The Center for Public Justice is supported by a team of faithful and dedicated individuals who work diligently to pursue public justice.
The Faces Behind CPJ
Mario Alfaro directs EMF, which equips grassroots Hispanic-led faith-based organizations to align their faith with their organizational practices, their relationship with the public, and their public policy engagement. He has 20 years of experience working with leaders of faith-based organizations to help them impact their communities.
Madi Allen is the Advocacy Manager at the Center for Public Justice. In this position she coordinates the planning, implementation, and evaluation of all aspects of CPJ’s organizational advocacy in policy coalitions. She is passionate about loving her neighbor well by advocating for them. Before joining CPJ Madi worked in Maternal Mental Health advocacy. She graduated from Covenant College with her bachelors in Community Development and obtained her Masters in Public Health from the University of Virginia.
Dawn Brotherton is the Director of Development at the Center for Public Justice. With a PhD in Human and Organizational Systems from Fielding Graduate University, and an undergraduate degree from Gordon College, she has worked with nonprofits, schools, and Christian organizations to strengthen their capacity to fulfill their mission. Dawn lives in Harrisburg, PA with her husband and three children.
Stanley Carlson-Thies is the Founder and Senior Director of the Institutional Religious Freedom Alliance, a division of the Center for Public Justice. He is an expert on the federal Faith-Based Initiative and served in the inaugural White House Office of Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships.
Adriana Cisneros Emerson is a bilingual communications professional born and raised in Caracas, Venezuela who graduated from LeTourneau University. Prior to joining the CPJ team, Adriana conducted research for the organization as a 2023 Hatfield Prize recipient. She enjoys doing advocacy work for NGOs to raise awareness about human rights violations and advance the flourishing of community members in all corners of the world.
Michaelah is a Development Associate for the Center for Public Justice. She is passionate about implementing development strategies that enable the Center for Public Justice to flourish and expand its work. She is a graduate of John Brown University with a bachelor’s degree in Psychology and Music. She lives in Cambridge, MA with her husband.
Chelsea Langston Bombino, J.D., is a program officer with the Fetzer Institute. Her work as a Fellow with CPJ focuses on increasing public understanding of the importance of religious freedom for faith-based organizations of diverse faiths and mission areas.
Charles Glenn, Ph.D., is Professor Emeritus of Education Leadership and Policy Studies at Boston University and co-chair of the International Conference on School Choice and Education Reform. His extensive publications detail pluralist education systems worldwide.
Rev. Dr. Matthew Kaemingk is the Richard John Mouw Assistant Professor of Faith and Public Life and Director of the Richard John Mouw Institute of Faith and Public Life at Fuller Seminary. Matthew’s research and teaching in ethics explores questions facing Christians serving in politics, culture, and the marketplace.
Dr. Michelle Kirtley is a Senior Research Analyst in the Department of Molecular Genetics & Microbiology, Duke University. Prior to joining Duke, Michelle was a consultant on Bioethics and Public Policy at the Center for Bioethics & Human Dignity and a science and health policy advisor for two members of Congress.
Rachel Anderson is a Fellow with the Center for Public Justice where her work focuses on work and family policy and faith-based civic engagement. She founded and now serves as Strategic Advisor to CPJ’s Families Valued program. Previously, Rachel was the Director of Faith Affair at the Center for Responsible Lending (CRL). She is a graduate of Harvard Law and Divinity Schools.
Steven E. Meyer, Ph.D., is the Dean of Graduate Studies and Chairman, National Security Program and Professor of National Security Studies, Daniel Morgan Graduate School, and the Former Deputy Chief of the CIA’s Balkan Task Force. He served 25 years as a U.S. intelligence professional.
Vincent Bacote, Ph.D., is Professor of Theology and Director of the Center for Applied Christian Ethics at Wheaton College in Wheaton, IL.
His recent titles include Reckoning with Race and Performing the Good News: In Search of a Better Evangelical Theology (2021), and The Political Disciple: A Theology of Public Life (2015), and stand alongside nearly two decades of publications on race, culture and faith.
Board Of Trustees
Amy L. Sherman, Ph.D., is a Senior Fellow at the Sagamore Institute where she directs the Center on Faith in Communities (CFIC), a capacity building initiative for congregations and faith-based and community-based organizations. She is a frequent speaker/trainer at gatherings for congregational and nonprofit ministry leaders.
Rev. Dr. Barbara Williams-Skinner is CEO and co-founder of Skinner Leadership Institute. Dr. Williams-Skinner is a trusted advisor, public policy strategist, faith and community leader, author, lecturer, educator, executive coach, and mentor. She and her late husband, Tom Skinner, founded the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation Prayer Breakfast that annually attracts over 3000 leaders across the nation.
Bruce MacLaury is President Emeritus of The Brookings Institution. He is a former vice president of the Federal Reserve Bank of New York, and also served in the U.S. Treasury Department and at the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development in Paris.
Corwin D. Smidt is the former Director and a current Research Fellow of the Paul B. Henry Institute for the Study of Christianity and Politics at Calvin University. Dr. Smidt specializes in American electoral politics, presidential primaries, the political news media, campaign politics, and dynamics in American political behavior.
Judy Dean is Professor of International Economics in the Brandeis University International Business School. Judy’s research focuses on international trade and economic development. She serves as a Senior Fellow at the Rimini Centre of Economic Analysis.