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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 November 2021.

Officers and Executive Committee:

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DUNNEKimberly A. Dunne
Chair
Amgen

 

 

alexander_shannon_wb Shannon Alexander
Vice-Chair
NBCUniversal Media, LLC

gordon jonathan2Jonathan Gordon
Chief Financial Officer
Alston & Bird LLP

 

 

 

 

beffa_darin_2017_new_wbDarin T. Beffa
Secretary
Beffa Law

 

morrison_peterJoseph A. Calabrese
At-Large
Latham & Watkins

 

Jackson_warren_cmykPeter B. Morrison
Co-Chair, Development Committee
Skadden

Kronstadt.jpgT. Warren Jackson
At-Large
Signature Resolution

Calabrese.jpgRobert A. Sacks
At-Large
Sullivan & Cromwell, LLP

lo jasonHonorable John A. Kronstadt
At-Large
U. S. District Court

thomas nancy webAlicia Schwarz
At-Large
The Walt Disney Company

thomas_dougJason C. Lo
Chair, Nominating Committee
Gibson Dunn

michael brianNancy R. Thomas
Chair, Education & Program Oversight Committee
Morrison & Foerster

sacks_robert.jpgBrian R. Michael
Co-Chair, Development Committee
King & Spalding LLP

Alicia SchwarzDouglas A. Thompson
Co-Chair, Publications Committee
Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner LLP


Directors


aronoff2010.jpgRobert C. Aronoff
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

bass leon wbLeon Bass
Southern California Edison
 

bhamini jayJay Bhimani
Dechert LLP

brooks_kelliKelli Brooks
KPMG

Manny Joseph CaixeiroCaixero Manny
Venable

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

collins_stephanieStephanie Collins
The Aerospace Corporation

 

clofeine sabrinaSabina Clorfeine
Southern California Gas Company

cooper_scottScott P. Cooper
Proskauer Rose LLP

davitt vin wbVincent J.  Davitt
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



 

eisenberg sheldonSheldon Eisenberg
Sullivan & Triggs, LLP

Dan FloydDaniel Floyd
Sony Entertainment

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Kate S. Gold
Proskauer Rose LLP

hashmall miraJ. Mira Hashmall
Miller Barondess LLP

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

Jennifer Kellerkeller jennifer 
Keller/Anderle LLP

khournyFadia Rafeedie Khoury
Southern California Edison

lee_joseph_wMolly M. Lens
Vice-Chair, Nominating Committee
O'Melveny & Myers LLP

 

 

Rachel Lowelowe rachel
Alston & Bird LLP
Angela M. Machalamacala angela
Winston & Strawn LLP
Malik Shahzad webShahzad A. Malik
Nixon Peabody

altBrian Marler
Vice-Chair, Audit Committee
Houlihan Lokey

meisinger_lou_2018Hon. Louis Meisinger (Ret.)
Signature Resolution

 

nessim ronaldRonald J. Nessim
Bird Marella LLP

 

Hon. Tara Newmannewman t
Los Angeles County Superior Court

paskachChristopher Paskach
Vice-Chair, Finance Committee

Emil Petrossian Emil Petrossian 
Vice-Chair, Publications Committee 
Manatt, Phelps & Phillips

Rogan_new.jpgPatrick G. Rogan
Patrick Rogan Law

 

pks shrinkPaul K. Schrieffer
P.K. Schrieffer LLP

shapiro jonJonathan Shapiro
TV writer/producer, author, attorney

shaw_gloriaGloria Franke Shaw

shutlet geneK. Eugene Shutler
Co-Chair, Publications Committee

Joel D. Siegelsiegel joel
Dentons

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

wais_aatonAaron M. Wais
Mitchell Silberberg & Knupp LLP

Laura R. Washingtonwashington laura
Latham & Watkins LLP

wais_aatonAdam B. Weiss
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
Ronald Beard
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
Roderick Hills
Laurence Hutt
Jane Jelenko
Joseph Keller

Richard Kolodny
David Laufer
Leslie Lobaugh
Lloyd Loomis
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
Ronald Beard
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


Note: Constitutional Rights Foundation’s Audit Committee operates independently from its Finance Committee.

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Staff

susskind amandaAmanda Susskind, President

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Amanda joins CRF following nearly two decades as the Los Angeles Regional Director of the Anti-Defamation League where she oversaw a broad civil rights agenda, anti-bias education and bullying prevention programs, Holocaust education, and hate crime victim assistance. In that role, Amanda conceived and convened LA For Good, a coalition of community leaders standing together to fight hate and create a more unified Los Angeles. 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. Amanda plays the violin with the Culver City Symphony Orchestra. She is excited to bring her background in social justice, law, and education to CRF.
     

  

 

    


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Keri Doggett, Vice President of Programming and Operations

With CRF for over 30 years, 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, making new partnerships, and outreach. In her tenure at CRF she has directed national, state, and local programs including History Day, 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

(Click on names for staff bio and contact information.)

staff_andrew

I am CRF's senior publications manager and have been with CRF since 1991, when I was hired as a program assistant. As publications manager, I oversee the publishing process, from initial conception through completion of print and online publications. I work closely with CRF's president, director of program, and other key staff to capture program requirements and translate them into practical design solutions. I have designed, developed, and maintain CRF's websites. I have a degree in political science from California State University, Northridge, and a marketing certificate from Los Angeles City College. I enjoy reading political biographies when time permits.


