The Center for Public Justice is supported by a team of faithful and dedicated individuals who work diligently to pursue public justice.
Equipping Ministries Fellowship
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.
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.
Alyssa Leston is the development associate for CPJ. She has her BA from Gordon College and recently completed the Summer Associates Program with the American Enterprise Institute, where she first learned about the Center for Public Justice.
Madeline Pannell is the Program Associate for Shared Justice, where she engages Christian young adults with public justice perspectives so they may be equipped for sustained and responsible civic participation. Madeline is currently a part of the Capital Fellows program. She graduated from the University of Virginia and worked at the Center for Digital Editing.
Stephanie Summers is the CEO of the Center for Public Justice. She also serves as a Trustee of Eastern University, where she received her M.S. in Nonprofit Management, and is a recipient of the inaugural Duke Divinity Reflective Leadership Award.
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.
Clarke Cochran, Ph.D., is Professor Emeritus of Political Science at Texas Tech University, and the author of numerous books and articles in health care policy, religion and politics, and Catholic social teaching.
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.
Robert Joustra, Ph.D., is associate professor of politics & international studies at Redeemer University. He is an editorial fellow with The Review of Faith & International Affairs, and author, co-author, and co-editor of several books.
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.
Yasmine Arrington, M.Div., supports CPJ’s Juvenile Justice policy and educational portfolio. Yasmine is the Founder and Executive Director of ScholarCHIPS and an alumna of CPJ’s Sacred Sector Fellows program.
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.
Ambassador Clyde D. Taylor is a former U.S. Ambassador to Paraguay. He is the former executive director of the Una Chapman Cox Foundation, which supports the Foreign Service Foundation, and a board member for several non-profit organizations.
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.
Mark Noll is Professor Emeritus of History at the University of Notre Dame. Noll is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and in 2006 he received the National Endowment for the Humanities medal at a White House ceremony.