joined CRF in 2001 and serves as the director of programs. She works closely with all CRF programs focusing on program design and implementation, national partnerships, and leading local, state, and national professional development. Laura also teaches Street Law at Southwestern Law School where she prepares law students to work with young people in the dependency and delinquency systems. Laura has served on the California State Bar Council on Access and Fairness and the National High School Mock Trial Board. She received her bachelor’s degree in psychology and social behavior, and criminology law and society from the University of California, Irvine, and her JD from the University of Colorado, Boulder. Before joining CRF, Laura taught at a Los Angeles middle school, practiced law at the Colorado Department of Education, and worked as an in-house transactional attorney. 


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