Executive Assistant to the President/CEO
Kelsey Gillins provides primary support to PBI’s President and CEO, Esther F. Lardent. Before joining PBI in 2013, Gillins lived and worked in Chicago with the Professional Development team of Nuveen Investments. As education coordinator and analyst of the firm’s corporate university, she matched firm needs to course opportunities, oversaw marketing of available learning resources to potential students, and facilitated course enrollment, logistics and completion. Leveraging her background in performance and writing, she was also able to co-teach the firm’s class, Presentation Skills: The Delivery, as well as design the complimentary course, Presentation Skills: The Foundation. Gillins holds a B.A. in Musical Theatre from Weber State University. In her spare time, she enjoys acting, singing, composing on the piano, travelling, and volunteering as the children’s music chorister at her church.
Reena N. Glazer, Esq.
Assistant Director, Law Firm Pro Bono Project
Since October 2006, Reena Glazer has been the assistant director of the Law Firm Pro Bono Project at PBI. Glazer came to PBI from the Washington, D.C., office of Goodwin Procter LLP, where she was a partner in the firm’s Litigation Department. Glazer was a partner at Shea & Gardner prior to its merger with Goodwin Procter in 2004. Before joining Shea & Gardner in 1995, she clerked for the Hon. Gerald Bard Tjoflat of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit. Glazer is a graduate of Barnard College, Columbia University; The Jewish Theological Seminary of America; and Duke University School of Law, where she served as the Editor-in-Chief of the Duke Law Journal and a member of the Moot Court Board. She has had the good fortune of being associated with law firms that emphasize pro bono and has been able to work on a variety of pro bono cases over the years with many different public interest and community organizations. She was even named “Litigator of the Month” by The National Law Journal for one such high-profile case.
Shannon A. Graving, Esq.
Assistant Director, Corporate Pro Bono
Shannon Graving is the assistant project director of Corporate Pro Bono. Before joining CPBO, Graving worked for more than nine years as a lawyer at Holland & Knight in Washington, D.C., where she oversaw the firm’s partnership with The List Project, a nonprofit that works to help Iraqis imperiled due to their work with the U.S. In addition, she represented clients in mergers and acquisitions, D&O insurance, and general corporate matters. Graving graduated from Wellesley College and Georgetown University Law Center. In addition to being passionate about pro bono, Graving is also dedicated to women’s issues and serves on the advisory board for the National Women’s History Museum.
Sri Katragadda, Esq.
Project Coordinator, Global Pro Bono Project
Sri Katragadda is the project coordinator of the Global Pro Bono Project. Katragadda joins PBI with experience in the large law firm, corporate, nonprofit, and government sectors. These include serving as a director of mediation and conflict management at an international development company, general counsel of an internet start-up, program assistant at an international blindness nonprofit, and working for the Judiciary Committee staff of a senior U.S. senator. His most extensive experience was as an associate attorney at Seward & Kissel in New York. There, Katragadda worked in securities law and helped manage equity offerings for international public companies for nearly four years.
Katragadda graduated from Vassar College and the University of Michigan Law School, where his interest in legal pro bono developed in the law school’s Pediatric Advocacy Clinic.
Esther F. Lardent, Esq.
President and Chief Executive Officer
Long active in legal services and the organized bar, Lardent serves in the ABA’s House of Delegates and has served as chair or member of numerous ABA committees and task forces, including the Commission on Immigration, Consortium on Legal Services and the Public, Commission on Domestic Violence, Task Force on Terrorism, and various ABA committees on pro bono and legal services. She was a member of the ABA Board of Governors from 1996 to 1999. Most recently, she has been named Co-Chair of DLA Piper (US) LLP’s innovative global pro bono project, New Perimeter, as well as a member of the Global Advisory Committee for Ashoka’s ASE program.
Before joining the Pro Bono Institute, Lardent served as an independent legal and policy consultant for the Ford Foundation, the American Bar Association, state and local bar associations, public interest and legal services programs, and other clients. From 1977 to 1985, she was the founder and first director of the Volunteer Lawyers Project of the Boston Bar Association, one of the nation’s first organized pro bono programs, and, in conjunction with that position, administered a nationwide pro bono technical assistance effort from 1981 to 1985.
Lardent received her undergraduate degree, magna cum laude, from Brown University, and her J.D. was awarded by the University of Chicago. Lardent has received a number of awards in recognition of her public service contributions, including the Exemplar Award from the National Legal Aid and Defender Association, the Philadelphia Bar Association Founder Award, the William Reece Smith, Jr. Award from the National Association of Pro Bono Coordinators, the National Association for Public Interest Law’s Public Service Award, and was named one of the 90 greatest lawyers in Washington, D.C. by the Legal Times. In 2013, Lardent was named one of The American Lawyer’s top 50 innovators.
Lardent has been a guest on National Public Radio, CNN, Washington Watch, Nightline, and other network, cable, and local television and radio programs. She has taught at a number of law schools and served as a panelist for numerous organizations and conferences. She has also contributed to and written a number of publications, law articles, and books.
Esther Lardent has stepped down from her current position and will be transitioning into a strategic advisory role in the organization. Please read a message from PBI’s Board Chair here.
