Executive Director: Nina DiSalvo
Nina comes to Towards Justice from Governor Cuomo’s administration in New York State, where she served as Special Counsel to the Secretary of State. In that capacity, Nina worked to create the New York State Office for New Americans, the Empire State Fellows Program, and the Regional Economic Development Councils. Nina also managed various divisions within the New York State Department of State, represented the Secretary on boards and commissions, and adjudicated administrative appeals related to occupational licensure. Prior to joining New York State government, Nina was a lawyer associated with Willkie Farr & Gallagher LLP, where she dedicated substantial time to employment law litigation. Nina has also served on the Junior Advisory Board to Her Justice in New York City, worked as a research fellow with human rights organizations in Argentina, and taught high school in rural Puerto Rico. Nina is fluent in Spanish and English, and grew up between upstate New York, Puerto Rico, and the Turks and Caicos islands. Nina received her law degree from the University of Virginia School of Law, and her Bachelor of Arts in government and Latin American studies from Wesleyan University. Nina is on the board of directors of the Community Resource Center and is admitted to practice law in New York and Colorado.
Director of Litigation: Alexander Hood
Alex founded Towards Justice in 2014, after three years litigating employment rights and other cases on behalf of low-income clients in the Denver metro area. Alex has been the attorney of record in over 30 cases in the Colorado state courts and over 10 cases in the federal courts, which include both class action and Fair Labor Standards Act collective action litigations. Through his work as a litigator, Alex has developed extensive knowledge of state and federal wage and hour law, including the Colorado Wage Claim Act, the Colorado Mechanic’s Lien Statute, the Fair Labor Standards Act, and the Agricultural Workers Protection Act. Alex decided to dedicate his career to public interest law after spending the summer of 2009 at Holland & Hart LLP in Denver and teaching history at a small private school in Southern Vermont. Alex received his bachelor’s degree from Williams College and his law degree cum laude from Boston College Law School.
Of Counsel: Andrew Schmidt
Andy launched a predecessor organization to Towards Justice with Alex Hood in 2010, and developed expertise in the Fair Labor Standards Act, the Colorado Wage Act, and the Colorado Mechanics Lien Statute. Although fortunes moved him to Maine, Andy has consistently contributed ideas and expertise to Towards Justice while managing his own private law practice. Today, Andy serves as a strategic advisor to the Towards Justice impact litigation team and has been instrumental in developing creative legal strategies to protect low-wage and immigrant workers from systematic abuse. Andy received his bachelor’s degree phi beta kappa from Dartmouth, and his law degree from the University of Vir
Attorney: David Seligman
David comes to Towards Justice from the National Consumer Law Center where he was a staff attorney working on forced arbitration and predatory auto lending. While at NCLC, he authored the Model State Consumer and Employee Justice Enforcement Act, which provides states with tools to mitigate some of the harms that forced arbitration causes low-income consumers and workers. Before joining NCLC, David clerked for Chief Judge Patti B. Saris of the District of Massachusetts and Judges Robert D. Sack and Susan L. Carney of the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit. He has been passionate about issues affecting low-wage workers since law school, during which he worked for Make the Road New York and Altshuler Berzon, LLP, a labor law firm in San Francisco. David is a graduate of Williams College and Harvard Law School. He is also a Denver native who is thrilled to return home so that his Rockies can continue breaking his heart, but now in person. David remains a contributing author for the National Consumer Law Center, where he authors NCLC's treatise on the enforceability of forced arbitration clauses and class waivers.
Legal Assistant: Deborah Schaffer
Deb comes to Towards Justice from the Littleton Immigrant Resources Center where she served as the Citizenship Program Coordinator. In that capacity, Deb helped hundreds of immigrants to become new U.S. citizens. She has also worked for Colorado non-profits including Catholic Charities, Project Worthmore, Denver Public Schools, the Center for Teaching International Relations and Denver Urban Gardens. With her background working cross-culturally and educating immigrant adults, she is passionate about access to information as a pathway to build equity. Deb received her Bachelor of Arts in Studio Art from Wheaton College, along with a certificate in international development in the Human Needs and Global Resources Program. Born in Denver, Deb has spent time working in Brazil, Iraq and Sierra Leone. In her free time Deb can be found tending her beautiful plants, rock climbing, and exploring CO with her pup.
Access to Justice Coordinator: Justin Grant
Justin came to Towards Justice from a role supporting the office of International Donor Relations at Habitat for Humanity in San Salvador, El Salvador. Justin’s interest in social justice in Latin America and the Latino community was sparked while working as a Water & Sanitation Volunteer during Peace Corps service in Honduras. In that capacity, Justin facilitated the organization and education of community water committees, improving knowledge of basic sanitation practices and small-scale rural potable water systems. Justin earned his Bachelor of Arts from Grand Valley State University with an emphasis on social history and the Spanish language, and is pursuing a degree in Education at Metropolitan State University of Denver. Justin is originally from Grand Rapids, Michigan and has spent time living and studying in Argentina and Spain.
Lindsay joins Towards Justice after earning her Masters Degree from the University of Denver’s Graduate School of Social Work, where she focused on policy and organizational leadership. Prior to graduate school, Lindsay developed and directed an alumni support network at a top performing charter school in Washington, D.C. In this role, Lindsay worked with families and community organizations to help improve students’ access to higher education. Prior to that Lindsay was Program Director at City Kids Wilderness Project, an organization that facilitates Washington, D.C. area youths’ outdoor learning experiences. Lindsay graduated from Colorado College, where she also moonlighted as a ski instructor. Having grown up in Japan, Lindsay brings a unique perspective to our work at Towards Justice.
Access to Justice Fellow:
Mark joins Towards Justice after earning a Bachelor’s Degree phi beta kappa at Colorado College, where he majored in Sociology and Religion. In college, Mark developed his passion for legal assistance to underrepresented communities with a multi-year internship at the El Paso County Courthouse to provide assistance to the county’s pro se litigants. Mark has since worked in the fields of prisoners’ rights and immigrant justice, and most recently served as a volunteer for the Southern Poverty Law Center’s Southeastern Immigrant Freedom Initiative. At Towards Justice, he hopes to apply this experience to help connect workers with knowledge of their rights and resources in Denver and across Colorado. Mark is from Lakewood, CO, where you can find him biking and working on his plant collection.
Summer Law Clerk:
Bryan comes to Towards Justice after completing his first year at Stanford Law School. At Stanford, Bryan helps to lead the school’s American Constitution Society and National Lawyers Guild chapters, and is involved in providing pro-bono representation to clients applying for Social Security and Disability Insurance. Before attending law school, Bryan graduated from Dartmouth College, where he majored in Government and History. He then worked in New Mexico at the Santa Fe Dreamers Project, where he helped clients apply for DACA, U-Visas, and asylum, and gained an appreciation for the capacity of legal representation to vindicate clients’ rights. At Towards Justice, he hopes to continue helping broaden access to justice in underrepresented communities, and to learn about how to conduct meaningful impact litigation for workers’ rights. In his free time, Bryan enjoys running, backpacking, and smothering his food in chile.
Summer Law Clerk:
J.R. joins Towards Justice after completing his first year at Harvard Law School. He is excited for the opportunity to help advance workers’ rights while gaining real world legal experience. Prior to law school, J.R. worked in the tech industry and as a tutor for high school students. He earned his bachelor’s degree in Economics and master’s degree in Management Science and Engineering from Stanford University. Originally from California, J.R. loves sports and the outdoors and is looking forward to experiencing all that Colorado has to offer.