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staff_Sarah

I develop and write curriculum materials and lead professional development for teachers related to various CRF programs and initiatives. Prior to joining CRF in 2017, I was a social studies and special education teacher for about 15 years, in both the U.S. and overseas in Colombia and Jordan. I taught a range of social studies courses in both middle school and high school, including Advanced Placement and International Baccalaureate (MYP & DP) classes. I earned my B.A. in International Studies from American University and my M.A.T. in History from Boston College. On weekends I enjoy getting to know my (still pretty new) surroundings here in Southern California with my family.

 

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staff_david2

My work at CRF has afforded me 18 years of experience providing local, regional, and national training to youth, educators, and other professionals seeking ways to integrate civic- and law-related activities into their educational programs. I’m currently on the team for CRF’s Civic Action Project. I also am responsible for filming and editing projects to help promote and showcase CRF programs. I have degrees in political science and history. I haven’t settled on a hobby, but have thus far enjoyed searching for one.

 

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espinoza_jasmin

I am CRF’s program assistant for the Mock Trial Program and the Expanding Horizons Internships programs. I participated in the EHI program back in 2013 when I was in high school and I truly enjoyed my experience in the program. graduated from Cal State Channel Islands with a degree in Spanish. I enjoy watching the latest new movies and I love expanding my food palate.


 

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I am senior editor and curriculum specialist at CRF. I edit and write for CRF’s Bill of Rights in Action magazine, co-develop curriculum for many of CRF’s programs, and lead teacher professional development workshops. I am the director of the California Three Rs Project on teaching about religion in public schools. Before CRF, I was an attorney with the Los Angeles County Public Defender, a professional mediator, and a middle-school social-studies teacher. I majored in history (and minored in cinema) at USC, earned my M.Ed. at UCLA, and graduated from Loyola Law School, Los Angeles. I enjoy playing guitar, doing tai chi, and hiking/exploring with my family. 

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kitchen_josh

I manage development at CRF, which includes the Annual Appeal, donor stewardship & outreach, grant writing, and the annual Cobey volunteer-recognition event. I graduated with a degree in history from the University of California, Santa Barbara, and love all things to do with history and politics. After college I worked at the Santa Maria Valley Discovery Museum where I first learned how rewarding it is to be a part of a nonprofit that helps children. When I’m not at work you can usually find me at one of L.A.’s many great concert venues ― hopefully seeing Bruce Springsteen or U2!

 
 
  

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martin john

I am 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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I have over 20 years of experience providing workshops and professional development sessions for youth, educators, and program staff seeking ways to incorporate civic- and law-related activities into their school or community-based programs. I currently direct CRF’s Cops & Kids program and co-direct the Civic Action Project (aka CAP), which is a web- and standards-based practicum for U.S. government classes. I am a native Angeleno and graduate of East L.A. and Occidental Colleges. In addition to my enduring love for the Los Angeles Dodgers, I enjoy exploring L.A.'s hiking and biking trails from Pacific Coast Highway to Angeles Crest Highway.
 

 

 

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monzon victor wbI joined CRF in 2008 as the financial controller for the organization. As controller, I manage CRF’s daily accounting operations. In addition to overseeing accounting, I play senior roles in human resources, facilities, and administration.

I have over 20 years’ experience in providing professional services across a broad range of finance areas including compliance, business process, audit, financial reporting and human resources. Prior to joining CRF, I held senior finance positions working within the private sector in the pharmaceutical and clinical-trial industry.

I hold accounting and business management degrees. I am also a former professional soccer player. I have three beautiful children, enjoy coaching soccer during my spare time, and love long-distance backpacking and hiking.   

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With over 30 years at CRF, I currently direct the California Mock Trial program, which includes the Los Angeles County and California State Finals competitions. I work with county coordinators, administrators, teachers, and hundreds of judges and lawyers throughout the state. I also direct the Expanding Horizons Internships program, partnering with job sites and providing guidance for the educational seminars for high school students from underserved communities in the greater Los Angeles area. I also provide workshop sessions at local and state conferences on CRF programs and materials. I am a dedicated educator with over 20 years of experience implementing history programs to K-12 schools throughout California.
  

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I am the program coordinator for the Expanding Horizons Internships (EHI) and Mock Trial programs. I began working at CRF in 2016. I participated in the EHI program as a student in 2008 and am happy to now work on the same program. I am currently attending California State University Northridge and I am majoring in Political Science (Law and Society).

  

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selcov adamI am the Development and Executive Assistant. My job includes assisting with all Development functions, managing the Annual Celebration, communicating with board members and donors, and staffing board and committee meetings. I graduated from UC Santa Cruz in 2020 with a degree in Economics and a minor in Legal Studies. While there, I worked in the University Relations and Internal Affairs offices which gave me fundraising and event planning experience. I participated in CRF's Mock Trial program in both middle and high school, and now I volunteer as a coach at the collegiate level. 
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avatar crfI am the administrative assistant here at CRF but also help out in several other departments as needed. I have an associate degree in Italian, and I am currently studying to become an architect. Before working at CRF, I was an EHI intern and then a part of the CAP Youth Board. My biggest accomplishment is knowing four languages, so far!


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At CRF, I co-direct Civic Action Project and our law-related programming, and I provide assistance to other CRF programs. I have served on the California State Bar Council on Access and Fairness and the National High School Mock Trial Board. I teach street law at Southwestern Law School to prepare law students to work with young people in foster care and the juvenile justice system. I received my bachelor’s degree in psychology and social behavior from University of California, Irvine, and my law degree from University of Colorado, Boulder. Prior to joining CRF, I worked in private practice and taught middle school English-language arts. For fun, I enjoy listening to all types of podcasts and reading historical fiction.


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