Project Assistant, Corporate Pro Bono
Josh Lefebvre is the project assistant for Corporate Pro Bono. Prior to joining CPBO in June 2014, he was a legal assistant at Oliff PLC in Alexandria, VA and an intern at the U.S. Supreme Court. While at the Supreme Court, Lefebvre worked in the Office of the Clerk, working with the public to answer questions about the appeal process as well as helping to manage the Court’s files associated with pending and granted appeals. He graduated from Binghamton University, where he studied English literature and Classics.
David C. Lipscomb
Director, Strategic Communications
David Carson Lipscomb has been with PBI since February 2010. Lipscomb was previously a Metropolitan reporter for The Washington Times, specializing in D.C government, education, and public safety. He has won awards in journalism for continuing news coverage and spot news coverage in New York state and the Washington Metropolitan Area. Lipscomb also served as the press secretary for Ward 1 D.C. Councilmember Jim Graham during a year when the councilmember served as the chairman of the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority’s board of directors. Lipscomb earned a B.A. degree in print journalism from the Philip Merrill College of Journalism at the University of Maryland, College Park.
Chris Niebling joined PBI in June 2010 as the operations manager. Niebling manages human resources, office technology, accounts payable, and day-to-day operations. Previously, he was an IT Consultant for Mindspire Technologies, and the office services manager for Widmeyer Communications. He holds a B.A. in Theater and minor in History from Oberlin College. Niebling also moonlights as an actor, director, and fight choreographer at various theaters in the Washington/Baltimore region.
Chief Operating Officer
Kate Rice joined PBI in April 2013 as the chief operating officer, responsible for PBI’s daily operations and financial management, strategic direction and goals, and human resource administration. Kate has extensive leadership and non-profit management experience with over 20 years in the alternative investment industry, most extensively at Managed Funds Association where she served as the Executive Vice President for a decade. At MFA, she was responsible for all daily business operations, strategic planning, financial management, communications, membership, conferences, seminars, and human resources.
Previously, Kate was a member of the Futures Industry Association Senior Management Team as the Senior Vice President, Communications. Before FIA, Kate was President of Rice Consulting Group, a marketing and communications firm with institutional clients in the alternative investment industry. She also served as the Assistant Vice President, U.S. Business Development, of the London International Financial Futures & Options Exchange. At the beginning of her career, she worked at National Futures Association as the Senior Editor, Public Affairs & Education.
Kate served on the Board of Directors and Finance Committee of Planned Parenthood of Metropolitan Washington, DC, from 2004 to 2009, and from 2008 to 2011, she lived in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, where she was personally and professionally involved with a number of local and international organizations.
Kate graduated from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, with a B.A. in English.
Project Assistant, Law Firm Pro Bono Project
Eva Richardson is the project assistant for the Law Firm Pro Bono Project. Prior to joining PBI in June 2013, she was a research and publications intern and then a volume manager at the Environmental Law Institute (ELI). While at ELI, she coordinated the proofreading and publication process of a volume in a book series about post-conflict natural resource management. Additionally, she has interned at several Washington, D.C. art museums and galleries, including the Hirshhorn Museum & Sculpture Garden. She graduated from Washington University in St. Louis with a B.A. in English and Art History. In her spare time she loves to cook and enjoys checking out modern and contemporary art exhibits.
Eve Runyon, Esq.
Director, Corporate Pro Bono
Eve Runyon is the project director of Corporate Pro Bono. Before joining CPBO, Runyon worked for more than five years as a lawyer at Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher, & Flom in Washington, D.C., where she represented major U.S. electric, gas, and pipeline companies in matters before the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission and federal and state courts. While at Skadden, she participated in the Skadden Loaned Associate program, a seven-month externship program with Legal Aid Society of the District of Columbia. At Legal Aid, she served as lead counsel in child custody, child support, domestic violence, landlord tenant, housing, and public benefits cases. Runyon graduated from the University of Virginia and Yale Law School.
Director of Development
Kelly Simon joined PBI in May 2015 as Director of Development. Prior to joining PBI, Simon served as the Director of Development & Communications for the National LGBT Bar Association. She has led several successful fundraising events which were featured in the New York Times, Miami Herald, and Los Angeles Times. She was also featured by the Washington Blade as one of the “30 Under 30: Future Movers and Shakers in Washington, D.C.” She is involved as a board member and volunteer for several area nonprofits, including organizations focused on animal welfare, the arts, safe boating, and clean river initiatives.
Simon has also held key development positions with Supporting and Mentoring Youth Advocates and Leaders; People for the American Way Foundation; and the National Lesbian & Gay Journalists Association, all located in Washington, D.C. Born and raised in Connecticut, Simon is a graduate of George Mason University and holds a Master of Science in Management degree from The Catholic University of America.
Tammy Taylor, Esq.
Director, Law Firm Pro Bono Project
Tammy Taylor is the director of the Law Firm Pro Bono Project and operations for PBI. In her role as director of the Law Firm Project, she administers the Law Firm Pro Bono Challenge®, a unique, global aspirational pro bono standard for the world’s largest law firms to acknowledge their institutional, firm-wide commitment to provide pro bono legal services to low income and disadvantaged individuals and families and nonprofit groups. Taylor provides individualized consultation to law firms seeking to integrate pro bono into their practice, philosophy, and culture. She is also responsible for planning the PBI Annual Seminar which attracts 450 managing partners, pro bono partners, corporate general counsel, and other pro bono leaders from around the world. Before joining PBI, Taylor was the director of the American Bar Association’s Post conviction Death Penalty Representation Project. She received her undergraduate degree from the University of Michigan and her law degree from American University, Washington College of Law.